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Proposed Draft of Amendments to IT Rules, 2021 - BananaIP's Comments and Suggestions

BananaIP’s Comments and Suggestions – Proposed Draft of Amendments to IT Rules, 2021

Background The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 was proposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on 25th February, 2021. The draft amendments to the same were made available for public scrutiny on the 6th June, 2022, seeking comments and suggestions within thirty days from that date, i.e. by 6th July, 2022, to dhawal.gupta@meity.gov.in or notan.roy@meity.gov.in, in MS Word (or compatible format) or machine readable PDF format. Part I – Proposed Changes and General…

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Accessibility of Intermediary Services to Persons with Disabilities – Proposed Amendments to IT Rules

A. Background On 6th June, 2022, the Ministry of Electronics and IT,  Government of India, published a press note sharing the Proposed Draft Amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (hereinafter referred to as “IT Rules, 2021”), and sought comments and suggestions from the  stakeholders with respect to the proposed rules. As stated in the press note, two important principles that underlie the proposed amendments are: “The Internet should be Open, Safe &…

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Draft IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules Published for comments by MeitY

On 6th June, 2022, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY), released a press note inviting public feedback and comments on the ‘Proposed draft amendment to the IT Rules, 2021’. Comments/suggestions on the draft amendment may be shared via email to dhawal.gupta@meity.gov.in and notan.roy@meity.gov.in  in either MS Word (or compatible format) or machine readable PDF format by 6th July, 2022. A formal public consultation meeting is expected to be arranged by Mid-June, the details of which should be notified…

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Draft National Policy for Persons with Disabilities – Comments and Suggestions

Draft National Policy for Persons with Disabilities – Comments and Suggestions

Background The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India published a Draft National Policy for Persons with Disabilities (hereinafter referred to as "National Disability Policy" or "Disability Policy") for comments from the general public. The proposed policy is expected to replace the prior policy of 2006, and bring India's policy for persons with disabilities in line with the UNCRPD, the RPwD Act, and other developments in the country. One of…

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Professor Jon M. Garon Scholarship for aspiring IP Attorneys with Disabilities

Professor Jon M. Garon Scholarship for aspiring IP Attorneys with Disabilities

Following the scholarship for patent attorneys, BananaIP is pleased to announce another scholarship for aspiring intellectual property attorneys with disabilities. The objective of this scholarship is to encourage law, science, and technology students with disabilities to join the IP profession. As a part of the scholarship, BananaIP will initially offer paid internships for students with disabilities interested in patent, copyright, trademark, or design practice. Interns in this program will also be provided appropriate facilities and accessibility accommodations to enable them…

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Prof. Thammaiah Ramakrishna Scholarship for aspiring Patent Attorneys

Prof. Thammaiah Ramakrishna Scholarship for aspiring Patent Attorneys

BananaIP is happy to announce the launch of 'Professor Thammaiah Ramakrishna Scholarship for aspiring Patent Attorneys'. The primary objective of this scholarship is to encourage and facilitate legal and technical students to enter patent practice through paid internships and funded research programs. Any student pursuing law, science, engineering, or technology degree may apply for this scholarship. In the first year, sustenance funding will be provided to 5 to 7 students seeking internships at BananaIP Counsels. Professor Ramakrishna T. is currently the…

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INDIAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STATISTICS REPORT, 2021

Launch of Indian IP Statistics Report, 2021

 BananaIP is happy to launch the IP statistics report for the year 2021. This report covers  Patent, Trademark, Design, Copyright and Geographical Indication (GI) statistics based on information available on the website of the Indian IP Office. Wherever relevant, a comparative review with previous years has been presented in the report. You may download a copy of the report here. [Download PowerPoint Version] [Download PDF Version] Findings and Conclusions At a general level, intellectual property activity before the IP Office…

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Recap 2021: IP Updates – Part 4

In this post we revisit the IP Updates ie., any amendments, ordinances, notifications, and other information related to IP published in the year 2021. For reader's convenience it has been divided into parts, please find the link to the previous and next parts towards the end of this post. DELHI HIGH COURT INVITES SUGGESTIONS FOR FIXING ROYALTIES FOR SOUND RECORDING The High Court of Delhi has issued a public notice on 10th November, 2021, with respect to the intention of the…

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Recap 2021: IP Updates – Part 3

In this post we revisit the IP Updates ie., any amendments, ordinances, notifications, and other information related to IP published in the year 2021. For reader's convenience it has been divided into parts, please find the link to the previous and next parts towards the end of this post. CONSUMER PROTECTION (E-COMMERCE) RULES, 2020 – PROPOSED AMENDMENTS (2021) INTRODUCTION On 23rd July, 2020 the Central Government had notified the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020. The Department of Consumer Affairs on 21st…

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Recap 2021: IP Updates – Part 2

In this post we revisit the IP Updates ie., any amendments, ordinances, notifications, and other information related to IP published in the year 2021. For reader's convenience it has been divided into parts, please find the link to the previous and next parts towards the end of this post. COPYRIGHT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ECOMMERCE GOVT. NOTIFICATIONS-2021 The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a notification, through the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), introducing the Copyright (Amendment) Rules,…

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