Tag Archives: Transparency

Patent

WIPO’s New AI Translation Tool Fosters Access to Information on Patented Inventions


In a pioneering step towards facilitation of access to information on patented inventions, WIPO has developed a breakthrough tool, based on artificial intelligence, for instant high quality translation of patent documents. This tool, called WIPO Translate, can be used free of charge and is available through the WIPO’s PatentScope database that contains PCT applications as well as patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices. As we know, one of the objectives of granting patents is disclosure of inventions…


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Overlaps in IP Patent Plant Variety Protection

The Seed(y) Saga: Who Makes Law in India?


Well, if Prabhakar Rao’s response to my op-ed in the Hindu is anything to go by, it would appear that is the executive (govt) that makes law in India. Never mind that the constitution says otherwise; and vests this power with our Parliament! Mr Rao clearly has his own constitutional handbook, drawing from which he notes: “As clarified by the government in the IPR Policy 2016, only the PPVFR Act, 2001 governs IP rights for transgenic varieties.” Firstly, whatever be…


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Plant Variety Protection

Govt. Appoints Nuziveedu Chairperson to PVPFR Authority


The ET recently reported that the Ministry of Agriculture has appointed Prabhakar Rao, Chairman of Nuziveedu Seeds to the Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (“Authority”), a statutory body that is created under Section 3 of the Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001 (PVPFRA). As per this provision, the Authority is to consist of 15 members plus a chairperson, all of whom are appointed by the Central Government. This provision also requires the Central Government to appoint one representative…


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Innovation Patent

“Made in India” Innovation Policy


We are happy to bring to our readers a guest post by two esteemed US law professors,  Prof. Colleen V. Chien and Prof. Jorge L. Contreras. In this post they emphasize upon the need for data-driven IP policy making in India. We had blogged on this theme earlier here. “Made in India” Innovation Policy Prof. Colleen V. Chien and Prof. Jorge L. Contreras A few weeks ago we were honored to participate in Jindal Global Law School’s Conference on “Innovation for Shared Prosperity”….


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Innovation Patent

Patent Purdah: Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) Hearings Not Just “Secret”, But “Separate” Too!


Since my earlier post on the secret Sovaldi hearings, I’m given to understand that the patent office also insisted on  the “separateness” of these hearings. So much so that it did not even permit counsels appearing for one of the opponents to sit in on the other opposition hearings. A patent purdah of sorts (am using the term “purdah” to refer to the veil that segregates the “Zenana” house, and not the veil that masks the face!). Let me explain:…


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Innovation Patent

Pro-Patent vs Anti-Patent: Busting a Baneful Box!


An earlier post of mine got the goat of one of our readers, who unleashed a rather caustic comment (in the comments section of the blog) as below: “I wonder what this is all about? When there are several challenges filed against a pending patent application, many of them by Public Interest Groups (which one assumes represent the general public and not any vested groups), where is the question of closed proceedings and secrecy? Why are your posts increasingly becoming heavily…


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Patent

Secret Sovaldi Hearings: Whither Transparency?


In yet another blow for transparency, the Indian patent office is apparently doing all it can to discourage members of the public from accessing the patent opposition hearings in the Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) case. This despite the fact that this case is of monumental public importance (not just in India but internationally). And more importantly, despite the clear existence of Rule 139 of the patent rules (pointed out to be by the wonderful Feroz Ali) which states that: Hearing before the Controller…


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Copyright Uncategorized

Copyfraud, Collecting Societies and Quixotic Crusades


More than a year ago, a curious incident cropped up in the copyright circles. Saint Tyagaraja’s music (recorded by various Carnatic music enthusiasts and uploaded on select YouTube channels) was hit with a copyright claim! An all too pliant YouTube immediately took down the content, thereby placating the purported copyright owner. Bizarre to say the least, since the good saint had by then been dead a good 200 years! And had never ever claimed copyright, if ever there was such…


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Copyright Others

A Lethal Legal League?


In a piece for the Wire (a pioneering new media initiative by the famed duo of Siddharth Varadarajan [former editor in chief of the Hindu] and Siddharth Bhatia [founding editor in chief of DNA]), I reflect on the cosy cabals that plague our legal ecosystem. Ranging from a judicial fiefdom (collegium of senior judges that select their very own) to the notorious Bar Council of India (that awards dodgy tenders) to the CLAT clique of vice chancellors who refuse to institutionalise…


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Patent

Accosting Drug Costs: The Elusive Holy Grail?


So how do we get big pharma to disclose their drug costs? Mandate them through a legislation, one might say. Well, a couple of US states are now trying it, but facing rather serious resistance from drug makers. After all, it can’t be easy to get to the holiest of the holy grails when it comes to drug innovation: namely drug costs. For this is a bluff that cannot be called without serious repercussions for the mainstream model around which…


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