Vasundhara Majithia

Vasundhara Majithia is a fifth year student at National Law University, Jodhpur and a Senior Content Editor at the Journal of Intellectual Property Studies (JIPS). Intellectual property was introduced to her in her third year and she hasn’t quite gotten over it since. Her interests include an eclectic mix of Intellectual Property, Trade laws, Constitutional law, and commercial laws. When not frantically blogging, she can be found nose deep in fiction, researching serial killers, or cooking to escape hostel food.

Patent

The Clash of the Titans: Bajaj v TVS once again!


The motorcycle mega houses, Bajaj and TVS are at loggerheads yet again. The two companies are currently fighting it out over patents as well as disparaging advertisements. This post shall explore the recent developments in this controversy. In 2007, TVS filed for a patent for its invention titled “Shock Absorber with helper spring” which Bajaj opposed. The Chennai Patent Office, in the pre-grant opposition found in favour of Bajaj and refused the patent filed by TVS. The orders of the…


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Copyright

The Miracle of Marrakesh finally to be realised!


In a momentous occasion for persons with print disabilities, June 30th 2016 saw Canada become the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty). The significance of this 20th ratification, (almost exactly three years since the date of adoption) is due to Article 18 of the Treaty which provides that the Treaty shall come into force 3 months after the 20th country…


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Drug Regulation Trademark

India contemplates WTO action over EU Trademark Law


A few years ago, a series of in-transit drug seizures led to an outcry in the developing world. We have posted about this several times here. New developments have brought this issue into light once again. A quick recap In 2008, 17 seizures of generic drugs took place in EU on grounds of patent infringement as per EC Regulation 1383/2003. These drugs were in transit to and from developing countries. In 2010, India and Brazil started proceedings against the EU…


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Copyright

Kriti: “Creation” or Copy?


On the 22nd of June, a short film named “Kriti” was released on YouTube amongst much pomp and flare. Kriti is a psychological thriller directed by Shirish Kunder, and stars Manoj Bajpayee and Radhika Apte. The film crossed over a million views on YouTube within two days of its release However, on 24th June, a Nepali filmmaker, Aneel Neupane put up a plea on Facebook, alleging that Kriti was a copy of his short film, BOB! According to Neupane, he…


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Copyright

Udta Punjab: An IP Controversy [Part I]


Amidst the censorship controversy that had already engulfed Udta Punjab, the movie was leaked online just two days before its scheduled release. What’s more, the leaked torrent bears the “for censor” watermark, indicating that someone from within the censor board leaked the copy online. It has even been speculated that the censor board was trying to seek revenge from the move producers for their censorship victory. While this is not the first time that allegations of piracy have been made…


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Trademark

Plain Packaging: A Reality for India?


There have been some interesting new developments in the already controversial plain packaging issue. Simply put, this controversy revolves around the proposal to introduce bland, colourless packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products with just the name of the brand in plain text, accompanied by a large graphic health warning. This is done in order to make these products less attractive to young people. Read more about the plain packaging issue here and here. Plain Packaging PIL Recently, an Allahabad…


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