Category Archives: Innovation

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How Much For That IP System? South Centre Report Suggests Developing Countries Pay Quite the Price


In the discussions around IP, trade and innovation, it has often been pointed out that least developed countries and developing countries are frequently the net importers of technologies, while the developed countries tend to be net exporters of technologies. This is a point that is especially relevant when discussing the problems with ‘one-size-fits-all’ approaches to globally harmonized IP regimes (see for example, this post on a Report on Patent Exclusions). An interesting new report (available here) published by South Centre…


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[Sponsored] Short Course on ‘Pharmaceuticals and IP’ by British Institute of International and Comparative Law [March 4 – May 13]


We’re pleased to inform you that The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is offering a short course on ‘Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property’ from 4th March 4 to 13th May, 2022. For further details, please see their announcement below. Short course: Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property 10 Sessions: 4 March – 13 May 2022 The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is delighted to announce a new short course entitled: ‘Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property’. This is a…


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[Sponsored] LexisNexis recognizes the world’s outperforming companies with its “Innovation Momentum 2022: The Global Top 100” report


We’re pleased to inform you that LexisNexis has released its inaugural ‘Innovation Momentum 2022: The Global Top 100’ report. For further details, please see their announcement below: LexisNexis recognizes the world’s outperforming companies with its “Innovation Momentum 2022: The Global Top 100” report The first patent-based report to measure short-term innovation momentum, highlighting innovators with exceptional technological relevance for the future. To uncover forward-thinking patent development and spotlight true technological contemporaries across industries, LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions has released its inaugural…


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Conference: Intellectual Property, COVID-19, and the Next Pandemic: Diagnosing Problems, Developing Cures


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We’re pleased to inform our readers of a very interesting looking international conference coming up in a few days, on Covid and IP protection. The conference is on 5th-6th November and it is free to attend. The registration page is here. As described by the organisers: The conference aims at sharing ideas on how we can use intellectual property as a tool for promoting not just innovation but also equitable distribution of life saving drugs in low and middle-income nations….


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Drug Regulation Innovation

Drug Price Controls in the US: Same, Same but Different?


In 2017, when India introduced price controls on coronary stents, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) had requested the Prime Minister to not extend price controls to additional medical devices. When India refused to heed to the request, amongst other things, the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers reported the measure of price capping to be without a sense of differentiation between newer and older products (here, p. 235), India’s eligibility for US’ Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (August 23 – 29)


Topical Highlight Sun Pharma v. Cipla: Madras HC Rejects COVID as an Excuse for Passing Off In this guest post, Kedar Ganesh Dhargalkar analyses the recent case of Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. v. Cipla Ltd., and the socio-legal opportunism of the defendants’ arguments for condonable trademark infringement, set in the backdrop of the ongoing global pandemic. The Defendant Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. allegedly infringed the Plaintiff Cipla Ltd.’s copyright and registered trademark by thrusting its deceptively similar goods and flooding the…


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Announcing the Winners of the 2nd Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on IP Law!


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Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural edition of the Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on IP Law, on May 14th, 2021 we announced the 2nd edition of the Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on the occasion of Shamnad‘s 45th birth anniversary. Like last year, we kept the topic selection open to participants – asking them to choose any topic they wanted so long as it related to IP. And encouraged participants to draw inspiration from Shamnad’s scholarship. This year, we received fewer…


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Parliamentary Standing Committee’s Recommendations Concerning AI and IP: A Little Late or Way too Early?


Appreciating the growing importance of AI in various fields as well as its economic impact, the Parliamentary Standing Committee Report (hereinafter the Report) recommended the ‘revisiting of IPR legislations and implementing a strong IPR framework’ in order to ‘extract benefits from AI’. (Pg 38) The Report relying on a research report by Accenture stated that AI related innovations might add USD 957 billion to the Indian economy by 2035. The Report does propose a bigger picture, but fails short of…


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Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on IPR: Tipping the Scales of Patent Law? Part II


In the first part of this post, I had covered the Parliamentary Standing Committee’s Report recommendations on amendments to Section 3 of the Patents Act. Continuing the same thread of suggested reforms, in this post I will be analyzing the other changes recommended to the Act that focus on a few procedural provisions. The Report informs that these procedural changes are being suggested to bring in some flexibility in the Patents Act to ensure that the validity of patents is…


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Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on IPR: Tipping the Scales of Patent Law? Part I


As is well known now, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce tabled its Report on the IPR regime in India last week. In about 150 pages the Report suggests a major reevaluation of the IP framework in the country. In an approach that seems to focus on the bigger picture while suggesting fairly pointed reforms, the Report misses both the trees and the forest. Some of the conspicuous issues with the Report have been covered by Dr. Scaria (here), Praharsh…


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