Copyright

Oxford University Students and Others Urge OUP to not Appeal to the Supreme Court in the DU Copyright Case


In a latest development pertaining to the DU photocopy case, a group of 122 students, alumni and academics from Oxford University (OU) sent an open letter to the Delegates of the Oxford University Press (OUP) yesterday, urging them to refrain from filing an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court Division Bench’s judgment dated December 9, 2016. As we’d blogged on here and here, this decision held that the making and distribution of course packs by incorporating copyrighted extracts from…


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SpicyIP Events: ITechLaw International India Conference 2017 in New Delhi


We are happy to announce that ITechLaw is organising the 2017 International India Conference in New Delhi on February 1-3, 2017 at the ITC Maurya. The conference is returning to New Delhi for the first time in more than 8 years and we will have attendees from across India, Europe, the United States, and the broader Asia-Pacific region. About the Conference The conference theme is Future Technologies: Balancing Policy and Regulations to Foster Innovations, and there are more than 40…


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SpicyIP Events: IIPRD Symposium on Software and Electronics Patent Portfolio Development Scenario in India and US


We are pleased to announce that IIPRD & Khurana and Khurana in association with Sughrue Mion PLCC, USA are organising a one-day seminar on Software and Electronics Patent Portfolio with a focus on preliminary preparation, prosecution, and litigation in India and US. The event is being organized on February 23, 2017 at Sun n Sand Hotel, Pune and on February 24, 2017 at Hotel Le Merdian, Opp to Golf Course, Bangalore. Other Eco Partners of the events are Headstart Pune, Pune…


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Copyright

No Country for Clever Streaming Companies: VidAngel’s Services Shut Down


A U.S. District Court has granted a preliminary injunction (thereafter confirmed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal) against VidAngel, a movie filtering and streaming service. The Judge, while granting the injunction in favour of a slew of Hollywood movie studios, found that the services of VidAngel infringe the copyright held by these studios over the movies streamed by VidAngel to the viewers. This decision not only strengthens the monopoly enjoyed by Hollywood’s studios over the digital content in movies…


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Copyright Others

Shiva Ayyadurai Sues Techdirt for Libel; Claims That Their Comments about Him Were Defamatory


On this Blog, we have previously written about Shiva Ayyadurai’s claim of being the inventor of email and have also noted how Ayyadurai’s story is emblematic of the manner in which our society and legal institutions have a way of systematically erasing into oblivion individuals significantly contributing to human progress only because they lack power or influence. Readers who have been following Ayyadurai’s story closely would be interested in finding out that Ayyadurai has recently sued Techdirt, an online news…


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Competition Law Innovation Unfair Competition

Qualcomm under Fire: Korea FTC, US FTC, Class Action Suits, and Apple


  This (long) post is about Qualcomm.  Qualcomm has a business model that is based on IP, whether it is IP creation (SEP or manufacturing related) or IP licensing.  It has been the historical practice in the technology industry that licensing was, and per Qualcomm and related parties, still is, done on end value of device. Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Nokia are three top players in the SEP licensing domain and unsurprisingly hold similar views as their business model is SEP licensing….


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (January 15-21)


The topical highlight for this week was surely Rahul’s marvelous post on the judgement in PK Sen v Exxon Mobile. In his post, he notes that in the case herein, the court tested the plaintiff’s assertions as to the court’s jurisdiction based on legal principles, instead of accepting them on face value. This, he remarks, is part of a welcome trend whereby the Delhi High Court is beginning to lose its pro-plaintiff reputation. The thematic highlight for the week was…


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Others

Why Donald Trump’s Selection of Robert Lighthizer as the Next USTR May Be Good News for India


This Friday, America’s 45th President, Donald J. Trump, took the oath of office. While the full import of this development is still being analyzed by thinkers and commentators, one issue that has received limited attention thus far is how Trump’s election will affect America’s position on contentious intellectual property issues. Last November, soon after Trump’s election, Prashant had written an incisive post analyzing the potential ramifications of his election on the global IP landscape in general and Indo-American debates in…


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Trademark

Injunction in AZ Tech (India) v Intex Technologies (India) Ltd. Stayed


Three days ago, I wrote a post about the order of temporary injunction in the case of AZ Tech (India) & Anr. v Intex Technologies (India) Ltd. & Anr., where the handset giant, Intex Technologies was injuncted from using the “Aqua” trademark. This injunction was granted primarily on the grounds that AZ Tech (India) was the prior user of the mark and the use of the same trademark by Intex Technologies would cause the likelihood of confusion amongst customers. This…


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SpicyIP Events: First Asia-Pacific Colloquium on IP And Competition Law at NLU-D


We are glad to announce that the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC), National Law University, Delhi is organising the First Asia-Pacific Colloquium on Intellectual Property and Competition Law at the National Law University Delhi from March 13th to 17th, 2017. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2017. About CIIPC The Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) has been established at NLU Delhi with the aim of supporting academic and policy oriented dialogues in the…


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