Swaraj Paul Barooah


Microsoft being FAT headed?

Hot off the heels of Bilski, there’s a new interesting, (though confusing) development in the software patent world. There has been a long-standing tension between the open source community and Microsoft, especially after Microsoft previously claimed the Linux and other open-source programmes violated more than 200 of its software patents. After years of threatening action over allegedly infringing elements of Linux, the open-source operating system, Microsoft has finally decided to approach U.S. District court in this regard. Microsoft claims 8…

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Follow up on ACTA

Readers will remember a secretive ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) – a proposed multi-lateral agreement with the supposed aim of fighting the growing trade of counterfeited and pirated goods world over. (I say ‘supposed’ because details of what’s actually going on in the discussion of an international agreement, which will have a large effect on most countries of the world, haven’t officially been released) The countries involved in the negotiation of its terms and provisions are USA, the EU, Japan, Canada…

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Patent Publication

‘Patent Agent Examination’ book released

Sheetal Chopra and Akash Taneja have released their book “Patent Agent Examination” which aims at providing an overview of the patents system. For one to become a registered patent agent in India, one needs to pass the India patent agent examination and this book aims at providing the required study material for taking this examination. Sheetal Chopra is a registered patent agent who is currently serving as Senior Assistant Director in the IPR Division of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers…

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Extensions of Copyrights?

The starting of this year also marked the end of the designated period of copyright protection over Mahatma Gandhi’s works. The Copyright Act provides for a period of 60 calendar years of copyright protection after the life of the author. The holders of the copyright, Navajivan Trust have decided not to ask for an extension of the copyright. “If you consider the spirit of Gandhian thought, one should not ask for such extension. And we have considered this issue and…

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The IGF and Open Standards

The IGF (Internet Governance Forum) recently held its 3rd meeting from the 3rd-6th December at Hyderabad. The IGF is an outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society which took place in 2005 where Governments had asked the UN Sec-Gen to convene a new forum for policy dialogue to discuss issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the Internet’s sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development. Meant to serve as a platform for dialogue between…

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Prelim report points to anti-competitive practices in EU’s pharma industry.

A preliminary report by the European Commission has revealed that blocking and delaying tactics of generic products by global drug companies have cost EU citizens about 3 billion euros every year. The Commission had launched a sector inquiry earlier this year, in the light of indication that there was a noticeable decline in the number of novel medicines reaching the market. From a study conducted across 17 EU states, the average of 40 per year (in the years 1995-1999), the…

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On the Mumbai attacks

We wish to give our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and the injured from the Mumbai attacks that started more than 36 hours ago and are still going on. Here at SpicyIP, we hope that at least this incident has been hideous enough for those in a position of responsibility to finally stand up and do more than merely condemn the attacks and ensure that terrorism is something that the common man no longer has to worry…

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SpicyIP Event: Training Courses by NIIPM, Nagpur

In line with their efforts to raise awareness about Intellectual Property Rights in India, the National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (NIIPM) is conducting a series of Training Courses at Nagpur in the month of December., the details of which are mentioned below. These courses run from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm and are open to any interested person 1. A 2 day Training Course on Patents, Designs, Trademarks and GI from 15-16th December. 2. A 1 day Training Course…

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SpicyIP Event: 2nd Annual International Conference on Counterfeiting & Piracy

As a follow up of the ongoing Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) initiative against Counterfeiting & Piracy, the CII in collaboration with Quality Brand Protection Committee (QBPC) is organizing its 2nd Annual Conference on Counterfeiting & Piracy on 12-13 November 2008 at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Sahar, Near International Airport, Mumbai. The Conference looks to: Serve as a platform to develop close and meaningful Co-operation with the stakeholders. Facilitate international cooperation in fortifying criminal and administrative enforcement of IP through networking….

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Drug Regulation

Spicy IP Tidbit: Govt. opposes new definition of Counterfeit Drugs

The Government has opposed the new definition of ‘counterfeit drugs’ which The International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce, backed by the World Health Organisation, has given for being too open-ended and vague. The new definition defines a counterfeit drug as one which “may include products with correct ingredients/components, with wrong ingredients/components, without active ingredients, with incorrect amounts of active ingredients, or with fake packaging”. This applies for counterfeit copies of branded as well as generic drugs. The new definition apparently also…

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