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Allergan ruling casts doubt on tribal patent strategy  
(Reuters , 18-Oct-2017 , The Times Of India)

A U.S. judge's ruling on Monday invalidating Allergan Plc's patents on its blockbuster $1.5 billion dry-eye medicine, Restasis, has cast doubt on the company's novel strategy to enlist a Native American tribe to help shield those patents from challenge by generic drugmakers, legal experts said. More...



India on radar as Trump aims for cheaper drugs?  
(TNN & Agencies , 18-Oct-2017 , The Times Of India)

United States President Donald Trump has promised to bring the cost of prescription drugs in the country "way down" and let other countries pay more for these medicines. More...



India-EU FTA: chief negotiators to meet mid-November  
(PTI , 17-Oct-2017 , The New Indian Express)

Chief negotiators for the proposed India-EU free trade agreement will meet in New Delhi next month to discuss the way forward for the resumption of the long-stalled talks over it. More...



India's Andhra Pradesh investigates planting of Monsanto's unapproved GM cotton
(Mayank Bhardwaj , 17-Oct-2017 , Business Insider)

One of India's biggest cotton-growing states has formed a panel to investigate how 15 percent of the state's cotton acreage has been planted with a non-approved genetically modified strain developed by Monsanto and may bring criminal charges. More...



Allergan's latest drug wheeze has bad side-effects
(Robert Cyran , 17-Oct-2017 , The Times Of India)

The firm's stock fell as much as 5 percent on Monday after a judge invalidated a key medication's intellectual property and called the company's plan to use a Native American tribe to protect the patents a "ploy." More...



MSF Challenges Patent to Pfizer Pneumococcal Vaccine
(TIS Staffer , 16-Oct-2017 , India Saga )

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders India has filed a petition before the High Court of Delhi to overturn the patent granted on the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) to the US pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer. More...



Dilip De gets copyright for his phablet art
(TNN , 16-Oct-2017 , The Times Of India)

A year after Creators Project (CP) -- launched by Intel and Vice Media to celebrate creativity -- recognised art collector Dilip De for his breakthrough in using a smartphone and stylus to create art, he has secured copyright registrations of his paintings in this "new school of art" from the Union commerce & industry ministry. More...



BlackBerry CEO says patent plans on track after departures
(Alastair Sharp , 16-Oct-2017 , The Times Of India)

BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen said on Monday the company's strategy for generating licensing revenue from its patent portfolio remains on track following the recent departures of two people from the team negotiating deals. More...



NSL to pursue intellectual property litigation with Monsanto
(Mayank Bhardwaj | Reuters | New Delhi , 16-Oct-2017 , Business Standard)

Monsanto is yet to settle the dispute with Sri Rama Agri Genetics, Amar Biotech and NSL along with two group companies, Prabhat Agri Biotech and Pravardhan Seeds More...



Left holds patent for outside support: Sitaram Yechury
(Manoj C G | New Delhi , 14-Oct-2017 , The Indian Express)

Sources in CPI(M) said Yechury is of the view that without an electoral alliance or front, CPI(M) should seek the cooperation of non-Left secular parties to defeat the BJP More...



Panacea Biotec, MSF India oppose Pfizer’s pneumonia vaccine patent
(Teena Thacker , 14-Oct-2017 , Livemint)

Panacea Biotec files a review petition with the patent office seeking revocation of the patent given to Pfizer; MSF India moves Delhi high court to overturn patent More...



BlackBerry patent licensing director says he has left company
(Alastair Sharp , 14-Oct-2017 , The Times Of India)

A key attorney executing BlackBerry Ltd's patent licensing strategy has left the company, the second recent departure from the team tasked with making money from the Canadian company's intellectual property. More...



Indian Patent Act achieved balance between drug innovators & public health: Dr BR Jagashetty
(Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru, , 13-Oct-2017 , Pharmabiz)

Indian Patent Act maintains a balance between the interest of the inventor of a drug and public health, said Dr BR Jagashetty, former National Adviser (Drugs Control) to MoHFW and CDSCO and former Karnataka state drugs controller. More...



Indigenous clean energy technologies showcased
(TNN , 12-Oct-2017 , The Times Of India)

The event focused on various topics, including CEERI's solar tree technology and CSIR-NCL's patent protected biodiesel technology, that are being piloted in Japan & US. More...



India-EU summit signals progress but no big results
(ET CONTRIBUTORS , 12-Oct-2017 , The Economic Times)

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, has described the EU and India as natural partners. More...



India renews commitment to WTO’s Doha agenda ahead of crucial meet
(FE Bureau | New Delhi , 12-Oct-2017 , The Financial Express)

India has reiterated its commitment towards a successful conclusion of the 2001 Doha Development Agenda and other issues of interest to developing countries at an informal gathering ahead of the next WTO ministerial More...



Tata Steel acquiring intellectual property rights from mining major Rio Tinto
(Rakhi Mazumdar , 11-Oct-2017 , The Economic Times)

Tata Steel could reduce the cost of making steel by 20% with the company acquiring intellectual property rights (IPR) for a technology from global metals and mining major, Rio Tinto More...



Suven spurts over 7% on securing product patent
(Our Bureau , 10-Oct-2017 , Business Line)

Shares of Suven Life Sciences surged over 7 per cent in Tuesday's trade as the company has received a patent from New Zealand for a drug used for the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



Malaysian CL on Hep C drug reignites discussion in India
(PT Jyothi Datta , 09-Oct-2017 , Business Line)

Last month, Malaysia issued a compulsory licence (CL) on multinational drugmaker Gilead's Hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir for government use. More...



Amazon files patent for deploying exclusive drones in India
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 9-Oct-2017 , Business Standard)

Firm says the proposed drones can also be used to identify other such objects, along with aircraft, plying within Indian skies More...



Patents allow increasing number of people access to cheaper medicines
(Jonathan Berger and Achal Prabhala , 9-Oct-2017 , Business Day)

Instead of impeding treatment roll-out, draft intellectual property law will stir up competition and cut prices More...



AP govt seeks legitimising cultivation of herbicide-tolerant GM cotton
(B Dasarath Reddy | Hyderabad , 08-Oct-2017 , Business Standard)

A group of Indian seed companies have also been engaged in legal battle with Monsanto over trait value among other patent-related claims More...



Honda Motor files patents for invention on automatic transmission vehicles
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 06-Oct-2017 , Business Standard)

Company has filed two applications, one for gear shift control device, another for a transmission control device for automatic transmission More...



India-EU FTA talks expected to move forward in next few days
(PTI , 06-Oct-2017 , The Press Trust of India)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today expressed hope that talks on free trade agreement (FTA) between EU and India will move forward in the next few days. More...



Experts see value of pharma patents in India can encourage research for novel drugs
(Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru, , 6-Oct-2017 , Pharmabiz)

The growing value of pharmaceutical patents in India has led to a paradigm-shift in the country’s strong research initiatives for novel drugs and innovative technology, according to experts. More...



Omkar Speciality soars after receiving patent
(Capital Market , 04-Oct-2017 , Business Standard)

Omkar Speciality Chemicals rose 12.29% to Rs 85 at 14:52 IST on BSE after the company said it was granted patent for process for terminal Dihaloalkane. More...



BlackBerry's patent strategy head exits, joins health tech firm - sources
(Reuters , 3-Oct-2017 , The Times Of India)

The man who was leading BlackBerry Ltd's efforts to make money from its patent portfolio has left to join a health technology company, two sources with knowledge of the move said on Monday. More...



Holding: Allergan exposes patent-reform quackery
(Reuters , 3-Oct-2017 , The Times Of India)

The $70 bln drugmaker's fishy deal with Native Americans may impede a U.S. tribunal from cracking down on such rights. More...



Free trade talks with EFTA grouping hit IPR, services wall
(Amiti Sen , 25-Sep-2017 , Business Line)

Switzerland insists on intellectual property commitments beyond TRIPS More...



Suven Life Science gets neuro patent from India, Japan
(PTI , 25-Sep-2017 , Business Line)

The patents are valid till 2027 and 2032, respectively. More...



Patent, trademark filings have risen sharply: DIPP
(Our Bureau , 22-Sep-2017 , Business Line)

After the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) streamlined and installed processes, patent and trademark filing has risen sharply. In FY16, there was a jump of almost 35 per cent in trademark filings; in FY18, there is almost a 6 per cent jump, said Rajiv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, DIPP. More...



US offers to host trade policy forum with India next month
(Amiti Sen , 22-Sep-2017 , Business Line)

The US is also keen to discuss IPR issues and nudge India to make its patent laws more favourable for patent holders by going beyond its commitment made in the global TRIPS (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) agreement. More...



Nokia set to get sales boost after smartphone patent ruling
(Reuters | Helsinki (finland) , 18-Sep-2017 , The Indian Express)

We believe that this award confirms the quality of Nokia’s patent portfolio. More...



How pharma firms stretch their patents
((New Delhi edition) , 17-Sep-2017 , The Times of India)

Medicines are a big business, and a highly profitable one at that, but the key to maintaining super profits is to keep your patents alive for as long as possible. Leading pharma companies do it in a number of fair and unfair ways, an article in Statnews points out. More...



Indivior in battle to protect opioid treatment from rivals
(Alex Ralph , 16-Sep-2017 , The Times)

A British drugs company reliant on sales of a treatment for opioid addiction has started legal action against competitors seeking approval for generic versions. More...



