Patent

SpicyIP:As you sow ,so you reap!


IP, Climate Crisis and Food Security. ‘We have arrived at an ‘Era of Consequences’-the take home message from Al Gores’ documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’With Global Warming and climate crisis as the central theme of the film, it succinctly weaves in narrative and event the ensuing planetary emergency and the ominous consequences these issues portend for mankind.‘Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert…


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Spicy Tidbits: FICCI Working Group on Indian Patent Office


SpicyIP had earlier noted the recent dynamism at FICCI in terms of its IP activities and initiatives. SpicyIP has now learnt that FICCI and DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the nodal agency for all IP matters in India) have set up a Consultative Working Group consisting of representatives from industry, law firms, government and the office of Controller General of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs to brainstorm ideas for improving the working of the Indian patent office. Within…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: Copyright trouble for Kolkata Knightriders


The Kolkata Knight Riders, the Indian Premier League franchise co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan, has been taken to court for copyright violation by the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) for playing 14 Hindi film songs without permission at the Eden Gardens. Cricinfo informs us crucially that by the time the matter comes up for hearing next, in July, IPL 2008 will be over, leaving only an academic discussion on the issue. Justice Sanjib Mukherjee of the Calcutta High Court refused…


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Patent

SpicyIP Tidbits: Satyam loses appeal against Upaid: update


Some of you might remember the Satyam vs Upaid case that SpicyIP had reported on some months ago. There is an update to that, which I thought was worth running here, even though it is only distantly related to IP issues. Satyam went to the Court of Appeal in London in that case, which it lost this week with the ruling affirming the original January judgement, and directing Satyam to pay costs. This also means that the original litigation in…


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Spicy IP: The Pelargonium Patents case.


In what could prove to be a landmark victory to indigenous communities and holders of TK worldwide , a South African community is all set to launch a a patent war against the German drug maker Schwabe Pharmaceuticals for alleged biopiracy of its TM. This case popularly titled as the ‘Pelargonium Patent case’ has South African lawyers and environmentalists taking on Schwabe Pharmaceuticals at the EU patent office in Germany this week. The Alice community, living in the Eastern Cape…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: GI Protection on Rice redundant.


SpicyIP has blogged frequently on the advantages of enforcing Intellectual Property and off late, the rise in GI filing in India has pleasantly surprised us all. However, as the Economic Times reports, the recent ban on export of rice to cool down inflation seems to have contradicted the government’s own GI protectionist policy. While the ban has not hit the fragrant and popular Basmati, it has effectively blocked local efforts (that are protected or soon to be protected by GIs)…


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A new way to get medicine to the poor


The Union government plans to open a national chain of what it calls “generic drug stores”, one in each district, to sell inexpensive, unbranded medicine with help from the Red Cross Society, non-governmental organizations, charitable bodies and consumer groups. The government might finance operating costs of these stores for four to five years, but they will have to sustain themselves over time. The ministry will soon issue ads inviting non-profit bodies to open generic drug stores and offer a 10-15%…


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SpicyIP Jobs


Position for a Patent Attorney at a Leading Law Firm in India A Leading Law Firm in India is looking to recruit a Patent Attorney.The position is based out of Delhi. Requirements include: Qualifications: Should be an electronics /electrical/computer science /telecom engineer from a good university/college, with good grades. This is a minimum technical qualification. Preferably, the person should also be a registered patent agent and/or a lawyer. Experience: Should have two to four years of experience in the field…


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Differential Pricing: Smart ways to make inroads in the Indian market.


Shamnad recently posted on the differential pricing for Merck’s anti-diabetic drug Januvia. With this success under its belt, seems like Merck is set to start off a full fledged alternate pricing campaign in India to suit the ‘Indian pocket’, with patent approval already received for two of its drugs that help tackle obesity and dyslipidemia. The drugs are yet to receive DGCI approval, and are still in advanced Phase III trials, and the Economic Times reports that this strategy is…


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Compulsory Licensing: Affordable Health for Thailand thanks to Matrix Labs


Pharmalot (Ed Silverman) reports that Compulsory Licensing seems to be working for Thailand. According to The Bangkok Post report cited by Pharmalot, “Second-line generic AIDS drugs have already reached most HIV-positive patients as a direct result of the compulsory licensing (CL) policy, the National Health Security Office (NHSO) says.” The report also states that delivery of generic versions of Efavirenz started in October last year and more recently (February), a large batch of Kaletra was delivered to state hospitals throughout…


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