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International Patent Drafting Competition to be held by IIPRD


Details of the International Patent Drafting Competition from the official website

SpicyIP is very happy to announce that the Institute of Intellectual Property Research and Development (IIPRD) is soon to conduct the International Patent Drafting Competition (IPDC) 2016! The IPDC has come to be after the success of the National Patent Drafting Competition (NPDC) 2015, which started as an initiative to spread awareness on patent issues whilst also seeking to enable practitioners to understand the essentials of patent drafting. The IPDC also hopes to promote the development of the skill of…


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SpicyIP Events: Public Lecture on ‘Free Speech and Free Markets: The View from Intellectual Property’


The Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition at National Law University, Delhi is organising a public lecture on ‘Free Speech and Free Markets: The View from Intellectual Property’ at 5:00 PM on May 26, 2016 at the campus of National Law University, Delhi. Prof. Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program at Syracuse University College of Law, shall be delivering this lecture. The lecture shall explore the relationship between the marketplace for goods and services, and the marketplace…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: FICCI’s Online Certificate Courses on IPR- Announcement for Registration


We are happy to inform our readers that a new round of registrations has commenced for the online certificate course on “Intellectual Property Rights & Competition Law (IPComp)” conducted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). FICCI has been organising this course for over 5 years now, with the aim of imparting a quality IP education to students and professionals. Please note that registration for the course has already started. Read on for more details about…


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TAMU: Post-grad and meet & greet opportunities


We have some exciting news for readers who may be interested in higher education opportunities. The Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law, ranked amongst the top 14 IP law programmes in the USA, is offering post-graduate programs in IP Law, and IP Jurisprudence. The Center has also expanded in the past academic year to include some stellar faculty of which Professor(s) Peter Yu, Srividhya Ragavan and Irene Calboli all have expertise in Asia and India…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (10th – 24th April)


This review is brought to you by Rahul Bajaj, SpicyIP Fellow 2016-17. SpicyIP Highlight Our highlight of the week definitely was a two-part post from our SpicyIP fellowship applicant, Prateek Surisetti, on the copyrightability of literary characters. In his first post, Prateek notes that courts typically apply two main tests: the “especially distinctive” test and the “story being told” test for determining whether a character is copyrightable. He then examines the main factors that have been evolved by courts for…


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Will the Stairway to Heaven Case Pave the Way for the Highway to Hell for Copyright Defendants?


This post is authored by Rahul Bajaj, SpicyIP Fellow 2016-17. One of the wisest judges of the 20th century, Judge Learned Hand, once famously observed: “It must be remembered that while there are an enormous number of possible permutations of the musical notes of the scale, only a few are pleasing; and much fewer still suit the infantile demands of the popular ear. Recurrence is not therefore an inevitable badge of plagiarism.” Sadly, far too many copyright lawyers and judges…


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SpicyIP Events: Conference on WTO Dispute Settlement- Between Honest Admiration and Candid Criticism


The Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi is organising an international Conference on “WTO Dispute Settlement: Between Honest Admiration and Candid Criticism”. The Conference will be held on May 2 – 3, 2016 at Old Conference Hall, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, B-21, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi. The Conference will feature legal practitioners, academics, and government officials who are currently associated with the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism (DSM). Some of the topics intended to…


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Patent

WIPO report on Patents and Access to Medicines generates controversy.


This piece is authored by Rupali Samuel, Analyst, SpicyIP. WIPO published a report on 11th April 2016 titled “Patent-based Analysis of the World Health Organization’s 2013 Model List of Essential Medicines” authored by Reed F. Beall and Amir Attaran of the University of Ottawa that aims to empirically test the effect of patents on access to medicines. Their conclusion is that only 2% of the medicines on the WHO Essential Medicines List are covered by patents so as to block generic…


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SpicyIP Events: Join the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Orlando, Florida in May for the 2016 INTA Annual Meeting


This post has been authored by Gauri Kumar, India Consultant, International Trademark Association. This May, the global IP community will convene in Orlando, Florida for the 138th Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA). Over 250 practitioners from across India have already registered and will join an estimated 8,500 fellow IP professionals from 150 countries. Together, they will take part in five days of business development, education, networking and policy discussions. The INTA Annual Meeting is regarded as the must-attend…


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SpicyIP Events: First Annual Roundtable on Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition


SpicyIP is happy to announce that the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property & Competition (CIIPC), National Law University- Delhi is hosting its first Annual Roundtable on Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Competition on 1st & 2nd April, 2016 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. CIIPC is happy to extend an offer to accommodate around 10 participants (on a first-come-first-served) basis. Those interested, please RSVP to [email protected] by 10:00 AM on 1st April, 2016. The detailed programme for the event can be downloaded here: Final Agenda…


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