Setback for Dr Reddy’s Labs, Mylan, others as Indivior files patent suits over Suboxone
(FE Bureau | Hyderabad , 16-Sep-2017 , The Financial Express)

US-based Indivior has filed patent lawsuits against the generic rivals like Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Actavis, Par, Alvogen, Teva and Mylan for an alleged infringement of patents relating to their respective proposed generic versions of Suboxone. More...



Dr Reddy's Lab slides after reports of Indivior filing patent lawsuits
(Capital Market , 15-Sep-2017 , Business Standard)

Dr Reddy's Laboratories dropped 1.83% to Rs 2,207.75 at 14:00 IST on BSE after report suggested that Indivior Plc., the UK drug firm has filed patent lawsuits against the company, Teva and Mylan. More...



West Bengal government eyes GI tag for Kolkatti jewellery
(Sutanuka Ghosal , 15-Sep-2017 , The Economic Times)

For Aishwarya Rai in Tagore’s Chokher Bali, the late Rituparno Ghosh had chosen ageless Bengali jewellery that burnished the allure of the widowed Binodini in the eyes of the married landlord, Mahendra. More...



Strong IP standards can lead to innovation, which, in turn, can lead to jobs and growth
(Hemal Shah , 14-Sep-2017 , The Economic Times)

When it comes to promoting innovation, India is already taking the lead among emerging economies. More...



US asks India to open market, address trade imbalance
( PTI | Washington , 13-Sep-2017 , Financial Express)

The US today asked India to open its market for American firms and address the rising trade imbalance between the two countries while taking steps to protect intellectual property rights. More...



U.S. tribal patent deal could have big impact on generic drug market
(Reuters , 12-Sep-2017 , Business Standard)

A groundbreaking deal between Allergan Plc and a Native American tribe to shield the company's patents in administrative proceedings could also be used be to protect them from challenges in federal court, legal experts said, potentially dealing a blow to generic competition. More...



Patent to Pfizer could delay Indian vaccines for pneumonia
(Abhineet Kumar & Aneesh Phadnis | Mumbai , 12-Sep-2017 , Business Standard)

The vaccine, called PCV13 and marketed as Prevnar13, provides protection against 13 strains of streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria More...



Amit Shah asks business organisations to focus on obtaining patents
(Rishi Sankhla , 11-Sep-2017 , The Indian Wire)

Amit Shah said Indian companies should focus on obtaining patents and creating their own IPR so that the wealth created remains in India. More...



Demonetisation, GST fostered trademark protection awareness in India
(Virendra Singh Rawat | Lucknow , 10-Sep-2017 , Business Standard)

Huge qualitative improvement seen in filing of trademark applications by firms, says senior official More...



Amit Shah urges Indian firms to focus on IPR, patents
(ET Bureau , 10-Sep-2017 , The Economic Times)

BJP president Amit Shah said Indian companies and business organisations should focus on obtaining patents and creating their own Intellectual Property Rights so that the wealth created by them remains within the country. More...



Allergan in patent deal with Mohawk tribe over eye drug
(Reuters , 8-Sep-2017 , The Times Of India)

Drugmaker's shares up 1.7 pct at $231.89 More...



Facebook seeks patent for innovation tailored to recognise gestures
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 8-Sep-2017 , Business Standard)

Objects to be tracked using light detection device More...



Need to develop IPR in aerospace sector: Air Force Vice Chief S B Deo
(PTI , 07-Sep-2017 , The Economic Times)

India is "lazy" in developing intellectual property rights in the aerospace sector and will be at the mercy of foreign manufacturers if it does not work on indigenous technologies, a top Air Force official said today. More...



India grants patent to Pfizer’s anti-pneumonia drug
(Rupali Mukherjee , 7-Sep-2017 , The Times Of India)

Hopes for improved access to an affordable pneumococcal vaccine that safeguards both children and adults from pneumonia, has suffered a major blow in the wake of the Indian patent office granting a patent to the US drug major Pfizer, for its PCV13 product, marketed as Prevnar13 More...



Dr Reddy’s launches 2 drugs in US mkt
(THE HANS INDIA , 7-Sep-2017 , THE HANS INDIA)

City-based Dr Reddy's Laboratories Limited announced on Wednesday that it has launched anti-depressant, Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended Release Tablets, 150 mg and 300 mg, as well as muscle relaxant drug Metaxalone in the US. More...



Trade mark protection a must, says official
( Special Correspondent , 6-Sep-2017 , The Hindu)

Trade mark protection is a must as per Madrid Protocol to protect Intellectual Property Rights, said R.A. Tiwari, Deputy Registrar of Trade Marks and GI (Intellectual Property Office (IPO), Government of India). More...



Startups get 80% rebate on patent fee
(Ruchika Chitravanshi , 5-Sep-2017 , The Times Of India)

More domestic and foreign startups will now be able to access the fast-track mechanism for filing patents, which will drastically cut down the time taken to obtain these rights. More...



Centre launches social media campaign to promote Indian GIs
(IANS | New Delhi , 5-Sep-2017 , The Indian Express)

The initiative, designed to make more people aware about the importance of Intellectual property rights, has been launched under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), a Commerce Ministry statement said here. More...



CIPAM-DIPP launches social media campaign to promote Geographical Indications
(Capital Market , 05-Sep-2017 , Business Standard)

The Cell for IPR Promotions & Management (CIPAM) under the aegis of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has launched a social media campaign to promote Indian Geographical Indications (GIs) with #LetsTalkIP which is an ongoing movement initiated by CIPAM to make more people aware about the importance of Intellectual Property Rights. More...



Startups get 80% rebate on patent fee
(Ruchika Chitravanshi , 5-Sep-2017 , The Economic Times)

More domestic and foreign startups will now be able to access the fast-track mechanism for filing patents, which will drastically cut down the time taken to obtain these rights. More...



Indian-origin Vasant Narasimhan to head $48 billion pharma giant Novartis
(Aneesh Phadnis | Mumbai , 5-Sep-2017 , Business Standard)

At present, he holds the post of global head of drug development and chief medical officer More...



Suresh Prabhu at Commerce Ministry: 5 points that make new minister’s task tough
(Banikinkar Pattanayak | New Delhi , 04-Sep-2017 , The Financial Express)

At the same time, India has to resist pressure from developed countries for going beyond TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and IT agreement, and including e-commerce on the WTO agenda. More...



DIPP launches social media campaign to promote GIs
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 04-Sep-2017 , Business Standard)

Cell for IPR Promotions and Management (CIPAM) has launched a social media campaign to promote Indian Geographical Indications to make more people aware about the importance of intellectual property rights (IPRs), the commerce and industry ministry said today. More...



U.S. court rules in favour of Dr. Reddy’s in patent litigation
(Special Correspondent , 1-Sep-2017 , The Hindu)

Overrules Indivior’s infringment claim on proposed generic version of Suboxone More...



My legal victory is in deference to producers as a fraternity’, says Rajiv Rai after winning a copyright battle
(Subhash K Jha , 1-Sep-2017 , DNA)

Says Rajiv Rai, who has just won a copyright battle More...



Switzerland for early India-EFTA pact
( Special Correspondent , 1-Sep-2017 , The Hindu)

The early conclusion of the proposed Free Trade Agreement(FTA) between India and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as well as an investment protection framework would boost economic ties between the two sides, said Switzerland President Doris Leuthard on Friday. More...



India’s public health and the looming threat of US pharma giants
(D. Ravi Kanth , 30-Aug-2017 , Livemint)

India has an opportunity to squash criticism to squash criticism of global health pressure groups by issuing a compulsory licence to Pfizer vaccine. Otherwise, it would be seen as ready to genuflect to the diktats of American lobbies More...



GI tag sought for Bengal’s lightweight gold jewellery
(Our Bureau , 30-Aug-2017 , Business Line)

The lightweight traditional gold jewellery of Bengal, popularly known as ‘Kolkati’, might soon bag a GI (geographical indication) tag. More...



Chicken and veg offerings to replace IKEA's trademark beef and pork meatballs in India
(Rasul Bailay , 30-Aug-2017 , The Economic Times)

The world's biggest furniture retailer IKEA is also a top restaurateur, and its characteristically Swedish menu helps sustain the stamina of shoppers at the giant DIY stores. More...



Medecins Sans Frontieres to legally challenge Pfizer’s patent on pneumonia vaccine
(Teena Thacker , 29-Aug-2017 , Livemint)

Medecins Sans Frontieres also raises the matter with the government, urging it to issue a compulsory licence for Pfizer’S pneumonia vaccine More...



Mersal becomes the first south Indian movie to get trademarked
(M Suganth , 29-Aug-2017 , The Times Of India)

Only recently, Vijay's Mersal became the first south Indian movie to get an emoji on Twitter. More...



India grants Pfizer patent for pneumonia vaccine
(Teena Thacker , 23-Aug-2017 , Livemint)

India has granted Pfizer a patent for Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine, in spite of opposition from the heath group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) More...



Eisai Pharma introduces anti-epileptic drug at India-specific price
(Our Bureau , 23-Aug-2017 , Business Line)

The drug is priced at less than one dollar a tablet as compared to $12 to $15 in the United States and Europe More...



In praise of branded generics: breaking some myths
(Abhay Pandey, V.T. Bharadwaj , 23-Aug-2017 , Livemint)

Arguments against branded generics are built on emotions rather than facts—making them very social media friendly—but maybe not reflecting reality More...



