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Prof. Samir K Brahmachari appointed new CSIR Director General Professor Samir K. Brahmachari took charge as the new director-general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday. Prior to this appointment, Prof. Brahmachari was the director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB). See Full Report Here. Novartis, Glivec and the IPAB: Who cares about Statutory law? This Tuesday, the Madras High Court accepted a formula proposed by the government, under which the patent appeal…


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G.Is’ as a tool towards Socio-Economic Development


The session of the WTO Council for Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights convened (TRIPS), on the 23-24th of October saw the group of least-developed countries come out in support of a proposal to amend TRIPS rules to require patent applicants to disclose the origin of genetic resources or traditional knowledge used in their inventions. Also widely discussed was the application of IPRs and more specifically the potential of employing the G.I right’ as a tool for advancing socio-economic development…


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SPICYIP TIDBITS


1. BRAND SENSEX ENTERS THE TRADEMARK RINGAsia’s oldest bourse — the Bombay Stock Exchange — has sought trademark protection on the brand, along with 24 other trademarks, and the application is currently pending. Confirming this, the BSE spokesperson said all the trademarks will be registered in name of Bombay Stock Exchange shortly. 2. ONE OF STYLES RIPPED OFFThe who’s who of the Indian fashion industry is once again accusing the remaining who’s who of the fashion industry of copying their…


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Deepavali (Diwali) Greetings


The SpicyIP Team wishes everyone a very happy Deepavali (Diwali). As many of you know, it is the “festival of lights”. We are very grateful for your readership and your wonderful comments that have helped throw more “light” on this esoteric subject. We’ve got some overwhelming responses to our “petition” to help improve the Indian patent office. I want to thank all of you for writing in personally and volunteering to help etc. It is very encouraging and spurs us…


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USV Ltd vs Eli Lilly: Copy of Decision Rejecting Lilly Application


I’m trying to lay my hands on the patent office pre grant decision in USV vs Eli Lilly, where USV successfully challenged Eli Lilly’s application for Forteo, an osteoporosis drug. I had blogged on it earlier here. If any of you have a copy of the decision or know someone at USV Ltd that can give us a copy of the decision, please let me know at . I promised to review this decision in my earlier post–but have been…


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SpicyIP Petition: Request to make Indian Patent Information Public


I’m sure that a number of you have been frustrated with the lack of a good Indian patent database. We’ve therefore created a online petition addressed to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, highlighting this lacuna and requesting his intervention. We urge all those concerned with this dismal state of affairs to voice your support by signing this petition (it will be helpful if you also state your affiliation in the signature, although this is not mandatory). We hope to…


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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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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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