Transparency in the Court: Recording oral proceedings – the way forward?


Recently, it was reported in several newspapers (including the Hindu and the Indian Express) that the Supreme Court while hearing a petition filed by an NGO ‘Janhit Manch’ stated that it would consider allowing the recording of Court proceedings in the interests of judicial transparency. It appears in fact that the Supreme Court has approved of a policy to audio-record its proceedings. Further, an Advocate of the Karnataka High Court, Mr. K.V. Dhananjay, has requested the Chief Justice of Karnataka…


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Patent

Guest Post: USPTO "Patent Outsourcing" Notice and Implications for LPO’s


An earlier SpicyIP post dealt with a controversial USPTO notice that some alleged would kill the Indian LPO (legal process outsourcing) industry. In a guest post for us, Dr Sushil Kumar of Clairvolex, a leading Indian LPO, effectively rubbishes such claims. Dr Kumar is Vice President, Patent Operations at Clairvolex, a premier Indian IP outsourcing company. He is a Ph.D in Bio-Chemistry from Delhi University and a registered Indian patent agent. Prior to Clairvolex, he was practising patents at Lex…


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Roche implements ‘mass serialization’ anti-counterfeiting technology


Allegations of counterfeit drugs have haunted the Indian pharmaceutical industry for quite a few years now. You can never be sure whether the tablet actually has an API or just white chalk. An E.U. Report last year pointed out that India was the largest source for the 2.7 million counterfeit drugs that were seized at the E.U. borders in 2006. For its part the WHO claims that India is the source of 35% of all counterfeit drugs in the world…


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Innovation

Informal IP: From the Green Revolution to the Neem Revolution


The Hindu recently ran an interview of mine on Indian IP and Innovation Policy. I argued that India needs the following: I. Holistic IP and Innovation Policy India needs to have a more holistic approach to innovation policy than the piecemeal approach thus far (mainly centering around specific IP legislations and often forgetting that IP is but a tool to incentivise innovaiton/creativity and not an end in itself). II. Towards “Informal IP” We need to stop framing our debates only…


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Joff Wild on the Allegations Against Indian Patent Office


The inimitable Joff Wild has a very pointed review of the Mint article that exposed high level corruption at the Indian patent office. Before I review Joff’s take on this rather unfortunate state of affairs at the patent office, let me thank all our readers for their comments to Kruttika’s hard hitting post on this issue. Some of the comments made for very interesting reading! Kruttika is now working on a post that will highlight the key aspects of a…


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Innovation

SpicyIP:Tatas Win Award for Social Innovation


Accolades and bouquets to the iconic Tatas , the beacons of India Inc.Thankfully the misadventures on the Nano from Singur to Sanand has left the Tatas’ social spirit unchanged. The recent allegations that the Nano project pitted business interests against the farmers threatened to dent the impeccable Tata track record of being a socially responsible corporation. While the controversy still glows with the last embers, the Tatas have brought home proud accolades as pioneers of social innovation Nothing less than…


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Spicy IP Events: First ever "Open Access Day"


Supporters of Open Access to knowledge will be happy to note that today, Oct 14th, is the first ever “Open Access Day”. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science are the founding partners for this initiative to focus on the international movement that is encouraging the unrestricted sharing of publicly funded research results for the further development and advancement of science and society.The basic principle behind Open Access is the…


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Patent

SpicyIP reacts to the Mint Report on alleged corruption in the Indian Patent Offices


With the filing of patents almost doubling in number over the last few years, the Patent Offices in India have increasingly been in the focus of the media since the revised Patent Regime took force in India in 2004. Recently, the Mint carried out an investigation, and has also referred to a report published by an Austrian Government entity, to examine the reported nexus between Government officials and patent agents from private law firms. Austria’s Wirtschaftsservice (AWS), an entity mandated…


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Introducing Suchita Saigal as our New Blogger


We’re happy to welcome Suchita Saigal, a fifth year law student from NLSIU, Bangalore. For a law student, she’s garnered up an impeccable IP record, having taught IP as a teaching assistant to Prof.Ramakrishna, the head of the IP Dept at NLS. She’s also done a few IP related internships, most recently in Herbert Smith’s (London) IP practice department. She’s currently heading a research group working on Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Protecting Traditional Knowledge. She is a current…


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Drug Regulation Trademark

Whats in a proprietary drug name? Apparently quite a lot!


The Times, recently, carried an interesting article on ‘How drug companies try to get into your head?’ The article points out how drug companies come up with fancy sounding names which make no reference to the generic names of the drug and how these proprietary names are used by the media during the course of the reporting, thereby unwittingly advertising the proprietary name to the general public and creating an impression that these branded drugs are much more effective than…


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