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Religion and IP: The tales of Tirupati, Attukal and Osho


This blog has been the forum for considerable debate surrounding the protection of religious and spiritual symbols, including those related to Yoga, and the Tirupati laddu GI. The latter, for instance, most recently re-appeared on the scene with the Hindu reporting that “The Tirupati laddu … may soon get intellectual property rights (IPR) as the managing trust of the temple is seeking geographical exclusivity for the delicacy. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), a trust which manages the world’s richest temple…


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Copyright

Delhi HC restores PPL’s right to sue for copyright infringement


In July last year we had carried a post on a Delhi High Court judgment which held that Copyright Societies had no right to sue on behalf of their members. It just came to our knowledge that this judgment was over-ruled by a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court on 3rd November, 2008. Strangely though this judgment has not been reported either by Manupatra or PTC. The good news however is that the Delhi High Court website has started…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbit: US Court Rules in Favour of DRL on Prilosec


Last week brought good tidings for DRL which, these days, finds itself regularly in the news. A district court in Southern New York summarily ruled that DRL’s ANDA filing on Omeprazole Mg Over-The-Counter (OTC) version did not infringe Astra Zeneca’s patents on heartburn drug Prilosec. SpicyIP has dealt with this case in fair detail earlier with a comprehensive discussion of the issues involved by Mr.Chris Ohly. The suit was a typical Hatch-Waxman patent infringement case where Astra claimed that DRL’s…


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Patent

Public Sector IP and Socially Responsible Licensing


Today, we bring you a guest post from Harry Thangaraj, who does some very interesting work around intellectual property and developing economies. I’ve had the pleasure of discussing some of these issues with him and find him to be extremely insightful. I’m therefore very happy to introduce him to our readers, who will no doubt benefit significantly from his perspective. Particularly since his work is not limited to just to the theory of IP and Development, but he is one…


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Patent

Trade in Generics suffer more Seizures


The latest addition to the rather questionable series of seizures by Dutch officials were a consignment of HIV/AIDS medicines by Aurobindo Pharma Ltd meant for use in Nigeria. The purchase, by the Clinton Foundation through a UN Agency, UNITAID, is the 6th incident of an export by an Indian drug firm being seized in transit in Europe for shipments meant for non-European markets. The grounds on which they were allegedly seized are that they contained counterfeit goods. UNITAID protested sharply…


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New PG Dip Course in IP and Technology Management in Agriculture, NAARM


There is a brand new specialised course in IP in India for graduate students of Agriculture, offering an in-depth understanding of Intellectual Property and Technology Management in Agriculture, and a cross-disciplinary study of agri-business, R&D, industry and law. The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) has begun a one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property and Technology Management in Agriculture (IPTMA) , with a comprehensive curriculum designed in collaboration with leading experts from across the disciplinary spectrum – agri-business,…


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Jurisdiction and Forum Non Conveniens: Part II – On IP and PIL


The interface between private international law and intellectual property raises some complex problems in legal policy. This post merely seeks to highlight a few issues in relation to this interface. Over here, I had noted that the doctrine of forum non conveniens would apply even between two domestic Courts. The principles would be the same as the principles for the application of the doctrine in a private international law context. The position is summed up by Dicey and Morris on…


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IP COLLOQUIUM-Broadening IP Horizons in Pharma, Software and Entertainment Industries


It seems to be raining IP conferences in Mumbai. An IP Colloquium is being organized by NMIMS University -Institute of Intellectual Property Studies (India), Boult Wade Tennant (UK), Legasis Partners(India) on March 18th, 2009. The details of the conference can be accessed here. I’ve reproduced the contents of the link below:  Location: Mayfair Banquets, Graviss Hospitality Ltd Dr Annie Besant RdMumbai, MAHARASHTRA IN Entry fee: Rs. 1500 (Corporates), Rs. 650 (Students) Who should attend: · Corporates from Pharma, IT-Telecom, Entertainment industries; specifically…


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FICCI Conference on Pharma Innovation and Public Health


For an upcoming pharma conference in Mumbai (on 18th March) organised by FICCI, the Indian Ministry of Pharmaceuticals and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), please see FICCI website. One of the sessions deals with Innovation and Public Health. I’ve also extracted details of the conference from the FICCI website below. Pharmaceuticals 2014: Will India Leap ForwardMarch 18, 2009, Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai FICCI jointly with Dept. of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India and Observer Research…


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Off-Topic: Screening “Smoking” Bans through a Constitutional Lens


Since I’ve lit up the cancer stick a great number of time till last year, all things relating to smoking interest me considerably. For those of you interested in a discussion on a recent Delhi High Court judgment on the constitutionality of “smoking” bans, see this post of mine at “Law and Other Things”, perhaps India’s leading blawg. This post draws on an editorial piece in the Mint, which I reproduce below: The law, smoke and mirrors “I often wonder…


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