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Mock Trial at Delhi University Under the aegis of the 5th India Project Intellectual Property Rights Summit jointly organised by George Washington University Law School (GWU Law), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), a mock trial is scheduled to be held on 25th February, 2008 in the Convention Hall at Delhi University. The Summit itself will be held from 24th February- 1st March 2008. The past editions of this Summit have boasted of the who’s-who…


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Patent

Mr. Augustine and his patented ‘tender coconut wine’


‘God’s own country’ – Kerala gives us yet another product to relax and soothe those frayed nerves of yours. ‘Tender coconut wine’ made from ‘tender coconut water’ was granted patent (No. 209015) on Aug 16 last year by the Indian Patent Office. (My many thanks to Shamnad our man from Mallu land for directing me to this story.) The patent is in the name of Sebastian P. Augustine a farmer, from Kalsgrod Districtin Kerala, who has won the won the…


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OPEN BOOK SOCIETY: Providing easy access to Academic Writing


Spicy IP is happy to announce the arrival of yet another student initiative that hopes to make academic resources more easily available to the public in general, and students in particular, primarily using the medium of the Internet. The OPEN BOOK SOCIETY, a society registered in Karnataka, is a voluntary body that is founded and run by students across the nation from premier institutions such as the National Law School of India University and the All India Institute of Medical…


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A boost to drug research.


Indian Pharma companies are entering into collaborations with foreign drug discovery companies so as to be able to benefit from the sharing of technology, knowledge and cost benefits. This will prove to be a huge boost to the Indian research scene which so far is in a nascent stage. Zydus Cadila is the most recent entrant into this synergetic process – working in sync with Swedish firm Kara Bio working on leads on inflammatory diseases. Advinus, which is developing drugs…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: Mosquito-Free Cooler


Vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue can spread from the most innocuous of places simply because of water stagnation. Most would normally expect open drains to be the primary sources forgetting others which are closer home- air coolers, specifically water tanks in air coolers. Interestingly, there exist government sponsored studies on the role of coolers in breeding of vectors. Thanks to some ingenious thinking by Dr V K Saxena, Dr T G Thomas and Dr Shiv Lal of National Institute…


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Recommendation of Traditional Medicine Group to Knowledge Commission


India’s’ healthcare pundits seem to be infusing a healthy dose of ‘lateral thinking’ in the face of India’s diverse healthcare requirements. Not so much of a paradigm shift in thought patterns as much as it is about trying to fit in some conventional medical wisdom to reconcile India’s’ public health concerns , the focus is on leveraging India’s’ repertoire of Traditional Medicine. The Report submitted by the Working Group on Traditional Medicine to the Knowledge Commission of India indicates that…


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Copyright

SpicyIP Tidbit: Oriya Lexicon to be published again.


The 76 year old Oriya Lexicon “Purnachandra Bhasakosha ” with over 1.85 lakh words and their meanings in English, Hindi and Bengali that was put together by late Gopal Chandra Praharaj, aCuttack-based lawyer and journalist was republished without permission from his family members in 2006. The District Court passed an interim stay order on the reproduction of the book but the dispute has now been settled with a lower court allowing the Larks Book publisher Mahindra Mishra to go ahead…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: 2nd ARV drug to get patent protection in India.


Johnson and Johnson has gotten patent protection for its new ARV Etravirine – the only ARV to get such protection apart from pharma giant Pfizer’s Maravoric last year. The impact of this drug has not been determined yet and its being watched closely by NGO’s and civil action groups who are contemplating filing post patent oppositions. Logically the patent protection will make generic copies of the drug impossible to produce and in a country with an AIDS problem like ours…


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Data Exclusivity

Traditional Medicine not to get 5 year data protection.


The Government may not grant 5 year data protection to traditional medicines. The whole article can be found here. The change has been triggered by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga,Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) taking the view that such a protection will lead to similar demands from the allopathic segment.It was the Department of AYUSH which had suggested such data protection in the first instance. An inter-ministerial committee has also been constituted which has come to the conclusion that such…


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Trademark

SpicyIP Tidbit: ‘Sugar free’ hassles


Cadila HealthCare has filed a suit against Dabur India for the use of its trademark “Sugar Free” in the marketing of Dabur’s Sugar Free Chyawanprakash and has sought damages to the tune of Rs. 25 lakh. Justice Ahmed at Delhi, has issued a notice to Dabur on Cadila’s suit to restrain the former from using the ‘Sugar Free’ trademark or any other mark that could seek to deceive or confuse the public as under Section 9 (2) (a) of the…


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