Uncategorized

FIRST MAILBOX OPPOSITION (GLEEVEC) DECIDED IN INDIA


The controversial Gleevec mailbox application has been decided, and not too surprisingly the decision went against Novartis. For those unfamiliar with the concept of a mailbox application, here is a short explanation from one of my articles: “India amended her patent regime in 1999 to provide that applications claiming pharmaceutical inventions would be accepted and put away in a mailbox, to be examined in 2005–these applications are commonly referred to as ‘mailbox applications’. This amendment was in pursuance of a…


Read More »
Uncategorized

RANBAXY LOSES LIPITOR IN FINLAND


After the US and the UK, Ranbaxy suffers another patent defeat over multibillion dollar drug Lipitor in Finland. Like the US and the UK, it will appeal here as well. Thus far, its only victory has been in Austria. The Financial Express states: In another setback to India’s biggest drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, a court in Finland has prohibited it from marketing its generic version of Pfizer’s cholesterol lowering drug Lipitor in the country.The Helsinki court of appeal in Finland…


Read More »
Uncategorized

BIRD FLU HITS INDIA


One of the first posts on this blog related to Avian Flu. Little did I know that I would have to post again–as the notorious bird flu makes it way to India. As expected, it has brought with it the patent controvery as well. A news item states: “The bird flu threat has become a litmus test for the government on how it would use the patent law flexibility to cope with a public health issue that could potentially be…


Read More »
Uncategorized

CSIR and Ranbaxy among top PCT applicants


CSIR was always part of this list (taken from www.pharmabiz.com). Good to see that Ranbaxy features here too. It will be a while though before we catch up with South Korea which dominates here. “India stands third in the list of international patent applications filed by developing countries in 2005, and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Ranbaxy Laboratories are among the top ten users of the PCT from developing countries. The top ten users of the…


Read More »
Uncategorized

More GI registrations in India


A spate of new GI registrations in India. “The Geographical Indications Registry has granted GI certificate to Bidriware from Bidar, Channapatna toys and dolls, Nanjangud banana, Coorg orange, Mysore betel leaf, Mysore rosewood inlay, Mysore traditional paintings and Mysore agarbathi, thereby enabling producers and inventors to prevent others from exploiting their products without permission.”“We have accorded certificates to these items/products. The certificate owners will be the registered proprietors of the GI concerned,” an official with the Geographical Indications Registry told…


Read More »
Uncategorized

INDIA LAGS IN NUMBER OF IT PATENTS


An interesting piece (titled “India lags in number of IT patents”) on the low levels of software patents in India, despite India’s global excellence “India may be the world leader in information technology but it trails in a big way when it comes to patents in the IT sector.While the top 10 patents holders across the world are IT companies, in India, no IT firm has patents. The list of top 10 patents holders in India comprises only pharmaceutical and…


Read More »
Uncategorized

Government Babu Claiming Copyright??


A very Happy New Year to all of you. Thought I would start 2006 with a news item that may bring a few laughs. The Economic Times asks: Should a government servant be awarded a copyright for drafting a document in the regular course of work and can he then charge a fee every time that document is used? Apparently, “the new Model Concession Agreement (MCA) for public-private partnership projects in the road sector has created history as well as…


Read More »
Uncategorized

A BUREAUCRATIC BABU AS IP CHIEF!!


A good friend of mine, Syed Saif Mahmood (senior partner at Amicus Juris, New Delhi) wrote to inform me of a PIL (public interest litigation) that he filed to ensure that the scary prospect in the title (A bureaucratic babu as IP chief!!) does not translate to reality. This reminds me of another instance where the government wanted to appoint a bureacurat to head the competition commission. The Supreme Court came down heavily on the governments proposal and suggested that…


Read More »
Uncategorized

Database Protection in India


Yet another case provides an excellent opportunity for the outsourcing sceptics to continue with their “I told you so” attitude.. “According to media reports, the spectre of data theft returned to haunt the Indian BPO industry today with the arrest of four ex-employees of the Indian subsidiary of a US-based company on charges of siphoning off classified information causing loss of over Rs. three crore to the firm. Parsec Technologies Inc, involved in business deals with mortgage originators, which provided…


Read More »
Uncategorized

BIO-FUELS: CONTINUING THE DISCUSSION ON INCENTIVISING BIO-RESOURCE BASED INNOVATIONS


Came across this wonderful news item today in the Hindu Business Line (the ‘Hindu’ is one of the most reputed newspapers in the country and their editorials generally reflect good scholarship) on how the government is now encouraging what are termed as “bio-diesels”. Coming close on the heels of the earlier post on incentivising bio-resource based innovation, this seems timely. I extract from the news: “THE Minister for Petroleum and Panchayati Raj, Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, today announced that a…


Read More »