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Indian Diamond Industry: "Brighter" Times Ahead


To recount the history of Indian diamond industry would be clichéd and to reel out the list of sobriquets that it has earned for itself and for the country may seem redundant. Nevertheless, to understand the industry, its past and present, is a condition precedent if one is to comprehend, prognosticate and chart the way to the future. As is the case with most other aspects of this nation’s history, the lines distinguishing fact from fiction are blurred in the…


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SPICY IP Tidbit: WHO Report on TRIPs Flexibilities and Access to Medicines in Thailand


In WHOs recent mission to Thailand saw the release of a 31-page report entitled “Improving access to medicines in Thailand: The use of TRIPs flexibilities.” According to a recent news item, the report “provides technical information and policy options on the general rules and mechanisms available to countries for use of the flexibilities contained in the Trips and other international agreements, in order to promote greater access to pharmaceutical products.” The report specifically highlights the flexibilities in the TRIPs agreement…


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A Tale of Two Patents: Did the Indian Patent Office Collude?


Yet another interesting incident that adds to the long list of “malady of errors” by the Indian patent office: a recent case suggests that it may have granted the same patent to two entities!! If true, this will come as no surprise, given that the patent office does not have an electronic database of patent information, either for their internal use or for members of the public.Recall the SpicyIP petition that pleaded with the Prime Minister to take immediate steps…


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UN Regulation: Hindering progress of biotechnology.


In an effort to provide people with clean drinking water, the United Nations Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) drafted in 1999 The Protocol on Water and Health. However, like other U.N. agencies, the Protocol in question has been criticized severely for having vague goals, and still worse, having no road map to decide the course of action to be taken. Worse yet, there are other programs by the UN that have aggressively charted out their own road- effectively preventing the…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Extend copyright protection demands the EU.


Linked up to an article of mine not so long ago, the European Union has suggested an extension of the copyright protection and royalties offered to musicians across the continent. In a stand taken by the authorities rather than the artists, the EU Commissioner (the union’s internal market chief) has stated that “If nothing is done, thousands of European performers who recorded in the late 1950s and 1960s will lose all of their airplay royalties over the next ten years”……


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SpicyIP Tidbit: WIPO DG post race on, but no Indian running


As WIPO Director General (DG) incumbent Kamal Idris’ controversial second six-year term runs out, the longlist of incoming candidates to head the UN IP agency has been released. Of the 15 governments represented for the post, the candidates include two present WIPO depty DGs: Australia’s Francis Gurry; and France’s Philippe Petit, Reuters reports. While Gurry is reportedly a strong contender, he has competition in the face of Mauro Masi, who is the Italian delegate for IP, and represents his government…


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EXPORTING BAYH DOLE TO INDIA: WHITHER TRANSPARENCY? (PART I)


Many of you may have heard of the government’s move to introduce a Bayh Dole style legislation in India. The latest is an article from “Science”, some paragraphs of which I’m reproducing below: “The Indian government is preparing to introduce legislation that it hopes will reverse the traditional hands-off attitude at most Indian universities toward commercializing the results of basic research. The proposed bill, a draft of which was obtained by Science, sets out rules that institutions must follow once…


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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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