SpicyIP Tidbit:KeralaGovernment approves IPR Policy

Living up to its reputation as an IPR savvy state,Kerala once again has taken the lead in formulating a State IPR policy aimed at protecting Traditional Knowledge and allied inventions Excerpts from the Hindu: Kerala Government on Saturday approved a state-specific Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy seeking to protect traditional knowledge and inventions. Disclosing this after a Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan claimed that Kerala was the first state in the country to bring out such a policy….

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Biological Diversity

SpicyIP: Roundup of the Convention on Biological Diversity Summit

The Convention of the Biological DiversitySummit was held in Bonn, Germany between the 19th to the 30th of May. Coinciding with the World Biodiversity day on the 22nd of May, the Summit was attended by by the supremo uno’s of the CBD world and key government negotiators. The summit could well go down as a watershed event in the annals of CBD history. Laudable milestones and significant breakthroughs in the IP agenda pertaining to key issues sullying the CBD in…

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SpicyIP Jobs

We have a few positions open for legal professionals with relevant IP experience. For those of you seeking to access ‘SpicyIP Jobs’ on our blog site to check on current and past listings, please find instructions as below. Go to the SpicyIP homepage. On the left hand side of the page, you will find a list of sub headings. Click on the title ‘SpicyIP Jobs’. This will take you to the posts related to the jobs listed on our blogs…

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SpicyIP tidbit:Nalsar moves to Number one slot

In a recent survey conducted by the Indian Today publication, the Hyderabad based National National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad has emerged as the top law school of the country. Ranked No. 2 for the last two years, NALSAR has finally toppled the formidable National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, from the numero uno position it had been occupying for several years. Their distinction is reflective of the learning ethos at NALSAR,…

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Copyright Trademark

Indian Supreme Court on an "IP" Roll: "Scotch" Whisky Denied Protection While Music "Compulsory Licensing" Scope Expanded

As temperatures continue to soar in New Delhi, the Supreme Court of India hands down three IP decisions—and all within a span of a month. Leading one to paradoxically muse in this blisteringly hot month, “When it rains, it really pours!” All three decisions were penned by Justice Sinha, one of the finer Supreme Court judges on the bench today. Constitutional law scholars will remember his landmark judgment in a sex discrimination case, Anuj Garg v. Hotel Association of India….

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Australian Publisher Seeks Writers For "insider" News on Indian Tech Industry

SpicyIP was requested to pass on the following message to the readers of SpicyIP by DJ Varma, an Australia based journalist who publishes Techgoss , a website that reports on the inside stories in the Indian IT, BPO and KPO industry. “Do you know of or are working on interesting legal/IP cases about the IT, BPO, KPO, search engines, social networking sites and other elements of the booming tech sector? Techgoss reports on the inside stories in the IT/BPO and…

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Roche vs Cipla: Was Roche’s Legal Strategy Flawed?

Readers may recollect our earlier post on legal strategy in the context of the famous Novartis (Glivec) patent dispute. I compared the patent strategies of Roche and Novartis and noted: “Compare and contrast Novartis’ aggressive and weakly thought out patent strategy with that of Roche, which has gone on to acquire four patents already. Its patent covering pegylated interferon (Pegasus) has now been challenged in a post grant opposition, but one hardly hears of this in the press. Roche has…

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SpicyIP Tidbit: Orissa follows the G.I trend

The G.I awareness is catching on. The latest to join the fray is the State of Orissa. Efforts are underway to protect the geographical identity and exclusivity of the Mudhi (puffed rice) of Mayurbhanj ; the ‘Moong’ bean of Nayagarh and the ‘Urad’ bean grown in the plateaus of Malkanagiri and Keonjhar districts, crops native to the Orissa state. Intellectually Property Right (IPR) Cell of Orissa University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT) has now decided to to seek Geographical Indications (GI)…

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Drug Regulation

The DCGI is preparing a document to implement the patent-registration linkage system

Readers may remember that SpicyIP had recently carried an extensive post in regards the ‘Patent-Registration’ linkage system that was proposed by the DGCI. Pharmabiz.com reported a couple of days ago that the DCGI is preparing a document outlining a system to implement the linkage system. Once the document is ready the DCGI has promised to make it available to the industry for debate and discussion to ensure that everybody’s interests are protected. The pharmabiz.com report also informs us that the…

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SpicyIP Tidbits: Sobhraj enforcing his IP rights.

Talking about people who are aware of their IP rights, here is (in)famous Charles Sobhraj is all set to sue filmmaker, Prawaal Raman, who is currently filming a movie titled ‘Charles and I’ based on the convict’s life. He has already sent the filmmaker a notice in this regard. After evading police for several years, Sobhraj is currently serving a sentence of life imprisonment in Nepal for the murder of an American tourist. IBN reports that earlier this week Sobhraj…

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