Swaraj Paul Barooah

Swaraj Paul Barooah

Follow @swarajpb Swaraj has a deep interest in IP, Innovation and Information policy, especially when they involve issues relating to Access to Knowledge, Innovation incentive mechanisms, Digital Freedoms, Open Access, Education, Health and Development. After his BA, LLB (hons) from Nalsar Univ of Law, Hyderabad, he went on to do his LLM from UC Berkeley in 2010. He is now pursuing his J.S.D. degree from UC Berkeley where he is focusing on Drug Innovation Policy and Access to Medicines. Aside from SpicyIP, he is also engaged as a consultant on various IP matters, and is a visiting faculty member at Nalsar Univ of Law. He is also in the process of starting up a New Delhi based "IP, Innovation & Information Policy" focused think-tank.

Drug Regulation Innovation Patent

The good that Martin Shkreli has done


As many of our readers may have heard by now, Martin Shkreli, ex-hedge fund manager and current founder and CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals is currently in the eye of a torrid storm of anger after he increased the price of Daraprim overnight from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill. This 5500% increase came within 2 months of acquiring the rights to the drug from Impax laboratories. Daraprim is a treatment for toxoplasmosis, which affects people whose immune systems have been weakened by chemotherapy,…


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Patent

New CRI Guidelines seem to be result of Patent Office Overreach


Troubling times lie ahead for the Indian IT sector as the recently released Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions seem to have opened the backdoor to software patenting. While the intention of the Patent Office in releasing these Guidelines may have simply been to help foster some clarity and uniformity in patent office practice, the language of the Guidelines paves the way for some unexpected policy changes. Several policy think tanks including iSpirt, Software Freedom Law Centre, Centre for Internet and Society, etc have expressed…


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Innovation

Global Innovation Index 2015: Looking at India’s performance


The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2015, released yesterday, saw India ranked a disappointing 81 out of the 141 countries surveyed. Topping the list for the 5th year running is Switzerland, followed by UK and Sweden. The GII, currently in its 8th edition, is an annual report co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Using 79 indicators from over 30 international sources, and with a transparent and replicable computation methodology, it is widely recognized as the…


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Others

SpicyIP – Call for bloggers!


2015 marks the completion of ten years since we started out our journey to promote awareness about intellectual property issues in India. These years have been exciting, enriching and have given us the opportunity to learn from all our readers as well as add our bit towards discussing the issues that were of concern to us. To continue this process of collaborative learning, Spicy IP is extremely pleased to announce that we are keen to infuse our team with new blood….


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Patent

Guest Post: Symed’s Linezolid patent case – A response


A couple of weeks ago, Rupali carried a piece on the blog titled “‘Glenmark process’ does not violate Symed’s linezolid patent: DHC“. Shortly after, we received an email from Symed stating that the post did not accurately convey the situation at hand. Both the author and I looked over the post and did not see anything amiss, and went on to make some minor clarificatory edits. At this point, I should admit that though I should have, I did not follow up with…


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Others

Breaking News: IPAB SLP Dismissed!


[Posted on behalf of Prof. Shamnad Basheer, as taken from his email sent out to the SpicyIP subscriber list earlier today]:  In a significant development for Indian IP law, the Supreme Court (a bench consisting of Justices Gogoi and Ramanna) dismissed the government’s appeal in our IPAB PIL matter. With this dismissal, the earlier Madras High Court ruling striking down key provisions of the IPAB as unconstitutional has attained finality. By way of background, I had filed a PIL (public interest…


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Traditional Knowledge

Guest Post: Safeguarding the Sacredness of Traditional Knowledge – an Argument for a Sui Generis Framework for its Protection


With the current debates and discussions going on around Traditional Knowledge (for e.g., see Praveen Raj’s guest post here, or IPKat’s recent post here) we’re happy to bring our readers a sharp guest post by Rahul Bajaj looking into the intricacies of how a sui generis framework for TK could/should work. Rahul Bajaj is a 4th year law student from Nagpur and is passionate about constitutional law, intellectual property law, cyber law and disability law. He is particularly interested in studying the…


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Others

Guest Post: gTLD fun .sucks me not


We’re happy to bring our readers a very interesting guest post by Santosh Vikram Singh on what could turn out to be a huge cyber-squatting issue – it turns out that there is a recently launched gTLD (such as “.com”, or “.org”, etc) which may be uniquely situated to bring together criticism/trolling over any topic, company or person! A fascinating issue which may be especially relevant to big brands and celebrities of all varieties, do read on for more. Santosh is a…


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Patent

US, Switzerland take out WTO gun for India’s Sec 3(d); point at foot


In yet another “Indian Pharma Patent Policy” centric international development, an article from LiveMint (view here), reports that India’s Section 3(d) may be facing pressure from a relatively unexplored angle. According to the article, US and Switzerland may be coming up with a creative approach to bring India to the WTO dispute settlement system. Up till now, despite all the pressure by US, India’s pharmaceutical patent provisions had not been challenged at the WTO arena, presumably because any such challenge would be a…


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Innovation Others Patent

Innovation, Progress, Ambition and Censorship


I recently came across two very interesting articles, the ideas of which our policy makers would do well to keep in mind. The first, a broadly focused piece, titled “Between Innovation and Progress“ is a response by Prof Siva Vaidhyanathan (Univ of Virginia) to the interestingly poised question “Has “innovation” supplanted the idea of progress?“. The second piece, more specific to India, is the opening editorial in the “Science in India” special issue of the highly respected “Nature” science journal, titled…


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