Copyright

Golly, Google!, says T-series


Super Cassettes Industries Limited (SCIL), which owns the T-Series label, has won an interim restraining order against YouTube and its parent company Google in a copyright infringement case. The Delhi High Court passed a brief interim order restraining Youtube and Google from reproducing, adapting, distributing, communicating, transmitting, disseminating or displaying on their websites or otherwise infringing … any audio-visual works in which the plaintiff [SCIL] owns exclusive, valid and subsisting copyright. SCIL alleged that YouTube and Google have made available…


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SpicyIP Events


1. Trademarks and Geographical Indications A round table on Striking a Balance Between Trademarks and Geographical Indications: The Italian Perspective is scheduled for Nov 21, 2007 (2:30pm)and might be of interest to our readers in Italy (The round table will be presented in Italian.) According to the INTA Website, the round table will focus on the different degrees of protection offered by trademarks and geographical indications, aimed at opening a debate on whether there exist any shared principles capable of…


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Spicyip Tidbits


1. IndiaFalls Five Places in the Global Economic Forum India has fallen five notches in the latest annual rankings of the Global Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum. India was placed 48 in the list of 131 economies covered under the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) which tracks twelve parameters to come out with the rankings. Among the top emerging markets, India is second this year behind China. The quality of the business environment in India has improved tangibly…


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Patent

Takeda vs Alphapharm: Implications for Section 3(d)


This comes a little late in the day, but I finally managed to read the CAFC ruling in Takeda Chem. Indus. et al. v. Alphapharm et al (No. 2006-1329 (Fed. Cir. 2007)). Should be of particular interest to India, given that this involves Actos, an anti-diabetic drug by Takeda Chem Industries, Japan’s leading pharma company. Bloomberg recently reported that “Actos” overtook GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s “Avandia” as the world’s top-selling diabetes medicine after the Glaxo drug was linked in a May 21…


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Indian Ingenuity in the Pharma industry – not just generics


Eli Lilly and Glenmark announced last week a deal in which Lilly will license from Glenmark the rights to a new set of molecules (a portfolio of TRPV1 antagonist molecules, including a clinical compound, GRC 6211.) The world has for some time been well aware (and impressed) with the performance of India’s top ‘generic’ companies. In an interesting example of taking a generic IP Strategy to the next level, Lupin entered into two recent IP portfolio sales to Servier earlier…


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SpicyIP Events


1. Symposium on Intellectual Property and Life Sciences Regulation organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization in cooperation with the Stockholm Network: November 16, 2007 Rapid evolution in the life sciences – in biomedical research, in agricultural biotechnology – has spurred two related trends, of relevance to policymakers: sharp increases in patenting activity, and strong public interest in ensuring appropriately rigorous regulation of new biotechnologies. And the interaction between intellectual property protection and regulatory mechanisms in the life sciences has…


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SpicyIP Tidbits


1. Bajaj-TVS spat revs up again India’s second largest two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL) on Saturday has asserted that the company is going to take necessary steps so that its intellectual property rights (IPR) remain protected. BAL is currently involved with TVS Motor Co over a patent issue involving the BAL’s Digital Twin Spark-ignition (DTS-i) which it claims TVS has copied in its new 125cc bike Flame. Flame is expected to hit the market by next month. Refuting Bajaj’s…


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Biological Diversity

The Biological Diversity Act


How many of you have heard of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002? I had heard about the Act long ago but somehow never got down to actually trying to understand it and when I did get down to it while researching for this post I was quite stunned with both, the importance of this Act and the seemingly muted discussions of such an important piece of legislation in the mainstream press. Unlike The Patent Act which is considered the ‘sexier’…


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IP and Traditional Medicine.


The lush flora in the State of Karnataka, besides providing the calming green to the eye, offers a manna of medicinal and therapeutic prescriptions. Popularly hailed as the Garden City of India, Bangalore the State Capital of Karnataka has woken up to the fact that the vegetation in the forests of the Western Ghats region of the State has great potential in contributing to the burgeoning Indian Traditional Medicine(TM) and Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) industry, now fast gaining ground on the…


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Trademark

Babel’s back


It’s a story that’s been doing the rounds for some days now. Internationalised Domain Names, or IDNs, have come home: it will soon be possible to own domain names in a handful of Indian languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi and Sanskrit. The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) announced the launch of IDNs in five to six languages in the first phase of an ambitious project beginning early next year. (NIXI is a non-profit government agency that serves as…


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