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Guest Post: IP Services going Global


We’re pleased to bring our readers an extremely interesting guest post by Manoj Pillai that brings a very important perspective that’s been missing from our blog – the direction in which the patent infantry is headed. Manoj lives in New Delhi and does IP work. He co-founded LexOrbis, an IP firm, and co-promoted Clairvolex, an IP solutions provider. IP services is going global and soon it is going to be global IP Solutions A convergence of two significant developments in the…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Bombay HC dismisses challenge to Nexavar Compulsory License


Earlier today, Justice M.S. Sanklecha of the Bombay High Court dismissed a challenge by Bayer AG to the IPAB’s decision to grant Natco a compulsory license to manufacture and distribute a generic version of Bayer’s patented kidney cancer drug, Nexavar. As per the Mint report, Justice Sanklecha stated, “We don’t see a reason to interfere with the order passed by IPAB and, therefore, the case is dismissed.” In upholding the Nexavar compulsory license, generic versions of the drug can continue to…


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Copyright

Open Access: Students help revive and digitize rare books for Malayalam Wiki Library


The New Indian Express reports that in a terrific effort, more than 1000 school students and 234 members of the public across the state of Kerala digitized, proof-read and uploaded more than 150 rare and out-of-copyright Malayalam books as part of a digitization contest organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wiki Source project by the Centre for Internet and Society, the state government run [email protected] project, Swanthanthra Malayalam Computing and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi online library. While these rare books were…


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A quick note of appreciation


As many of you may know, our SpicyIP team consists of a small group of people (currently 7 students, 2 lawyers and 3 academics/policy folks) who take time out of our usual day-to-day activities to write about this area of law that we feel so passionately about. Though we do try, as I’m sure many of you can also appreciate, it is difficult to keep track of all the important developments occurring in the Indian IP scenario – especially, given…


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Innovation Overlaps in IP Privacy Trademark

Guest Post: ICANN and a Changing Internet


Kartik Chawla, a 3rd year student from Nalsar and frequent guest blogger, brings us a clear, in-depth explanation of some of the changes that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is bringing about to the internet, with an emphasis on trademark, security and architectural issues that may arise from these changes. The post is divided into 4 segments. First, the introduction and background to the topic. Secondly, the IP concerns. Third, he looks at Security and Architectural concerns…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: WIPO releases database for economics of IP


WIPO recently released a very useful database of academic literature on the economics of IP. In their words, WIPO’s Economics Literature Database provides an overview of key academic literature that has influenced thinking in the field of intellectual property (IP) economics. The Database is an ideal and convenient starting point for researchers, policy-makers, and anyone else interested in the economics of IP. Divided by ‘IP instrument’ as well as by ‘theme’ to make it easily searchable, I for one am…


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Copyright Innovation

EC can’t agree on IP norms but can agree on funding-bans for developing countries that don’t follow them?


On 1st and 2nd July, the European Commission has put out two significant, yet contradicting IPR related press releases. While the first one talks about possible funding bans for developing countries that ‘violate IPR rules’, the second press release is a perfect example of a major problem with the approach in the first press release! Read on for more: 1. “Strategy for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries” In a 19 page letter, addressed as ‘Communication…


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Innovation

$15 million prize money given to Mathematicians


Forbes reports that the Breakthrough Prize for Mathematics recently announced its first winners. Mathematics, though a fundamental bedrock of science, is often ignored by many including the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (who administer the Nobel prize). The Breakthrough Prizes are given for 3 fields – fundamental physics, life sciences and now maths. It was started by a group of people including Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Sergey Brin, Anna Wojcicki, Jack Ma, Cathy Zang,and Yuri and Julia Milner. The prize for maths…


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Copyright

India on International Piracy Watch-list; Reasons include presence on watch-list


In yet another unilaterally decided list, a caucus of US Congressmen have named India as one of four countries on their “International Creativity and Theft-prevention Caucus Watchlist”. The other three countries named are China, Russia and (surprisingly) Switzerland. The Congressmen include Bob Goodlatte, a co-author and sponsor of the infamous SOPA bill. For India, they state, “Despite a large domestic creative industry in film, music, and other copyright intensive industries, India continues to lag badly in both the legal framework for protection…


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Innovation

Mainstreaming delinkage


At the 67th World Health Assembly Last month saw the occurrence of a development which, even if small and under-reported, I would consider to be of significant importance – when the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) announced a decision to give the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat a mandate to create a pool fund that will allow the price of a drug to be delinked from the R&D costs involved in creating that drug. Though the fund is to be…


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