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Swaraj Paul Barooah

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See-sawing at Copenhagen


With hardly any time remaining for discussions at ‘Hopenhagen’, the position of IP in the treaty text continues to remain ambiguous, see-sawing between a number of IP references being mentioned (1st draft), to IP not being mentioned explicitly at all (2nd draft) , and back to IP being mentioned again in the 3rd draft text (provided by IP-Watch here) on the development and transfer of technology at the 7-18th December United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) being held at Copenhagen….


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Spicy IP Jobs: Research position at Neuchatel University


As part of the EU-funded Access to Pharmaceuticals (ATP) consortium, The Institute of Health Law at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland is seeking to fill a position of a Scientific Collaborator in an international research project on IP and Access to Pharmaceutical Products and for running the part on Compulsory Licensing, in the framework of the EU 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The ATP consortium recognizes the importance of equitable access to pharmaceuticals, especially in developing countries, and as such, focuses…


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Patent

OSDD still well on track


Readers may remember the Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) programme launched by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which we had blogged about a little over a year ago here. Started in September, 2008, the OSDD is a consortium of Indian as well as global researchers who are currently getting together to find a cure to Tuberculosis. As MIT’s Technology Review notes, November 23rd marked a red-letter day for OSDD since after about 14 months since its launch,…


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India approaches WTO as yet another seizure takes place


Even as India and other developing countries are on the verge of filing a formal complaint at the WTO with regard to the 17 highly controversial seizures which have occurred since late last year (which we have posted several times on here) yet another consignment of drugs has been seized last month on grounds of patent violation, this time in France. The consignment was of 1.74 million pills of the anti-platelet drug clopidogrel from Mumbai-based Macleods Pharma and was destined…


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Uncertainty at Bangkok Climate Change meet


The recent UN session on Climate change which ran from 28th September to 9th October in Bangkok, highlighted what has become an all too familiar scenario of a clash of interests between developed and developing countries leading to failed talks. The Bangkok meeting brought together delegates from over 180 countries to deal with the issue of the expiry of the Kyoto Protocol 2012 deadline for reduction of carbon emissions and with the goal of refining a 200 page draft agreement…


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Copyright

Print Impairment and Copyrights


There have recently been discussions by the CIS (The Center for Internet and Society) over some important issues relating to the intercourse of copyright protection and accessibility of content. Bringing up important points about the lack of access that certain categories of people have to printed material, they seek to approach the government for appropriate amendments to the present copyright laws. They have broadly defined ‘print impaired’ people as those who cannot access standard printed material due not only visual…


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Copyright

Proposed Copyright Amendment Bill


In the recent past, there have been a proposed set of amendments to the Copyright Act, which however, seem to be having a little trouble getting beyond the draft bill stage. While not much progress has occurred after this initial draft bill stage, the proposed amendments themselves are quite noteworthy. Indeed, back in 2006, there appears to be a response by ALF and a group of other NGOs to the HRD ministry with regard to certain proposed amendments. The draft…


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PRS to hold a Bill Analysis competition


PRS is holding their annual ANALYSIS competition in which the participants are to take and analyse one of the draft bills that will be coming up for debate in the Parliament. We take a special interest in this years edition since it includes the Draft National Innovation Bill which we have blogged on in earlier posts. “ANALYSIS 2009 is a national-level legislative analysis competitionorganised by PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi. Participants are expected to produce a succinct three-page analysis ofa…


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Microsoft Word at the receiving end of Patent Infringement suit


A ‘landmark’ injunction was granted against Microsoft on Tuesday, Aug 11th, when  the District Court of Eastern Texas granted an injunction against the buying, selling, importing and/or marketing of copies of Microsoft Word, one of Microsoft’s flagship products. Specifically, it bans any version of Word which can open ‘custom XML’ files (these include .DOCX, .DOCM, and .XML files) as these allegedly violate the patent of a Canadian company called i4i. It does however allow the for support and assistance for…


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JIPR joins Open Access Club


SpicyIP is happy to note that since earlier last month, the Journal of Intellectual Property Rights (JIPR), has been freely accessible online. The Journal, which is India’s main IPR Journal started in 1996, is currently available from 2002 to the present date, and can be browsed by Title, Author, Keywords or by Date. Further back issues are being worked on currently and will be uploaded in due time. The National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), which is…


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