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Innovation Patent

DIPP forgets about NIIPM & Indian law firms, signs deal with WIPO


Earlier this month, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) announced that it had signed a deal with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to establish Technology and Innovation Support Centres (TISC) in India. According to the press release put out by the DIPP, the TISCs are meant to provide innovators in developing countries with high quality technology, information and related services to help them create, protect and manage their intellectual property. As per the same press release, once…


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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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Copyright

Breaking Free of the IP Freeze: Happy New Year!


“Frozen” broke most box office records. And turned out to be the highest grosser for Disney studios. And yet this maverick of a movie almost never came to pass. Until a creative set of screen writers decided that they would stray from the parent script …one conjured up more than a century ago by Hans Christian Anderson, the celebrated childrens’ writer. Anderson wove his basic story around the “Snow Queen”, an evil queen who unleashes her freezing power upon the…


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India’s Opening Statement at WIPO Meet


As the title explains quite succinctly, I write to bring to your notice India’s opening statement at the 56th Session of the Assemblies of Member States of WIPO. You can find the statement here. Prior to discussing the various elements of the statement, let me direct you to the 20th Paragraph. The statement brings to attention the fact that India was the first to ratify the Marrakesh treaty. I would like to pause at this point and talk about India and…


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Copyright

The Miracle of Marrakesh finally to be realised!


In a momentous occasion for persons with print disabilities, June 30th 2016 saw Canada become the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty). The significance of this 20th ratification, (almost exactly three years since the date of adoption) is due to Article 18 of the Treaty which provides that the Treaty shall come into force 3 months after the 20th country…


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Patent

WIPO report on Patents and Access to Medicines generates controversy.


This piece is authored by Rupali Samuel, Analyst, SpicyIP. WIPO published a report on 11th April 2016 titled “Patent-based Analysis of the World Health Organization’s 2013 Model List of Essential Medicines” authored by Reed F. Beall and Amir Attaran of the University of Ottawa that aims to empirically test the effect of patents on access to medicines. Their conclusion is that only 2% of the medicines on the WHO Essential Medicines List are covered by patents so as to block generic…


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Old wine and a new bottle: India at SCP/22


The last week witnessed the Twenty Second Session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP/22) convening in Geneva. Over the course of the session, India made a couple of noteworthy statements. While it may seem that the delegation was merely reiterating India’s general outlook on IP policy, it’s crucial to note that such re-affirmations are of vital importance in fora such as the WIPO SCP. First, on the 27th of July, Permanent Representative to the UN Ajit…


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Copyright

WIPO’s SCCR 30 in review: Rights without Ownership, and Diplomatic Blockades


The 30th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the WIPO took place in Geneva, from June 29th to July 3rd. The multi-stakeholder event had a very widespread and fascinating agenda, including discussions on the Broadcasting Treaty, Limitations and Exceptions (‘L&E’) for libraries and archives, and L&E for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities. This post notes and comments on the same. Broadcasting Treaty: Biased Panels and Rights without Ownership One of…


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Guest Post: WIPO Broadcast Treaty- An Unnecessary Evil?


Atharva Sontakke brings us his 3rd entry to our SpicyIP Fellowship applicant series with this post looking into the WIPO Broadcasting Treaty – and whether signing such a treaty would make sense for India or not. Readers interested in the topic may also want to take a look at the Centre for Internet and Society’s comments to the HRD ministry on the WIPO Broadcasting treaty – available here. Atharva is a 3rd year student at GNLU. His previous submissions include “Cricket,…


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New Online IPR/Media/Tech Resources – For Students, Teachers and Researchers


We’ve recently come across some wonderful new resources that our readers may be interested in. As it’s often difficult to know what information is available where, and since it would be a shame if these wonderful new resources went undiscovered, I thought I’d list out some of those that have caught my eye over the last few months. I’ve tried to focus on resources that are ‘open’, relatively new, and that would be useful for students, teachers and researchers in…


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