SpicyIP Tidbits


1. Who’s really winning the IP race in India? Joff Wild, of Intellectual Asset Magazine, comments on the patent explosion in India, and who appear to be the actual beneficiaries of the policy changes in Indian IP … Worryingly for India, perhaps, is the fact that 80% of applications come from foreign companies… It seems to me that if India is to realise its huge potential, and the undoubted creativity of its population, a lot more work needs to be…


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SpicyIP Events


1. The Second National Bioethics Conference, presented by Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, is being held from 6-8 December 2007 (I caught this a bit late), at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore. The theme of this year’s conference is “Moral and ethical imperatives of health care technologies: Scientific, legal and socioeconomic perspectives on use and misuse”. The National Bioethics Conference (NBC) is a broad, multi-disciplinary, independent, participatory and national bioethics platform of the…


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Copyright

Golly, Google!, says T-series


Super Cassettes Industries Limited (SCIL), which owns the T-Series label, has won an interim restraining order against YouTube and its parent company Google in a copyright infringement case. The Delhi High Court passed a brief interim order restraining Youtube and Google from reproducing, adapting, distributing, communicating, transmitting, disseminating or displaying on their websites or otherwise infringing … any audio-visual works in which the plaintiff [SCIL] owns exclusive, valid and subsisting copyright. SCIL alleged that YouTube and Google have made available…


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SpicyIP Events


1. Symposium on Intellectual Property and Life Sciences Regulation organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization in cooperation with the Stockholm Network: November 16, 2007 Rapid evolution in the life sciences – in biomedical research, in agricultural biotechnology – has spurred two related trends, of relevance to policymakers: sharp increases in patenting activity, and strong public interest in ensuring appropriately rigorous regulation of new biotechnologies. And the interaction between intellectual property protection and regulatory mechanisms in the life sciences has…


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SpicyIP Tidbits


1. Bajaj-TVS spat revs up again India’s second largest two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL) on Saturday has asserted that the company is going to take necessary steps so that its intellectual property rights (IPR) remain protected. BAL is currently involved with TVS Motor Co over a patent issue involving the BAL’s Digital Twin Spark-ignition (DTS-i) which it claims TVS has copied in its new 125cc bike Flame. Flame is expected to hit the market by next month. Refuting Bajaj’s…


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Trademark

Babel’s back


It’s a story that’s been doing the rounds for some days now. Internationalised Domain Names, or IDNs, have come home: it will soon be possible to own domain names in a handful of Indian languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi and Sanskrit. The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) announced the launch of IDNs in five to six languages in the first phase of an ambitious project beginning early next year. (NIXI is a non-profit government agency that serves as…


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Copyright

Potter-troubles over for Puja organisers


The Delhi High Court has dismissed a petition by J K Rowling and Warner Brothers against a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area allegedly replicating Hogwarts Castle. In a brief order, the court refused to restrain the Durga Puja committee from using the statues and images of Harry Potter characters during the festival, TOI reports. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, however, made it clear that the court’s order would be applicable till October 26, saying, “any (further) use of…


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