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Even death won’t do us apart

There are celebrities, and then there are icons. And one name that probably tops the list of icons is Marilyn Monroe. The blonde actress never ceased to be out of the headlines when she was alive, and even when she is no more, her estate is fighting tooth and nail to keep her memory alive. However, the route taken to do so is not particularly agreeable, to say the least. Monroe’s estate has been fiercely litigious and has gained notoriety…

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Movie making – A tale of woes.

  “We don’t make movies to make money; we make money to make more movies.” - Walt Disney   Movie Producers or Movie Production houses are often referred to as money making machines, but where there are riches; there are also a multitude of woes. In this post, we speak about some of the legal challenges that movie producers often face. Keeping in mind that it is always easier to list the problems than to find the solutions to them, we have jotted…

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Essential Agreements for every Movie Producer

Production of a Cinematographic film demands a lot of time and resources. Since, all of the financial resources are invested by the Producer, copyright law has recognized the Producer as the author of the cinematographic film, even though a cinematographic film is an amalgamation of several works that are entitled for independent copyright protection. The fact that a cinematographic film is created by the combination of several independently copyrightable works,  makes it all the more important for a Producer to…

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Hollywood Copyrights and Bollywood Copy(right!?)

‘Plagiarism’ is not a foreign word to the entertainment industry. It is not uncommon in Bollywood to dress ‘plagiarism’ as ‘inspiration’. Studies show that nearly eight out of every ten Bollywood movies produced is “inspired” by one or more Hollywood films. Bollywood has time and again faced criticism for its “blatant copying” of Hollywood storylines and for having taken undue advantage of the unfamiliarity of the Indian audiences with respect to international films. Although very few western studios attempted to…

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Performer’s Rights under Indian Copyright Law

  In last week’s post, we explored the concept of performer’s rights, which was recognized only in 1994, under the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, after a long delay. The basis for recognition of performer’s rights stems from the need for recognition of rights of performers as well as the need for sharing of the proceeds from the commercial exploitation of the visual or acoustic performances of actors, musicians, singers or dancers.   This week, we shall be discussing the judicial approach in…

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VPATAPP – An Android based app for patent professionals

An android based mobile application called “VPATAPP” was launched in the third week of October. The app aggregates patent-related information and can be downloaded free of cost from the Android Playstore About the app: VPATAPP is a simple tool, which acts as a repository of all patents-related links and information, from around the world. Currently the app has only patent related resources. However, subsequent version may feature other forms of IP. This app has been designed primarily for patent professionals,…

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Simple Strategies to Fight your Filing Blues

We all know one can never enjoy something that one does not have. It is literally true in case of patents. Patent rights are territorial in nature and can only be enjoyed in countries where one has filed an application for patent protection. The most common question that floods any patent applicants mind is whether they should file for patent protection outside the native country. If the answer is yes, how should they do it and where should they do…

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Innovation Driven Automobile Industry

  The Indian auto and affiliated industries have seen unprecedented progress and growth in the last ten years.  India has gone from an economy which used to replicate innovation and products from industrialized nations to becoming one of the preferred destinations for research and development, as well as manufacturing.  To compete globally however, it is essential for organizations to invest in, develop and capitalize on their intellectual property (IP).  But how to go about this is something that most Indian companies…

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Erotic Patents – Sex Patents II

Following the earlier post in the series - Sex Patents 1, we bring to our readers a series of patents applied and granted, primarily in USA, with respect to love making, sex and eroticism. Please do not try them without appropriate research. All patents are not necessarily workable without due experimentation. Sex, Consent, Patents Consent is everything in sex. Here is a patent that enables one to capture consent before having sex. A device to record evidence of consent given by…

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The times, they are a-changin’

In a previous post, we informed our readers about the new, draft patent rules that have been proposed by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India. The preceding post by Ms. Nisha Kurian presented an analysis of the proposed rules and sought to answer the question, if all measures to accelerate the patent registration process had been explored by the DIPP through these rules. While the proposed draft patent rules are likely to become effective from…

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