Geographical Indication

Why I Love My Rasogolla Without its GI Tag


As a Bengali, I can testify that there are two food items that have always ruled my plate – fish cooked in mustard oil; and fresh, hot Rasogollas. While this could appear to be a generalization of sorts, I haven’t met many Bengalis in my life with palates that are incongruous with the above. So, last week, when news of the GI tag for ‘Rasogolla’ being granted to West Bengal, spread across the country, the topic of “Geographical Indications” came…


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Copyright

CopyrightX @ Harvard – Applications for 2018 Are Now Open!


CopyrightX is an online course offered by Harvard University which can offer you a US-centric perspective on copyright law, and has opened applications for its 2018 batch. With a novel course structure and a great community, our readers from both legal and non-legal backgrounds might find this course incredibly meaningful in understanding modern copyright law in the digital age. CopyX is now accepting applications for the batch of 2018! We have written in detail about the course here, and you…


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Publication

Call for Submissions to the Indian Journal of Law and Technology


We are pleased to announce that Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) is inviting original and unpublished manuscripts for publication in Volume 14. For further details, please see the call for submissions below: Call for Submissions to the Indian Journal of Law and Technology The Board of Editors of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) is pleased to invite original and unpublished manuscripts for publication in Volume 14. About the Journal: The Indian Journal of Law and Technology…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (November 12 –18)


This week’s topical highlight is Prashant’s investigation into the Indian Home Minister’s claims that copyright infringement and piracy are responsible for funding terrorism. Skeptical of these claims, Prashant requested the Ministry of Home Affairs for any information they may have to back up the claims made by the Home Minister. The MHA responded that they did not have any data to back up these claims, highlighting that the strange spectre of copyright infringement being a national security issue has little…


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Others

SpicyIP Events: ITechLaw Student Awards 2018


We are pleased to inform our readers that the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) has announced the ITechLaw India Student Award 2018. The Award aims to provide up to two law students with the opportunity to present papers written by them at the 2018 ITechLaw International India Conference to be held in Bangalore from January 31 to February 2, 2018 (India Conference). Selected students will also be entitled to attend the India Conference and will receive the opportunity to intern…


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Trademark

Case Note: Kar HC on M/S Adiga Sweets vs M/S Vasudeva Adigas Fast Food Pvt


[Image from here.] This is a well-written judgment which is on expected lines. The judgment is a value addition to the extant jurisprudence on trademarks / passing off since it deals with the psychological impact with respect to ‘deceptive similarity’ and ‘confusion’. Facts: The appellant, M/s. Adiga Sweets challenged the legality of the judgment dated 18.09.2013, passed by the XVIII Additional City Civil Judge (CCH No.10), Bengaluru City. The learned judge had decreed the suit for permanent injunction in favour…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: IP Fest Shrujan 2K17 at Nirma University, Ahmedabad


We are pleased to remind our readers that the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights, Institute of Law, Nirma University is organizing its first Intellectual Property Fest, Shrujan 2k17- Celebrating Culture, Creativity and Heritage tomorrow i.e. November 18, 2017. The fest aims to bring the interface of intellectual property with cultural heritage of the country to the notice of the legal fraternity as well as other stakeholders by facilitating an academic discussion on Traditional Knowledge and Geographical Indications. Panel Discussion (Seminar Hall : 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM) The University…


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Biological Diversity

 The Curious Case of the Indian Biological Diversity Act


We are pleased to bring to you a guest post on the ambiguities in the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 by Alphonsa Jojan. Alphonsa is a researcher in environmental law and policy.  The Curious Case of the Indian Biological Diversity Act Alphonsa Jojan The Biological Diversity Act, 2002 (BD Act), that was enacted to meet India’s international obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity, has introduced two new concepts into the legal and normative framework governing biodiversity in India, namely, ‘access’…


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Copyright

Turmoil in the Music Industry Continues, as ISRA Suffers Setbacks Before the Delhi High Court – Time for Some Truth & Reconciliation?


A Division Bench of the Delhi High Court led by Justice Ravindra Bhat, on November 2, 2017 recently set aside three compromise decrees recognizing settlement deeds between the controversial Indian Singers Rights Association (ISRA) and two defendants. These lawsuits are not the same ones which we have discussed earlier on this blog, where Single Judges of the Delhi High Court passed strange ex-parte decrees against certain food and drinks establishments who did not take licences from ISRA. The decrees that…


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Patent Trademark

Openly Accessing the Old Annual Patents and Trademarks Reports


Of late, the Indian IP authorities have been making sincere efforts towards improving open access to IP data. Although these efforts are indeed laudable, much remains to be done. For instance, the Annual Reports of the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks for years prior to 2002 are not yet available on its website. Only the reports for the years 2002-2016 can be found on the website. This was recently brought to our attention by…


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