Copyright

SpicyIP Tidbit: Aamir Khan’s copyright saga


Recently, SpicyIP reported on how Aamir Khan had strong views about the protection of copyright and was completely anti-piracy. Strong views. Perhaps, we know why. As per reports, the Metropolitan Court (pursuant to summons on February 10, 2008) on Tuesday summoned Bollywood actor and producer Aamir Khan to depose as witness in an old case of copyright violation of his acclaimed movie Lagaan in Mumbai. The case pertains to the seizure of seven VCDs of the 2001 release Lagaan and…


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Patent

Spicy IP:Stem cell Patents.


Patent issues in the life sciences domain continue to generate much contentious debate especially so in sensitive niche areas such as stem cell research and therapy.With law and regulation struggling to keep pace with scientific and medical advance, the divide between the opponents and proponents widens. Stem Cell Patents continue to occupy the incandescent zone and evolving jurisprudence in the west we hope will lend us some further light and insight ICMR in India has been active in setting the…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: AstraZeneca Cuts a Deal with Ranbaxy


The cat is finally out of the bag. After ostensibly denying reports of any kind of settlement with Ranbaxy, AstraZeneca has concluded an agreement with Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, which would allow Ranbaxy to start exclusive sales of a generic version of ulcer drug Nexium from May 27, 2014 in the US. This is in addition to the 180-day period following that date during which time Ranbaxy shall have the exclusive marketing rights to…


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Patent

Spicy Tidbit: Jatropha Patents


The Jatropha curcas tree has great significance in India due its varied uses, some of which are listed below:1. seeds are crushed for oil used in lamps2. oil for soap3. the leaves have medicinal properties4. the bark can be used for making dye5. concentration of potassium in the plant makes for rich organic manure6. seeds can be used as pesticides.Most is significant iz that the non-edible vegetable oil of Jatropha has the requisite potential to provide commercially viable alternative to…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: Timeframe for Pre-Grant Opposition Sought


I have nothing much to contribute to what’s already been reported by the Financial Express, so I might as well faithfully reproduce it: In a strategic move to thwart the increasing number of challenges to patents that multinational pharma firms face, the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), an association of research-based international and large pharma Companies in India, has recommended the filing of pre-grant opposition within six months of publication and disposed off within 12 months of commencement…


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Patent

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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