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Indian Patent Grants in 2007


BrainLeague carries some very useful figures of patent grants in 2007. 1. The Indian Patent Office granted 12,119 patents in the year 2007. The table below shows the monthly break-up of patent grants in INDIA for the year 2007. 2. HLL, Honda Giken and Samsung took first three places with 391, 252 and 211 patent grants respectively. CSIR, BASF, Qualcomm, Sliverbrook, Matsushit, Intel, IIT’s and EI DU Pont are some of other top grantees (in the top 10). INDIAN PATENT…


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Roche Sues CIPLA Over Tarceva Patent


As predicted, Roche files a suit against CIPLA before the Delhi High Court. In an earlier post, we touched upon this foolhardy “infringement” strategy by CIPLA. CIPLA went around announcing to the press that it was hell bent on infringing the patent. Making such announcements doesn’t leave one with much of leeway when arguing that the patent owner should not be granted a favourable injunction. As one knows, a temporary injunction is a discretionary relief, and the judge looks into…


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Is Indian Patent Law TRIPS Compliant?


Daniel Poppy of PharmAsia, a recently launched pharma publication that we blogged about earlier, carries this interesting story on India and TRIPS compliance. I was interviewed for this piece (If you’re interested in the complete text of all the answers that I gave him, please continue reading after the extracts below). I reproduce some extracts from this excellent article below–for a full version, please see here. “PhRMA Vice President, International Affairs, Geralyn Ritter characterizes India’s IP protection as “inadequate and…


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FDC Reports Launches PharmAsia


FDC Reports, the world’s leading information source on the pharma sector has now launched PharmAsiaNews.com, to capture all the exciting pharma news from India, China and Japan. Those have read the “Pink Sheet” will know that FDC Reports is renowned for exceptionally accurate, objective and insightful stories on the pharma sector. With FDC now turning its attention to the exciting pharma developments in India, we (those of us who thirst for this sort of knowledge) are in for a treat….


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Tata’s Nano: Patents, Innovation and a Good Laugh!


Note: Those of our readers reading this post as an email in their inbox, I strongly recommend logging onto SpicyIP for the full effect! In November last year, the Economic Times reported that Tata was seeking a patent on its 1 lakh car christened “Nano”. The report stated: “Auto heavyweight Tata Motors is understood to have sought a global patent for the design and technology involved in the much awaited Rs one-lakh car, people close to the development said. Tata,…


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Satyam evam Upaid: Who paid?


I came across this interesting piece in IPKat today, relating to IT giant Satyam and a dispute in the Commercial Court for England and Wales [Satyam Computer Services Ltd v Upaid Systems Ltd [2008] EWHC 31 (Comm)]. This is of relevance not only because it involves an Indian IT company, but also because of implications it might have for other companies in the IT-outsourcing sector generally. This was not an outright IP dispute, e.g. on the patentability of the product…


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India gets International Search Authority Status.


The Indian IPR regime that has been making rapid strides in developing its infrastructure has caught world attention. India joins the the elite list of nations to be conferred the ISA status by WIPO. News a couple of weeks late, but nevertheless one that is is an interesting development in the Indian IP arena “The Indian Patent Office has been recognized as the International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)…


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Roche vs NATCO: India’s First "Doha Style" Compulsory License?


Most of you may have heard of the first “Doha” style compulsory license for export of GSK’s ARV drug, TriAvir from Canada to Rwanda. For a great summary of this case, see this ASIL article. Latha Jishnu of the Business Standard reports that a similar request is being made by Natco Pharma, an Indian generic company, to export Roche’s anti cancer drug, Tarceva (Erlotinib) from India to Nepal. The application is for the export of 30,000 tablets to Nepal and…


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Pills, Potions and IPR:Tales from Folk Medicine.


Inspired in content and spirit, by Shamnads’ New Year offerings on Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous medicine with the lush narrative of the Arogyapacha, I add to the ongoing debate and awareness initiatives on the subject….. Allopathy long held as the marquee of the Medicinal systems has close contenders in play. No longer solo on the ramp, Traditional Medicine systems, many of them that predate allopathy have caught world attention. Ayurveda has firmly ensconced a place of pride for itself; inspiring…


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Time’s up for Scrabulous?


As local news portals trumpet India’s newest homegrown social networking site, www.bigadda.com (see here), another Indian company that has achieved near cult status in the global web 2.0 bandwagon faces closure. Scrabulous, a free online gaming site that allows users to play a version of Scrabble, owned by the Kolkata-based Agarwala brothers, reportedly told Fortune that it had received a legal notice from Hasbro (the makers of Scrabble). Hasbro has allegedly sent a cease-and-desist notice for trademark infringement to the…


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