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SpicyIP Event: IP Week @ SG 2014


We’d like to bring to our readers notice, IP Week @ SG 2014. Details are as follows: “The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore will hold its flagship IP Week @ SG 2014 event from 25 to 27 August. Created for C-suite executives, business leaders and IP thought leaders, the conference serves as a platform for the IP community to network and exchange insights on the latest trends and developments. In its third edition, IP Week @ SG 2014 aims to…


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Copyright

SpicyIP Tidbit: Monkeying around with the Public Domain & Copyright


IP enthusiasts across the world are having an absolute field day with the recent Wikipedia monkey copyright controversy! For those not in the know yet, even as some humans are having trouble taking pictures of themselves, or “selfies” as they are now known [Exhibit A: Usain Bolt fan’s selfie fails, as camera faces wrong way], back in 2011, a rather handsome black macaca nigra monkey based in Indonesia swiped a traveling British photographer’s camera and then proceeded to snap a whole…


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Copyright

Guest Post: Pran Kumar Sharma passes away


Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of the beloved Chacha Chaudhary Comics, passed away early on Wednesday morning at a hospital in Gurgaon. He was 75. The news of the demise of the creator of India’s very own original superhero, (Chacha Chaudhary, whose brain works faster than a computer!) was a hard hit to many of us, who have fond childhood memories of poring over these comics, oft over many a summer afternoon, or through long train journeys. With a career…


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Others

Sec. 144 & Patent Rules challenged, Delhi High Court asks Centre to reply


The Delhi High Court yesterday issued notice in a Public Interest Litigation filed by our very own Prof. Shamnad Basheer, on the denial of requests for information under the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) by the Indian Patent Office (IPO). (See also: news reports carried by Mint, ET, LiveLaw, Legally India)  Readers would recollect the volte-face by the Patent Office in 2012, where they asked Sumathi Chandrasekharan and Prashant Reddy (former SpicyIP bloggers) to pay obnoxious amounts to get files relating…


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Patent Trademark

Ghost Post: Controllers stuck between a grant and a hard time?


A few of our recent posts have focused on the executive power of the Patent and Trademark Office (IPTO). Spadika’s post on the order triggering this debate — (Intellectual Property Attorneys Association (IPAA) unsuccessfully challenged an order by the Trademark Registry pertaining to Pre-Registration Amendments of Trademark Application) —  can be found here. Shamnad then followed it up with his post that commended the trend of judicialising the executive, while also critiquing the reasoning in that order. We then had…


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Others

SpicyIP named in list of Top 50 IP influences once again!


We are extremely pleased to announce that SpicyIP has been named in ManagingIP’s 2014 list of 50 most influential people in IP worldwide! I reproduce their introduction followed by their portion on SpicyIP. “This is the 12th year we have compiled a list of the 50 most influential people in IP worldwide. Over that time, ideas about influence have changed. It’s no longer the case that IP law and policy is determined by self-important officials sitting in the centres of…


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Event: Seminar on Theory of Inventive Problem Solving – Bangalore, August 1st


IPMetrix is organizing a seminar on “TRIZ” also known as “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving”. Research & Development heads, Engineering, CTO’S Product Designers, Process Designers & New Product Developers may find this seminar to be of interest. Please find the details as mentioned below.   Course Details Registration Details About TRIZ:·      TRIZ is a premier disruptive technology for innovation that can be used throughout many industries and sciences.·      TRIZ is a systematic process that develops critical thinking skills and promotes creativity…


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Innovation

Global Innovation Index 2014 released: A look at India’s performance


Earlier today, WIPO released the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2014. The GII is perhaps the most nuanced and holistic annual innovation index that currently exists. The GII 2014 covers 143 economies and uses 81 indicators across a variety of themes. It is co-published by WIPO, Cornell University and INSEAD. You can see our coverage of previous GII editions and how India performed here: 2013, 2012 & 2011. At the outset – this may not be a perfect one, but let me…


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SpicyIP Event: Nominations Declared For IP Awards – Premier IPR Conclave 2014, Mumbai


We’re happy to bring you news of the 3rd Annual Legal Era IPR Conclave & Awards on “IPR: Global Innovation and Growth”! “With an aim to strike a balance between global and economic growth and public policy LegalEra presents you with IPR Conclave & Awards 2014, a unique forum on Intellectual Property Rights which involves discussions from creative as well as business and legal perspectives.” Please see the details of the panels, speakers and nominees below:


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