Others

SpicyIP Jobs: Full-time Lawyer at Screenwriters Association, Mumbai


We are pleased to announce that the Screenwriters Association (SWA), (formerly, the Film Writer’s Association) is inviting applications for the appointment of a full-time lawyer to be based at its office in Mumbai. About SWA SWA is a registered Trade Union of Screenwriters of the Film and Television industry. Its primary objective is to promote and secure the interests of its member Screenwriters, including settlement of their disputes with the producers, directors, Television channels, Film studios etc. SWA has a…


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Patent

Delhi HC Self-Corrects on Public Interest in Pharma Injunctions


Last week, we examined a new articulation of the public interest standard for the grant of interim injunctions in pharma patent litigation. In Bayer v. Ajanta, Justice Gauba of the Delhi HC held that commercial exports of prima facie infringing products covered by a non-worked Indian patent did not merit injunctive relief, on the ground that such exports generated employment and tax revenue for the state, and it was therefore in the public interest to allow them to continue. There are obvious…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: INTA’s 139th Annual Meeting 2017 in Barcelona, Spain


We are pleased to announce that INTA will be convening its 139th Annual Meeting from May 20 to May 24, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The early bird registration for the meeting ends on March 3. For further details, please read INTA’s post below.   Join the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Barcelona, Spain in May for the INTA Annual Meeting On Saturday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 24, global intellectual property professionals will convene in Barcelona, Spain for the 139th…


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Copyright

Printing the Bhagavad Gita: Copyright Protection of Translations


The Bombay High Court recently passed an interim injunction to restrain publication of a translated version of the Bhagavad Gita by Thomson Press. (Read the order here). The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (“BBT’) claimed copyright in Srimad Bhagvatam, a translated, reprinted version of the Bhagavad Gita. BBT contested that Thomson Press had reprinted a ‘classic’ version of Srimad Bhagvatam, a translation in which they held copyright. Further, they argued that there was no license agreement for the publication of this and…


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Copyright

Yet Another Victory for Educational Access as Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal Upholds Copyright Board’s Fair Dealing Analysis


This week (February 20-24) is being celebrated as the 4th Annual Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week! A week that celebrates the importance of the doctrine of fair use/ fair dealing of copyrighted works in US, Canada and other jurisdictions! There wouldn’t be a better occasion to bring to you this post on yet another victory for fair dealing and education in Canada that came close on the heels of the recent victory for educational access in the DU photocopy case in…


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Patent

PTAB Upholds Grant of Patent to Broad Institute over CRISPR Gene-Editing Technique; Holds that it Does not Constitute Interference


In a development that is likely to have far-reaching ramifications in the field of gene editing, the US Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) put to rest a thorny controversy surrounding the patenting of the CRISPR Cas-9 method of gene editing last week. The verdict comes in the wake of a hotly contested battle between UC Berkeley and the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard as to who owns the patents over this gene-editing technique. In the paragraphs that will…


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Others Sponsored

Launch of EIPIN Innovation Society Project: 15 Fully-Funded PhD Positions


We are pleased to announce that the European IP Institutes Network (EIPIN) will soon be launching the EIPIN Innovation Society project that sets up a European Joint Doctorate programme. EIPIN is recruiting 15 PhD candidates for this programme, who will be conferred a joint or double doctoral degree from two of the five participating universities at the end of the programme.  The details of the project are outlined in its press release below: “The European IP Institutes Network (EIPIN), a consortium…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (February 12-18)


The topical highlight for the week, which also happens to be our first post of the week, is Prashant’s incisive analysis of the way in which Indian media has covered Global Intellectual Property Centre’s (“GIPC”) latest international IP index.  Prashant notes how the mainstream media has reproduced the findings of GIPC IP index, including the poor ranking accorded to India in the global IP environment, without critically assessing the methodology or motive behind the same. Prashant concludes by saying that…


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Patent

Ministry of Finance Reiterates its Decision not to Grant Benefits of Flexible Complementing Scheme to Patent Office Employees


Few would disagree with the broad proposition that the success of the patent system is contingent upon a well-functioning patent office, manned by technically competent examiners and controllers. To this end, two issues that have often been at the forefront of most discussions about the strategies that can be adopted to achieve this objective have been the need to recognize the patent office as a scientific and technical organization and, as a logical corollary, to make the modified flexible complementing…


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Patent

Break in India: Were the Dark Ages Really Dark?


In a recent post, I reflected on the disingenuous US Chamber of Commerce rankings designed to coerce India into picking up TRIPS plus IP standards that suit US industrial interests! I exhorted that India should use this opportunity to break the obsolete IP paradigm and refuse to play ball on the patent numbers game! Some months ago, I had the opportunity to reflect more on this “Break in India” theme for a special issue of the Seminar. For those interested, the…


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