Drug Regulation

RTI Replies Reveal the Deal between Janssen and the Ministry of Health on Bedaquiline


Co-authored with Balaji Subramanian, 5th Year student NALSAR University of Law Subsequent to our previous post, we got a copy of some of the correspondence between Janssen and the Ministry of Health under the RTI Act. We were under the impression that our request for the information was transferred to the CDSCO which then disposed the application without giving us the requisite information. However, it appears that the application was transferred back to the Central TB Division, which processed the…


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Patent

Patent Office Calls for Comments on Patent Working Disclosure and Form 27


(This post has been co-authored with Prof. Shamnad Basheer) [Edit: The deadline for submission of comments has been extended to March 23, 2018] As reported last month, in our Patent Working PIL, the Delhi High Court asked the Government to submit an affidavit outlining the proposed framework and timeline for enforcing the patent working disclosure mandate. The court also asked the office to consider reviewing/revising the Form 27 format to make it more optimal. To this end, the Patent Office…


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Drug Regulation

Special Report: The Smoke & Mirrors Surrounding the Approval of Bedaquiline


Co-authored with Balaji Subramanian, 5th year student, NALSAR University of Law Prologue Last Sunday, The Hindu ran a piece on its front page alleging that  the government was not even considering the option of issuing compulsory licenses for a newly patented drug called bedaquiline, despite access to the drug being restricted to less than 1,000 patients. Bedaquiline, which is currently the most promising drug candidate to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) was developed and patented by Janssen and The Hindu…


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Others

SpicyIP Ranked 3rd in List of Top Patent Blogs in the World


We are extremely delighted to inform our readers that SpicyIP has been ranked 3rd in a list of top patent blogs of 2018 published by James Yang on IPWatchdog earlier last month. This list is an update of the 2011 and 2009 lists where SpicyIP was ranked 5th and 4th respectively. The entire list of top 16 patent blogs of 2018 is as follows: IPWatchdog Patently-O SpicyIP IPKat Phosita OCPatentLawyer IP News Flash Patent Arcade Patent Baristas IP Spotlight Patent Dogs BlawgIT Orange…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (February 25 – March 3)


In case you missed out on this week’s posts at SpicyIP, have no worries, here’s a roundup of the last weeks highlights. Our topical highlight of the week is my post on the Madras HC’s fairly straightforward decision examining film title protection in the context of copyright law. The judgement also deals with the important issue of the scope of protection offered by so-called ‘title registration schemes’ run by film associations, and whether they are effective at all. I recommend…


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Innovation Patent

Creative Destruction at it’s Best: The Death of Manual Scavenging?


In a provocative address last year at IDIA’s annual conference, Magsaysay Award winner, Dr Bezwada Wilson rhetorically asked: How is it that we managed to send a mission (Mangalyaan) to Mars? And yet, for all our technological prowess, we still have not figured out a way to end manual scavenging! A dastardly practice with deep roots in India’s caste hierarchy and one that continues to haunt us to this day…with lower caste communities inflicted with this bountiful burden of cleaning…


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Copyright Unfair Competition

Film Title Protection: Madras High Court Rejects Copyright Claim Over Film Title, Holds Trade Association Rules Not Binding on Non-Members


A division bench of the Madras High Court, in its judgement in M/s Lyca Productions v J. Manimaran and Ors, delivered on the 22nd of February, overturned a single bench decision which upheld copyright protection to the title of a film. The judgement is significant not only for its analysis of the scope of copyright protection of film titles, but also for its sound rejection of the original plaintiffs argument that the rules of a trade association should be binding…


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Events

SpicyIP Events: Roundtable on Trademark Enforcement – Challenges & Opportunities [Mumbai, March 16, 2018]


We are pleased to announce that K&S Partners, in collaboration with International Trademark Association (INTA), is organizing a roundtable on ‘Trademark Enforcement – Challenges & Opportunities’ on March 16, 2018 in Mumbai. For further details, please read the post below:           Roundtable on Trademark Enforcement – Challenges & Opportunities Leading intellectual property law firm, K&S Partners, in collaboration with the International Trademark Association (INTA) is organizing a half-day roundtable in Mumbai on ‘Trademark Enforcement – Challenges &…


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Others

Call for SpicyIP Research Fellows: Application Deadline Extended to March 15, 2018


As announced last month, this year apart from the (blogging) Fellows, SpicyIP is also looking for at least two (2) Research Fellows. If you have an interest in IP law and love legal research and writing, look no further! Apply immediately to become a SpicyIP Research Fellow!  The deadline for submitting applications for the ‘Research Fellow’ position has now been extended to March 15, 2018. Who We Are Looking For? We are looking for Research Fellows who can provide high-quality research as well as…


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Others

6th SpicyIP Fellowship 2018-19: Application Deadline Extended to March 15, 2018


As announced last month, SpicyIP is inviting  applications for the 6th SpicyIP Fellowship 2018-19. If you have an interest in IP law and love legal research and writing, look no further! Apply immediately to become a SpicyIP Fellow! The deadline for submitting applications has now been extended from February 28 to March 15, 2018. Year after year, our fellowship series has attracted some of the brightest minds to the world of IP. If you are wondering whether it’s worth applying for the SpicyIP…


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