Government to ensure protection of film, music intellectual property rights: Nirmala Sitharaman
(PTI , 22-Aug-2017 , The New Indian Express)

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the government will ensure protection of intellectual property rights of film and music industry as any kind of piracy is "absolutely unacceptable". More...



Piracy, copyright violation sources of terror funding: Rajnath Singh
(PTI | New Delhi , 22-Aug-2017 , The Indian Express)

Delivering a keynote speech during the 'National Workshop on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights', Singh asked agencies like the police and the customs department "not (to) take lightly" these violations as they have direct links with public safety and security of the country. More...



Draft pharma policy to further ease of doing business & Make in India programmes
(Laxmi Yadav, Mumbai , 21-Aug-2017 , Pharmabiz)

The draft Pharmaceutical Policy proposed by the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), if accepted, would significantly contribute to furthering Prime Minister's key initiatives-- ease of doing business in the pharmaceutical sector and Make in India programme. More...



Suven Life Sciences gets product patents for neurodegenerative drug
(PTI , 17-Aug-2017 , Livemint)

Suven Life Sciences has been granted a patent each by Europe, Japan and New Zealand for a drug used in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases More...



Draft pharma policy dilutes powers of pricing regulator
(Aesha Datta , 17-Aug-2017 , Business Line)

The NPPA cannot revise the price of a drug once fixed, nor cap the prices of in-patent medicines More...



India-Sweden MoU on IPRs to benefit SMEs: Govt
(Rituparna Kakati , 17-Aug-2017 , SME Times)

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Sweden that seeks to spread awareness about best practices in the field among small and medium enterprises (SMEs), stated an official release. More...



Patent granted in record 113 days, down from 6 yrs
(Rupali Mukherjee , 16-Aug-2017 , The Times Of India)

Patent offices in India, traditionally known to be long-winding and tardy, are witnessing a major overhaul. More...



Spices Board and J&K government to work for GI tag for Kashmir saffron
(ET Bureau , 16-Aug-2017 , The Economic Times)

Spices Board has teamed up with the Jammu and Kashmir government to boost production and improve value addition of saffron for its consumption and trading in both domestic and international markets. More...



Motorola could launch smartphone with self-healing screen: Report
(Tech Desk | New Delhi , 16-Aug-2017 , The Indian Express)

A patent first spotted by SlashGear shows that Motorola has designed a self-healing technology, which would detect a crack in the display and notify the user. More...



Cabinet clears India, Sweden MoU signing on intellectual property right cooperation
( PTI , 16-Aug-2017 , The New Indian Express)

The Union Cabinet today cleared MoU signing between India and Sweden on intellectual property right (IPR) cooperation, aimed at benefiting entrepreneurs, investors and businesses. More...



Granules, Hetero in patent battle with Takeda Pharma
(M SOMASEKHAR , 15-Aug-2017 , Business Line)

Global drug major Takeda Pharmaceuticals has dragged two Indian drug firms — Granules India and Hetero Drugs — to court over charges of patent infringement of its drug to treat Gout and Familial Mediterranean Fever. More...



Can a stronger IPR regime hurt India's push for generics?
(Sayan Ghosal , 13-Aug-2017 , Business Standard)

Such move will cause more litigation over patents, having impact on local manufacturers: Critics More...



Patent Battle Over Breast Cancer Drug: Roche Withdraws Its SLP Against Delhi High Court’s Approval To Biosimilars.
(Live Law News Network , 13-Aug-2017 , LiveLaw)

Swiss Pharma major, Roche has withdrawn its Special Leave Petition filed in the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court’s March 3 decision, rejecting its challenge to the grant of approval to drug companies, Biocon and Mylan, to use product data f... More...



Patent Battle Over Breast Cancer Drug: Roche Withdraws Its SLP Against Delhi High Court’s Approval To Biosimilars
(Live Law News Network , 13-Aug-2017 , LiveLaw)

Swiss Pharma major, Roche has withdrawn its Special Leave Petition filed in the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court’s March 3 decision, rejecting its challenge to the grant of approval to drug companies, Biocon and Mylan, to use product data f... More...



Move from patented drugs to generics, says Economic Survey Volume-2
(Veena Mani | New Delhi , 12-Aug-2017 , Business Standard)

Healthcare activists believe such a move would break the corporate-doctor nexus More...



Economic Survey says India faces health care challenges on multiple fronts
(Neetu Chandra Sharma , 12-Aug-2017 , Livemint)

The patent drugs and medicine providers in India are large players, enjoy a monopoly position, and so make excess profits at the cost of the consumer. More...



IPR laws will help Ericsson grow in India
(Varun Aggarwal , 09-Aug-2017 , Business Line)

Despite getting entangled in legal cases against Indian handset manufacturers over licensing issues of its IPR, Ericsson is confident that Indian Intellectual Property Rights laws will help the company grow in India. In an interview with BusinessLine, Dina Kallay, Head of Antitrust (IPR, Americas & Asia-Pacific) at Ericsson, talked about how the new Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licensing will unleash the deployment of 5G in India. More...



Hilsa fish now a cerified unique product of Bangladesh
(TIMESOFINDIA.COM , 09-Aug-2017 , The Times Of India)

Hilsa fish has been accorded geographical identification (GI), which has tagged the fish as a Bangladeshi product More...



Post Startup India, 2,200 ventures get DIPP stamp
(Ruchika Chitravanshi , 8-Aug-2017 , The Times Of India)

Over 2,196 new ventures have been recognised by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) since the launch of Startup India, easing patent filing and credit availability for them. More...



Health ministry warns on rushed implementation of generics plan
(Teena Thacker , 8-Aug-2017 , Livemint)

The health ministry says the prime minister’s idea of pushing generics should be implemented carefully to ensure the right quantity and quality of medicines are available More...



Delhi High Court imposes Rs 20,000 cost on Nitish Kumar in copyright case
(PTI , 04-Aug-2017 , The New Indian Express)

The Delhi High Court has dismissed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's plea to delete his name as a defendant from a lawsuit on copyright violation filed by a former JNU scholar-turned-politician, and imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on him. More...



Kolkata scientist develops non-invasive device to detect anaemia and more
(Sumati Yengkhom , 4-Aug-2017 , The Times Of India)

A city-based scientist has developed a device that will detect anaemia, jaundice and oxygen level in a fraction of a second without using a needle. More...



Anju Modi, Anita Dongre patent their collections, lawyer says designers are finally becoming aware of copyright laws
(Divya Kaushik | TNN , 3-Aug-2017 , The Times Of India)

Due steps have been taken to protect our IP. More...



GI tag need of the hour, feel Chirala silk weavers
( S. Murali , 2-Aug-2017 , The Hindu)

Inheritors of the centuries-old legacy say it will add value to their product and increase visibility More...



Odisha govt to approach CTTC to file GI tag for rasagolla
(Minati Singha , 02-Aug-2017 , The Times Of India)

Odisha government has decided to approach the Central Tool room and Training Centre (CTTC) for filing application seeking Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Odisha's popular sweet dish Rasagolla. More...



International evidence suggests we understand, embrace and protect intellectual property rights
(Ashish Bharadwaj & Punkhuri Chawla , 2-Aug-2017 , Financial Express)

International evidence suggests we understand, embrace and protect IPRs More...



PU hikes revenue share of inventors
(TNN , 2-Aug-2017 , The Times Of India)

The Panjab University Board of Finance has approved a new formula for the sharing of revenue from intellectual property rights (IPR). More...



Medicines in India likely to be costlier due to RCEP trade pact
(Jyotsna Singh , 2-Aug-2017 , DNA)

However, the key issues holding the final text of these negotiations don’t seem to be getting resolved. More...



Toilet Ek Prem Katha makers argue in copyright case
(IANS | Jaipur , 31-Jul-2017 , The Indian Express)

A local court here on Monday heard in part the arguments in a case of violation of the Copyright Act by makers of Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. More...



Income earned from registered patents is taxed at a concessional rate
(Parizad Sirwalla , 31-Jul-2017 , Livemint)

If the patent is registered under the Patents Act, 1971, a concessional tax rate could be claimed under section 115BBF of the Income Tax Act, 1961 More...



India’s proposed Intellectual Property Exchange could help determine quality of patents
(Ashish Bharadwaj and Punkhuri Chawla , 31-Jul-2017 , Hindustan Times)

Several firms in telecommunication, especially SMEs and startups, that have struggled to pay desired royalties to use essential patents can build new and expand existing IP portfolios, which can facilitate cross-licensing deals with other patent holders More...



Trade policy forum meeting between India, US unlikely to be held this year
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 31-Jul-2017 , Livemint)

The annual India-US trade policy forum meeting may not be held this year, amid a growing feeling in the US that such high-level talks have not delivered intended results More...



Compulsory licence must to make drugs affordable
(Rohit P.S. , 30-Jul-2017 , The Hindu)

His leaks in 2016 had set the tone for protests against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). More...



No logic in extending length of patents
(Feroz Ali, Roshan John , 28-Jul-2017 , Livemint)

Granting a longer term for pharmaceutical patents will result in delays in the entry of generic versions and could adversely affect access to medicines More...



