SpicyIP Events


1. National Seminar on Patents on 23rd September,2007. Thanks to Malavika Kumar, an outstanding student at ILS, Pune for bringing this to our attention. This workshop is organised by the Indian Institute of e Business Management(IIeBM)in association with GMGC and Times Group and will include discussions on a wide variety of India IP themes, including the Novartis Case, Software Patenting and E-filing of Patents Prominent speakers include Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar (Former Director General of CISR,India) and Dr. S. Chandrashekaran (Former…


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Need Co-Bloggers


If any of you are interested in joining SpicyIP as a co-blogger, please let me know ([email protected]il.com). We are particularly interested in folks that can blog on non patent related IP matters (copyright, trademarks, traditional knowledge, GI’s) or even “innovation” more generally or any other IP/innovation theme that has some relevance for India. The understanding between us now is that each blogger post at least once a week. We intend to make this blog a one stop shop for leading…


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SpicyIP Events


1. NAS Conference on Innovation in India and China: For details on this upcoming conference by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington DC (Sept 24-25), please see here. Along with Prof Bhaven Sampat, I am presenting a paper on innovation in India. Note the catchy title of the Conference: “The Dragon and the Elephant:Understanding the Development of Innovation Capacity In China and India”. I just wish that they’d used “tiger” instead of “elephant”:) 2. Workshop on ‘Trade and…


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Public Participation in IP Policy Making


Arun K Thiruvengadam, a brilliant constitutional law scholar who teaches at the National University of Singapore (NUS) comments on an interesting article in “law and other things” (where I co-blog as well). I reproduce his post below “The purpose of this post is to make a somewhat obvious and trite point, which, however, seems to be worth reiterating in current times. Kaushik Basu has a recent column in the HT which articulates this very well: “Democracy runs on participation, and…


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SPICY COMMENTS


We’re starting a new section, where we intend to pick up interesting comments by readers and post them on the blog. As many of you know, you can comment on any one of our posts by visiting the blog and clicking on the “comments” tab at the end of each post. Anyway, of the recent posts, we found the following to be the most interesting (“spicy”): 1. Shamnad’s post on JC Bose and his aversion to Patenting: Prof Rajesh Kochhar…


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SECTION 3(d) AND "EFFICACY": MORE CASES


1. Novartis abandons patent application in India: The business standard thinks that this could be prompted by fears of a Glivec type rejection and reports that: “Swiss pharma major Novartis has chosen not to pursue the patent application for its AIDS drug Atazanavir in India after the patent was declared “abandoned” even as it continues to fight for the licence rights of its cancer drug Glivec in the Indian patent office.” 2. Eli Lilly loses patent over osteoporosis drug: CH…


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Clash over spark plugs!


Type rest of the post here The scuffle that has arisen between Bajaj Auto and TVS Motors is slated to be one the most attention-grabbing patent claim disputes on technological inventions in the Indian automobile industry. Digital Twin Spark ignition technology (“DTSi”) which is best associated with Pulsar has been patented in India by Bajaj Auto in July 2005 (Patent No. 195904). Bajaj Auto is also expecting international patent for its spark plugs based on the DTSi technology in various…


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Spicyip Tidbits


1. WTO to investigate U.S complaint against Chinese subsidies Bloomberg Reports The World Trade Organization agreed to probe a complaint by the U.S. and Mexico alleging that China illegally subsidizes domestic industries through tax reductions, the largest trade case yet against the Chinese government In March, the U.S. and the European Union filed a WTO complaint against China alleging that China uses unfair tariffs to block imports of U.S.-made auto parts. That case is being litigated by WTO arbiters in…


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NOVARTIS PATENT SAGA: FLAWED STRATEGY


There are valuable lessons that patent professionals can learn from the Novartis (Glivec) Patent Saga. The Hindu Business Line carried an interview with me in this regard. For those interested, please click here. I also attach the note that I passed on to them below: “Recently, in a legal dispute involving the patentability of Novartis’s famed anticancer drug, Gleevec, the Madras High Court ruled that section 3(d) of the Indian Patents Act was constitutional. It also ruled that it did…


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Delhi High Court ruling on Early Neutral Evaluation


On 6th August, 2007, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul of High Court of Delhi passed an order which has taken the recent trend in the Delhi High Court of encouraging ADR in intellectual property disputes forward by leap and bounds. The order was passed in the case of Bawa Masala Company vs. Bawa Masala Company Pvt. Ltd. (OS No.139 of 2002). The matter had earlier been referred for mediation as there were a number of interlinked disputes pending before…


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