Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: The Railways patent!


In a major development that will open new vistas for the Konkan Railway, the Anti-Collision Device (ACD) developed by Konkan Railway, has been granted a patent in China, Russia and Singapore, opening up possibilities of export of the technology in future. It was first successfully tested by the Konkan Railway on the North East Frontier Railway covering a route of 1,924 km. Konkan Railway had applied for patents across the world in several countries and this grant follows the patent…


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Patent

World IP Day: From "Faith" Based IP to "Fact" Based IP


As many of our readers know, today is the World Intellectual Property Day, a day that was first marked 8 years ago by WIPO as an occasion to commemorate and celebrate “not only the enormous power of human creativity, but also the intellectual property rights that help to fuel and channel it, making it such an important driving force for economic, cultural and social development.” SpicyIP wishes to celebrate this special day with all its readers, who have done so…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Appeals Court rules on two issues in the Roche-Cipla litigation


The Mint and the ET report that a division bench of the Delhi High Court, hearing Roche’s appeal against the judgment of the single judge, have restained Cipla from exporting Erlocip to any country where Roche already has a patent for the drug. This is a mere restatement of the obvious and more over its a moot point as to whether the issue of export is even within the jurisdiction of the Delhi High Court. If Cipla does export to…


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Copyright

SpicyIP Tidbit: Indian Filmmaker complains about American Piracy.


And in a patent heavy blog of late, seems like copyright infringement is making a comeback into the spotlight. And how! If you thought only the Indian enforcement systems were complained about, this news report may indicate a switcheroo! Recently, on April 22, 2008, the anti-piracy drive from India took its battle and made representations before the US Congress. This was done to mark World IP Day, in recognition of talented creators around the globe. In a market, where Indian…


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Indian Intellectual Property: The Transitition from Saraswati to Lakshmi


Peter Ollier, Asia Editor of MIP (Managing Intellectual Property) has a brilliant story in the latest issue of the MIP on the Indian IP regime. For those of you familiar with the MIP, you will recollect that Peter has been one of the most sophisticated and well informed writers on the Indian IP scene. To access the article, click here. If you are a first time user, you can register for a free subscription and access the full version of…


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Copyright

JK Rowling- Copyright hog?!


People across the globe are hugely fascinated with the immensely successful Harry Potter series by author JK Rowling. But after the release of the seventh and last book, Ms. Rowling has gone all out to stop any infringement on her work. Recently, Ms. Rowling along with Warner Bros. Entertainment is suing RDR Books, a small publisher in Michigan, to prevent the sale of an online ‘A-to-Z guide’ to the HP Series. The case put forth by Ms. Rowling seems simple…


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Roche v. Cipla: The ‘Mint’ interviews Roche India’s MD on the recently concluded Tarceva litigation


The Mint recently carried an interview of Mr. Girish Telang, managing director of Roche Scientific India Pvt Ltd, the Indian unit of Switzerland-based F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. Incidentally this interview seems to be one of the few public statements by Roche, in regards, its high profile litigation against Cipla over Tarceva. (We’ve blogged about the Roche v. Cipla litigation here.) SpicyIP however was rather surprised by the re-statement of some facts by Mr. Telang, since all these facts were very…


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India-USPTO conference on TK & patenting kicks off in New Delhi


The Financial Express reports that India, the United States Patents & Trademark Office (USPTO) along with representatives of Saarc countries and WIPO are having a three day conference in New Delhi to deal with developing countries concerns in regards the protection of traditional knowledge (TK), genetic resources & folklore – all of them being subjects not adequately covered by TRIPS. Readers may remember that Sumati had, way back in Novemebr 2007, pointed out to an ET article on the efforts…


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Drug Regulation

Pointing Fingers: Accusations fly as Roche-Cipla continue to lockhorns.


The latest in the Roche- Cipla patent war are allegations of wrongful promotion of Erlocip. This is the same drug that Roche held a patent for, but Cipla continued to manufacture in India. Readers will remember Shamnad’s extensive post on the Roche-Cipla judgment that revolved around this very drug. As per the letter dated 27 March, 2008, Cipla allegedly distributed promotional literature on Erlocip for the treatment of four kinds of cancer (non-small lung cell, pancreatic, neck & head cancer…


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Gauri Kamath’s Coverage of the Proposed Bayh Dole Bill


In an exceptionally well written and researched piece on the proposed Bayh Dole style bill in India, Gauri Kamath of Businessworld asks: “Is Greater Patenting of Research Funded by Taxpayers Beneficial?�”As readers may be aware, SpicyIP has been pushing for more transparency around this bill. We are extremely happy to note that journalists such as Gauri are making an effort to understand the various nuances and complex issues around this proposed bill. And their incisive analysis and coverage will go…


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