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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SpicyIP Tidbit: Oriya Lexicon to be published again.

The 76 year old Oriya Lexicon “Purnachandra Bhasakosha ” with over 1.85 lakh words and their meanings in English, Hindi and Bengali that was put together by late Gopal Chandra Praharaj, aCuttack-based lawyer and journalist was republished without permission from his family members in 2006. The District Court passed an interim stay order on the reproduction of the book but the dispute has now been settled with a lower court allowing the Larks Book publisher Mahindra Mishra to go ahead…

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SpicyIP Tidbit: 2nd ARV drug to get patent protection in India.

Johnson and Johnson has gotten patent protection for its new ARV Etravirine – the only ARV to get such protection apart from pharma giant Pfizer’s Maravoric last year. The impact of this drug has not been determined yet and its being watched closely by NGO’s and civil action groups who are contemplating filing post patent oppositions. Logically the patent protection will make generic copies of the drug impossible to produce and in a country with an AIDS problem like ours…

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Data Exclusivity

Traditional Medicine not to get 5 year data protection.

The Government may not grant 5 year data protection to traditional medicines. The whole article can be found here. The change has been triggered by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga,Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) taking the view that such a protection will lead to similar demands from the allopathic segment.It was the Department of AYUSH which had suggested such data protection in the first instance. An inter-ministerial committee has also been constituted which has come to the conclusion that such…

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SpicyIP Tidbit: ‘Sugar free’ hassles

Cadila HealthCare has filed a suit against Dabur India for the use of its trademark “Sugar Free” in the marketing of Dabur’s Sugar Free Chyawanprakash and has sought damages to the tune of Rs. 25 lakh. Justice Ahmed at Delhi, has issued a notice to Dabur on Cadila’s suit to restrain the former from using the ‘Sugar Free’ trademark or any other mark that could seek to deceive or confuse the public as under Section 9 (2) (a) of the…

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SpicyIP Tidbit: Roche opposed yet again.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the patent scene in India seems to be heating up, yet again. Roche’s anti-infection drug for HIV/ AIDS and organ transplant patients, Valcyte faces yet another opposition after its tumultuous past in the USPTO. After going past the pre-grant stage without hearing an opposition by two NGOs (Indian Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS and the Tamil Nadu Networking People with HIV/AIDS), Ranbaxy has now filed a post-grant opposition, claiming that…

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Guest Post: Bajaj vs TVS Patent Dispute

SpicyIP has been reporting on the Bajaj-TVS feud. See here for previous posts. We now have a guest post from Sai Deepak, a very enterprising student from the Rajiv Gandhi School of IP Law, IIT Kharagpur: SPARKS FLY AS TITANS CROSS PLUGS “This post will attempt a more detailed look at the issues involved. There are two issues here: i) Whether TVS infringes Bajaj’s patent?ii) Whether Bajaj’s patent is valid in the first place? As regards the first issue, one…

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Larry Lessig on Anti-Corruption: Lessons For India

Some of you may already know that the cyberlaw guru Larry Lessig (of the creative commons fame) decided his shift his focus from cyberlaw/copyright to anti-corruption. I suspect this decision came as a result of the Supreme Court decision that copyright extension for Mickey Mouse was perfectly constitutional–despite Larry’s all out war against the extension and his powerful arguments in court that this was unconstitutional and bad policy. I am not entirely sure if the “constitutionality” question is an easy…

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Is the Indian drug industry scared of the NPPA?

For all you bleeding hearts out there pining away about pharma companies over-charging on all their drugs here’s some good news. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has become rather active over the last few months – so much so that the drug industry was seriously contemplating moving the judiciary to seek a reprieve. UPDATE: They actually did move the Delhi High Court for some relief and the Court actually asked the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to look into…

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