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Addressing IPR Dilemmas through Creative Capitalism: Advanced Market Commitment.


Capitalism as an economic theory based on free market enterprise has evolved over a period of time culminating in many derivatives and adaptations to address existing situations along the annals of history ands patterns of socio-economic development. Early thinkers such as Marx and Weber propounded the doctrine of capitalism as a panacea to bridge the divide between the proletariat and bourgeois With passage of time , this approach seemingly came to be viewed as starkly polarized that catered to the…


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SpicyIP Jobs and Fellowships


1. Leading UK law firm seeks Patent Attorney in Singapore The successful candidate will be involved in a wide range of work and will also be involved in the strategic direction of the patent practice. This role requires drafting of patent specifications, advise on filing and protection strategies, patent audits and supervising the drafting work of a team of patent engineers. The ideal candidate should have a degree in the field of Electrical / Electronics Engineering with patent prosecution experience…


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Novartis Patent Challenged in the US: More light…


Readers will recollect an earlier post dealing with a potential challenge to Novartis’ Glivec patent in the US. A patent expert who wishes to remain anonymous (we’ve labeled him “X” for the sake of brevity) throws more light on this case. We thank X for taking the time to share these extremely incisive comments. “The first P-IV ANDA was filed in March 2007. From the Livemint report, it appears that the FDA did not accept the ANDA (this could happen…


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Biological Diversity

America, India, Agriculture & IPR


When George Bush flew down to India in March ’06, he visited, my hometown, Hyderabad like his predecessor Clinton. However unlike Clinton who headed for Hi-Tech City, which is the software hub of Hyderabad, Bush visited the Archarya N.G. Ranga Agri University, where according to a press release “the President patted a buffalo named Murra” and “cuddled 4-year-old Venkatamma”. The reason for the visit was the fact that Bush was formalizing an agreement which came to be known as the…


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SpicyIP Events


1. IP Business Congress 25-27 June 2008, AmsterdamPresented by iam-magazine and Ocean Tomo. From the conference website: The IP Business Congress 2008 is an event unlike any other in the IP calendar. Bringing together IP leaders from around the world, the Congress will demonstrate why more and more people describe intellectual property as the pivotal business asset of the 21st century. No one who has an interest in the management and monetisation of IP rights will want to miss this…


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SpicyIP Tidbits


1. Natco (unsurprisingly) considering challenge to HC ruling on GlivecThanks to livemint for this article confirming that Natco is considering a challenge to the High Court ruling that India’s Intellectual Property Appeals Board may hear it’s appeal without a technical member.For more on this dispute, click here, here and here. 2. A nice piece on music copyright infringement in India Thanks to Ben from musiclawupdates for pointing out this Hindustan times article. The article sets out the usual arguments as…


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Patent

Neem It Up!


A thumping ovation to the Organizers of the recently concluded Neem Conference held in the balmy city of Coimbatore. Spearheading the Neem Revolution, the Neem Foundation organized the 5th World Neem Conference (WNC) 2007 to popularize the Neem tree and its vast potential in the bio-sphere. Attended by delegates from 35 countries the conference highlighted the latest breakthroughs in Neem research, organic farming, bio-medicine, socio-economic issues and intellectual property rights. Having captured popular acclaim as the wonder tree of the…


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SpicyIP Petition: Indian Patent Database


Thanks to the overwhelming support of many of our readers , our online petition has now garnered close to 100 signatures. An interesting mix of folks who signed–ranging from students to attorneys/in-house counsels to academics/policymakers to even the founder of a company that first brought Ayurveda to the US. For those of you who support the cause and still haven’t signed, we would please request you to do so now. The petition is available here. We intend submitting this petition…


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Drug Regulation

Novartis’ Gleevec Patent Challenged in the US?


With characteristic flair, CH Unnikrishnan of Livemint is again the first to unearth this interesting story: “US drugs regulator food and drug administration (FDA) has accepted a generic challenge by India’s Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd against Glivec, a controversial mega-earner cancer drug of Novartis AG, potentially weakening the Swiss drug maker’s petition against an Indian ruling denying the drug a patent. The challenge in the US, if it invalidates Novartis’ patent, will not only significantly stre-ngthen the plea of local…


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Patent

CIPLA Milking Indian Consumers? Charity Does Not Begin at Home!


They say “charity” begins at home. If a recent news item is to believed, then CIPLA is doing exactly the opposite!! It has donned the mantle of being a charitable messiah in parts of the world like Africa by supplying cheap AIDS medicines–whilst at the same time over-charging its Indian consumers! The Hindu Reports that: “Drug-maker Cipla has received a Government notice demanding Rs 24.23 crore, inclusive of interest for alleged overcharging by the company on antibiotic ciprofloxacin during the…


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