Category Archives: Geographical Indication

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (December 13-December 19)


  Summarizing the three posts covered on the blog last week, we bring to you 17 case summaries, and other national and international IP developments. Important IP cases that we’re missing out on? Especially from other High Courts? Please let us know so we can include them! Also we are thankful for the comments from our readers on the format of the weekly reviews, we have tried something new this time. Do let us know how you like it! Highlight…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: IPD Updates in Delhi, Calcutta and Madras High Courts


Recently it was announced that a new roster of judges will take charge of the Delhi High Court’s Intellectual Property Division (IPD), with effect from November 28, 2022 (pdf). The new roster shall comprise Justice C. Hari Shankar, Justice Sanjeev Nirula and Justice Amit Bansal and will take over the division from Justice Prathiba M. Singh, Justice Navin Chawla and Justice Jyoti Singh. The earlier roster was effective from July 4, 2022.  IPD, Delhi High Court was formed on the…


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Spicy IP Weekly Review (November 22- November 28)


It’s been another IP heavy week for the Indian IP landscape! Here is the last week’s review, discussing the 5 posts published on the blog along with summaries of 16 IP cases from Delhi High Court and a few national and international IP developments. (Important IP cases that we’re missing out on? Especially from other High Courts? Please let us know so we can include them!)   Highlights of the Week Copyright and Classical Music: Not the Best Fusion? Akshat…


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Spicy IP Weekly Review (November 16- November 21)


Here is our weekly review containing briefs of posts from the past week, 22 case summaries, and a few national and international IP developments. Do let us know in case you think we missed out on anything!       Highlights of the Week Pharmaceutical Trademark Confusion: Poison Pill or Public Health? Aparajita writes about the need of higher scrutiny while comparing competing marks in pharmaceutical products for similarity and confusion. She highlights that despite an order from the Supreme…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (November 1- November 7, 2022)


Dear readers, as you may have noticed, after a bit of a slowdown, SpicyIP is once again picking up steam and we will be looking to bring you the spicy IP updates that you have been used to! On that note, SpicyIP is happy to let our readers know that we’re restarting our weekly reviews. The weekly reviews will consist of short reviews of the past week’s blogposts, as well as caselaw from the previous week that we have been…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 27 – October 3)


Zolgensma and the Inadequacies of the Compulsory Licensing Regime In a guest post, Akhil wrote about Zolgensma, Novartis’ gene therapy medication prescribed for treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (‘SMA’). Akhil discusses the compulsory licensing provisions in the TRIPS Agreement, as well as the objectives and principles relating to safeguarding public interest in Articles 7 and 8 and how they find reflection in India’s Patent Act. Breaking down the 3 tests of reasonably meeting the requirements of public, reasonable affordability and…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 20- 26)


ASĀVA v. RAMPUR ASAWA: Bombay HC Sets the Record Straight on Deceptive Similarity In this post, Adyasha analyses a recent trademark infringement dispute before the Bombay High Court over the ‘RAMPUR ASĀVA’ mark for alcoholic beverages. While the Single Judge bench ruled in favour of the defendant, the Division Bench overruled that order. Adyasha first provides the factual background and the reasons behind the Single Judge’s refusal of the interim injunction. She notes that the Single Judge agreed with the…


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The End of the IPAB and Lessons on Concentration of Judicial Powers


We’re pleased to bring to you this guest post by our former and one of the most prolific bloggers, Prashant Reddy. The End of the IPAB and Lessons on Concentration of Judicial Powers Prashant Reddy India’s much troubled Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) was officially buried on August 14, 2021 when the President of India gave his assent to the Tribunals Reforms Act, 2021 enacted by Parliament. With the enactment of this law, the jurisdiction of the IPAB moves back…


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Back from the Dead? Parliamentary Committee on IP suggests against scrapping of IPAB


One may recall the scene in Macbeth where he encounters the ghost of his former friend Banquo and exclaims in disbelief. I am sure many would have exclaimed with similar sentiment after reading the suggestions of the recent Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on Review of IPR regime in India, which suggests re-institution of IPAB. At the outset, let me clarify, I am in no way against the idea of having a dedicated IP court, which will ensure timely disposal of…


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A Parliamentary Standing Committee Report that Challenges the Fine Balances Within the IP System


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As some of our readers may have noted, a Parliamentary Standing Committee Report, titled ‘Review of the Intellectual Property Rights Regime in India’ was released on July 23, 2021. Though the report gives some word space to ‘public interest’ and similar concepts, the overall approach seems to be a very pro-industry one, with academia and civil society stakeholders not even being consulted, even though corporate trade groups’ and law firms’ views were heard (see para 2, introduction). The 153 page report…


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