Opportunities

Submission Guidelines for the Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on Intellectual Property Law


After the announcement of the Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on IP Law on May 14, we have received several emails from students asking similar questions regarding the format of the competition. We have answered a few such common questions below. In case you have any specific doubts, please feel free to email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 1. There is no registration fee or registration process for the competition. Just send…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 11 – 17)


(This post has been authored by our intern, Bhavik Shukla, a 5th year student at NLIU, Bhopal) Topical Highlight Reverse Engineering and Aarogya Setu App: Contracting Out of Fair Dealing? One of our former bloggers, Aparajita wrote a guest post examining the legal enforceability of the prohibition on reverse engineering imposed by the terms of service of the Govt’s COVID-19 tracking mobile app Aarogya Setu, in light of the fair use rights of users under Section 52 of the Copyright…


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SpicyIP Fellowship: Govt’s Draft Model Guidelines on Implementation of IPR Policy for Academic Institutions – A Critique


We are pleased to bring you a post by our Fellowship applicant, Shivam Kaushik, critiquing the Draft Model Guidelines on Implementation of IPR Policy for Academic Institutions that was released by the Government in September last year. Shivam is a 5th year law student at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. This is his first submission for the Fellowship. CIPAM’s Draft Model Guidelines on Implementation of IPR Policy for Academic Institutions: A Critique Shivam Kaushik In September 2019, the Department for Promotion…


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Trademark

Trademarking of Blockchain Technology and Virtual Currencies: An Unsolvable Conundrum?


We’re glad to bring you another post by our intern, Bhavik Shukla, discussing the various aspects of trademark registration for virtual currencies. Bhavik is a 5th year student at NLIU, Bhopal. His earlier posts on the blog can be viewed here, here, here, here, here and here. Trademarking of Blockchain Technology and Virtual Currencies: An Unsolvable Conundrum? Bhavik Shukla I read Arun’s post on trademarking of virtual currencies with much interest. He lucidly explained the concepts relating to the ‘befuddling’…


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Opportunities

Announcing the 1st Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on Intellectual Property Law


On the occasion of our Founder Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer’s 44th birth anniversary today, we at SpicyIP are proud to announce the first edition of the Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on Intellectual Property Law. Shamnad’s family has kindly consented to us conducting this competition in his name. A master with the pen, Shamnad was a prolific writer. Apart from publishing extensively in academic journals (most of the publications can be accessed on his SSRN page), he was also the rare Indian…


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Copyright COVID-19

Reverse Engineering and Aarogya Setu App: Contracting Out of Fair Dealing?


We’re excited to bring to you a guest post by one of our former bloggers, Aparajita Lath. Aparajita is a lawyer based in Bangalore. In this post, she examines the legal enforceability of the prohibition on reverse engineering imposed by the terms of service of the Govt’s COVID-19 tracking mobile app Aarogya Setu, in light of the fair use rights of users under Section 52 of the Copyright Act, 1957. Her previous posts on the blog can be viewed here….


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Copyright

SpicyIP Fellowship: Debate on Parallel Import of Books – Still Relevant in the Post-Amazon Age?


We’re delighted to bring to you another guest post by our Fellowship applicant Anupriya Dhonchak, discussing the relevance of the debate on the legality of parallel importation of books in India in the age of Kindle and e-books. Anupriya is a 4th year law student at National Law University, Delhi. Her earlier posts on the blog can be viewed here and here. Debate on Parallel Import of Books: Still Relevant in the Post-Amazon Age? Anupriya Dhonchak There was a raging…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 4 – 10)


(This post has been authored by our intern, Bhavik Shukla, a 5th year student at NLIU, Bhopal) In a guest post, Nikhil Purohit wrote about the decision of BMW AG v. Om Balajee Automobile (India), wherein the Delhi HC granted an interim injunction restraining the defendant from using the mark ‘DMW’. Beginning with the Court’s analysis on deceptive similarity, Nikhil notes that the Court failed to acknowledge the obvious differences in the parties’ logos. He further observes that the Court…


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Trademark

BMW v. ‘DMW’ E-Rickshaw: Did Delhi HC Grant Injunction Based on an Incomplete Assessment?


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Nikhil Purohit, analysing the Delhi High Court’s recent grant of an interim injunction restraining an e-rickshaw manufacturer from using the mark ‘DMW’, in a trademark infringement action by the luxury car manufacturer BMW. Nikhil is a 4th year student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. BMW v. ‘DMW’ E-Rickshaw: Did Delhi HC Grant Injunction Based on an Incomplete Assessment? Nikhil Purohit On March 23rd, the Delhi High…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (April 27 – May 3)


(This post has been authored by our intern, Bhavik Shukla, a 5th year student at NLIU, Bhopal) Topical Highlight Divij covered the legal aspects surrounding digital access to libraries with reference to the COVID-19 lockdown. He notes that the legality of digital book-lending efforts have posed unresolved challenges to the copyright law in India. He notes that Indian copyright law incorporates the first sale doctrine, but the same has not been extended to the digital medium due to the ease…


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