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Biological Diversity

India signs Nagoya protocol ahead of Hyderabad CBD meet


GoI yesterday announced that the Union Cabinet had approved the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, which India had signed in May, 2011. The Nagoya Protocol, as we’ve written before was a step in the right direction, but a very small one. India, along with other countries like Brazil, is considered to be ‘mega-diverse’ and the Nagoya Protocol is expected to benefit such countries the most – or more correctly, to protect these countries which are most…


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Copyright

WIPO defers PPI observer status


“Member governments of the World Intellectual Property Organization yesterday approved all but one application for international nongovernmental observer status at the UN agency: Pirate Parties International“. William New from IP-Watch brought this to the public’s attention yesterday in his piece entitled, “Delay Of Pirate Parties’ WIPO Observer Status Raises Questions.  This is indeed bound to raise many questions. There are currently about 250 members accredited with Observer status and a look at the eligibility requirements for the international NGO status that they…


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ICANN set to change the topography of the internet


Mr Arun Mohan had written a guest post for us back in 2011 when ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) announced they would liberalise the gTLD system. I am writing this post is to substantiate the developments of that announcement, but first to back up a bit and explain the background to this. (Warning: in analysing and predicting the growth of the internet, I may have used more space on the internet than our standard posts with this…


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Copyright

Guest post: Jannat 2 – Producers far from Angelic


We bring you another exciting guest post by Kruttika Vijay on copyright issues arising from the movie Jannat 2. The facts of the case, Kapil Chopra v. Kunal Deshmukh, could well be the plot of any successful Hindi movie. [editor’s note: The case is available here] Spoiler alert! A young scriptwriter narrates script to a well known film house. The film house shows interest in the script. And then there’s silence. A year later, there are promos of a new…


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Guest post: Whirlpool v. Videocon


One of our former bloggers, and my former classmate Kruttika Vijay, has returned to us with a guest post on a topic that has not received much attention here. After graduating from Nalsar University in 2009, she worked at Anand & Anand for a few years, and has now just begun her LLM degree at Stanford University. Hopefully, she says, this will be the first of many more guest posts by her in this coming year. Pictured above: Not Whirlpool’s registered…


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Innovation

Looking beyond IP Internalism


In a previous post, I had mentioned Kapczynski’s paper “The Cost of Price: Why and How to Get Beyond Intellectual Property Internalism“. Since then, I’ve had a chance to read it more thoroughly and will be reviewing the article here as it goes over a topic I personally find very important and relevant. (Full disclosure: I had RA-ed for Prof Amy Kapczynski in 2010 and she is also on my dissertation committee.) Also, Warning: Longer than usual and theoretical (but…


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Guest post: ICC Development v New Delhi Television


We bring you another guest post by Archana Sahadeva, this time reviewing a case just decided on fair dealing vis-a-vis Copyright and broadcast reproduction rights. (See previous guest post by Archana here)  ICC DEVELOPMENT (INTERNATIONAL) LTD & ANR. V. NEW DELHI TELEVISION LTD. CS (OS) No. 2416/2012 Decided: September 18, 2012  ­ The Hon’ble Delhi High Court is embroiled in a yet another dispute involving the copyright and broadcast reproduction rights of the Plaintiffs vis-à-vis the “Fair Dealing” defense raised by…


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Copyright Trademark

SpicyIP’s Weekly Review – September (Week 2)


SpicyIP had a slightly busier week than normal with a good variety of topics being covered this last week. For our previous weekly reviews, see here. (We are currently experimenting with different formats for this weekly review and will eventually settle into one format depending on what readers prefer)  I would peg the engaging debate that’s been going on between our writers over the OUP – DU case as our highlight of the week – Great dialogue about an interesting topic. (I…


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Copyright Patent

Trans-Pacific Partnership Act – A look at the IP provisions


Two months ago, we wrote about the ‘child of ACTA‘, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) (that post was covered by ExpressPharma along with more Indian views on the TPP here). Unfortunately though, the ‘shock’ factor that the ACTA had brought with it no longer seems to be present as the public conscience seems to be tired of dealing with the same issues over and over again. And that’s precisely what the TPP seems to be doing. The same lobbyists seem to…


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Guest Post: Securitization of IP – Part B


Continuing from part 1 of her post on Securitization of IP, Nehaa Chaudhari writes about Securitization of IP : PART B (This is a continuation of an earlier post, wherein PART A introduced the concept of securitization and its invocation into the field of intellectual property rights while highlighting generic concerns with the same. This part deals with specific issues that need to be addressed, the rating conundrum and ends with a few concluding remarks, based on the discussion in both…


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