Swaraj Paul Barooah



The Shamnad Basheer IP/Trade Fellowship with Texas A&M University School of Law [Apply by Sep 15]

A picture of Prof Shamnad Basheer

Even as we continue to come to terms with the passing of Prof. Shamnad Basheer, it has been of some comfort to hear of the various initiatives and ideas that people have started considering to help continue carry his legacy forward, in both the IDIA community as well as the IP community. While we look forward to seeing many of these ideas bloom, we are pleased to bring to our readers news of one such initiative that has just been…

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India’s National IPR Policy Approved

India’s National IPR Policy was approved by the Union Cabinet yesterday. Readers can view the final policy here (PDF). I’m yet to go through it, so am reserving comments for now. Our previous posts on the draft policy can be found here. Press release pasted below: “Creative India; Innovative India: रचनात्मक भारत; अभिनव भारत”  The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy that will lay the future roadmap for intellectual property in India. The Policy recognises…

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IP lawyer copies IP lawyer, on copying!

[This post has been authored by Gopika and is being posted on her behalf]. [Update: We have an update to the post, as described at the bottom of the post]. The heights of irony! What do you do when an IP lawyer copies an IP lawyer – on the topic of copying? A few days ago, Ms. Leila Amineddoleh, partner and co-founder of Galluzzo & Amineddoleh LLP and a specialist in art and IP law, alleged plagiarism (see here) of…

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Latest RCEP IP Chapter leak reveals more cause for worry

Last night, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) managed to leak yet another updated version of the IP chapter of the secretive RCEP negotiations. The October 2015 version is now available on their site here. We had written on an earlier (June, 2015) draft that KEI had leaked here. As per Wikipedia, this is the 12th round of negotiations, and one more round of negotiation has happened (Feb, 2016) since this Oct 2015 draft. There are an expected 14 rounds scheduled, with the last one in September, 2016. An…

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Guest Post: Translating the Miracle of Marrakesh into Concrete Action – the Journey So Far

As recently announced, we have opened our 4th annual SpicyIP Fellowship series and are now accepting applications. [Click here to see how to apply]. Our first application this year comes from Rahul Bajaj, a very enterprising 4th year student from the University of Nagpur, where he looks at the current status of the Marrakesh Treaty. The Marrakesh Treaty adopted back in July, 2013 by 64 countries, and at the time hailed as a significant step towards increasing accessibility for the print-disabled, has…

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Guest Post: “Martin Shkreli: The Man of the (Pharma) Year 2015”

I’m very happy to bring you a guest post by a dear friend of the blog, Mr Zakir Thomas, on the entrepreneur who ironically may have managed to bring more scrutiny on the out-of-control circus that drug pricing is, than health activists have managed in years of trying! Yes, we’re talking about the infamous Martin Shkreli. Readers may remember that I had voiced a similar sentiment in my piece titled ‘The Good that Martin Shkreli has done“. In this piece, Zakir Thomas takes up…

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Copyright issues in Roche v. Cipla?

It turns out that aside from the myriad patent law issues involved in last week’s Roche v Cipla decision (see Rupali’s posts here: Part 1, Part 2), there may be some copyright considerations as well! It appears that paras 4 to 37 of the judgement are nearly identical to a 2013 note written in the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property by Shwetasree Majumdar (co-founder of Fidus Law Chambers, also one of our former bloggers) and Eashan Ghosh (of S. Majumdar…

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Guest Post: The National IP Policy which is generic, obvious and lacking in originality

Hot on the heels of the alleged leaked final draft of the National IP Policy that I posted about this morning, Prashant Reddy comes out with a scathing commentary on it. Without further ado, let’s get straight to it! The National IP Policy which is generic, obvious and lacking in originality Author: Prashant Reddy There’s been a mistake. The link that Swaraj provided in his previous post on the alleged final draft of the National IP policy (leaked by another blog) took…

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Final IP Policy draft leaked!

[15/10/2015 Update: As reported by LiveMint — DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant clarifies that this is not the final policy, only the final draft as submitted by the IP Think Tank. He says that the Government will make the final policy and it’ll be announced in 30-45 days. Presumably this means that internally comments are being made on the final think tank draft. It’ll be interesting to see what changes are made by the Government on this final draft by the…

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Creation of “Linux for Drugs” gets support from Tata Trusts

In what could turn out to be quite a significant development for pharma innovation combined with affordable medicines, Tata Trusts have announced that they will support the creation of the Open Source Pharmaceutical Foundation (OSPF), with operations commencing later this year, under the leadership of Mr Jaykumar Menon, Dr Tanjore Balganesh, Mr Bernard Munos and Dr Mathew Todd. As described, “OSPF seeks to support an alternative comprehensive, open source pharmaceutical innovation model driven by principles of openness, patient needs, and affordability.”…

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