Roche vs Cipla: Will the Real Price of "Tarceva" Please Show Up?


Last Thursday, Arun Jaitley finally wound up his arguments on behalf of Cipla. A very impressive performance and I can see why Cipla won relatively easily at the first instance. As SpicyIP suspected in its last post, Jaitley completely downplayed the “public interest” argument. Perhaps a wise, strategic move, given that Justice Shah was beginning to express concerns about openly endorsing a rule that hinged on pricing and might have operated as a de facto compulsory licensing/pricing regime. Abhishek Singhvi…


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Bollywood abound with suits for copyright infringement


Once again Bollywood music directors are being accused of copyright infringement. Sheela Narayanan & Chang May Choon of The Electric New Paper Show (interesting name!) were the first and so far only media outlet to report that Sony BMG has initiated legal proceedings against Tips on the grounds that Pritam’s ‘Zara Zara Touch me….‘ song (featuring the drop dead gorgeous Katrina Kaif in the video) from this year’s Bollywood blockbuster Race has been ripped off from a tune composed by…


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The ‘Olympic’ Copyright Dispute – DD sues news channels for broadcasting footage of the Beijing Olympic Games


At last, SpicyIP gets to blog even about the Beijing Olympics where India has had a record tally of three medals this time. Of course its not about the medals but the fact that national broadcaster Doordarshan has reportedly issued notice to major Indian news channels for unauthorized broadcast of the Beijing Olympic Games for which only DD has exclusive broadcast rights in India. DD had paid about $ 3 Million for the exclusive Indian broadcasting rights. Apparently DD had…


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New Kid on the Block: The Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law


SpicyIP is pleased to announce that the arena of academic writing in India now has it’s first student-run Intellectual Property Journal. With the first issue of the journal released only last month, the Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law already boasts of an extremely impressive advisory panel which aids the Board of Editors (headed by Dr. VK Unni- Faculty, NALSAR and assisted by a capable team of student editors). Published annually by NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad under the patronage…


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SpicyIP Event: Protest of software patents by candlelight vigil in Bangalore, Aug 23rd.


Readers may recall the various posts that SpicyIP has written on the status of Software Patents in India and abroad. The draft Patent manual, which has created scares of creating a backdoor entry for allowing Software patents is currently undergoing public consultation in the various metros. The Bangalore round of discussions is tentatively scheduled for the 27th of August and civil groups are preparing to protest the ‘sneaking in’ of the clause allowing software patents by means of a candlelight…


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SpicyIP Tidbit:TK in the Hindu Kush


TK(traditional knowledge) has been quite an attention grabber the last few months-from hotch potch state legislations that threaten to reawaken the bygone era of the License Raj, to high voltage discussions at the Green room in Geneva, TKs’ assumed centre stage. Making inroads into the mountainous terrains of the Hindu Kush, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development(ICMOD) has launched a project to implement and facilitate an equitable ABS(Access and Benefit Sharing) mechanism in the Eastern Himalayan countries of India,…


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SpicyIP Tidbit:Scotch Whisky in China. India Next?


The international momentum and thrust on protecting Indigenous produce that merit G.I protection is fast catching up Extension of equal protection to all goods (and not merely wines and spirits as stipulated in the TRIPS articles) and the demand for a multilateral register for G.Is’ was largely bruited upon at the recently held Doha round of talks at Geneva , albeit inconclusively. Interesting international developments indicate that producers are fast waking up to the importance of acquiring a domestic G.I…


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Patent Office Manual: Pre-judging the Novartis-Glivec Case?


In a previous post, Prashant touched upon the brazen way in which the patent manual sought to prejudge the Novartis (Glivec) case. For those of you not familiar with the Novartis patent litigation (given the 100 odd posts that we’ve done so far on this big ticket patent litigation in India, its highly unlikely that our readers may not have come across this till now), here is a brief gist, from a recent paper of ours that was published a…


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UNCTAD to support GI for Banarasi Silk


According to a news report in the Economic Times, “Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UNCTAD personally visited the handlooms at Varanasi earlier known as Banaras, and saw for himself the labour being put in by the artisans in weaving the traditional brocade silk sarees.” Aparantly moved by the artisans’ hard work, he was reported as having said that “We would like to support the effort to have a formal geographical indication, of course, at national level. There would be a…


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SpicyIP Jobs: Research Positions in Sarai-ALF project


Sarai in collaboration with ALF, Bangalore are working on a three-year project focussing on non-traditionally dealt with aspects of piracy such as cultural needs and practices in developing countries and in connection with this, they are looking for researchers. Please check below for further details. We would also like to request you to mention where you’ve found out about the position (i.e., SpicyIP) while contacting the email address given below. Thanks in advance. _________ POSITIONS AVAILABLE The Cultural and Material…


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