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.

Copyright

Guest Post: IPRS, Indian Railways, & Rabindrasangeet (!)


Prashant Reddy, our most prolific blogger till date, takes a step out of blogging retirement to bring us this timely guest post on a curious development at the Indian Railways. It appears that IPRS, the copyright collecting society (or perhaps more appropriately, “company”, as they’ve also claimed), is trying to collect hefty royalty amounts from Indian Railways for playing Tagore’s music and other classic Bollywood melodies – the problem being that much of this is already in the public domain! This isn’t…


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Innovation Others

New year wishes: Let’s all contribute towards beautifying the IP landscape


The SpicyIP team would like to wish all our readers a very happy and prosperous new year!! As we look back on the year that was, the blog has seen a very spicy year! From welcoming in a terrific new bunch to the team, to hearing words of praise for the blog from Amartya Sen, to finding SpicyIP being cited by major newspaper across the world and even (at least) one news channel! And of course – 2015 will be the year…


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Innovation Patent

Guest Post: Innovation in the time of SEPs & FRAND licensing


As his first entry to our SpicyIP Fellowship applicant series, Kartik Chawla brings us an interesting post looking at the smartphone patent wars from an innovation perspective. He says a disruption in the smartphone sector may help overcome some of the issues that are cropping up with all the SEP and non-SEP related licensing trouble. Kartik is a 3rd year student from Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad and has written some guest posts for us earlier here. [Readers interested in finding out more…


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Patent

Guest Post: Seeking Clearance under Section 39 of the Patents Act? Think Again!


With his 2nd submission to our SpicyIP Fellowship applicant series, Aabhas Kshetarpal brings us a very interesting post looking at a recent decision of the Delhi High Court on the interpretation of section 39 of the Patents Act. He points out that the decision means that applicants filing a PCT application by way of a section 39 clearance may inadvertently delay their international filing date. He then goes on to suggest that the Court’s interpretation of the section may be incongruent with the…


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Copyright

Guest Post: Google Books in the Clear: The Appeal Process a Mere Formality?


We’re happy to bring you the 1st entry selected for our SpicyIP Fellowship applicant series! Aabhas Kshetarpal is a 4th year student at NLU, Jodhpur. In this post, he looks at the current status of the ongoing Google Books Library Project case and brings forth an interesting, even if possibly presumptive opinion that the bench seems to have already shown what direction they’d be taking with this case. Read on for more. [Readers interested in finding out more details about our SpicyIP…


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Copyright Innovation Others Patent Trademark Traditional Knowledge

National IPR Policy 1st draft is out


The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has put up the 1st draft of the National IPR Policy submitted by the IPR Think Tank chaired by Justice Prabha Sridevan. The draft, dated 19th December, appears to have been uploaded today. Presumably the ‘confidential’ tag that it displays no longer applies. While I’ve only been able to glance at it so far, it does appear to be a balanced document and a positive step forward. We shall bring you a…


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Copyright Innovation Others Patent Trademark Traditional Knowledge

Guest Post: The Twelve Gifts of a National Intellectual Property Policy


In a recent post here, we had unveiled the Baseline Draft National IP Policy that I opined, though later mysteriously discarded, was a very well thought out document. We’re delighted to bring to our readers a fantastic guest post by Prof Sivaramjani Thambisetty with further thought on what a National IP Policy ought to consider. Prof Thambisetty is an Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a long time friend of the blog. As…


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Others

Hear from our 2014-15 Fellows!


As I mentioned yesterday, the application window for the SpicyIP Fellowship 2015-16 will open next week. To be considered, applicants will need to submit at least 3 posts within the 6 week period between December 8th, 2014 and January 16th, 2015. For those who are wondering whether this is something they want to try their hand at or not, here are some words from our current Fellows on their experience with the team. “The SpicyIP Fellowship was the best thing…


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Others

Announcing the 2015-16 SpicyIP Fellowship!


Following the great success of the previous two editions of our SpicyIP Annual Fellowship, we’d like to announce the 3rd edition of the SpicyIP Annual Fellowship – for the year 2015-16! We’re also very happy to announce that after nearly a year of great work on the blog, all three of our present SpicyIP Fellows – Devika Agarwal, Spadika Jayaraj and Thomas Vallianeth – have been invited to stay on with the team after their fellowship period expires in February, 2015!…


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Others

The Draft IP Policy that’s MIA, & more on the Think Tank


This post will (1) release the draft National IPR Policy that had been submitted by the (earlier formed) three-member committee; (2) discuss how it has been arbitrarily side-lined by the DIPP; and (3) take a look at some of the questions being directed towards the newly constituted IPR Think Tank. New readers may also want to check my background post here – National IPR Think Tank – Whats Going On?   I. The Draft IP Policy that was assigned and then ignored  As I…


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