Patent

SpicyIP Tidbits: Shush-ing the Gene


Last evening, I was discussing the concept of gene silencing with a friend of mine out of necessity. To be honest, discussion would not be the word for “discussion” presupposes a certain amount of parity in knowledge and the level of understanding of both the parties on the subject, which by any stretch of imagination wasn’t the case here; so it wouldn’t be off the mark to say that I had requested him to “explain” the concept to me. Incidentally,…


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Copyright

What’s the solution to YouTube’s infringing tactics?


Very recently Sumathi had informed us that the Utube-Tseries litigation may end because the parties seem to be headed for an out of court settlement. SpicyIP however was curious about how other countries are dealing with the growing complaints of copyright infringement against online content providers and decided to research a little on it. We dug up some mildly interesting material.Apparently late in 2007 Google Video had been held liable for copyright infringement of a documentary called ‘Tranquillity Bay’ by…


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The TCM quotient!


Patriotic as I am, I concede albeit grudgingly, Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) has scored a few brownie points over mine (read that as Indian Indigenous med) My years in the west, the Chinese Po Chai Pills became my oft resorted fix to combat the ill effects of Styrofoam food. Not that I relied any less on Pudin Hara,….sadly it was not available on the American shelves as compared to its Chinese counterpart. In comparison, our Ayurveda after languishing in a state…


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Copyright

FM radio vs Music industry: a TRAIng story


Radio junkies among SpicyIP’s readers may have been following reports of TRAI’s recent proposals closely. Among these include allowing news broadcasts on FM radio, higher FDI in radio channels, district-level FM radio licenses and more than one channel per broadcaster in a district. There’s a copyright/royalty angle to this story that has not received the attention it deserves. Soma Das at FE focuses on the issue in this piece. Das says that the proposed switch from city to district licenses…


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Patent

SpicyIP Petition to bear fruit by early 2009


As most of you will recollect SpicyIP has been lamenting for some time now about the lack of a digitised database on patents granted by the Indian Patent Office. In an inspired bid to give vent to our collective frustrations on this matter Shamnad came up with the idea of sending a SpicyIP I-Petition to the Government of India in regards this sorry state of affairs. The SpicyIP I-Petition was a huge success because so many of you signed up,…


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Innovation

The Miserly care not about safety: Drug prices questioned


A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, USA Today, and Harvard shows that most Americans now want drug prices regulated. The study’s summary shows people are having a tough time paying their mounting drug bills- leading to a situation where they either do not take their medicines or reduce the required dosage. This is one of the main reasons they would like drug prices reduced. It is however strange and worrisome that their primary problem with the pharmaceutical industry…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: An “Incredible” Victory for Tourism Ministry


Last December, Sumathi Chandrashekharan had reported that the Ministry of Tourism was involved in a legal tussle with Durga Das Publications over Brand India’s flagship logo “Incredible India” for its magazine. In 2002, the Ministry launched the Incredible India campaign and acquired a copyright over the tag line “Incredible !ndia” with an exclamation mark replacing the I in India. In 2003, Durga Das publications bagged a three-year contract for publishing the magazine under this name, which expired in 2007. Consequently,…


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Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies


Assuming that the general concept of parallel importation, both legal and illegal, is common knowledge, one would like to discuss the growth of technologies which seek to provide fool-proof mechanisms against counterfeit products. The need for such technologies is driven by the fact that the counterfeit market is valued at $500 billion and costs the government exchequer a sizable amount. It is estimated that 7% of the world trade is in counterfeit goods. Music, software and luxury goods suffer heavily,…


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Copyright Innovation Trademark

Scramble for Scrabulous: pricing it right


Some weeks ago, we had reported on the Indian-owned gaming website Scrabulous and infringement allegations by Hasbro, the rights-holders of the legendary board game Scrabble. Imminent closure of the site was predicted, and mourned in advance with much fanfare. There were hints at a possible buyout by Electronic Arts (EA), which owns the online rights for the board game, but nothing was verified. Reports now suggest that rumours of the death of Scrabulous might indeed be exaggerated, and that not…


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Spicy Tidbit: Haste makes wasteThe KHPPT adds only securing the handmade product


This post is in furtherance of something I have posted earlier. I had already written about the Government of India trying to get GI protection for pashmina. Kashmir Newz reports that apart from objections put forward by the Pakistan based Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce a Srinagar based artisan body the Kashmir Handmade Pashmina Promotion Trust (KHPPT) has also filed an objection. The KHPPT objections have reached the Chennai registry unlike those by the Pakistan delegation. “The KHPPT is asking for…


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