Rohit Bal becomes the first designer to patent and copyright his entire collection
(Shashi Sunny , 28-Jul-2017 , The Economic Times)

Designer Rohit Bal hosted an intimate Kashmiri wazwan (ceremonial feast) for his close friends, home-cooked by his personal chef, Phoolchand, in New Delhi recently. More...



What’s at stake in Hyderabad
( Feroz Ali , 28-Jul-2017 , The Hindu)

India must counter Japan’s U.S.-style pressure at the RCEP talks and ensure affordable generic medicines More...



IMA registers its trademark for allopathic doctors
(Express News Service | Mumbai , 28-Jul-2017 , The Indian Express)

The IMA is now raising awareness about the trademark, a red cross with Dr written at the centre, amongst patients and the medical community. More...



Thaana Serndha Kootam song Naana Thaana: This song featuring Suriya is a trademark Anirudh Ravichander track
(Ashameera Aiyappan | Chennai , 28-Jul-2017 , The Indian Express)

Naana Thaana Veena Pona, a fun single track from Suriya’s Thaana Serndha Kootam was launched on Thursday on the music streaming platform Saavn. More...



India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0 top winners announced
(ANI , 26-Jul-2017 , Outlook)

The winners from the University Challenge and Open Innovation Challenge of the India Innovation Growth Programme 20 (IIGP 20) were announced in New Delhi today Over 1300 applications for innovative ideas across social and industrial sectors were received More...



Toilet Ek Prem Katha: Court demands a reply from makers in copyright case
(IANS | Jaipur , 26-Jul-2017 , The Indian Express)

The makers of actor Akshay Kumar's Toilet: Ek Prem Katha have been asked by the local court to file a reply to the charge of violation of the Copyright Act by July 31. More...



Microsoft patent reveals 'Surface Microsoft patent reveals Surface Phone coming soon' coming soon
(IANS , 25-Jul-2017 , India Today)

Even though Microsoft has reported a fall in Surface PC line and Windows phones revenues, the Redmond-based tech giant is aiming for new devices called "Surface Phones" and has made its patent public. More...



A Trade Deal Could Hit Affordable & Generic Medicines in India. Here’s What You Need to Know
( Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) , 25-Jul-2017 , The BetterIndia)

Ironically, the venue is the city of Hyderabad – the hub of the Indian generic industry – which will host the intellectual property (IP) negotiations that seek to curb the ability of Indian manufacturers to deliver lifesaving medicines to the world. More...



India: Section 3(D) Of The Patents Act, 1970 (As Amended): A Deeming Provision!
(Dinesh Kumar Sharma LexOrbis , 24-Jul-2017 , mondaq)

Ambiguous and inconsistent standards regarding interpretation of Section 3(d) of the Patents Act, 1970, as amended by the Patents (Amendment) Act, 2005, a provision peculiar to Indian law, has remained a key issue in India. More...



Patents boost to offset weak networks for Nokia
(Reuters , 24-Jul-2017 , The Times Of India)

Telecoms gear maker Nokia is likely to see a boost to quarterly earnings on Thursday from a recent patent licensing deal with Apple that offsets weak demand in its main equipment business from network operators. More...



Facebook working on a modular smartphone, reveals patent
(Tech Desk | New Delhi , 23-Jul-2017 , The Indian Express)

Facebook may be working on a smartphone that could be modular in nature. More...



Suven Life secures neuro drug patent from Australia
(PTI , 21-Jul-2017 , The Economic Times)

Suven Life SciencesBSE 0.35 % has been granted a patent from Australia for a drug used in the treatment of disorders associated with neurodegenerative diseases. More...



India Copyright Board and IPAB to merge completely by year-end: Official
(PTI , 22-Jul-2017 , The New Indian Express)

The copyright board and the intellectual property appellate board (IPAB) is in the process of merging and will be fully functional by the end of this year, a senior government official said here today. More...



Roche's new breast cancer drug that could cut treatment time denied patent
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 21-Jul-2017 , Business Standard)

Roche has filed for a patent for its new drug formulation meant for subcutaneous administration More...



Pfizer shares downgraded because Viagra patent is expiring later this year
(Tae Kim , 21-Jul-2017 , CNBC)

The firm believes the drugmaker will suffer from the patent expirations of its key drugs such as Viagra and Lyrica in the next 18 months. More...



Pfizer nears patent cliff, Credit Suisse downgrades to "neutral"
(Reuters , 20-Jul-2017 , The Times Of India)

Pfizer flat early Thurs as Credit Suisse downgrades to neutral from outperform, lowers PT to $36 from $38 More...



Emergent Biosolutions to acquire Raxibacumab from GSK
(Reuters , 20-Jul-2017 , The Times Of India)

Emergent Biosolutions to acquire Raxibacumab, an FDA-approved Anthrax monoclonal antibody, from GSK More...



Course correction in place before WTO meeting: India
(D. Ravi Kanth , 20-Jul-2017 , Livemint)

Nirmala Sitharaman says there is a genuine ‘course correction’ in place for delivering results on mandated issues at the WTO’s 11th ministerial meeting in December More...



Now, IPR on law varsity's curricula
(Debasish Konar , 20-Jul-2017 , The Times Of India)

NUJS will launch a year-long postgraduate diploma course on intellectual property rights (IPR) this month.Professor P Ishwara Bhat, VC of NUJS, said it's the first university in eastern India to offer such a course since demand for IPR is on the rise. More...



Unfair or abusive? IPR rhetoric in India must be echoed by CCI
(Avirup Bose, CCI , 20-Jul-2017 , Financial Express)

India’s IPR rhetoric needs to be echoed by Competition Commission of India. More...



DIPP inks pact with a Punjab institute to set up TISC
(PTI , 13-Jul-2017 , The Times Of India)

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) today signed a pact with a Punjab state council to set up Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC). More...



ASG advises Centre to clarify law over cotton seed prices
(Dilip Kumar Jha | Mumbai , 13-Jul-2017 , Business Standard)

Existing deadlock renders future investments in the sector uncertain, say industry players More...



Kumar Vishwas offers to pay Rs 32 after Amitabh Bachchan sends copyright infringement notice
(TIMESOFINDIA.COM , 12-Jul-2017 , The Times of India)

Actor Amitabh Bachchan sent a legal notice to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, accusing him of "copyright infringement" for unauthorised use of a poem penned by his late father, the poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, in a video paying tribute to renowned Hindi poets. More...



Indian doctors get US patent for hair regrowth
(THE HANS INDIA , 11-Jul-2017 , THE HANS INDIA )

Indian plastic surgeon, Dr Debraj Shome and Cosmetic dermatologist, Dr Rinky Kapoor, have just been awarded a US patent for a molecule - QR 678 - that treats hair loss in patients, injected intradermally into an affected area of the scalp of the patient. The molecule stimulates hair follicles and promotes hair growth. More...



Robots set to become integral part of Indian hospitals' surgery rooms in future
(Laxmi Yadav, Mumbai , 10-Jul-2017 , Pharmabiz)

With the rise in demand for minimal invasive surgeries in the country, surgical robots are set to become integral part of surgery rooms of Indian hospitals in coming years. More...



Wisconsin Indian tribe challenges Oneida Nation trademarks
(Greg Mason , 9-Jul-2017 , Times Telegram)

The Oneida Indian Nation called it “unfortunate, but not surprising” that a Wisconsin-based Oneida Indian tribe would challenge the Nation’s trademark rights. More...



Uber-Alphabet legal tussle over patent escalates
( Indo-Asian News Service , 9-Jul-2017 , India.com)

Uber views these depositions as critical information to determining Alphabet's motivation behind the lawsuit and whether it was simply a tactic to delay the development of its self-driving vehicle technology. More...



Pattern on Mother Teresa sari now a registered trademark
(Jayanta Gupta , 6-Jul-2017 , Times of India)

The characteristic blue and white stripes that the world associates with Mother Teresa can no longer be used either on attire or items of stationery without the permission of the Missionaries of Charity. The unique pattern is now a registered trademark with the government of India's Trade Marks Registry. Any violation can invite prosecution. More...



GST: CGST won’t apply on items not registered under trademark law
(05-Jul-2017 , Live Mint)

The finance ministry on Wednesday said that 5% central goods and services tax (CGST) will not apply on products that are not registered under the Trade Marks Act. More...



Xiaomi to acquire key Nokia patents
(05-Jul-2017 , The Economic Times )

NEW DELHI: In a strategic move, Chinese tech major Xiaomi and Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia on Wednesday signed an agreement for business collaboration and patent licencing where Xiaomi will acquire key patent assets from Nokia. More...



India: Compulsory License Of Copyright Work
(N. Mahabir , 03-Jul-2017 , Mondaq)

Copyright is the monopoly granted in exchange or as a quid pro quo for disclosure of work. More...



India may get Intellectual Property Exchange soon
(Jyotika Sood, Priyanka Mittal , 3-Jul-2017 , Livemint)

The Intellectual Property Exchange will enable individuals and commercial entities both in India and overseas to buy and sell IP rights across various sectors More...



Government eases process to seek CRI patents, revised norms out
(PTI | New Delhi , 02-Jul-2017 , The Indian Express)

The Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) came out with revised guidelines on June 30 for examination of CRIs as there were concerns on the general rules released in February last year More...



India Patent Office reissues norms for software patenting
(PTI , 30-Jun-2017 , India Today)

The Indian Patent Office has again issued guidelines on examination of computer-related inventions (CRIs) such as software programmes. More...



