Innovation

More cooks for the patent office broth


The USPTO seems willing to consider innovative means of reducing administrative problems – they have decided to review suggestions from students of the George Washington University School of Business. In what promises to be an interesting as well as productive endeavour the “winners of the George Washington University (GWU) School of Business 2008 International Business Case Competition met recently with USPTO senior management to present their proposed solutions to the pressing issues of patent pendency and backlog at the USPTO.”…


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Patent

Indian Patent Database: Relevant Links


Pursuant to our earlier post (covering the government response to our petition for an electronic patent database), here are the links to the relevant portions of the Indian patent office website. 1. For copies of granted patents, see here (as was mentioned in the last post, as per the government response, you should be able to access the complete specifications of about 100,000 patents) 2. For copies of Controllers Decisions, see here. However, when last checked, this was not working…


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Drug Regulation

Pricing on the other side of the globe: Drug Manufaturers speak up in Canada.


If developing countries, thought that the problem with strict regulations, generic drugs and pricing only affected one side of the globe, latest developments in Canada definitely prove them wrong. Canadian generic drug manufacturers are urging their Parliament (and even considering going to Court) to forfeit the idea of new regulations that if implemented, would delay their ability to reproduce drugs, including Viagra and Lipitor. Previously, a manufacturer could (through a Court order) block Health Canada’s approval of the generic competitor…


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Choking the Patients???


SpicyIP, has in several posts, discussed the issue of generic drug companies taking patients for a ride. The Hindu now reports another instance involving two drugs, theophylline and doxofylline, both of which are prescribed to treat wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty in breathing caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. Both relax and open air passages in the lungs, making it easier to breathe. In short, they are bronchodilators. Theophylline, a scheduled drug, and all its…


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Patent

Indian Patent Database: Government Response to SpicyIP Petition


The government finally responded to our online petition requesting a comprehensive electronic patent database. We thank our readers for their wholehearted support for this petition which garnered around 170 signatures and can be found here. I reproduce the government response below: “No. 8/33/20007-IPR-III Government of India Ministry of Commerce & Industry Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi, Dated 17th April, 2008 To, Shri Shamnad Basheer, Sub : Making Indian Patent Information Public. Sir, Kindly refer to…


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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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Copyright

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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