SpicyIP Tidbits: Still Some Spark Left in the Flame


TVS Motors has shown why it still is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the country. Not the one to lose heart and hope despite the injunction from the Madras High Court, TVS Motors relaunched its 125-cc motorcycle “Flame” on Monday with a single spark plug engine. The bike in its twin spark plug avatar was launched last December 13th (werent they triskaidekaphobic?) and lost the company a whopping Rs.100 crores this quarter alone. According to the Business Line, the…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: A Software Patent?


All these days I was under impression that computer programmes a.k.a softwares were not patentable under s.3(k) of the Patents Act notwithstanding the presence of a teeny-weenie “per se”. May be the patent office is in an “innovative” mood for according to the Business Line, one Mr.Ken Georgie Mathew had applied 18 months ago for a data verification tool called the “Authentic Track Record” (ATR) and so far he has not received any objections. Is it because the Patent Office…


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Copyright

Cheap home movies: the death is nigh?


A year or so of the Indian home entertainment market going into disarray after Moser Baer’s (MB) price cuts, this TOI market report suggests that cheap home videos might be unprofitable after all, and we might relive the days of expensive VCDs (and I thought they were outdated!) and DVDs… Regular readers of this blog might recall SpicyIP’s occasional references to the pricing strategy used by the optical disc major, and how its marketing tactics were not only a deterrent…


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Patent

Spicy Tidbits: India on a roll- Filings galore!


India and Indian companies seem to have started off this quarter of the year with a filing bonanza! Just today, two applications were reported in the news from India- one granted, and the other filed. 1. The ‘Mysore Mallige’ – a variety of jasmine unique to Karnataka, was given the Geographical Indication status, giving the local community the exclusive rights to cultivate these flowers. The report extensively covers the lost glory of Indian botany, which was heavily coveted at one…


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US Patent Reform: Implications for Indian Pharma


CH Unni of the Mint reported sometime back on the US patent reform and how it was likely to impact Indian pharma companies. He notes in particular that: “Indian pharmaceutical firms, which make most of their revenues and profits from the manufacture of off-patent, or generic, drugs, are set to play a larger role in the US, the world’s biggest drug market. That is, if a US plan to reform patent laws by including provisions for what is called post-grant…


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Patent

Exporting Bayh Dole to India: Potential Lessons from a Duke Study


In earlier posts analysing the Indian version of the Bayh Dole legislation and its implications (see here and here), we noted as below: “…the bill also does not give an inventor the discretion to decide whether or not his/her invention is best left in the public domain. Rather, such a discretionary right is only given to the government funding agency (section 5 (3)). As our readers can appreciate, in some critical areas of science, it may make sense to encourage…


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Drug Regulation Patent

Split Wide Open: Patent on Stomach Medicine effectively monopolised.


In a revelation that has sent shockwaves in the Pharma industry, Reckitt Benckiser was allegedly found to have extended the monopoly they had on the stomach medicine “Gaviscon”! Internal documents that were recently leaked to the public, indicate that the Company had schemed with NHS to avoid releasing a generic name for the product in 2000. This was achieved by extending influence over the regulatory bodies. Therefore, on payment of an exorbitant amount (incidentally, three times higher than for any…


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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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