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.

Call for Papers: IIT Bombay and MHRD jointly announce the 2nd International Conference on Management of Intellectual Property and Strategy


The readers may be interested to know that the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management of IIT Bombay is geared up to host, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources and Development [MHRD], the 2nd International Conference on Management of Intellectual Property and Strategy. The conference, which is going to be held from January 30 to February 2, 2014, will have as its theme “IP for Development: The emerging Paradigm”. It aims to provide a suitable and conducive platform…


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Kerala State Central Library digitizes Rare Books in Accessibility Drive


Image from here The bibliophilic readers, especially those hailing from Kerala, may be pleased to know of a recent noteworthy achievement of the State Central Library down there. The library, located in Trivandrum, houses hundreds of rare and ancient documents and books that cannot be found elsewhere. Physical access to these books has always been highly restricted and the people who were even aware of their continuing existence were equally rarely found. However, the situation is going to change for…


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Blocking (Counting) your Chickens before they hatch? DoT stifles Criticism against IIPM following Court Order


Image from here Most of the readers who come from India will probably be familiar with the names of the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) and its director Arindam Chaudhuri, if for no other reason than the carefully planned publicity drive that the said names have featured in during the last few years. Right from its inception, IIPM has been subjected to criticism on several grounds, especially regarding the claims made on behalf of the institution regarding its…


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Spicy IP Weekly Review: January Weeks 2-3


Image from here This week, we come to the readers with the review slightly late and will be covering all the posts in the past 2 weeks since the January Week 1 Review by Sai Vinod. Given the higher number of blog posts to reminisce about, this weekly review won’t have a separate section referring to the global IP happenings this week. It all started with Mathews carrying a detailed and incisive post in 2 parts (here and here) introducing…


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Trademark

The Royalty Payment Siphon by MNCs – Independent Director and Minority Voting as Possible Solutions?


Image from here Readers may remember a post that I’d carried some time back about how the relaxation of approval norms for royalty payments by Indian companies was being exploited by multinational corporations to milk their Indian arms of their profit in the form of royalty payments and technology transfer fees. This is in turn had been depriving the minority investors in those Indian companies of their rightful dividend. A report by the Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IIAS) had also…


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Spicy IP Weekly Review: December Week 4


Image from here   This week has understandably been a little slow in terms of the posts, given most of the team are busy just like the readers to celebrate the end of yet another eventful year. Prashant started it off with the announcement of a taxation law conference jointly hosted by NLSIU, Bangalore and Tax India Online, due to be held on January 6, 2013 at Bangalore, which will be focusing on the developments since the proposed introduction of…


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Patent

Patent Office grants Polymorph Patent after rejecting S.3(d) Objection


Image from here In a rather interesting turn of events, the Indian Patent Office has recently granted patent for the polymorph of a known compound, notwithstanding objections u/s. 3(d) of the Patents Act, 1970. Following are the details of the judgment: Application Number: 106/DELNP/2008 Applicant’s Name: M/S ALFA WASSERMANN S.P.A., Italy. Date of Decision: December 26, 2012. Controller’s Name: Hardev Karar, Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs, Patent Office, New Delhi. Facts: The application was filed for “POLYMORPHIC FORMS OF…


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Spicy IP Weekly Review: December Weeks 2 and 3


For the readers of Spicy IP, we bring yet another sum-up of IP news and events in the past few days to mark the festive season. It started with Rajiv coming up with the list of the 102 decisions that the Controller’s Office has come up with in November, 2012.   Image from here This was followed by a guest post from Snigdha Roy, a 3rd Year student from GNLU, as the first installment in the Spicy IP Fellowship post-series….


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Trademark

Royalty Payment by Subsidiaries: Bane of Minority Investors?


(Image taken from here)Payment of royalty has been one of the time-honoured ways of incentivizing knowledge and technology transfer and usage of brand name or trademark for business affairs. Few years back in 2009, the Indian government had waived the requirement of payment of such royalty by Indian companies to multinational corporations to be subjected to prior government approval (by the Project Approval Board in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion). Instead, such payments up to any amount had…


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Copyright

BCCI blocks Photo Agencies in India-England Test Series: International News Agencies say "It’s not Cricket!"


(Image taken from here)Well, the cricket enthusiasts among the readers of Spicy IP are no doubt glued to the daily reports of the India-England ongoing test series, with the series poised on 1-1 in a tantalizing manner. The traditionalists would undoubtedly swear by the attractions of a well-crafted test match news report (with stalwarts like Neville Cardus having created not a few rare gems in that field). However, it is not the fate of the entire global populace to savour…


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