SpicyIP Tidbit:Indian Government issues Intellectual Property Enforcement Rules .


Vide Circular 41/2007 –Customs, The Government of India has notified and published the Intellectual Property Rights (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules, 2007 and the instructions for its implementation. The Government of India in compliance with its TRIPS obligations to implement border control issues and curb infringement of intellectual property rights has issues the aforesaid circular that prohibits import of goods that infringe national IPR laws as well as IPR laws prevailing in the EU and other countries. The Rules inter alia…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Cipla wins round one in its battle against Roche


The much awaited judgment of the Delhi High Court on the issue of temporary injunction in the Roche-Cipla case is finally out. Cipla’s risky strategy has paid off with the Delhi High Court allowing it to continue the manufacture of Erlotinib till a final ruling on the case. The only caveat that the Court attached was that Cipla maintain ‘fair accounts’ of the drugs sold so that it may adequately compensate Roche in case of an adverse final ruling. SpicyIP…


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SPICY IP Interview with Dr. Samir K Brahmachari


I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Samir Brahmachari, the new Director General of CSIR. It was a pleasure to see the enthusiasm with which he spoke about his open source drug discovery model and his plans for the growth of CSIR. Given all the media attention that his OSDD has already received, I thought it would be best to dig a little deeper into the model. We provide not just excerpts from his interview, but also excerpts…


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Innovation

Innocentive: Open Innovation Marketplace.


The Wiki template has inspired many an interesting business model.Innocentive a company styled on similar Wiki constructs fosters the ‘open science’ concept offering an innovative manner of conducting open source R&D by facilitating online interface between the companies and researchers. A win –win model, researchers get compensated with a generous cash prize for offering viable tech solutions. Companies such as Eli lily and the Rockefeller Foundation have subscribed to this initiative. Seeking solutions to their R&D issues by networking with…


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Spicy Tidbits: Green Room Negotiations at WTO


The WTO Council council concluded its triennial meet recently. The Green Room Negotiations a priority item on the agenda had the proponents reiterate their demand for effecting an amendment requiring the disclosure of origin of genetic resources and a proposal to extend elevated geographical indications (GIs) protection to other products besides wine and spirits. As a precursor to the Doha round, this proposal has the backing of half the members of the WTO. Full length article click here


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Indian Bayh Dole in the News: Faith Based IP vs Empiricism


Our efforts at sparking up some interest in the proposed Bayh Dole style legislation in India pays off. As readers may be aware, SpicyIP reported on this issue here (this post links back to earlier posts on the theme). We were very concerned with the secretive way in which this bill was sought to be introduced–hopefully with more journalists picking up on this theme, the government will come under some pressure to be a little more open and transparent here….


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Patent

Bollywood and Patents: A Hooker’s Narrative of “Exploitation”!


When I visited one of my friends recently in London, I found that he was deeply engrossed in a bollywood flick titled “Laaga Chunri Mein Daag“. The femme fatale, Rani Mukherjee (my reason for suffering the movie) plays the role of a high class hooker. She finally meets her hero (Abhishek Bachan)—and lo and behold, he turns out to be a world famous patent attorney from India!! And one scene even has him speak at a world patent and trademark…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: 2 Kerala rice varieties get GIs


GI update: The Hindu reports that two rice varieties in the Palakkad district of Kerala have been entered into the GI registry: Two unique rice varieties in the district, ‘Palakkadan matta’ and the medicinal ‘Navara rice,’ have received the Geographical Indication Registry of Intellectual Property India right under the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999…. Two varieties of Navara, the medicinal rice used in Ayurveda treatment, have secured registration. They are: black glumed and golden yellow glumed…


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Patent

USV wins appeal against USPTO decision.


The latest as reported by PharmaBiz.com and Business Line is that USV Ltd. an Indian Pharma company has won against an appeal against an Order of the USPTO over a drug salt donepezil oxalate. The appeal against the USPTO Order lay with the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences which rendered its decision on Feb 5th, 2008. The decision is available on the website of the Board. The appeal was Appeal No. 2007-4478. At the examination stage the examiner had…


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Trademark

SpicyIP Tidbits: SC refuses to grant Ranbaxy relief in comparative ad case


The Supreme Court refused to stay a Gujarat High Court decision restraining Ranbaxy from airing its controversial ads directed against Paras Pharma’s ‘Moov’ brand. BS has picked up an agency report on this here. The Supreme Court today refused to give any relief to pharma major Ranbaxy Laboratories that is seeking permission to air its advertisement which allegedly disparaged “Moov”, the pain reliever brand belonging to its rival group Paras Pharmaceuticals. The Gujarat High Court, while allowing Ahmedabad-based Paras’ appeal,…


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