SpicyIP Conferences: AIPPI Conf in India and EGA forum in Brussels


1. “National Seminar on Protection, Enforcement and Leveraging of Intellectual Property”: Organised by the Indian Group of AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) from 9th February to 10th February 2008 at The Hans Hotel, New Delhi. The Seminar addresses topics in the field of Intellectual Property in India. World-renowned speakers have already confirmed their attendance at the seminar to share their experiences in India and globally. For more details on this conference, please see here 2. 4th…


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Roche vs CIPLA: Update


Heated arguments between Arun Jaitley (representing CIPLA) and Abhishek Singhvi (representing Roche) yesterday. The key issue was the validity of the patent. Jaitley cited a number of case law etc to establish that since this is a new patent, the validity attack should be taken seriously. He also argued that the Indian Patent Act does not grant a presumption of validity–a point that we discussed in our earliest posts on the Bilcare patent matter. Hearings will continue today as well….


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SpicyIP Events


1. National Conference on Intellectual Property Rights. IPR cell of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur is organizing National Conference on” Intellectual Property Rights” from 28th February to 1st March, 2008. Various events are organized including student competition, contributed and invited papers, panel discussion and doctoral research symposium. Contact Person and Coordinator. Dr B.V. Phani Chairman (Exe.Committee) National Conference on IPR 2008Co-ordinator, SIDBI Innovation & Incubation Centre Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur .Email: [email protected] Phone: +91-512-2596646 Fax: +91-512-2596177 2. ITech Law…


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Drug Regulation Innovation

Govt to weed out "irrational" patent & proprietary traditional drugs


There was this piece by P B Jayakumar in BS about proposed new licensing norms in the Indian Systems of Medicine industry. I reproduce it in parts below: The Department of Ayush, which regulates the estimated Rs 6,000-crore ayurveda, siddha and unani Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM), has initiated new licensing norms to weed out irrational patent and proprietary (P&P) medicines, which are innovated products not mentioned in classical texts of the ISM.” The department’s move comes close on the…


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LegalAdda: new Indian legal portal launched


The Indian legal community has a new player in the online field: an exclusive portal called www.legaladda.com, which seems to have gotten the nod from Microsoft. There’s a TOI report on this here, which additionally is an item on Microsoft’s IPR scholarship awardees.Just took a look at the portal itself. It has this to say on the home page by way of introduction: LegalAdda seeks to build a vibrant community of legal professionals in India. The site aims to facilitate…


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Interesting Patent Case in India on Diagnostic Testing


I’ve been informed that Justice Sanjay Kishen Kaul (of the Bilcare fame) has reserved judgment in a very interesting patent matter involving a patented diagnostic testing kit for Hepatitus C. For those interested, the case is J Mitra vs Span Diagnostics. The facts briefly are as follows: J Mitra applied for patent. Pregrant filed by Span, is decided in favour of J Mitra. Upon the grant of patent, J Mitra sues Span for infringement and asks for temporary injunction. Span…


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Roche vs CIPLA Patent Litigation: Update


Justice Ravindra Bhatt of the Delhi High Court heard the matter today. Justice Bhatt joined as an additional judge in 2004 and had a stellar career as a lawyer prior to this. He then moved to the writ side of the Delhi High Court. And then later to the original side–I learnt that he joint the “original” side of the Delhi High Court just 15 days back. So this could well be his first IP matter!! As expected, CIPLA filed…


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SpicyIP Scholarship: Paper on the Novartis Patent Case and Section 3(d)


We’re happy to inform our readers that two of our blog members (Prashant Reddy and me) have just completed a draft of an article analysing the Madras High Court judgment in the Novartis case. We focus in particular on the TRIPS compatibility and “constitutionality” of section 3(d) in this paper. I’m copying the abstract below. If you need to access a copy of the article, please click here. Once the page opens, scroll down and click the “download the document…


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Launch of Indian Kanoon: Shedding light on Andhakanoon!


SpicyIP is really happy to announce the launch of “Indian Kanoon”, a fabulous online resource (and free of cost too, just like SpicyIP!) for Indian judgments. Started up by a vibrant computer science student at the Univ of Michigan, Sushant, this will prove really valuable in legal research. It will also go a long way towards ensuring better access to court’s judgments by the general public and more robust public participation–again something that SpicyIP is passionate about promoting. Indian Kanoon…


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Trademark

Brittania gets the better of Unibic in Court: Not Having Such a "Great Day" After All!


We bring to you a guest post from Kruttika Vijay , a brilliant fourth year law student from NALSAR, Hyderabad, one of the India’s premier law schools. I greatly enjoyed reading her note, and am sure you will too. It deals with the controversial and highly entertaining issue of comparative advertising. And centers around on a recent case where an Indian court had injuncted a comparative advertiser. As many of you may know, Indian ad’s are some of the most…


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