Free IP Database: The WIPO Magazine!


The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s magazine endeavours to inform readers about WIPO-led activities, and to showcase intellectual property, creativity and innovation at work across the world, this issue of the WIPO Magazine covers a wide range of topics like from climate change to a public forum at the WIPO for LDCs. The WIPO Magazine is currently available free of charge. This can be availed by readers- both online and in print in three languages (English, French, Spanish). The launch of…


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Spicy Tidbit: Injunction granted in HCV TRI-DOT case


J Mitra’s company dealing with HCV-TRIDOT( a device for the detection of the Hepatitis C within 10-15 days) has been granted an injunction in its favour preventing Span Diagnostics from making or selling any diagnostic test which might infringe their patent. “The defendant (Span Diagnostics) and its agents are restrained from manufacturing, selling, offering for sale or in any manner dealing with the impugned product Signal HCV or any other product violative of the plaintiff’s (J Mitra’s) patent,” Justice Sanjay…


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The Tale of the Two Patents: SpicyIP in the news.


Our readers are most likely to remember the recent patent blooper with the issue of the same patent to different inventors. This was preceded by SpicyIP’s appeal to the Prime Minister to create a database of sorts to prevent exactly these sort of incidents. As a followup to the previous post by Mr. Basheer, CH Unnikrishnan from Livemint not only reports this patent issue, but acknowledging SpicyIP’s role in the same- has closely followed the recent developments in the story–…


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India’s First Doha Case: Has Nepal Issued a Notitication?


Pursuant to our posts on the Natco’s application for a Doha Style Compulsory license to export two anti-cancer drugs patented by Roche/Pfizer, there have been some articles on this theme in the mainstream media. We bring you two of them in this post. For our earlier posts, see here (in particular see the exchange with Tahir Amin in the “comments” section of the blog post), and here. Tatum Anderson wrote a piece in IP Watch and Jonathan Allen reports on…


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A Patently Preposterous Patent?


“…be careful what you say in your blogs—blogs can work for you by denying property rights to others, they can work against you by exposing your ideas prematurely or narrowing your time window to apply for a patent, and they can establish a trail of evidence that a litigant can use against you to show a judge that your invention is an obvious extension of prior art.” So goes the blog entry which has now set the stage for the…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: Geographical Indications- Just a cup of tea!


The Indian tea industry is now making use of GIs to help globally promote sale of the product. While Darjeeling has long been registered as a logo and has secured GIs in several countries (including the USA, UK, and a collective mark in the EU), the Tea Board plans to protect teas from Assam and the Nilgiris this year. The Chairman of the Tea Board, Mr.Basudeb Banerjee, said at the 2nd Global Dubai Tea Forum 2008 that this was a…


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A taxing situation for pharma companies


In extension of an earlier post the Hindu Business Line has reported on the matter in greater detail. Examining why Indian pharma companies are pushing so hard for tax incentives we see that: greater regulation of drug prices in the domestic market, a depreciating dollar and pressure on pricing in large markets such as the US, has left the Indian pharmaceutical industry at the crossroads.In the last nine months, only players with wider geographical presence (with a multiple currency exposure)…


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India’s First "Doha" Case: Natco, Pfizer and Roche will be Heard Soon…


Sarah Hiddleston from the Hindu reports on a hearing to decide whether or not India should issue its first compulsory license for the export of Pfizer’s Sunitnib and Roches’ Erlotinib to Nepal. We had blogged on this application earlier here, setting out the text of section 92A and the various legal issues involved with this compulsory licensing application. “The government is to consider whether or not it should allow its drugs companies to manufacture patented medicines for export to poor…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Is the Sheen Wearing off?


If reports from the industry are any indication, the signs are that the appreciation of the Rupee combined with an acute shortage of trained professionals for basic research are taking its toll on India’s image as a Research and Development outsourcing hub. According to Mr.Pari Natarajan, Chief Executive of Zinnov, an R&D consultancy firm: “Some companies witnessed a 20 percent rise last year in the cost of running their R&D operations in India. If this trend continues, the cost advantage…


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Trademark

The .Asia domain launched under a ‘sunrise policy’


The DotAsia Organization, an umbrella organization of various national top-level domain registries around Asia (including .IN in India), has launched the global “.Asia” Internet domain for the Asia region under a sunrise policy which gives a preference to trademark owners and celebrities. (Press release available here) Most domain name launches are a nightmare for trademark owners and celebrities since it means protecting their trademark and identity in yet another jurisdiction. More troubling for them however is the fact that most…


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