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National IPR Policy 1st draft is out


The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has put up the 1st draft of the National IPR Policy submitted by the IPR Think Tank chaired by Justice Prabha Sridevan. The draft, dated 19th December, appears to have been uploaded today. Presumably the ‘confidential’ tag that it displays no longer applies. While I’ve only been able to glance at it so far, it does appear to be a balanced document and a positive step forward. We shall bring you a…


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Guest Post: The Twelve Gifts of a National Intellectual Property Policy


In a recent post here, we had unveiled the Baseline Draft National IP Policy that I opined, though later mysteriously discarded, was a very well thought out document. We’re delighted to bring to our readers a fantastic guest post by Prof Sivaramjani Thambisetty with further thought on what a National IP Policy ought to consider. Prof Thambisetty is an Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a long time friend of the blog. As…


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Hear from our Fellows 2014-15!


As I mentioned yesterday, the application window for the SpicyIP Fellowship 2015-16 will open next week. To be considered, applicants will need to submit at least 3 posts within the 6 week period between December 8th, 2014 and January 16th, 2015. For those who are wondering whether this is something they want to try their hand at or not, here are some words from our current Fellows on their experience with the team. “The SpicyIP Fellowship was the best thing…


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Announcing the 2015-16 SpicyIP Fellowship!


Following the great success of the previous two editions of our SpicyIP Annual Fellowship, we’d like to announce the 3rd edition of the SpicyIP Annual Fellowship – for the year 2015-16! We’re also very happy to announce that after nearly a year of great work on the blog, all three of our present SpicyIP Fellows – Devika Agarwal, Spadika Jayaraj and Thomas Vallianeth – have been invited to stay on with the team after their fellowship period expires in February, 2015!…


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The Draft IP Policy that’s MIA, & more on the Think Tank


This post will (1) release the draft National IPR Policy that had been submitted by the (earlier formed) three-member committee; (2) discuss how it has been arbitrarily side-lined by the DIPP; and (3) take a look at some of the questions being directed towards the newly constituted IPR Think Tank. New readers may also want to check my background post here – National IPR Think Tank – Whats Going On?   I. The Draft IP Policy that was assigned and then ignored  As I…


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National IPR Think tank – What’s going on?


[Editor’s note: There is now a follow up post available here] The new IPR think tank has opened up questions galore! What exactly is going on here? In this post, I’m putting forth three questions I’d like to see answers to: 1. Sagnik Dutta at Frontline has come out with an in-depth article on some rather questionable decisions by the Government with respect to the new National IPR think-tank that was constituted recently. (See our post on it here). The Department…


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US IP Lobby’s scheduled meet with Indian judiciary raises Conflict of Interest concerns


In a rather worrying development, it appears that US-based “Intellectual Property Owners Association” (IPO), possibly in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), has arranged a series of exclusive meetings with members of the Indian Judiciary, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board, Custom officials and Intellectual Property Offices in Delhi and Chennai. Despite its innocuous sounding title, the IPO’s Innovation Dialog Trip to India (Nov 16 – 21) is a big cause for concern. As this ToI article points out, “The delegation…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Prof N.S.Gopalakrishnan reinstated as MHRD Chair


With more good news on the IP front – the renowned Prof. N.S. Gopalakrishnan has been reinstated as the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) Chair for IP at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Readers may remember that nearly a year ago, Prof Gopalakrishan was arbitrarily dismissed from the MHRD IP Chair; shortly thereafter Prof Yogesh Pai was also removed from the MHRD IP Chair from NLU-Jodhpur. We had also put together a petition protesting against…


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Infosys Prize 2014 – Congratulations Prof Basheer!


We are absolutely delighted to hear that Prof Shamnad Basheer has recently been selected as one of six winners for the Infosys Prize, 2014, for his work in IP as well as in legal education. The Infosys Prize, administered by the Infosys Science Foundation and now in its 6th year, honours ‘high-caliber researchers [under the age of 50] for impactful contributions to their fields’ – and ‘impact’ is certainly something that that Shamnad has had – be it in bridging theory…


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Petition for Freeing “Standards” for Public Use


Brief Summary: Public.Resource.Org, a non-profit that works on spreading knowledge on the Internet for the benefit of the general public, along with a few other concerned folks have petitioned the Government to make the currently pay-walled “Indian Standards” available and accessible to the general public for free. As the petition points out, since these Standards govern the safety and reliability of several thousands of day to day products & processes, there are several unnecessary negative cascading effects that the current financial…


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