Copyright

Why the Ilayaraja Judgment Is a Boon for Producers


We are pleased to bring to you a guest post by Arun Mohan on the recent Madras High Court judgment in the Ilayaraja copyright dispute. Arun is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has experience in working on intellectual property and commercial matters, in India and internationally. He has worked on various prominent IP disputes including appearing for Rajinikanth in the recent landmark decision on celebrity rights, in the TVS v. Bajaj patent dispute and against Google in the…


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SpicyIP Jobs: Litigation Associate at S. Majumdar & Co., New Delhi


We are happy to inform you that S. Majumdar & Co. is immediately looking for lawyers specialising in IP litigation for its New Delhi office. For further details, please see the job description below: Litigation Associate at S. Majumdar & Co., New Delhi Position Associate (Litigation) Responsibilities The candidate must be competent to draft all kinds of pleadings and appear in Courts, brief Senior Counsels and assist them during the hearings. Desired Joining Date July 1, 2019 Desired Qualification &…


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SpicyIP Fortnightly Review (May 20-June 2)


Divij broke the news about a recent order delivered by the Delhi HC in Raj Rewal v. Union of India and Ors., wherein the Court ruled that an architect, in the capacity of a legal ‘author’ of a building, does not have the right to object to its modification or destruction by the owner of such building. The Court’s decision contradicts the one delivered in Amar Nath Sehgal v. Union of India, where the Delhi HC had taken an opposite stance on the…


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Patent

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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Copyright

Delhi High Court Rules that Moral Rights Offer No Remedy for Destruction of a Work


Does an architect, as the creator and legal ‘author’ of a building having artistic significance, have the right to object to the modification or destruction of their work by the owner of the building? A recent judgement of the Delhi High Court answers this firmly in the negative. In Raj Rewal v Union of India and Ors., Mr. Justice Endlaw has comprehensively rejected the claim that an author’s moral rights over a building take precedence over the rights of the…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 13-19)


I wrote a post on the Delhi HC’s recent order and circular that seek to prevent the practice of ‘defendant masking’. The order and circular prescribe stricter checks by the registry and an undertaking from the plaintiff suggesting that the defendant arraigned as Defendant Number 1 is the main contesting defendant. Other Developments Indian Judgments International Cycle Gears v. The Controller of Patents and Designs and Others – Calcutta High Court [May 10, 2019] The Appellant filed an appeal against the…


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Delhi HC Comes Down Heavily on the Practice of ‘Defendant Masking’


In Bata India v Chawla Boot House, a case concerning trademarking infringement and passing off, the Delhi High Court came down heavily on the practice of ‘defendant masking’. Plaintiffs use this strategy to avoid detection of the matter in cause lists and thereby obtain injunctions in initial hearings without the presence of the main defendant’s counsel. The court took notice of this strategy in this case, and directed stricter measures from the Registry to control it in all IPR suits….


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SpicyIp Weekly Review (May 6-12)


Divij broke the news about a recent order delivered by the Bombay HC in the Tips Industries v. Wynk Music matter, wherein the Court decided upon the applicability of the statutory licensing scheme under Section 31D of the Copyright Act to online streaming services. The Court, in its order, held that internet broadcasting is not covered under Section 31D. In his post, Divij also delves into the question of whether there is a need to introduce internet streaming services into Indian copyright law. I…


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Geographical Indication

The Need to Look Beyond Wines and Spirits: GI Law in India and the Woes of Muga Silk


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Jupi Gogoi. Jupi is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. She was formerly associated with the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. The Need to Look Beyond Wines and Spirits: GI Law in India and the Woes of Muga Silk Jupi Gogoi Muga is a silk variety endemic to the state of Assam. Attires made of Muga Silk are reflection of the culture and heritage of…


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Delhi HC Clarifies the Ambit of the Seeds Act in Relation to GIs


Can the Seeds Act govern GIs?-The Delhi HC, in an interesting order issued last month, dealt with this question in some detail. The factual matrix is simple here; The Ministry of Agriculture had, through an Office Memorandum (OM), set forth the characteristics of “Basmati” rice variety. They had further stated through another OM that in order to ensure the linkage between the variety and the GI, only such Basmati varieties which were  grown in Indo-Gangetic area would come under the…


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