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Reminder: Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition Deadline Coming up, Prize Money Doubled


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As a reminder to our readers, the deadline for submissions to the 3rd Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition on Intellectual Property Law is just a couple of weeks away – July 14th, 2022 (23:59 IST). We’re also very happy to announce that an anonymous supporter has generously agreed to double the prize money for the winners! The first, second and third prize winners will now be getting INR. 30,000, INR 20,000 and INR 10,000 respectively. As a reminder – this year’s…


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Copyright Others Overlaps in IP

The Amendment to the IT Rules, 2021: Part 2 – Locked, Loaded, and Aimed at the Intermediaries


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We’re pleased to bring our readers Part 2 of the series by Surabhi Pande and Devvrat Joshi looking at the proposed draft amendments to the IT Rules, 2021. The first part looked at two specific proposed provisions and argued that they would impact the ability of intermediaries to avail safe harbour provisions. This second part continues the analysis of the draft amendments, looking at some of the remaining provisions and takes issue with the lack of clarity. Readers may be…


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Copyright Others Overlaps in IP

The Amendment to the IT Rules, 2021: Part 1 – Locked, Loaded, and Aimed at the Intermediaries


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We’re pleased to bring our readers a 2 part guest post series by Surabhi Pande and Devvrat Joshi, on the recently proposed draft amendments to the IT Rules, 2021 (which were released on 6th June, 2022). The first part of this series focuses on two specific proposed amendments which they argue will severely impact the ability of intermediaries to avail of safe harbour provisions. Surabhi Pande and Devvrat Joshi are both Senior Associates in the Dispute Resolution Team at Saikrishna…


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IP Reveries: Class 4.1 Ruminating on the “R – Rights” of IPR!


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The IP Reveries series is an experimental ‘fun’ series set in an imaginary classroom where we are using a dialogue format to raise questions and discussions around IP that traditionally don’t find a place to get voiced either due to long standing assumptions, or due to being seen as ‘too trivial’ to discuss in more formal settings. The series is authored by Lokesh Vyas and myself in equal measure. For a general introduction to this IP Reveries series, please check the…


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Delhi High Court on ‘Specified Value’ of IP suits under Commercial Courts Act


Justice Pratibha Singh of the Delhi High Court, vide judgment dated 3 June 2022 in Vishal Pipes Limited v. Bhavya Pipe Industry, held that all the IPR disputes, irrespective of their valuations, should be listed before the commercial district court judges. If the subject-matter IP is valued below 3 lakhs rupees, the Court will examine whether the valuation is correct or not. If the valuation is found to be below 3 lakhs rupees, the suit will be treated as a…


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Of cosmetics, insolvency and trademarks


As reported, Revlon, the iconic cosmetics brand, has filed for bankruptcy. The New-York based cosmetics company reportedly struggled due to competition from other established brands as well as a host of small companies that use social media.  Smaller / niche cosmetic brands have noticeably increased even in the Indian social media space. From offering vegan nail polishes, to natural lipsticks and lip balms, to entering into foreign collaborations, a lot is going on in the Indian cosmetics space. It may…


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Strong Statement by India at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference


In an official statement at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, that was both blunt and sharply worded, India’s Union Minister Piyush Goyal quite openly called out the developed nations on at least three major points: 1) diluting the “TRIPS Waiver” to the extent that its little more than existing compulsory licensing provisions; 2) their delaying tactics over the waiver; and 3) as well as their attempt to portray themselves as caring for the developing world while actually hardly moving the…


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Algorithmic Transparency and the Smart State


While the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) released its much-awaited report on a sparkling new data protection legislation late last year, as reported, the bill may be scrapped for a completely new law. The personal data protection bill had created significant buzz in the industry and society. So much so, the JPC received feedback from over 200 stakeholders representing a cross-section of society. After years of consultations from 2018 onwards, the bill transformed from a ‘Personal Data Protection Bill’ to a…


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Some Reflections on “Present at Creation”


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We’re pleased to bring you a post by Prashant reflecting on a book that we’d mentioned recently on the blog – Dr. R.V. Vaidyanathan Ayyar’s “Present at Creation”. As had been mentioned in that earlier blog post, Dr. Ayyar’s 421 paged “Present at Creation: The Making of Internet Treaties 1996” is perhaps the first book that focuses on the negotiating history of the two 1996 Internet Treaties – the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty…


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TRIPS Waiver: Is There Anything To Gain?


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We’re pleased to bring you a guest post with an update on the Covid-19 TRIPS waiver proposal, from Sreenath Namboodiri. You can read the previous posts we’ve had on the TRIPS Waiver here. Sreenath is Assistant Professor at School of Law, Christ (Deemed to be University) Delhi NCR. His research focuses on intellectual property rights in relation to health systems, sustainable development and innovation, pharmaceutical patents, knowledge governance, and technology and law. Since 2013, he has been an honorary fellow…


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