USFDA’s off-patent drugs list may not offer much to Indian firms
(Isha Trivedi , 29-Jun-2017 , Livemint)

USFDA’s list of off-patent branded drugs, published to encourage competition for their generic versions, is unlikely to offer much to Indian pharmaceutical firms More...



Chennai office rejects Tencent's patent application for online ads
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 28-Jun-2017 , Business Standard)

Says Tencent's method is a mere software application, and hence is not patentable More...



US turns screws on India over patent laws
(Nayanima Basu , 27-Jun-2017 , Business Line)

Big-ticket investments by the US could hinge on India taking positive steps on this front More...



Intellectual property: Why India has a long way to go in reforming IPR policy
(Ajay Batra , 27-Jun-2017 , The Financial Express)

An intellectual property (IP)-intensive skilled worker earns 40% premium than her peers who either serve products or services from IPR-sensitive industries in the developed economies of the US and EU. More...



For innovation’s sake
(Patrick Kilbride , 26-Jun-2017 , The Indian Express)

Working together, the US and Indian governments have the opportunity to begin bilateral relationships afresh and move forward in the global economy together. More...



In Mumbai, Taj Palace gets a trademark
(Lalatendu Mishra , 25-Jun-2017 , The Hindu)

India’s Trade Mark Registry has assigned an image trademark to Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace hotel. More...



What Narendra Modi may offer in exchange for Donald Trump’s goodwill
(D. Ravi Kanth , 24-Jun-2017 , Livemint)

The deliverables demanded by the US include further concessions on the intellectual property front, such as TRIPS-plus (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) commitments and market access for several health-related products, technologies and other hi-tech items. More...



MSF urges Modi to withstand US pressure to change India's IP laws
(Joe C Mathew New Delhi , 23-Jun-2017 , Business Today)

Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) has urged India to withstand U.S. pressure to change its drug regulatory and patent system as it could result in millions of people in the U.S. and around the world losing their lifeline of affordable medicines. More...



Poly Medicure wins patent battle against B. Braun over IV catheters
(Urvashi Valecha , 23-Jun-2017 , Business Line)

Domestic medical devices maker Poly Medicure has won a patent battle against German major B. Braun Melsungen on IV catheters. More...



DIPP forms six groups for preparing new industrial policy
(PTI , 21-Jun-2017 , The New Indian Express)

The commerce and industry ministry has constituted six groups for preparing a framework for the country's new industrial policy that includes taxation, MSME and innovation, among others. More...



Image trademark for Taj Mumbai: Smart or senseless?
(Sandeep Goyal & Carol Goyal , 21-Jun-2017 , Business Standard)

Indian hotels took the precaution of protecting goodwill of the hotel as a means of good governance More...



GI tag for 100 agricultural products a distant dream
(Vikram Sharma Tribune News Service , 21-Jun-2017 , The Tribune )

The government’s claim to bring 100 agricultural products of the state under geographical indication (GI) to avoid misbranding of unique local products has fallen flat as the process is yet to start. More...



Low wages push this art of hand-woven saris to the brink
(Snehlata Shrivastav | TNN , 20-Jun-2017 , The Times Of India)

The Karvat Kathi sari from Vidarbha's Bhandara and Nagpur districts have got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag and bagged national and international recognition, thanks to the efforts of the Maharashtra State Handloom Corporation Ltd (MSHC). More...



114-year-old Taj Palace becomes first Indian building to get trademark
(Reeba Zachariah & Vipashana V K , 19-Jun-2017 , The Times of India)

This makes the 114-year-old building the first in the country to get such a registration. More...



Nissan seeks autonomous vehicle patents in India
(Sanjay Vijayakumar , 18-Jun-2017 , The Hindu)

The technology will help a car sense road conditions More...



IIT scientists present India's first 5G patent before global body
(Vishwa Mohan | TNN , 16-Jun-2017 , The Times Of India)

With India gearing up for the commercial roll out of 5G (high speed fifth generation of wireless networks) by 2020, scientists at IIT Hyderabad and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT), an R&D society under IIT Madras, have tabled the country's first 5G patent before an international body that defines the global cellular radio standards for different generations of wireless network. More...



Promoting innovation: Moving towards a better intellectual property regime
(VK Unni, Professor, IIM Calcutta , 15-Jun-2017 , Financial Express)

The economic growth of a country is heavily dependent on the culture of innovation and creativity that it has developed. Systematic implementation of innovative ideas results in the availability of better goods and services, which, in turn, benefit consumers. More...



Suven secures product patents from US, Australia
(Swati Rathor , 13-Jun-2017 , The Times Of India)

City-based pharma player Suven Life Sciences Ltd (Suven) on Tuesday announced that it has been granted one product patent each by Australia and the US corresponding to new chemical entities (NCEs) for the treatment of disorders associated with neurodegenerative diseases. More...



US Supreme Court to rule on legality of patent review system
(Reuters , 13-Jun-2017 , The Financial Express)

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a federal administrative process frequently used by technology companies to ward off patent infringement lawsuits violates the constitutional rights of patent owners. More...



Fate of pending ‘slaughter’ patents hangs in balance
(Sanjay Vijayakumar , 12-Jun-2017 , The Hindu)

New cattle trade rules cast shadow over ‘patentability’ of devices, processes More...



Gufic Bio: Patent wins may keep it healthy
(05-Jun-2017 , Business Line)

Gufic Biosciences has received two patent certificates from the Intellectual Property India. More...



Facebook seeks India payment system patent
(Sanjay Vijayakumar , 04-Jun-2017 , The Hindu)

Facebook has sought an Indian patent for its electronic payment system enabled through messaging. More...



Amazon files patent application in India for tech related to drone safety
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 2-Jun-2017 , Business Standard)

This comes as the e-commerce major is working on Amazon Prime Air More...



Will GM mustard be able to survive the challenges ahead after approval?
(HARI PULAKKAT , 01-Jun-2017 , The Economic Times)

Balwinder Singh Kang had been a farmer for over three decades. He cultivates cotton, wheat, vegetables and mustard at Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, but the mustard crop had been troublesome for him in recent times. More...



New twist in fight over patent on cancer drug
(Rupali Mukherjee , 01-Jun-2017 , The Times Of India)

The fight for a patent on a steeply-priced wonder drug, Xtandi (enzalutamide) used in prostate cancer has taken an interesting turn, with a clutch of civil society organisations including Union for Affordable Cancer treatment, and Health Global Access Project, urging University of California to withdraw its case and cease efforts to obtain a patent in India. More...



Drug costs: Patent delinkage no panacea
(: Nilanjan Banik and Philip Stevens , 01-Jun-2017 , Financial Express)

Leaving drug development to the public sector will not help improve access to medicines; rather, it could impede it. More...



MSF fears some provisions in India-EFTA trade talks will erode India’s ability to supply generic drugs across developing world
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 31-May-2017 , Pharmabiz)

Even as trade talks between India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein resume in Liechtenstein, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has expressed concern over some of the provisions in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which will erode India’s ability to produce and supply generic medicines for people across the developing world. More...



Civil society organizations ask University of California to withdraw efforts to obtain patent on prostate cancer drug enzalutamide in India
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 29-May-2017 , Pharmabiz)

A group of 56 civil society organizations, the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment and academic experts have called upon Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California, and the Board of Regents to withdraw efforts to obtain a patent on the prostate cancer drug enzalutamide (brand name Xtandi) in India as the grant of a patent on enzalutamide in India would prevent generic competitors from supplying the drug at an affordable price, both in India and in other countries where there is no patent, or where Astellas has abused its patent rights by charging prices that are excessive and create access barriers for this important drug. More...



Facebook seeks to up-end digital payment market
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 26-May-2017 , Business Standard)

Facebook's entry into digital payments could spark an upheaval in the segment in India More...



Tracing feni's footsteps, cashew candy too seeks GI nod
(Nida Sayed , 24-May-2017 , The Times of India)

With feni being granted Geographical Indication (GI) status a few years ago, the ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute (CCARI) is in the process of acquiring an identical status for its “cashew candy” - a dry fruit that they have manufactured from the fruit’s apple. More...



RCEP deliberations: Negotiations for service sector getting tighter, slower, says Nirmala Sitharaman
(ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi , 24-May-2017 , The Indian Express)

There is some kind of a campaign going on that India probably has agreed to something that will restrict the movement of generic drugs and as a result, India may have to suffer. More...



Tur dal origins found in India, to aid patent bid
(Syed Akbar , 24-May-2017 , The Times Of India)

Tur dal, an essential ingredient in Indian kitchens, is `desi', and its origins are somewhere in Madhya Pradesh. More...



Cropping Monsanto’s patent rights
( Vivian Fernandes | New Delhi , 24-May-2017 , The Indian Express)

The agriculture ministry is not reconciled to the grip which Monsanto has on the Indian cottonseed industry owing to the immense preference for its patented, genetically-modified (GM) bollworm-resistance traits. More...



Nepal tea steals Darjeeling’s flavour
(Sovon Manna , 24-May-2017 , The Times Of India)

"This high quantity of deceptively similar-looking but cheaper variety is passed off as GI-registered Darjeeling to unsuspecting Indian and overseas consumers. More...



ANALYSIS-Patent plaintiffs see way around U.S. Supreme Court ruling
(Reuters , 24-May-2017 , DNA)

Corporations are cheering a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting where they can be sued for patent infringement, but some intellectual property lawyers say loopholes in the ruling likely mean lawsuits will continue to be filed in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. More...



