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Launch of EIPIN Innovation Society Project: 15 Fully-Funded PhD Positions


We are pleased to announce that the European IP Institutes Network (EIPIN) will soon be launching the EIPIN Innovation Society project that sets up a European Joint Doctorate programme. EIPIN is recruiting 15 PhD candidates for this programme, who will be conferred a joint or double doctoral degree from two of the five participating universities at the end of the programme.  The details of the project are outlined in its press release below: “The European IP Institutes Network (EIPIN), a consortium…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (February 12-18)


The topical highlight for the week, which also happens to be our first post of the week, is Prashant’s incisive analysis of the way in which Indian media has covered Global Intellectual Property Centre’s (“GIPC”) latest international IP index.  Prashant notes how the mainstream media has reproduced the findings of GIPC IP index, including the poor ranking accorded to India in the global IP environment, without critically assessing the methodology or motive behind the same. Prashant concludes by saying that…


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The ‘Artist’ who Traversed through Unchartered Territories of Law


The controversial artist, J.S.G Boggs, who ‘literally’ made money, passed away recently.  [For news reports, see here, here and here]. Mr. Boggs is said to have painstakingly reproduced British pounds, Swiss francs and American dollars, with quirky deviations. Initially, he created notes one by one, which was a time-consuming process. Later, he ran off limited-edition prints. The interesting modus operandi was as follows: He presented his currency to merchants as payment for goods and services. If the bills were accepted,…


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Hear From Our Fellows 2016-17


Wondering if it’s worth applying for the SpicyIP Fellowship? Hear from our current batch of Fellows on their experience so far. Their words are sure to dispel all your doubts. Here’s what they’ve to say: Balu Nair “When I ponder about that one defining factor that makes the SpicyIP fellowship extremely special for me, a thousand things come running to my mind, ranging from the enormous learning that comes with writing each post to the massive readership one’s posts elicit….


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (February 5-12)


This week’s thematic highlight was Balaji’s amazing post on injunctions in matters of public interest. Commenting on the Delhi High Court’s recent order in Bayer v Ajanta, he first relies upon Bayer’s Form 27 filings for 2013-16 to note that Bayer hasn’t been working its patented drug ‘vardenafil’ in India. He points out that Bayer only noticed possible infringement of its patent in 2016 and began to sue offending manufacturers; including the defendant Ajanta in the present suit. Successfully relying upon Franz Xaver Huemer v….


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SpicyIP Ranked 3rd in List of Top 15 IP Blogs: But Anti-IP?


We are extremely delighted to inform our readers that SpicyIP has been ranked 3rd in a list of top 15 IP blogs published on BuzzFeed last month. The note on SpicyIP reads as follows: “3.SpicyIP This Indian blog was founded by Prof. Shamnad Basheer in 2005, and is run by analysts and fellows who are dedicated to providing incisive posts in the field of intellectual property rights, with the website being constantly updated with regular posts to reflect the ever-changing…


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Announcing the 5th SpicyIP Fellowship 2017-18!


Itching to write? On an exciting IP topic of your choice? What are you waiting for? Apply immediately to become a SpicyIP Fellow! Year after year, our fellowship series has attracted some of the brightest minds to the world of IP. We are now pleased to announce the 5th edition of the SpicyIP Fellowship for 2017-18.    SpicyIP Fellowship 2017-18 For those of you new to the blog, the SpicyIP fellowship is a coveted position for those seeking to make…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (January 29 – February 4)


Our topical highlight this week is Ritvik’s 2-part analysis of TRAI’s recent tariff order on the rights of broadcasters under the Copyright Act. In the first part, he sets forth the central features of the Order, the principal aim of which is to impose an obligation on broadcasters to provide the MRP of their channels on a-la-carte basis. Thereafter, he explains the key objections that broadcasters have raised as regards the legal tenability of the Order. Relying on a Delhi…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (January 22-28)


The thematic highlight for the week is Mr. Rajiv’s overview of the legal issues that Qualcomm is facing in various jurisdictions, by virtue of its alleged anti-competetive practices, overpriced licenses and non-compliance with FRAND terms. While discussing four cases in which Qualcomm ran into legal trouble for the above mentioned reasons, he deals with the following broad areas: i. A brief breakdown of Qualcomm’s general manner of functioning. ii. Qualcomm’s Anti-competitive practices. iii. Manner of determining jurisdiction while imposing regulations….


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Shiva Ayyadurai Sues Techdirt for Libel; Claims That Their Comments about Him Were Defamatory


On this Blog, we have previously written about Shiva Ayyadurai’s claim of being the inventor of email and have also noted how Ayyadurai’s story is emblematic of the manner in which our society and legal institutions have a way of systematically erasing into oblivion individuals significantly contributing to human progress only because they lack power or influence. Readers who have been following Ayyadurai’s story closely would be interested in finding out that Ayyadurai has recently sued Techdirt, an online news…


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