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NUJS International Webinar on Trade Secret as a Momentous Asset [December 12]


We’re pleased to inform you that MHRD IPR Chair, NUJS, in association with the IPThink – Tank is organising an international webinar on ‘Trade Secret as a Momentous Asset’ on 12th December at 2:30 PM IST (10 AM CET). For further details, please see the announcement below: NUJS International Webinar on Trade Secret as a Momentous Asset December 12 | 2:30 PM (IST) 10 AM (CET) Trade secrets are a very important part of any IP portfolio. It is no…


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Copyright

Who Gets Paid for the Music You Listen to?: Revamping Music and Copyright in India (Part II)


We’re pleased to bring you Part II of a two-part guest post by Akshat Agrawal on the ‘incentive/compensation’ structure actually in place for artists in India, its consequences, and a suggested amendment in the law to deal with these issues. Part I of this post can be viewed here. Akshat Agrawal is a law graduate from Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat and is currently working as a law researcher cum judicial clerk at the Delhi High Court. He has previously…


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Copyright

Who Gets Paid for the Music You Listen to?: Revamping Music and Copyright in India (Part I)


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We’re pleased to bring you an in-depth two-part guest post by Akshat Agrawal looking into the ‘incentive/compensation’ structure actually in place for artists in India, its consequences, and a suggested amendment in the copyright law to deal with these issues. Akshat Agrawal is a law graduate from Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat and is currently working as a law researcher cum judicial clerk at the Delhi High Court. He has previously also written two guest posts for us, ‘Masakali 2.0:…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (November 30- December 6)


Topical Highlight COVID-19 Vaccines: Patent Ownership and the Barriers to Equitable Access In this post, Adyasha conducts a thorough analysis of the vaccines developed by Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford, the complex ownership status of their intellectual property, the bilateral pre-purchase deals struck with higher-income countries and their implications on the Global South. She first notes the importance of public funding for the fruition of the three vaccines upon which patent protection is being claimed by their respective owners. She then…


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COVID-19 Vaccines: Patent Ownership and the Barriers to Equitable Access


The race to develop vaccines for COVID-19 has edged closer to its finishing line with at least three candidates announcing positive results from their vaccine trials. While this may appear to be the light at the end of the tunnel, the focus now shifts towards equally challenging issues of availability, accessibility, and affordability of vaccines. In this post, I discuss the vaccines developed by Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford, the complex ownership status of their intellectual property, the bilateral pre-purchase deals…


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Copyright Trademark

What’s Happening with WhiteHatJr?: A Look at the IP Issues


Recently, in interim applications decided on 23rd and 24th November, the same single bench of the Delhi High Court granted a limited ad-interim injunction in favour of Karan Bajaj (WhiteHatJr’s CEO) and Byju’s Whitehat Education Technology Private Limited (WhiteHatJr). The major issues in these cases were similar – defamation and trademark infringement. For the purposes of this post, only the IP issues will be looked at. In the first case, Karan Bajaj v. Pradeep Poonia, the former along with his…


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Enabling the Use of People’s Biodiversity Registers within Environmental Impact Assessments


This post was co-authored by Dayaar Singla and myself. Dayaar is a final year student at NALSAR University of Law. He is an editor of the Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law and the Editor-in-Chief of the Law and Other Things Blog, which Late Prof. Shamnad Basheer was an initial contributor to. In this post we look at recent changes to the creation of People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) as well as the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 notification to…


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Patent

Are Orbital Transfer Trajectories Patentable?


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Shivam Kaushik, analysing the patentability of orbital transfer trajectories of spacecrafts in light of the recent patent grant to NASA in the US for ‘a method for transferring a spacecraft from the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) to Lunar Orbit’. Shivam is a 5th year law student at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He’s previously also written guest posts for us, titled ‘Copyright and Webinars: Ownership, Licensing and Fair Use’ , ‘Govt’s…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (November 23- 29)


Topical Highlight A Copyright Reform Agenda from a Group of Like-Minded IP Teachers In this guest post, Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan provides us an overview of the recommendations focussing on desirable public interest oriented amendments to the Copyright Act prepared by a group of ‘like minded IP teachers’. He particularly summarises four broad themes of amendments. The first set of proposed changes deal with Section 52. These include an open-ended fair dealing clause under Section 52(1)(a), expanding educational use exception…


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Copyright Trademark

Officer’s Choice v. Chetak Whisky: An Incorrect Choice of Jurisdiction?


Recently, Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt Ltd filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit before the Delhi High Court protecting their ‘Officer’s Choice’ mark from the defendant’s ‘Chetak Whisky’. The court granted an ad interim injunction in the plaintiff’s favour. An interesting question that came up before the court was regarding its territorial jurisdiction to grant this relief, discussion of which formed the majority of the order. In this piece, I shall analyse the court’s treatment of the jurisdiction issue….


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