Nokia settles patent dispute with Apple, signs new collaboration deal
( Reuters , 23-May-2017 , The Indian Express)

Nokia has settled its patent dispute with Apple and signed a business collaboration deal with the US giant More...



Chitkara University ranked 4th among top Indian universities for filing 46 patents
(ANI , 18-May-2017 , DNA)

Chitkara University ranking is published on Page 20 of the Indian Patents annual report 2015-16. More...



GM crops: Centre fires salvo against patents, says Monsanto is lying on BT cotton seeds
(FE Bureau | New Delhi , 17-May-2017 , Financial Express)

Even as the government stance on giving a nod to GM mustard remains unclear, it has mounted a fresh salvo against GM crops, the patents granted to them and the royalties associated with such patents. More...



Humour: To counter Kapil Mishra, Kejribawal applies for patent over drama
(Vikram Bhalla , 16-May-2017 , The Times Of India)

Delhi CM (Critic Minister) today checkmated Kapil Mishra and all future rebel MLAs by applying for patent over drama. More...



Two women among four new high court judges
(Abhinav Garg , 16-May-2017 , The Times of India)

The Delhi high court on Monday achieved the rare distinction of having 10 women judges out of a total working strength of 38. More...



TVS bags patent for hybrid drive system in two-wheelers
(THE HANS INDIA , 16-May-2017 , The Hans India)

The Chennai patent office has finally awarded TVS a patent for a power propulsion system for a hybrid two-wheeler. More...



Google gets big boost in India, awarded patent for system to spot good and bad phrases
(Sajan C Kumar | New Delhi , 13-May-2017 , Financial Express)

Search engine major Google has been granted an Indian patent for an invention related to an informational retrieval system that uses phrases to index, search, rank and describe documents in the document collection. The system is adapted to identify phrases that have sufficiently frequent and distinguished usage to indicate that they are valid or good […] More...



India’s IPR policy a good first step, needs to address gaps, says US industry
(PTI | Washington , 13-May-2017 , Financial Express)

India’s national intellectual property regime (IPR) policy announced a year ago is a "good first step", but the country needs to address the gaps in it to attract more foreign direct investment and global talent, a US industry representative said today. More...



Mysuru startup rolls out 25 patents in just 18 months, more to come
( Vincent D’Souza | Express News Service , 11-May-2017 , The Indian Express)

Twenty-five patents in a span of 18 months and many more in the pipeline. This is not Japan’s Shunpei Yamazaki or Australia’s Kia Silverbrook who hold nearly 10,000 patents each, but a start-up founded by a few youngsters from Mysuru. More...



Bt cotton: Centre to soon allow commercial use of 3 locally made varieties
(Sanjeeb Mukherjee | New Delhi , 11-May-2017 , Business Standard)

The three variants are expected to be priced lower than current ones; seeds would be reusable. More...



Apple gets iTunes-like Indian patent for media programme
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 11-May-2017 , The Financial Express)

Apple has been granted an Indian patent for a media management program, akin to its own iTunes, which will help viewers enjoy graphical interface while browsing through multiple browsers. More...



US decision to keep India in its watchlist on IPRs is unilateral; move not recognised by India: Nirmala Sitharaman
(Banikinkar Pattanayak , 10-May-2017 , The Indian Express)

Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman says the US decision to keep India in its priority watchlist on intellectual property rights (IPRs) is a unilateral move that India doesn't recognise. More...



An analysis of generic medicines in India
(Gudipati Rajendera Kumar , 09-May-2017 , THE HANS INDIA)

Generic medicines in India have received a new impetus with Prime Minister Modi himself advocating the usage of these medicines. Doctors will now be required to prescribe generic formulations of medicines, as opposed to specific brands. More...



Govt pushes for patent to revive the dying legacy of Kolhapuri chappals
(Dipti Singh | Mumbai , 10-May-2017 , The Indian Express)

The profit margins for Lokare and Satpute’s workshop have shrunk from 40 per cent and 35 per cent a month to just 10-15 per cent, the two claim. More...



MIT engineer receives patent for invention
(Special Correspondent , 9-May-2017 , The Hindu)

The Indian Patent Office has granted patent to an invention by Raghunath Manohar of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), a constituent of Manipal University. More...



TVS Motor gets patent for a hybrid two-wheeler with an unusual drive setup
(FE Online , 08-May-2017 , The Financial Express)

After almost a decade of TVS Motor Company filing a request for patent of a hybrid scooter, the company has received it from the Chennai Patent Office More...



Getting Narendra Modi’s generic medicines policy right
(Tanoubi Ngangom , 8-May-2017 , Livemint)

The poorly managed documentation practices of Indian generics firms featured as the primary criticism flagged by foreign regulatory authorities. More...



After Banaganapalle Mangoes, state to pitch four more crops for GI tag
(Manish M | TNN , 6-May-2017 , The Times Of India)

With the Banaganapalle mangoes getting GI (Geographical Indication) registration tag recently, the horticulture department is gearing up to pitch four more horticultural crops for the tag. More...



Hyundai gets India patent for cost-effective molding crash pad
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 6-May-2017 , The Financial Express)

Hyundai had filed the patent application in 2008 at the Delhi patent office. More...



Pharma companies file 15% of patents in India: Report
(Viswanath Pilla Moneycontrol News , 05-May-2017 , MoneyControl)

Around 15 percent of the total 1.3 lakh patents filed in India from 2013 to 2015 was contributed by the pharmaceutical industry, according to report by Clarivate Analytics More...



India needs to address IPR, tax issues for ease-of-doing- business: US diplomat
(PTI , 5-May-2017 , The Financial Express)

To improve ease-of-doing-business, India must address issues like protection of intellectual property rights and rationalise taxes and tariffs, a senior US diplomat said here today. More...



Andhra Pradesh’s Banganapalle mango gets Geographical Indication tag
(Yunus Y. Lasania , 5-May-2017 , Livemint)

The Banganapalle mango has got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, making Andhra Pradesh the proprietor of the variety know for its sweetness More...



IPAB tottering without head, tech members
(A Subramani , 3-May-2017 , The Times Of India)

It is a first anniversary any self-respecting statutory body would strive to forget. Come May 13, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) will complete one year without a regular chairman. More...



Patent issues challenging, but India’s IPR regime balanced and neutral: Monica Magnusson
(Danish Khan , 02-May-2017 , The Economic Times)

It is becoming increasingly challenging for Ericsson to deal with handset companies over fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms and conditions to license its standard-essential patents (SEPs) around technologies like 2G and 3G among others, said Monica Magnusson, VP of IPR Policy and Communication at IPR & Licensing at Ericson. More...



Manipal Institute of Technology engineer receives patent for his invention
(Kevin Mendonsa , 02-May-2017 , The Times Of India)

The Indian patent office has granted patent to the invention of Raghunath Manohar of Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University. More...



A robust IPR regime is necessary for growth
(Ashish Bharadwaj , 2-May-2017 , Livemint)

Innovators and entrepreneurs must trust the patent system for intellectual property rights (IPR) if they are to embark on risky innovation gambles More...



India protests ‘unparliamentary’ remarks by US delegate at WTO
(D Ravi Kanth , 01-May-2017 , Livemint)

An American delegate at the WTO described certain procedural concerns raised by India as being ‘synonymous with their national identity to be obstructionist’ More...



U.S. to probe Japanese, German automakers over alleged patent violations
(Reuters Tokyo , 01-May-2017 , Hindustan Times)

The USITC listed 25 companies in the probe, including BMW, Honda Motor Co Ltd, Toyota Motor Corp, along with Japanese parts suppliers Aisin Seiki Co Ltd and Denso Corp. More...



US retains India under intellectual property rights priority watch list
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 29-Apr-2017 , Livemint)

US says despite positive statements and initiatives upon which the Modi administration has embarked, the pace of reform has not matched high-level calls to foster innovation More...



Govt's aim is to make IPR policy more efficient: Nirmala Sitharaman
(BS B2B Bureau | New Delhi , 28-Apr-2017 , Business Standard)

India's IPR policy is TRIPS compliant and forward looking, says the Minister of Commerce & Industry More...



Wait time for patent examination to be cut to 18 months by March 2018
(Subhayan Chakraborty | New Delhi , 28-Apr-2017 , Business Standard)

Current wait time for patents is at 48 months More...



Commerce and Industry Minister says mindset of the government is to make IPR(Intellectual Property Rights) policy more efficient
(MJPS , 27-Apr-2017 , Business Standard)

Commerce and Industry Minister says mindset of the government is to make IPR(Intellectual Property Rights) policy more efficient More...



Not many people in India know why they should protect innovative ideas’
(TNN , 27-Apr-2017 , The Times Of India)

People in India are not aware about the benefits of protecting their innovative ideas, which is the reason for the low rate of filing patents in the country, said R Muthukumar, CEO of DexPatent Trichy, during an interaction with students at National Institute of Technology (NIT-T) held as part of World Intellectual Property (IP) day on Wednesday. More...



Facebook gets patent for tech to provide user-profile data to third party
(Sajan C Kumar , 27-Apr-2017 , The Financial Express)

India's patent office has granted a patent to Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook for an invention relating to a method for providing a third party the access to user-profile data maintained by the social network website More...



