Others

Avnish Bajaj Redux? Supreme Court of India Denies Relief to Google in Criminal Defamation Proceedings


In its judgement in Google India Pvt. Ltd. vs M/s Visakha Industries, delivered on December 10, 2019, the Supreme Court denied to quash defamation proceedings against Google for its failure to expeditiously remove allegedly defamatory material from its ‘Google Group’ service. The case is significant for online intermediaries operating in India, as it holds that online intermediaries may be liable as a ‘publisher’ in criminal defamation proceedings under the Indian Penal Code in certain circumstances. Background Google, the appellant company,…


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Overlaps in IP

WIPO Public Consultation on AI and Intellectual Property


The World Intellectual Property Organisation has called for public comments as part of its process to develop a policy on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Rights. The call is available here. The call is concurrent with the release of WIPO’s issues paper where it has outlined the following core issues concerning the relationships between AI and IP: (a) Patents (b) Copyright (c) Data (d) Designs (e) Technology Gap and Capacity Building and; (f) Accountability for IP Administrative Decisions. Submissions are…


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Patent Plant Variety Protection

Patents and Plant Variety: Development from Brazil


In this post, I intend to provide my views on the recent judgment of the Superior Court of Brazil (the highest Court in Brazil) dated October 9, 2019 on the overlap (or non-existence thereof) between patent law and plant variety law. Disclaimer 1. I represent Monsanto in India in ongoing litigations on related and unrelated issues. Accordingly, I will not express any views on the position in India; 2. This post is based on a rough/uncertified translation of the judgment,…


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Others

Prof. Shamnad Basheer & Justice Ravindra Bhat on MIP’s List of the 50 Most Influential People in IP 2019


It is with immense pleasure and pride that we inform you that our founder, Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer has been identified as one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP 2019 by Managing IP (MIP) for his outstanding contribution to the world of IP. This is the second time he has been included in this annually published list, the first time being in 2015. The list is divided into 5 categories, namely, industry leaders, IP authorities, notable individuals, public…


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Others

SpicyIP Tidbit: Press Release on Appeals from IPAB and IP Offices


In a press release by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, it was clarified that any order of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) and any decision of intellectual property offices (such as the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks) can be challenged before High Courts by way of a writ petition under Article 226 of the Constitution and before the Supreme Court by way of Special Leave Petition under Article 136 of the Constitution. This press release is…


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Biological Diversity

The New (Draft) Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Guidelines – Part II


Continuing further on my comments on the new Draft ABS Guidelines, 2019. Definition of Conventional Breeding Under draft Regulation 12(d), accessing biological resources for “conventional breeding or traditional practices in use in any agriculture, horticulture, poultry, dairy farming, animal husbandry or bee keeping”, is exempt from approval.  This exemption can perhaps be traced to the exclusion of the said activities in Section 2(f) of the BDA. However, the regulations now add a qualifier that such activities are exempt only if…


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Biological Diversity

The New (Draft) Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Guidelines – Part I


In this post, I intend to share my views on the draft “Guidelines on Access to Biological Resources and Associated Knowledge and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Regulations, 2019” (draft ABS Regulations, 2019). As many may be aware, the previous version of the same guidelines was issued in 2014, viz., ABS Regulations, 2014. The draft ABS Regulations, 2019, is intended to replace the earlier version and was put up for comments earlier this year. The topic is a little dated, but…


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Design

Design Rights: Originality to Remain the Sole Criterion ? – India and the EU


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Mathangi K. Mathangi is a second year law student at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. Design Rights: Originality to Remain the Sole Criterion ? – India and the EU Mathangi K The origin of the term “industrial design” can be traced back to the 20th century German architect Peter Behres, who has been hailed to be the first industrial designer in the world. The concept of “industrial design” as an…


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Trademark

Sale of the ‘.org’ Domain Registry Sparks Concerns About Privatisation of the Internet Commons


The administration of the World Wide Web’s ‘.org’ domain registry has been handed over from a non-profit organisation to a private equity organisation, sparking concerns and backlash about the privatization of internet commons and possibly increased censorship owing to the change in the non-profit status of the domain name registrar. Domain name registrars are responsible for the allocation of domain names (the naming system of the world wide web) and also set the policies for acceptable uses of Top Level…


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Trademark

Charminar Case by the Indian Supreme Court in 1996 and the AG’s Opinion in Sky v. Sky Kick


On October 16, 2019 the Advocate General (AG) of the European Court of Justice rendered an opinion in Sky Plc & Ors v. Sky Kick UK Ltd. & Anr. (“the Sky case”) in a reference by Justice Arnold of the England and Wales High Court (Chancery Division). The AG’s opinion caught my attention because the opinion as well as the facts of the case resonated the 1996 order of the Indian Supreme Court in Vishnu Das Trading v. Vazir Sultan Tobacco Ltd.,…


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