Copyright

FM radio vs Music industry: a TRAIng story


Radio junkies among SpicyIP’s readers may have been following reports of TRAI’s recent proposals closely. Among these include allowing news broadcasts on FM radio, higher FDI in radio channels, district-level FM radio licenses and more than one channel per broadcaster in a district. There’s a copyright/royalty angle to this story that has not received the attention it deserves. Soma Das at FE focuses on the issue in this piece. Das says that the proposed switch from city to district licenses…


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Patent

SpicyIP Petition to bear fruit by early 2009


As most of you will recollect SpicyIP has been lamenting for some time now about the lack of a digitised database on patents granted by the Indian Patent Office. In an inspired bid to give vent to our collective frustrations on this matter Shamnad came up with the idea of sending a SpicyIP I-Petition to the Government of India in regards this sorry state of affairs. The SpicyIP I-Petition was a huge success because so many of you signed up,…


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Innovation

The Miserly care not about safety: Drug prices questioned


A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, USA Today, and Harvard shows that most Americans now want drug prices regulated. The study’s summary shows people are having a tough time paying their mounting drug bills- leading to a situation where they either do not take their medicines or reduce the required dosage. This is one of the main reasons they would like drug prices reduced. It is however strange and worrisome that their primary problem with the pharmaceutical industry…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: An “Incredible” Victory for Tourism Ministry


Last December, Sumathi Chandrashekharan had reported that the Ministry of Tourism was involved in a legal tussle with Durga Das Publications over Brand India’s flagship logo “Incredible India” for its magazine. In 2002, the Ministry launched the Incredible India campaign and acquired a copyright over the tag line “Incredible !ndia” with an exclamation mark replacing the I in India. In 2003, Durga Das publications bagged a three-year contract for publishing the magazine under this name, which expired in 2007. Consequently,…


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Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies


Assuming that the general concept of parallel importation, both legal and illegal, is common knowledge, one would like to discuss the growth of technologies which seek to provide fool-proof mechanisms against counterfeit products. The need for such technologies is driven by the fact that the counterfeit market is valued at $500 billion and costs the government exchequer a sizable amount. It is estimated that 7% of the world trade is in counterfeit goods. Music, software and luxury goods suffer heavily,…


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Copyright Innovation Trademark

Scramble for Scrabulous: pricing it right


Some weeks ago, we had reported on the Indian-owned gaming website Scrabulous and infringement allegations by Hasbro, the rights-holders of the legendary board game Scrabble. Imminent closure of the site was predicted, and mourned in advance with much fanfare. There were hints at a possible buyout by Electronic Arts (EA), which owns the online rights for the board game, but nothing was verified. Reports now suggest that rumours of the death of Scrabulous might indeed be exaggerated, and that not…


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Spicy Tidbit: Haste makes wasteThe KHPPT adds only securing the handmade product


This post is in furtherance of something I have posted earlier. I had already written about the Government of India trying to get GI protection for pashmina. Kashmir Newz reports that apart from objections put forward by the Pakistan based Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce a Srinagar based artisan body the Kashmir Handmade Pashmina Promotion Trust (KHPPT) has also filed an objection. The KHPPT objections have reached the Chennai registry unlike those by the Pakistan delegation. “The KHPPT is asking for…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Free Trade Agreement- No smooth sailing here.


The chances of the Free Trade Agreement between India and the EU materializing seem bleak now with differences between the parties continuing after another round of negotiations. As The Hindu reports, “Although both sides have stated that good progress had been made in the first three rounds, officials in the 27-member block European Union feel that signing of the FTA by this year-end was near impossible.” While the parties have postponed the next round of negotiations, officials do not seem…


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Spicy Tidbit: 2nd day at the Annual Global Forum on Innovation, Creativity and Intellectual Property


Today was the 2nd day of the 2nd Annual Global Forum on Innovation, Creativity and Intellectual Property organised by CII in conjunction with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, GOI and the US India Business Council (Mumbai). The day began with a discussion on “Global trends in IP Protection” where Narendra K. Sabharwal, Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property Organisation spoke of the following – shift in focus of IP community from protection of IP to promotion and exploitation…


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Chinese pharma poses serious competition to Indian Pharma: PharmaBiz


PharmaBiz.com reports that Chinese pharmaceutical companies are posing a serious threat to their Indian counterparts. As usual the Chinese who are past-masters at reverse engineering have started manufacturing drugs at prices cheaper than Indian drugs. Active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) units in India have already faced severe competition in the country during the last ten years leading to several units shutting down but the threat now is to the formulations industry. The Indian pharmaceutical industry is lobbying hard to ensure that…


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