Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: Patent Progress Report


No matter how much we try to extol the virtues of a qualitative analysis, none can deny the relevance and significance of a quantitative evaluation, for numbers speak for themselves or atleast the common man presumes them to do so. The editor of Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM), Joff Wild, has come up with a “Patent Focus Report for 2008” for Thomson’s Knowledge Newsletter. According to this report: “The patent office is struggling to cope as applications rise. Despite the increased…


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SpicyIP Events: NLSIU to hold a National Symposium on Challenges to India’s Patent Regime on the 12th and 13th of April


The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is going to hold a National Symposium on Challenges to India’s Patent Regime on the 12th and 13th of April, 2008. The symposium is being organized by the Editorial Board of the National Law School of India Review (NLSIR) – NLS’s flagship journal formerly known as the Student Bar Review. The website can be accessed here. The concept note for the Symposium is available here. As per the website of the…


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Copyright

Good news for movie watchers


Moser Baer has developed an innovative strategy to fight copyright infringement. Read Shamnad’s post on Moser Baer and its pricing plans for more context here. Moser Baer has brought over the rights to numerous movies ranging from classics like Kora Kagaaz to newer hits like Jab We Met which are being sold at prices ranging from Rs. 30 (VCD) and Rs. 39 (DVD to Rs. 34 and Rs. 49 respectively. Since these days most pirated versions cost more than this…


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Trademark

SpicyIP Tidbits: Wedding Bells ring victorious!


Recently Bharatmatrimony.com discovered the website ‘Bharathmatrimony.net” which promoted itself as India’s No. 1 Matrimony website. They have successfully proceeded against the infringing website for the domain name as well as the trademark. Enthused by this victory, the portal now plans to proceed against other infringers to protect the interests of the Company. The full report can be found here.


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Innovation Patent

Exporting Bayh Dole to India: Whither Transparency–Part II


As promised, I’m posting some of my preliminary views on the Bayh Dole style bill in India. Would love to hear what readers think about this proposed bill–it may be an old version, but it’s a fair guess that there are no radical changes in the version introduced in Parliament. 1. The India bill, much like its US equivalent (Bayh Dole) is premised on the assumption that intellectual property rights are the best way to drive innovation. The more IP,…


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Patent

Indian Diamond Industry: "Brighter" Times Ahead


To recount the history of Indian diamond industry would be clichéd and to reel out the list of sobriquets that it has earned for itself and for the country may seem redundant. Nevertheless, to understand the industry, its past and present, is a condition precedent if one is to comprehend, prognosticate and chart the way to the future. As is the case with most other aspects of this nation’s history, the lines distinguishing fact from fiction are blurred in the…


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Uncategorized

SPICY IP Tidbit: WHO Report on TRIPs Flexibilities and Access to Medicines in Thailand


In WHOs recent mission to Thailand saw the release of a 31-page report entitled “Improving access to medicines in Thailand: The use of TRIPs flexibilities.” According to a recent news item, the report “provides technical information and policy options on the general rules and mechanisms available to countries for use of the flexibilities contained in the Trips and other international agreements, in order to promote greater access to pharmaceutical products.” The report specifically highlights the flexibilities in the TRIPs agreement…


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Patent

A Tale of Two Patents: Did the Indian Patent Office Collude?


Yet another interesting incident that adds to the long list of “malady of errors” by the Indian patent office: a recent case suggests that it may have granted the same patent to two entities!! If true, this will come as no surprise, given that the patent office does not have an electronic database of patent information, either for their internal use or for members of the public.Recall the SpicyIP petition that pleaded with the Prime Minister to take immediate steps…


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Patent

UN Regulation: Hindering progress of biotechnology.


In an effort to provide people with clean drinking water, the United Nations Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) drafted in 1999 The Protocol on Water and Health. However, like other U.N. agencies, the Protocol in question has been criticized severely for having vague goals, and still worse, having no road map to decide the course of action to be taken. Worse yet, there are other programs by the UN that have aggressively charted out their own road- effectively preventing the…


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Copyright

SpicyIP Tidbit: Extend copyright protection demands the EU.


Linked up to an article of mine not so long ago, the European Union has suggested an extension of the copyright protection and royalties offered to musicians across the continent. In a stand taken by the authorities rather than the artists, the EU Commissioner (the union’s internal market chief) has stated that “If nothing is done, thousands of European performers who recorded in the late 1950s and 1960s will lose all of their airplay royalties over the next ten years”……


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