Science fairs can wait; get your finding patented first
(TOI , 26-Apr-2017 , The Times Of India)

On World Intellectual Property Day, colleges should sensitise students on protecting ideas & innovations More...



Seed firm appeals against HC order upholding Monsanto patent
(PTI , 26-Apr-2017 , DNA)

Hyderabad-based Nuziveedu seeds today moved the Delhi High Court against its single judge order rejecting its claim that US-based agro major Monsanto was incorrectly granted patent for BT cotton seeds. More...



Science fairs can wait; get your finding patented first
(TNN , 26-Apr-2017 , The Times Of India)

One of the biggest problems intellectual and creative circles in Tamil Nadu suffer from is a lack of basic awareness about intellectual property rights. More...



Innovate in India, IPR is the key
(ET Bureau , 26-Apr-2017 , The Economic Times)

All are Indo-American innovations that are making a difference in people's lives. More...



Varanasi based NGO gets National Intellectual Property Award
(Binay Singh , 25-Apr-2017 , The Times Of India)

A city based NGO Human Welfare Association (HWA) has been selected as a winner of National Intellectual Property (IP) Award for the year 2017 in the category of "top individual/organisation for best facilitation of registration of GI and promotion of registered GI in India. More...



Can India innovate? Fact is that even successful Indian startups are often modelled on Western businesses
(RK Mishra , 25-Apr-2017 , The Times Of India)

India is the top region for innovation in Asia, as per a recent report. This might seem like excellent news, till we ask how much of this innovation is truly Indian? According to the Patent Office, over 70% of the patents filed in the country are by MNCs. Indian companies and academia share the remaining 30%. Currently, we rank 66th on the Global Innovation Index list. That places us 41 places behind China. More...



Intellectual Property: Government extends IP protection scheme for startups till 2020
(ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi , 25-Apr-2017 , The Indian Express)

Startups covered under SIPP will not be required to obtain certificate of an eligible business from the Inter-Ministerial Board of Certification More...



GI tag for Ratnagiri & Devgad alphonso to keep fakes at bay
(Aishwarya Upadhye , 21-Apr-2017 , The Times Of India)

No longer will fruit vendors trick people into buying any mango by passing it off as Ratnagiri or Devgad alphonso. More...



H1B visa talks: In first round, India, US fail to find solution, issue set to linger
(Banikinkar Pattanayak | New Delhi , 21-Apr-2017 , The Financial Express)

While assistant USTR Mark Linscott headed the US team for the talks, the Indian side was led by additional secretary in the commerce ministry Anup Wadhawan. More...



After India, I-MAK files legal challenge against Gilead’s hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir in China
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 21-Apr-2017 , Pharmabiz)

Close on the heels of filing four patent challenges in India, two on daclatasvir, one on velpatasvir and another on sofosbuvir, the international NGO-- Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK), in association with other NGOs, has filed a legal challenge against Gilead’s remaining patent for the hepatitis C medicine sofosbuvir in China. More...



India sees high patent growth: Report
(PTI , 19-Apr-2017 , The Economic Times)

India recorded the highest growth of 26 per cent in terms of published patents during 2013-15 in Asia, a report said. More...



India logs highest growth among Asian peers in published patents for 2013-15: Report
(Viswanath Pilla , 19-Apr-2017 , MoneyControl)

According to a report Clarivate Analytics, polymers and plastics, computing, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications were the top 4 sectors that contribute about two-thirds of total patents filed in India. More...



Indian handmade carpets may get government trademark
(Kirtika Suneja , 18-Apr-2017 , The Economic Times)

The government is developing standards and a trademark to reinforce India’s position as the top source of handmade carpets and ensure that products comply with quality benchmarks. More...



Patent awaited for self-defense device
(Special Correspondent , 17-Apr-2017 , The Hindu)

Patent for a cost-effective self-defence device for women featuring embedded hardware and software application, developed by an alumnus of Velalar College of Engineering and Technology, Erode, is going through accelerated clearance process, having qualified under the Startup India Action Plan of the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. More...



Genomic boost to protect Assam's muga silkworm
(IANS | Kolkata , 17-Apr-2017 , Business Standard)

A "snapshot" of the muga silkworm genome decoded by Indian scientists offers vital clues for imparting disease-resistance to help conserve the economically important insect which spins the distinctive golden yellow fabric synonymous with Assam. More...



Modi says govt will bring law to push doctors to prescribe generic medicines
(Saubhadra Chatterji , 17-Apr-2017 , Hindustan Times)

Making medicines cheaper is a politically sensitive issue in India. More...



Trademarks by foreign firms doubled in 2015-16: Report
(PTI , 14-Apr-2017 , The Economic Times)

Trademark applications in the country filed by foreign companies have doubled to 15,670 in 2015-16, reflecting renewed interest in Indian market. More...



NIT-T to set up task force on patent filing
(C. Jaisankar , 13-Apr-2017 , The Hindu)

Stating that it was a team effort that eventually put National Institute of Technology-T (NIT-T) on top of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2017 among 31 NITs and 11th among all engineering institutions in the country, Mini Shaji Thomas, Director, NIT-T, said that it would shift the focus on patent filing and generating revenue from patents. More...



New site to guide young inventors applying for patents
(Ankita Bhatkhande , 10-Apr-2017 , DNA)

Website is set to be launched on April 26, which is celebrated as the World Intellectual Property Day More...



TVS, Tata Motors, Bosch, M&M top ‘innovators list’ in Motown
(Nandini Sen Gupta , 08-Apr-2017 , The Times of India)

TVS Motor, Tata Motor, Bosch and Mahindra & Mahindra top the list of R&D-led innovators in the automobile industry in India though the sector as a whole comes in at 7th position in terms of patents published, lower than food and fermentation. More...



India not leveraging R&D benefits
(Apurva Venkat | Bengaluru , 8-Apr-2017 , Business Standard)

Advantages are not being leveraged fully mainly because of lack of funds, say experts. More...



MP Dhananjay Mahadik seeks patent for Kolhapuri chappal
(TNN , 08-Apr-2017 , The Times Of India)

The Kolhapuri chappal makers are awaiting approval for patenting of the product since the last five years. More...



Undergraduate student at Jipmer files patent
(Special Correspondent , 05-Apr-2017 , The Hindu)

A third year MBBS student at Jipmer has filed his first patent for an innovation targeted towards helping stroke and comatose patients. More...



The case by Star India and Vijay TV challenging the jurisdiction of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in the matter of tariff orders took a surprising turn when the two judges -- Justice S Nagamuthu and Justice Anita Sumanth recused themselves from the case and referred it to the chief justice for being referred to another bench.
(indiantelevision.com Team , 4-Apr-2017 , Indian Television)

The case by Star India and Vijay TV challenging the jurisdiction of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in the matter of tariff orders took a surprising turn when the two judges -- Justice S Nagamuthu and Justice Anita Sumanth recused themselves from the case and referred it to the chief justice for being referred to another bench.dramatic-turn-as-judges-withdraw-170404 More...



Google announces ‘Pax’ for cross-licensing of Android patents
(Tech Desk | New Delhi , 4-Apr-2017 , The Indian Express)

Google has announced Pax, a new licensing agreement group for patents across Android devices More...



Malaysian PM Najib Razak pushes for conclusion of trade deal
(Elizabeth Roche , 4-Apr-2017 , Livemint)

India and Malaysia sign business pacts worth about $36 billion during Najib Razak’s visit More...



Nellore's Udayagiri wooden cutlery gets Geographical Identification tag
(PATHRI RAJASEKHAR , 4-Apr-2017 , DECCAN CHRONICLE)

Geographical indication indicates products which come from a specific region. More...



Indian co faces HC ire for infringing Bridgestone trademark
(PTI , 03-Apr-2017 , India Today)

Two top officials of an Indian tyre company had to spend a night in jail and directed by the Delhi High Court to shell out Rs 35 lakh for infringing the trademark of Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone. More...



India’s bilateral relationship with major powers
(THE HANS INDIA , 3-Apr-2017 , THE HANS INDIA )

Recently, all founding nations of TPP met barring USA with presence of China. More...



India in a bind as Russia, China plan investment facilitation talks
(D. Ravi Kanth , 3-Apr-2017 , Livemint)

New Delhi piqued as negotiations will be almost on lines of its proposal on trade facilitation for services More...



Udayagiri wooden cutlery to get GI Tag
(THE HANS INDIA , 1-Apr-2017 , THE HANS INDIA)

After Venkatagiri sari achieved GI tag in 2009, now it is the turn of exquisite and excellent craft in the district, Udayagiri Wooden Cutlery to get the GI (Geographical Indication) tag. More...



MSF files patent challenge on hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir with European Patent Office
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 31-Mar-2017 , Pharmabiz)

Even as four cases challenging patent on hepatitis C drugs sofosbuvir, velpatasvir and daclatasvir are pending in Indian Patent Office, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has filed a patent challenge on sofosbuvir with the European Patent Office (EPO) in an effort to increase access to affordable hepatitis C treatment. More...



Monsanto loses trademark infringement suit against Nuziveedu Seeds
(India Infoline News Service | Mumbai , 29-Mar-2017 , India Infoline News Service)

Monsanto Technology LLC’s trademark infringement suit against Nuziveedu Seed Limited has been dismissed by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday. More...



