Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik is at present employed as a Research Associate and a Teaching Assistant at The W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has obtained his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS itself and is also currently pursuing his LL.M. degree from the same university. From his very year at law school, he had been attracted towards the discipline of Intellectual Property and that interest has been kindled further in course of time. The interface between IP and other disciplines such as Economics, Anti-trust Law, Human Rights, World Trade Law and the technological developments relating thereto, has especially caught his attention since then. He’s authored several papers on issues relating to IP and other legal disciplines for journals, books, magazines and conferences in national as well as international levels. He is also currently co-heading an organization called Lexbiosis, which is an endeavor meant to facilitate the collaboration between the legal industry and academia.

First Indian Patent Institute Symposium offered by Franklin Pierce Center for IP


Interested followers of Spicy IP may be interested in the First Indian Patent Institute Symposium that is going to be offered in Bangalore on August 3-5, 2011, by the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property located at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. The Franklin Pierce Center for IP offers the most extensive selection of intellectual property courses in USA, exposing students to a wide range of cutting-edge intellectual property issues. As a pioneer in integrating intellectual property…


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IMPRS-CI invites Applications for Doctoral Programme


Image taken from here Interested readers of Spicy IP may be pleased to know that the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation – Legal and Economic Determinants (IMPRS-CI) has announced the opening of applications for its fourth intake. Based in Munich, Germany, IMPRS-CI is a Research School and doctoral programme jointly offered by the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, the Department of Economics, the Munich School of Management and the Faculty of Law…


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Innovation

Guest Post: Exciting Innovations from the Second Annual i3 Awards


Image taken from hereAlvina Lopez, a writer on topics relating to accredited online schools, brings forth the following tid-bit post for the readers of Spicy IP: The India Innovation Initiative (i3) Awards ceremony took place last week for the second year in a row, showcasing the remarkable diverse range of cutting-edge technologies developed by students and working scientists alike. Presented at the IIT-Delhi campus, the awards were given out to 50 outstanding innovations out of over 900 entries. The first…


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Copyright

To amend Your Copyright Claim, Better hurry lest You miss the Game: Delhi High Court rejects Application for Amendment of Plaint


Among the followers of Spicy IP, those who are musically inclined must be familiar with the name of Shubha Mudgal, a renowned artist by any standard in the world of music and theatre. The present matter deals with an ongoing dispute between her (hereinafter “Defendant”) and an institution named Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (hereinafter “Plaintiff”), concerning an alleged violation of S. 14 of the Copyright Act, 1957 (hereinafter “the Act”). While the matter is still sub judice, the Plaintiff had…


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Copyright

Bachhan lodges Protest not in sotto voce, but in Customary Baritone


Among the crores of Indians, be it from whichever section of the society, it will probably be really hard find even a single person, who cannot associate a particular baritone of rich timbre with the towering persona of one of the biggest actor-celebrities in the country, the renowned Amitabh Bachhan. It’s really a difficult task for somebody to determine whether the dialogues spelt out by that authoritative voice made the voice so famous, or whether the dialogues enjoy their popularity…


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Trademark

Mother Dairy Brand not to be used by Private Company: says Delhi High Court


A few months have passed since the Delhi High Court had passed judgment in a case that promised to be quite a landmark in the so-called ‘White Revolution’ in India. Pronounced on August 25, 2010, this matter, titled Mother Dairy Fruits & Vegetables Pvt. Ltd. & Another v. M/S Maa Baishnavi Enterprises & Others [I.A. 280/2009, 8864/2009 and 8865/2009 in CS(OS) 41/2009], was decided by Justice Ravindra Bhat, a well-known name in the Delhi High Court IP decisions. The plaintiffs…


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Spicy IP Tidbit: WIPO launches new Database for profiling IP case Studies


About a month ago, WIPO had added yet another new entrant to its growing count of databases facilitated to promote and enrich overall development and experience of IP throughout the world. Named IP Advantage, this database seeks to profile and showcase the IP-related experiences of inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers. The broader purpose behind such an initiative is promote a better understanding of the manner of creation and protection of different types of IP as also the modes in which individual…


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Patent

Thou shalt be heard: says Bombay High Court in Patent Abandonment Case


A few months back, the Bombay High Court had passed quite an interesting judgment regarding procedural complexities in a matter involving a patent application filed by a Spanish University. Dated February 26, 2010, this matter (Writ Petition No. 1435 of 2007) had the Universidad Politechnica De Valencia (hereinafter the Petitioner) on the one hand and Union of India, the Controller General of Patents & Designs and the Assistant Controller of Patents (hereinafter collectively the Respondents) on the other. The Petitioner…


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Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd. v. Wyeth Ltd – A War ‘designed’ to be prolonged further?


A decision pronounced by a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court comprising of Justices Sanjay Kishen Kaul and Valmiki J. Mehta appears to have had a significant impact in the world of designs and intellectual property law. Delivered on October 8, 2010, this judgment, titled Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd. v Wyeth Ltd. (FAO(OS) No. 458/2009), had sought to dispose of an appeal filed by Reckitt, against a judgment by a Single-judge Bench, wherein Reckitt’s petition to obtain an injunction…


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Trademark

Guest Post on Suit involving Daler Mehndi’s Trademark


Spicy IP brings to the readers an insightful piece of work on the issue of celebrity merchandising and the matter involving the singer Daler Mehndi in the case of D. M. Entertainment v. Baby Gift Horse. The following essay has recently been selected as the best entry in an internal competition organized by the Intellectual Property and Technology Laws Society (IPTLS) of the National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata. The author, Subhajit Banerji, is a law student currently in…


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