SpicyIP Tidbit: Inventor of Indian-origin among NIHF inductees for 2008


Jon Dudas, the Under-Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of USPTO was present during the announcement of inductees into National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) for the year 2008. This year’s list has something India can be proud of, for one of the inductees is Amar Bose a.k.a Amar Gopal Bose, founder of the Bose Corporation.  Bose’s list of achievements is staggering among which his patents in the area of loud speaker design and non-linear, two-state modulated, Class-D,…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: IP Delegation from the Land of Rising Sun


For long India has taken comfort from the fact that its record on counterfeiting of goods and protection of Intellectual Property is better than that of China. It appears that the Indian establishment is in for a surprise. As reported by The Yomiuri Shimbun, a 25-member Japanese delegation with a good sprinkling of government mandarins, including officials from the Japanese Patent Office and private manufacturers from the automobiles, electronics and pharmaceutical industries is in India to present its case on…


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Spicy Tidbits: Pharma gets bigger in India


Novo Nordisk and Merck and Co are giving out positive indications with regard to expansion plans in India. Novo Nordisk is motivated by the fact that its status as a leader in the diabetes field will be cemented if it can effectively tap into the Indian market as around 40 million people are suffering from diabetes in India. They have also expressed interest in new drug discovery and manufacturing partnerships. One manifestation of this interest can be witnessed in their…


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SpicyIP Event: International Conference on IP and Technology Transfer


The Society for Technology Management (STEM), a technology transfer forum, will be hosting its flagship international programme, Graduate Course in IPR and Technology Transfer at Hotel Sullivan Court , Ooty from 13-16 April, 2008. The agenda of the programme is to examine, using case studies, the role of IP as a strategic technology transfer tool. Early bird registrations are available till February 29, 2008. Details are available at http://www.stemglobal.org.


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Spicy Tidbits: All India Institute of Ayurveda to be established


The Central Government has approved plans to establish an All India Institute of Ayurveday in New Delhi with a budget outlay of Rs 150 crores . The Department of Ayush is scouting for support staff. The Institute will facilitate scientific validation, quality control, standardization and safety evaluation of Ayurveda products. It also aims to have standardised Ayurveda-based tertiary health delivery, promotion of interdisciplinary research and education of Ayurveda at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels. The Institute will be on the lines…


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Spicy Tidbits: Animal testing – the quandary


The Central Government has put up a proposal for an Institute for Alternatives to Animal Experimentation in the 11th Plan. The Indian Council of Medical Research is working alternative ways of testing and substitute technologies despite the fact that animal testing is a requirement for various stages of drug trials and scientists are pushing more relaxed norm. Besides, the DBT has also launched steps to develop in vitro screening system for screening plant extracts having anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-amoebiasis, anti- leishmaniasis,…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Indian Gaming Industry and IP creation


The gaming industry is a $10 billion industry in the US and India seems to be the next favourite destination for major players, domestic and international. With the Indian mobile gaming industry, according to NASSCOM, projected to rake in $300 million by 2009, several major players have wisely decided to use IP creation as an effective tool of harnessing the opportunities. DQ entertainment, the Hyderabad-based animation and gaming company has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Japan’s THINK Corporation,…


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Advantage India on NAMA


India lodged a protest last week that the NAMA agenda was skewed in favor of developed nations. It had warned that any attempt by the EU and parties to further talks that excluded Indian interest could end in an impasse and stall further negotiations. The VOI (voice of India) has yielded the intended result.! Refer to Spicyip post for more on this. The Revised draft on the Modalities on Agriculture and NAMA (non- agriculture market access) was circulated this week,…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: “Civil” Scientist


Whoever thought babus could move out of their plush offices to contribute to the development of science and technology, breaking stereotypes in the process? Here’s a civil servant with a difference. Principal Secretary of Civil Aviation Department of Jharkhand, A.K.Pandey has patented a rotary bi-piston internal combustion engine which can be used in automobile, aircraft and railway engines. Instead of a reciprocating movement of the piston in conventional engines, the bi-piston rotates. It comes as no surprise that Pandey holds…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Reality Check


Is the general level of industrial progress an accurate index of a State’s IP awareness? The answer in the affirmative is not forthcoming on account of facts to the contrary. Gujarat, which has consistently performed well on the economic front, seems to lag behind when it comes to IP protection. An article from sify.com indicates that the rate of patent filing in Gujarat has not increased despite the State government slashing patent filing charges by 50%. In fact, patent applications…


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