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CIPLA, LDCs and Parallel Importation: Interesting Times Ahead?


Mr. KS Jayaraman, Nature Correspondent, recently brought some interesting information to my attention: CIPLA has set up a manufacturing unit in Uganda and plans to set up another one in Morocco soon. While I haven’t found a news item corresponding to CIPLA’s plans for Morocco so far, I did find a news item from October last year, where the BBC reported that “Ugandan drugs importer Quality Chemicals will produce the medicines locally with Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla, one of the…


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Indian withdrawal from intl power project over tech transfer issues


This is a slightly delayed note on a tech transfer dispute that is brewing on the power (sic) front in $2 billion, or Rs 8,000 crore, Indo-US FutureGen project. The FutureGen Alliance is a public-private partnership to build the world’s first near zero-emissions coal-fueled power plant, with a majority of costs borne by the US Department of Energy (DOE), with foreign financial support from governments of India, China, Australia, South Korea and Japan. Mint had reported about a week ago…


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Spicy Tidbit: Further developments with Krazzy 4.


Mr. Sampath a reputed ad jingle composer dragged the producer and composer of the movie Krazzy 4 to the Court on the grounds that his tunes had been used without his permission. He prayed for an injunction preventing the use of his music in the movie as well as compensation and received both. Mr. Sampath has shot down rumours of this being a publicity stunt stating that his actions were aimed at reclaiming the dignity of young composers who are…


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Piracy: Bigwigs offer differing opinions


Piracy in the Film Industry is something that SpicyIP has written about extensively. (A search for it on the blog will show at least 25-40 posts on the matter- most recently posted here). And just when we thought the breast-beating was over and done, well known faces from the field have stepped up to voice their opinions on the matter. Not surprisingly, on one side we have bigwigs asserting their copyright and condemning piracy. Calling it the biggest threat, director…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Roche goes in appeal.


The Roche saga may not be over yet. Stating that there is no corelation between public interest and patent laws, the Company has appealed against the order by the Dehi HC. The matter has been posted for April 22nd, 2008. This is the very same judgment by the Delhi High Court which SpicyIP found to be one of the best, most well researched judgments. SpicyIP hopes that the Division Bench has followed the case carefully, and finally puts the issue…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: District Court in the US Voids New USPTO Rules


In what is universally seen as a thumping victory for patent applicants, a Virginia District Court, on April 1st, enjoined the USPTO from implementing the “Changes to Practice for Continued Examination Filings, Patent Applications Containing Patently Indistinct Claims, and Examination of Claims in Patent Applications”. The plaintiffs were GlaxoSmithKline and Triantafyllos Tafas. These rules were due to come into effect last November and had certain controversial changes which limited the number of continuation or continuation-in-part applications in a patent family…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: A slightly inebriated GI :)


Goa- sun and fun! And what’s fun without some Feni!! This liquor distilled from cashew apple has been traditionally considered a poor man’s drink from its native Goa. However, in an effort to seek out new markets, the officials here have decided to fo the GI way. This is being led by the Warwick University’s principal investigator Dwijen Rangnekar who leads a project on Localising Economic Control through GIs. He explains: “As evident from products like champagne, Scotch whiskey and…


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Copyright

Bollywood dancing to a "krazzy" new tune


One thing I don’t think we’ve talk enough about on SpicyIP is the other threat to the music industry. Not piracy which we’ve written so much about and you’ve probably read even more about but plagiarism. Advertising jingle composer Ram Sampath has accused Rakesh Roshan (the producer) of using the songs “Break-Free” and the title track though the tunes are copied from his Sony Ericsson ad. The facts are a little fuzzy from here as The Hindu reports that the…


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SpicyIP Events: NLSIU Symposium on ‘Challenges to India’s Patent Regime’ being held on April 12th-13th


A couple of months ago, SpicyIP Events had brought to your attention that the National Law School of India University was organizing a Symposium on ‘Challenges to India’s Patent Regime’ on the 12th-13th of April. Billed as one of the ‘spiciest’ IP events of the year this NLSIU Symposium boasts an excellent line-up of speakers, most of them being the authorities in their respective fields. Keeping in line with the highest traditions of legal debate at the NLSIU this Symposium…


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Natco & Compulsory Licenses: Round 3


Unnikrishnan of the Mint reports that we may see a third compulsory licensing case in the coming days. No prizes for guessing the identity of the applicant. Yes, its Natco once again! Our readers may remember that the two previous applications by Natco were for two anti-cancer drugs being manufactured by Roche and Pfizer. In those two cases Natco had filed for a CL to export to Nepal. This time round however Natco is applying for a CL to manufacture…


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