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War over Patent Ownership – Stanford v. Roche

This post was first published on 3rd March, 2011. The war between Stanford and Roche with respect to ownership of certain diagnostic processes is now being argued before the US Supreme Court. The dispute started with Stanford filing an infringement suit against Roche alleging infringement of its patents relating to methods for evaluating treatments for HIV.  Roche asserted that it was not liable for patent infringement because it has ownership in the patents on account of its take over of Cetus, a company that developed the methods. One of the inventors of the methods, Holodniy, joined Stanford in 1988 and started pursuing...

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Rain Ball for uninterrupted Cricket Games

This post was first published on 3rd March 2011. Every cricket fan around the world must be enjoying cricket’s biggest festival - World Cup 2011. If we look at the cricket calendar, we come to know that the number of cricket matches played nowadays has increased staggeringly.  Cricket is played throughout the year in different forms i.e. Test, ODI, 20-20 and so on. Due to this some of the cricket tournaments have to be scheduled during monsoon time as well. Rain has always been an invincible force against cricket game.  Cricket is considered as a religion in India having vast followers,...

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Patentability of Genetically Modified Plant Breeds: The Monsanto Conclusion

The featured image shows a cotton plant. This image has been used in the context as the article relates to a patent infringement suit between Monsanto and Nuziveedu seeds involving Bt cotton. To read more, click here.

On January 8th, 2019, the Supreme Court of India, in the matter of Monsanto Technology LLC v. Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd.[1] held that genetically modified cotton seeds were patentable, and allowed the U.S. based company Monsanto, to file their patent claims. The bench, comprising of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Navin Sinha, set aside the order of the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court, which had held such claims to be inapplicable in India. The Single Judge of the High Court had granted an interim injunction against any sale of Bt cotton seeds using the patent of Mahyco Monsanto...

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Weekly Copyright News: No Unauthorised Use of TOI and ET Content, Gigi Hadid Sued, Vice Partners with Hulu, and more

Copyright Quote “The beauty of Copyright law is it protects you and it provides you the opportunity to honour others” Peter Smith Copyright Statistics There is an increase of 10% in the total number of copyright applications filed last week as compared to the previous week. A total of 386 applications were filed for copyright registration during the last week. The majority of applications were filed for literary works and artistic works. S. No Type of Work Number of Applications filed in the Previous Week (14th January, 2019 to 20th       January, 2019) Number of Applications filed in the Recent Week (21st January, 2019 to 27th       January, 2019) Change Percentage Change 1. Literary...

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Cricket – A Batsman’s Game (Mangoose Bat Patent)

This post was first published on 28th February, 2011. Nowadays, cricket is believed to be a batsman’s game. When people start playing cricket, they usually prefer to try their hands on batting more than bowling and fielding. This passion towards batting is one of the main reasons why today cricket pitches are mostly flat and batsman friendly. The international cricketers are no exception and they have tried various things with their bat to improve their batting performance, some of them were also in the midst of controversies. Controversies related to bat started in the match between Surrey v Hampshire on September 1771, when...

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A Writer by Any Other Name: Copyrights and Writers (Part 8)

Since the eighteenth century, writers have been writing under a name different from their given names. A few have chosen a different form of their own name, like a diminution or combination of their first, middle and last names. Others have chosen an entirely different name, far removed from their own. A few others have chosen a different name for each genre of their work, which has resulted in upto 11 personalities for some writers. Reasons for these pseudonyms or nom de plumes are many, including a foray into diverse genres, a need to conceal gender or legal identity, or...

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Open Science and its Facets – ICCIG 4 at IIM, Ahmedabad

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As a part of the Fourth International Conference on Creativity and Innovation at/for/from/with Grassroots [ICCIG 4] at IIM, Ahmedabad, Professor Arul George Scaria organized a session on 'Fostering Open Science.' I was fortunate to participate in the well organized panel discussion and learn from its proceedings. From my knowledge,Professor Arul is the only scholar in India researching on Open Science from the legal perspective. His emperical study driven report on Open Science will be released soon, and his insights about Open Science and its relevance in today's context were thought provoking. The extent of progress of the Open Science Movement...

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Weekly Trademark News: Ahmedabad Shopping Festival Trademark Row, Walt Disney and Reliance Retail Merchandise Collaboration, India’s First GI Store in Goa and Other News

Indian Trademark Statistics for January (Fourth Week), National IP Awards-2019, Las Vegas Resorts Settles Trademark Dispute, Popsugar Files Trademark for Twinning, Ahmedabad Shopping Festival Trademark Row Resolved and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Brands are avenues of value innovation in a creative engagement between companies and their customers” - Tenaya Group INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The Indian Trademark Office has had a mixed week. The total number of hearing notices issued by trademark office has increased by five hundred and seventy one percent (571%). The total number of registrations granted has increased...

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Innovation in Cricket – Snickometer Patent

This post was first published on 24th February, 2011. Cricket is said to be deeply rooted in tradition and considered to be a gentleman’s game. The game has undergone much transformation because of the innovation being implied into it. Innovation has touched the game in every field-the way game is played (20-20, ODI, Test), shape and size of bats, innovative batting and bowling techniques (the class of some individual genius like paddle sweep of Sachin Tendulkar, doosra of Saqlin Mustaq, Marillier shot of Douglas Marillier and so on) and so on. As innovative minds put their heads into the game, technology became...

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Indian Patent Deadlines may be extended if sufficient cause can be shown – Madras High Court

This post was first published on 20th February, 2011. In a recent decision, the Madras High Court has held that a petition for condonation of delay and extension for time filed within one (1) month of the expiry of the timeline for filing a PCT National Phase application must be considered by Indian Patent Office and decided on merits. The case went to the Madras High Court after the Deputy Controller rejected the condonation petition filed under Rules 137 and 138 of the Patents Rules with respect to a PCT National Phase application. As per Rule 20 of the Patents Rules,...

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