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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Why is the DCGI trying to implement a ‘patent-registeration’ linkage system in India?


The Drug Controller General of India – Dr. Surinder Singh – has made a public statement that he intends to link up regulatory approval for drugs to the patenting system i.e. he has gone on to record to state that the DCGI will not grant regulatory approval for generic drugs if in case the innovator drug still has a valid patent covering it. Such a move would severely delay the entry of generics into the market. (The Mint, the Business…


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The Parallel Import Debate in India: Some Concluding Thoughts


Section 107A(b) of the Indian Patents Act dealing with parallel imports has turned out to be one of the most contentious provisions on this blog. We had several posts covering this issue and one of them elicited more than 35 comments. I thank readers for engaging in this fascinating discussion which helped deepen my own understanding of this section. Surprisingly, many of our commentators never revealed their identity, making it impossible for one to see where they were coming from…


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Spicy IP Tidbit: Legal and Policy Framework for Equitable Access to Documentary Heritage


A press release from UNESCO states The National Mission for Manuscripts of India, in association with UNESCO, completed a research study to assist in the development of legal and policy framework and protocols for promoting equitable access to documentary heritage, relevant to India and other South Asian countries. Entitled Legal and Policy Framework for Promoting Equitable Access to Documentary Heritage, the study seeks to accurately identify and critically examine the legal and policy framework for promoting equitable access to documentary…


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SpicyIP Tidbits: IP in Free Trade Agreement


The Financial Express reports that Commerce Minister Kamal Nath is all set to make IP a part of the free trade agreement to be finalised by early 2009 between India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)- established in 1960 and comprising of countries such as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. While earlier the EFTA and India had a joint study group, they now plan to move towards a broad-based trade and investment agreement after positive recommendations and feedback. This…


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Merck vs Roche: Towards Differential Pricing in India


SpicyIP has often lamented the lack of a robust differential pricing model by big pharma. As our earlier post demonstrated, Roche charges the same (or even more) in India than it does in the US and other “developed” countries! Granted there is the oft touted threat of “parallel imports”. However, I’m not sure as to the likely quantum of losses from such parallel imports into the more developed markets and whether such losses would be severe as to make serious…


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