Spicy Tidbit: The words "Indian" and "National" to be used only by government institutions


The All India Council of Technical Education has come up with the condition that private institutions may no longer use the words “Indian” or “National” in their names any longer. Many institutions have gotten their signboards re-painted to comply with this directive fearing derecognition as a consequence. The Times of India has reported this as a copyright issue though it concerns the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act which doesn’t prohibit the use of these words. The problems…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Apple to enter the gaming market???


Though this might take a while to enter the Indian scene, gaming fans across the world are all set to welcome Apple into the gaming foray! The recent trademark application requests protection of the trademark “APPLE” against products that classify as “toys, games and playthings, namely, hand-held units for playing electronic games; hand-held units for playing video games; stand alone video game machines; electronic games other than those adapted for use with television receivers only; LCD game machines; electronic educational…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Technology Transfer Group-IIT Kharagpur


The students of IIT Kharagpur have launched an initiative called the Technology Transfer Group (TTG) in collaboration with the Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy Cell (SRIC) of IIT Kharagpur to create a comprehensive database of all the research initiatives undertaken by the students and faculty of the Institute and to ultimately ensure that the technologies developed are commercialised. Special emphasis is being laid on IP protection to such technologies thanks to the involvement of the Institute’s department of Law, the…


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India Pakistan and IP


India and Pakistan are battling over India’s attempts to get GI protection for Pashmina. Kashmir’s pashmina is different from its Australian variant but the problem is that over the years it has started being produced in India, Pakistan, Nepal and China. Apart from this the GI application is being opposed by Pakistan as it wants its Pashmina to also be given protection. The Kashmiri industry feels that the Pakistani product is not of the same quality. Kashmir boasts of producing…


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SpicyIP Event


Mock Trial at Delhi University Under the aegis of the 5th India Project Intellectual Property Rights Summit jointly organised by George Washington University Law School (GWU Law), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), a mock trial is scheduled to be held on 25th February, 2008 in the Convention Hall at Delhi University. The Summit itself will be held from 24th February- 1st March 2008. The past editions of this Summit have boasted of the who’s-who…


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Mr. Augustine and his patented ‘tender coconut wine’


‘God’s own country’ – Kerala gives us yet another product to relax and soothe those frayed nerves of yours. ‘Tender coconut wine’ made from ‘tender coconut water’ was granted patent (No. 209015) on Aug 16 last year by the Indian Patent Office. (My many thanks to Shamnad our man from Mallu land for directing me to this story.) The patent is in the name of Sebastian P. Augustine a farmer, from Kalsgrod Districtin Kerala, who has won the won the…


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OPEN BOOK SOCIETY: Providing easy access to Academic Writing


Spicy IP is happy to announce the arrival of yet another student initiative that hopes to make academic resources more easily available to the public in general, and students in particular, primarily using the medium of the Internet. The OPEN BOOK SOCIETY, a society registered in Karnataka, is a voluntary body that is founded and run by students across the nation from premier institutions such as the National Law School of India University and the All India Institute of Medical…


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A boost to drug research.


Indian Pharma companies are entering into collaborations with foreign drug discovery companies so as to be able to benefit from the sharing of technology, knowledge and cost benefits. This will prove to be a huge boost to the Indian research scene which so far is in a nascent stage. Zydus Cadila is the most recent entrant into this synergetic process – working in sync with Swedish firm Kara Bio working on leads on inflammatory diseases. Advinus, which is developing drugs…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Mosquito-Free Cooler


Vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue can spread from the most innocuous of places simply because of water stagnation. Most would normally expect open drains to be the primary sources forgetting others which are closer home- air coolers, specifically water tanks in air coolers. Interestingly, there exist government sponsored studies on the role of coolers in breeding of vectors. Thanks to some ingenious thinking by Dr V K Saxena, Dr T G Thomas and Dr Shiv Lal of National Institute…


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Recommendation of Traditional Medicine Group to Knowledge Commission


India’s’ healthcare pundits seem to be infusing a healthy dose of ‘lateral thinking’ in the face of India’s diverse healthcare requirements. Not so much of a paradigm shift in thought patterns as much as it is about trying to fit in some conventional medical wisdom to reconcile India’s’ public health concerns , the focus is on leveraging India’s’ repertoire of Traditional Medicine. The Report submitted by the Working Group on Traditional Medicine to the Knowledge Commission of India indicates that…


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