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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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: IIT Kharagpur’s IP Commercialisation Workshop


Over the last 2 days, an IP protection and commercialisation workshop called IndAc’08 was held at IIT Kharagpur with active support from its Law School, the Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law and the Technology Transfer Group of the institute. This workshop was the first of its kind with industry delegates from various sectors personally interacting with student and faculty inventors discussing the potential for commercialising their work and the results have been very encouraging. In fact, companies like…


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Patentability of Softwares: More Canon Fodder


Patentability of softwares, it appears, has presented the academic community the opportunity of a lifetime to produce tomes and tomes of literature, quoting the same set of judgments over and over again forgetting that brevity has its own benefits and attraction. The latest judgment that has stirred up debates on blogs the world over is the Symbian Ltd. v. Comptroller General of Patents given by the High Court of Chancery Division in the UK. On a completely different and irrelevant…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit:Getting Propsperous with IPRs’


If the numbers game is anything to go by, then the uptrend in the number of patent and GI filings this year is an affirming statistic. The Indian Patent scene witnessed a record number of patents grants during the financial year 2007-08.ET reports that 15,262 patents were granted this year, doubling last years figures.Total patent filings crossed 35,000 during the year. Meanwhile on the G.I front , 31 new products were granted G.I status More Indians are attempting to legally…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Bumper harvest of Crop G.Is in Karnataka


The Bio-verdant state of Karnataka is on a high thrust mode to acquire G.I registration for its indigenous bio-crops. The State already has six crops in its G.I kitty. It is in the process of registering nine crops this year and a impressive line up of another twenty one crops on completion of the earlier round. The crops for which the Geographical Indication tag is sought are: Byadagi Chilli, Devanahalli Chakkota, Kamalapura Red Banana, Sagar Appe Midi Mango, Mattu Gulla…


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Basmati Wranglings!


Definitional hurdles continue to dot the Basmati saga. Since last year the ministries of agriculture and commerce have been poring over arriving at a consensus on the definition of Basmati. Purists feel that a definition which enlarges the scope of the word to mean and include varieties based not only on attributes of the grain but also on its genetic lineage could dilute the Basamti stronghold. And so the round robin saga continues…the agriculture ministry has issued a notification to…


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Govt. in favour of compulsory licensing only in cases of emergencies


The ET reports that the Government is in favour of using compulsory licensing only in emergencies. The report quotes a senior official of the DIPP (which controls the patent office) as saying “We are not in favour of CL unless there is an extraordinary problem. There is no point in going in for CL unless there is an epidemic which impacts a large chunk of the population, and needs immediate solution “. When asked whether a disease like cancer qualifies…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: IPR and the Government


The DIPP has launched an ambitious 300 crore plan to revamp IPR implementation mechanisms and to sensitize stakeholders. This will entail:1. Setting up a state-of-the-art trademark registry office in Ahmedabad.2. Enhancing the infrastructure capacities of the existing trademark office in New Delhi.3. Setting up a National Institute for Intellectual Property Management at Nagpur. Senior Commerce Ministry officials have stated that there is a need to raise levels of IPR protection as more multinational players enter the markets. Secondly, as our…


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