Category Archives: Drug Regulation

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (December 28 – January 3)


Topical Highlight Sci-Hub and Libgen Up against Academic Publishers: A Death Knell for Access to Research? – Part I In this three-part post, Nikhil dissects the ongoing copyright litigation in the Delhi High Court by three big publishing houses, namely Elsevier, Wiley and ACM against the shadow libraries Libgen and Sci-Hub, alongwith the interpretive issues before the court. In Part I, he explains the background of the dispute and analyses the dynamic injunction plea sought by the plaintiffs. He argues that a thorough…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (November 16 – 22)


Topical Highlight The Antitrust App Store Wars Come to India In this guest post, Dr Kathuria looks into the latest ‘digital gatekeeping’ controversy that Big Tech has found itself in in India, with the Competition Commission of India having ordered an investigation into Google’s conduct relating to Google Pay and the Play Store. He notes that the CCI has prima facie correctly identified the relevant market. He then notes that even if Google Pay were to be considered in compliance…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (October 5 – 11)


Topical Highlight IPAB to Fix Statutory Licensing Rate for Radio Royalties after 10 Years In this post, Adyasha discusses the IPAB’s recent interim order which maintains the status quo of the royalty rate for radio broadcasts under statutory licensing. Subsequently, IPAB issued a public notice inviting suggestions from stakeholders regarding fixing royalty rates. Adyasha analyses the context in which Section 31D of the Copyright Act was added by way of amendment in 2012 to note that the purpose of the…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (August 24 – 30)


Topical Highlight Patanjali’s Coronil Trademark: The Dilemma of Dilution In this post, Adyasha discusses the Madras High Court’s recent order restraining Patanjali from using the word ‘Coronil’ on its immunity-booster tablets. She argues that the Single Judge’s interpretation of dilution under Section 29(4) of the Trade Marks Act 1999, is riddled with serious inconsistencies. Patanjali contended that Arudra’s trademarks did not meet the well-known mark threshold for Section 29(4) to apply. However, the Court held that ‘reputation in India’ was to be…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (July 6 – 12)


Topical Highlight Telegram Copyright Infringement Case: India’s Chance to Seek Inspiration from Foreign Principles In a guest post, Abhishek Iyer discussed the issue of intermediary liability in light of the Telegram copyright infringement case. The post first discusses the burden of knowledge with respect to e-notices to understand Telegram’s liability given the requirement of ‘specific and actual knowledge’ of intermediaries with respect to infringement of copyrighted material. The doctrine of inducement used in US Courts is discussed to determine Telegram’s…


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Drug Regulation Patent

DPCO’s Para 32 Conundrum Continues: Price Control Exemptions for Newly Patented Drugs


Earlier in February, I had written about a petition filed by AIDAN challenging Paragraph 32 of the Drug (Prices Control) Order 2013 (DPCO) and the Drug (Prices Control) Amendment Order, 2019. Para. 32 of the DPCO creates a provision for the exemption of certain drugs from price control. One of the exemptions under Para. 32, brought in through the 2019 amendment, is for ‘new drugs’ patented under the Indian Patents Act, 1970. The latest provision, after the amendment, reads –…


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COVID-19 Drug Regulation Patent

Nationalism, Drugs and Public Interest – Remdesivir and Beyond


A few days ago, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that their President has struck an ‘amazing deal’ with Gilead, that ensured nearly all of Gilead’s projected production of Remdesivir for the next three months are secured by the US. “Nearly all” in this case, refers to 100% of Gilead’s projected production of Remdesivir for July, and 90% of the projected production for August and September. This is after US has already kept about 60% (940,000)…


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Drug Regulation Patent

USTR Special 301 Review (2020) Submissions – Continued


Special 301

As readers may know, the Special 301 Review is an effort by the US Trade Representative (USTR) to identify countries whose IP regimes are not conducive to US persons’ IP interests, with the stated goal of increasing bilateral attention on ‘problem areas’. This has most frequently been done through the threat of unilateral sanctions (see our posts on earlier editions of the Special 301 review here). This year’s report has come out as well – with India once again being…


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Drug Regulation Patent

Delhi HC Allows Genentech’s Internal Expert to Inspect Reliance’s Documents in Trastuzumab Suit: Dilution of Confidentiality Club?


On 2nd March, a Single Judge of the Delhi High Court in the case of Genentech Inc. and Ors. v. Drugs Controller General of India and Ors. passed an order, which effectively allowed Genentech’s in-house employee/expert to inspect the documents placed on record under a Confidentiality Club. This is the Trastuzumab litigation involving Reliance. This litigation saga has been covered on several occasions including here, here, here, here, here and here. When I first heard of this order, I was…


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An Overview of the Lobbying against Indian IP Law before the USTR


Every year, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts hearings for its ‘Special 301’ report. The report which draws its name from Section 301 of the Trade Act, 1974 is meant to name and shame America’s trading partners based on their efforts to protect American intellectual property. This report then feeds into other reports by the USTR, such as the National Trade Estimate on Foreign Trade Barriers which forms the basis of the American President’s trade policy. In almost all…


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