Category Archives: Innovation

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Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: Mind the Machine!


In a world that is revealing itself to be distinctly devoid of any natural (human) intelligence, artificial intelligence might well turn out to be less scary than we imagined it to be. Indeed, some months ago, when a student of mine asked me if I wasn’t worried about machines taking over, I quipped that I was more worried about Trump taking over. And if Trump did come to pass as President, tis’ only appropriate that machines take us over, I…


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Innovation Patent

“Made in India” Innovation Policy


We are happy to bring to our readers a guest post by two esteemed US law professors,  Prof. Colleen V. Chien and Prof. Jorge L. Contreras. In this post they emphasize upon the need for data-driven IP policy making in India. We had blogged on this theme earlier here. “Made in India” Innovation Policy Prof. Colleen V. Chien and Prof. Jorge L. Contreras A few weeks ago we were honored to participate in Jindal Global Law School’s Conference on “Innovation for Shared Prosperity”….


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Innovation

National IPR Policy: Taking IPR to the grassroots


Post the creation of the National IPR Policy in May 2016, a series of road shows were conducted in June – July 2016 by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).  These roadshows were conducted to create awareness about the Intellectual Property Rights as per the objectives of the National IPR Policy. The Policy may be accessed by clicking here. The DIPP invited several industry bodies, associations etc. to provide their comments on the outreach program.  In a meeting held on…


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Innovation Patent

Sex, Side Effects and a Vague Viagra Patent: IP Juris-prurience?


A friend once asked me: if you were to do a series on IP with a view to inspiring interest in this esoteric subject, what would it be? I thought long and hard and realized that if there is one subject that excites and enthuses like no other, it is “sex”! Well, sex may be taboo in India, where despite a cultural legacy dating back to the Khajuraho carvings and the Kamasutra calisthenics, we still wince at the mere mention…


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Innovation

Fading into Oblivion: Lessons from a Ruthless World


A recent article, which documents the story of the true inventor of cereal, has been doing the rounds lately on social media; it debunks the better known tussle between Dr. James Caleb Jackson and Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and instead credits Lucretia Jackson, Dr. Jackson’s wife as the true inventor. Incorrect attribution of an inventor to their invention? Hmm… where have we heard that one before, perhaps the Alexander Graham Bell and Antonio Meucci controversy over the inventor of the…


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Backing Up the Start-Up: Benefits of a Sound IPR Strategy


We bring to you a guest post by Sonia Chauhan, an associate at Talwar Advocates. In this post she discusses the benefits of having an IP strategy in place for start ups at an early stage and the pitfalls of leaving it for too late. Not only can an effective IP strategy aid in securing funding, no IP protection at all can result in copy cat models invading the market and a significant loss in market share. Read on for…


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Government Withdraws Guidelines Fixing FRAND Terms on the Licensing of Bt Cotton


As our readers would recall, the Ministry of Agriculture had issued a set of guidelines with far-reaching implications on May 18th, requiring patentees such as Monsanto to provide access to their GM technology to seed companies on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) basis. Prashant had analyzed the guidelines here. In case you were thinking that the face-off between the government/ Indian seed companies on the one hand and Monsanto on the other could not get any messier, you are…


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Innovation

India’s New IP Policy: A “Bare” Act?


I assumed the Hindu op-ed would be the last of my writings on that delightful document titled the “National IPR policy”; one that spewed out many a seductive IP slogan. Unfortunately, that was not to be: and I had to do a second take on this policy in the Deccan Herald. Likening the new policy to the Emperor’s new clothes, a famed fable of a vain king who struts around stark naked after being made to believe that he’d been woven…


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Innovation Patent

Rectangles with rounded corners – Caltech, the newest entrant to Apple’s Patent War


“It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners,” Samsung said in a statement following the 2012 verdict that went against them. Standing strong that the decision was not the last word on the matter, the much awaited appeal to the Supreme Court is to be heard in October this year. In a similar statement, Tim Cook applauded the decision for the loud and clear message that it sent:…


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Drug Regulation Innovation Patent

Hep C Drug Pricing: New Study finds Sofosbuvir globally unaffordable


Imagine waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Your skin looks yellow and you start feeling blue. Abdominal pains make you cringe, despite never having binged. The family doctor rules out jaundice and draws a blank. Your hospital-next-door churns out the blood report and you anxiously gaze into the diagnosis: “Tested positive for Hepatitis C”. You become the latest addition to a pool of around 130 million people across the globe. Initially drained of every modicum of hope,…


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