Category Archives: Patent

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Indian Government Proposes to Dilute the Disclosure Requirement for Patent Working


As our readers may recall, in April last year, the Delhi High Court had disposed of the patent working PIL filed by Prof. Basheer in 2015, directing the Government to complete all steps towards effectuating necessary amendments to optimise the patent working provisions within strict timelines. As per its undertaking, the Government had agreed to publish the amended version of Form 27 as approved by the competent authority (DIPP) on or before September 6 last year. Unfortunately, the Government failed to abide…


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Delay in Issuing Patent Agent Registration Numbers


According to an anonymous report received by us at SpicyIP, the Indian Patent Office (“IPO”) is yet to issue Patent Agent Registration numbers aka IN/PA numbers to a certain number of successful candidates who have cleared the Patent Agent Examination, 2018 (“Examination”). The Examination took place in October, 2018 and the results were released in January, 2019. The IPO released instructions on the procedure to be followed by the candidates who had qualified the Examination and announced that they were to…


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Innovation Others Patent

US Trade Representative Special 301 Report 2019: “Phir Ek Baar, Priority Watch List Ki Vaar”


aka the Priority Watch List Strikes Again. For the 27th year in a row, India has made it to the infamous Priority Watch List in the Special 301 Report – an annual classification exercise by the office of the US Trade Representative, meant to put pressure on nations allegedly not complying with United States’ domestic standards for intellectual property protection. The list classifies certain countries as belonging to a ‘watch list’, or a ‘priority watch list’, and is meant to…


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Patent

Who am I? Branding the Indian Patent Office as an “Adjudicative Regulator”


Some of you may have heard of an exceptional book series on intellectual property (IP) called “Kritika”. Published by Edward Elgar and edited by the wonderful trio of Professor Peter Drahos, Hanns Ullrich and Gustavo Ghidini. In their third volume, we (Rahul Bajaj and me) have contributed a chapter on the Indian patent office titled “Who am I? Of Patent Independence and ‘Adjudicative Regulators’”. This SSRN link offers you a free download of the near final version of this piece….


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Patent Plant Variety Protection

The Notice on Plant Breeders’ Rights (II)- Who is to monitor Seed Prices?


In my previous post, I had summarised Monsanto’s past dealings with Indian seed companies and the history of seed price control orders in India. I had also pointed out the confusion regarding the applicability of both, the Patents Act and Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmer’s Rights Act (PPVFR Act), to Bt cotton seeds. From the Notice, it is clear that it seeks to give clarification on the powers of the Plant Authority to monitor prices of registered plant varieties…


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Patent Plant Variety Protection

The Notice on Plant Breeders’ Rights (I)-The Apparent Conflict between the Patents Act and the Plant Varieties Act


The Notice on Plant Breeders’ Rights (“Notice”) has opened a whole new can of (boll)worms! In this post, I hope to describe the following: The convoluted history of seed price control orders in India Main features of the Notice (as above mentioned) The controversial relationship between the Patents Act,1970 and the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmer’s Rights (“PPVFR”) Act, 2001 (in so far as it relates to the dispute involving Monsanto and the domestic seed companies) Monsanto’s BG Technology and…


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Patent Plant Variety Protection

Analyzing Subject Matter Excluded from Patenting in the Backdrop of Lawsuits Involving Monsanto


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Kartik Puttiah. Kartik is the co-founder of InvnTree IP Services. He has over thirteen years of experience in patent consulting. He specialises in patent drafting and prosecution, and routinely advises his clients on patent portfolio development. He also works with his clients in addressing patent risks. He obtained his B.E. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management and is also a registered patent and trademark agent. Analyzing Subject Matter Excluded from…


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Breaking News: Madras HC Upholds Kibow’s Probiotic Patent on Renadyl


In a significant development for Indian patent law, the Madras High Court dismissed a writ petition challenging an IPAB order that effectively upheld a probiotic patent. This is one of the rare Indian cases, where a patent has been upheld by the IPAB and that order has effectively been validated by a High Court. Very well-reasoned, this decision by Justices R. Subbiah and C. Saravanan has important propositions for both patent law and administrative law. But first some background. As we’d…


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Patent

A Second Opposition Is Filed Against Janssen’s Patent Application For The Fumarate Salt Form of Bedaquiline


Multiple news outlets recently reported about a pre-grant patent opposition filed by two TB survivors, with support from MSF, against a patent application filed by Janssen for a salt form of its experimental TB drug bedaquiline. In a press note put out by MSF, it was claimed that this opposition “…is the first ever challenge against a TB drug patent in India”. This is a factually incorrect statement. The patent application under challenge, as per Sandeep Rathod’s analysis of the…


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Drug Regulation Patent

Guest Post (Adarsh Ramanujan): Why Donald Trump’s Union Address Matters for Pharma Patents in India


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Adarsh Ramanujan. Adarsh is an advocate primarily assisting clients as a litigation attorney. He has recently started his own counsel practice with offices in Delhi and Chennai after having spent considerable time with Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan at their New Delhi and Geneva offices. He obtained his B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.) degree (Gold Medalist) from National Law University, Jodhpur  and LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley. He is a qualified Patent Agent…


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