Copyright

Delhi HC Brings More Christmas Cheer: Restrains IPRS et al. from Issuing Licences in Violation of S.33


In the latest development involving “copyright societies” under the Copyright Act (“Act”), a Single Judge of the Delhi HC has restrained three entities- Indian Performing Rights Society (“IPRS”), Phonographic Performance Limited (“PPL”) and Novex Communications from issuing or granting licenses in breach of S.33 of Act. The interim order passed by Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, came in a Writ Petition (“Petition”) filed by M/s Event and Entertainment Management Association (“Petitioner”) and has directed IPRS, PPL and Novex to refrain from any…


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Trademark

‘Tata’ is a well-known mark, reaffirms Delhi HC judgment in Tata Sons Limited v. Ram Niwas & Ors


The Plaintiff filed the present suit inter alia seeking a decree of permanent injunction restraining the Defendants from directly or indirectly dealing in the business of providing transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement, packaging / moving services under the domain name www.tatapackers.com and/or using any trademark/ description/name/device bearing the trademark TATA or any other mark which is deceptively similar to the Plaintiff’s trademark TATA. [The judgment is available here] It is contended that the Plaintiff has been continuously using…


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Copyright

Interim Order in Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. v. Saregama India Ltd.


The Plaintiff filed the suit before the Delhi High Court for restraining the Defendant from infringing the copyright of the Plaintiff in the soundtrack and audio visuals (over the music of 29 cinematograph films). The Plaintiff contended that the claims of the Defendant arise from assignment in the year 1981. Citing Section 18(1) of the Copyright Act, it was contended that this assignment cannot vest in the Defendant the right of exploitation of the copyright in the medium or mode…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (December 18-24)


Our topical highlight of the week has to be Pankhuri’s comprehensive analysis of the Delhi High Court’s Division Bench judgment in the DU Photocopy case. After briefly delineating the factual history of the case, she succinctly analyzes the 9 principal facets of the judgment. Thereafter, she outlines the reasons underpinning the Court’s central holding that preparation of course packs is permissible so long as the same is done for the purpose of educational instruction and discusses the ramifications of this…


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Copyright

Breaking News: Del HC Division Bench Rules in Favour of Safe Harbour for Intermediaries in MySpace-T Series Copyright Dispute


In a path breaking judgment (“Judgment”), a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court has reversed the findings arrived at earlier by a Single Judge (Justice Manmohan Singh), on the question of intermediary liability and held that that intermediaries are immune from liability against copyright infringement for third party content unless “actual knowledge” on their part can be proved. The Bench, while arriving at the decision, has ruled that S.79 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”) provides a…


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Plant Variety Protection

In a Well Reasoned Judgment, Delhi High Court Strikes Down Section 24(5) of Plant Varieties Act


In a significant judgment delivered earlier this month, a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court struck down Section 24(5) of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act (“PPVFRA”) on the ground that it gives uncanalized power to the Registrar of Plant Varieties to grant interim relief to a breeder whose application for the registration of a plant variety is under consideration. Authored by Justice Ravindra Bhat, the judgment stands out for the Court’s lucid articulation of the…


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Patent

Patent Agent Examination 2016 Paper-I Answers


The patent agent examination 2016 was held last month on November 27. The exam comprised two papers, one objective type (Paper-I) and other descriptive type (Paper-II). Mr. Muthu SenthilKumar has sent us a copy of the Paper-I wherein he has marked the correct answers and mentioned the relevant legal provisions. We have uploaded it on our website. Those interested, can view it here. Thanks to Mr. Muthu SenthilKumar for sending this to us.  


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Others

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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Copyright

The Power of Purpose: A Meteoric Moment for Copyright Justice


  In a decision that will go down as a landmark in the annals of global copyright jurisprudence, Justice Pradeep Nandrajog (along with Justice Yogesh Khanna) brings bold clarity to a much needed area in copyright law. Namely that when interpreting copyright defences, one has to be guided by their “purpose”. And not some fancy sophisticated four factor fair use/fair dealing test, notwithstanding that it emerged from arguably sophisticated common law courts. Pankhuri has already dealt extensively with the decision…


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Copyright Innovation Patent

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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