Suven Life gets product patent for neuro-degenerative molecule
(PTI , 28-Mar-2017 , Business Line)

Suven Life Sciences has received one product patent from New Zealand for its molecule to be used in the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



Copyright watchers back Illaiyaraaja; industry says it complies with rule
(Bindu D Menon , 24-Mar-2017 , Business Line)

Is music maestro and composer IIaiyaraaja right in sending a legal notice to singers SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB), Chitra and Charan over performing of his compositions? More...



The compulsive patent hoarding disorder
( Feroz Ali, Shweta Mohandas , 24-Mar-2017 , The Hindu)

The current model of commercialisation does not work for publicly funded research More...



Honda Motor makes India an export hub. Read how
(24-Mar-2017 , The Economic Times)

To that end, HMC has started registering in the country intellectual property rights (IPR) of its technology for two-wheelers, a move that would help retain India as the lead market for the parent company over the next decade. More...



Centre considering stringent Intellectual Property Rights regime: I&B secretary
(PTI | Mumbai , 21-Mar-2017 , The Indian Express)

He said the ministry was in talks with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on the implementation of a new national IPR policy. More...



TVS Motor's bikes to get new antilock brake system with grant of patent
(Gireesh Babu , 21-Mar-2017 , Business Standard)

TVS Motor has bagged a patent for its antilock brake system (ABS) for motorcycles. The new system helps to overcome the problems, defects and drawbacks encountered in the previous models. The company is currently using the ABS technology in its high-end motorcycle TVS Apache, in collaboration with German component manufacturer Continental Corporation. More...



Ilaiyaraaja's rights tune splits IPR experts
(Ranjani Ayyar , 21-Mar-2017 , The Times of India)

When he ruled the Tamil film music world, all of Ilaiyaraaja's time and energy went into conjuring up tunes and background music. More...



Government aims to make India a global Biotech Hub by 2020
(Business Wire India , 20-Mar-2017 , Business Line)

The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) celebrated its 5th Foundation Day on Monday in New Delhi. More...



Lilly loses a heated patent row with the Canadian government
(17-Mar-2017)

An international tribunal sided against Eli Lilly in a closely watched claim that the drug maker brought against the Canadian government over its right to set patent laws. More...



Lilly loses a heated patent row with the Canadian government
(ED Silverman , 17-Mar-2017 , Statnews)

An international tribunal sided against Eli Lilly in a closely watched claim that the drug maker brought against the Canadian government over its right to set patent laws. More...



Indra Nooyi-led PepsiCo gets Indian patent for wonder beverage preservative system
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 17-Mar-2017 , The Financial Express)

Many food and beverage products include chemical preservatives to extend the shelf life of the product by inhibiting the growth of spoilage microorganisms such as mold, yeast and bacteria. More...



Ip Environment In India - An Insight Of Opportunities And Threats
(Monika Shailesh , 16-Mar-2017 , mondaq)

India is believed to have an incredible potential to become one of the world's leading markets and hub for the innovation, research and development. Intellectual property industry is assessed to have a huge growth potential in the current Indian and Global context. Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) unarguably are emerging as a strategic business tool for any business organization to enhance its competitiveness. More...



Amazon has an idea for delivery drones with robotic wings and legs to help them land
(Arjun Kharpal , 16-Mar-2017 , CNBC)

Amazon has been awarded two patents in which it outlines propellers with robotic adjustable wingtips and legs that act as landing gears to help drones touch down on uneven surfaces. More...



U.S. trade nominee for ‘aggressive’ steps on IP
(Varghese K George , 16-Mar-2017 , The Hindu)

IPRs have been a bone of contention between U.S., India More...



Adidas trademark war means three stripes and you’re out
(Kim Bhasin , 16-Mar-2017 , Livemint)

Almost everything Adidas makes has the three stripes, and the company wages a constant war to snuff out anyone who dares use something similar More...



India wants intl legal regime to protect traditional knowledge
(PTI , 15-Mar-2017 , DNA)

India wants an effective legal international regime to stop misappropriation and reckless patenting of traditional knowledge like healing properties of neem and turmeric. More...



US court favours Aurobindo in patent case on cough & cold drug
(Dasarath Reddy | Hyderabad , 15-Mar-2017 , Business Standard)

The court has scheduled a five-day bench trial beginning April 17 to deliver a final judgment More...



Delhi HC bars Cipla from selling Novartis’ respiratory drug
(Priyanka Mittal / Isha Trivedi , 10-Mar-2017 , Livemint)

Delhi high court bars Cipla from selling copies of Novartis respiratory drug Onbrez in India, upholding the patents held by the swiss drug maker More...



Inside Views: Patent Data – The Modern Investor’s Crystal Ball
( Sirena Rubinoff , 10-Mar-2017 , Intellectual Property Watch)

What if there was a crystal ball that could tell you where and when to invest your money? It sounds like science fiction, but engineers at MIT have actually developed a formula that can predict future events in tech development. The formula is based on a combination of big data from patent applications and smart analytics which, when put together, can estimate how fast a technology is advancing. More...



No GI tag for Hyderabadi biriyani, applicant fails to provide supports
(PTI , 09-Mar-2017 , DNA)

The 'Hyderabadi Biryani' has failed to secure the Geographical Indications tag as the applicant for it could not prove the historical origin and data relating to the delectable dish with supporting documents, according to the GI registry in Chennai. More...



Balanced prescription
(09-Mar-2017 , Business Line)

The Delhi HC ruling on Nexavar upholds the compulsory licensing principle More...



Firms allowed to export patented drugs
(Akanksha Jain , 9-Mar-2017 , The Hindu)

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed two Indian pharmaceutical companies — Natco and Alembic — to export generic versions of German drug major Bayer’s patented invention Sorafenib, used in treatment of kidney cancer, and Rivaroxaban, which is a blood thinner, for research and development purposes. More...



India Inc can now register trademark as ‘well-known’
(Lubna Kably , 8-Mar-2017 , The Times Of India)

In a significant development, the Trade Mark Rules 2017 — which were notified on March 6 — permit companies to apply for their trademark to be recognised as a 'well-known' one. More...



Cadila's US subsidiary settles case with US company
(Rupali Mukherjee , 07-Mar-2017 , The Times Of India)

Cadila Healthcare and its US subsidiary Zydus Pharmaceuticals announced that they have finalized an agreement with Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc, to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Trokendi XR (topiramate) extended-release capsules. More...



India, China team up against West’s pressure on drug patent norms
(AMITI SEN , 06-Mar-2017 , Business Line)

Brazil, S Africa also on board; seek WTO parleys on UN report suggesting stricter IPR regime More...



HC seeks reason for denial of prostrate cancer drug patent
(PTI Feeds , 05-Mar-2017 , India.com)

The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to explain on what basis the Indian patent office has rejected the application by the Regents of University of California seeking a pat More...



Samsung trademarks ‘Infinity Display’ for the Galaxy S8: Report
( Tech Desk , 05-Mar-2017 , The Indian Express)

Samsung has already announced an event on March 29 in New York where it makes the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ official. More...



Intellectual property rights: Patent grants jump by nearly half
(Surbhi Prasad , 3-Mar-2017 , The Financial Express)

The easing of the procedures for appraisal/grant of intellectual property rights (IPRs), announced in May 2016, has resulted in far quicker disposal of applications and reduced the backlog substantially. More...



Bitcoin ‘creator’ races to patent technology with fugitive gambling tycoon
(Byron Kaye, Jeremy Wagstaff , 02-Mar-2017 , Livemint)

Craig Wright, who claims to be bitcoin’s creator, is working with a fugitive online gambling entrepreneur to file scores of patents relating to Bitcoin and blockchain More...



The weak ‘I’ in India; country underperforms on innovation, investment and competition
(The Financial Express , 2-Mar-2017 , The Financial Express)

Last month, the US Chamber released the fifth edition of the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index, which benchmarks IP standards in 45 economies around the world. More...



US investors still concerned over compulsory licensing in India
(NAYANIMA BASU , 01-Mar-2017 , Business Line)

Section 3(d) of the Indian Patents Act prevents ever-greening of patents unless it differs significantly in properties with regard to efficacy More...



U.S. appeals court tosses patent verdict against Apple
(Reuters , 01-Mar-2017 , The Times Of India)

A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury verdict that had originally required Apple Inc to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a technology developer and licenser that claimed Apple's iTunes software infringed its data storage patents. More...



Copyright case against Rangoon
(23-Feb-2017 , The Times Of India)

Its director Vishal Bhardwaj is defending allegations that the film's swashbuckling 1940s movie star character is copyright violation of 'Fearless Nadia' a stunt actor of the 1930s and '40s. More...



Patent office hopes to halve backlog by March 2018
(Shishir Arya | TNN , 23-Feb-2017 , The Times Of India)

With the appointment of 460 examiners, the office of Controller General of Patents is aiming to reduce the backlog by over half till March 2018. More...



From Trump, the nationalist, a trail of global trademarks
(Danny Hakim & Sui-Lee Wee , 22-Feb-2017 , Business Standard)

Trump has cast himself as the anti-globalist president but as a businessman, it's a different story More...



US law makers non-committal on rethink of H-1B visa norms
(AMITI SEN , 22-Feb-2017 , Business Line)

Ask India to make patent laws stricter. More...



Bajaj Electricals renews trademark license agreement with Morphy Richards for next five year
(Tejal Yerunkar , 21-Feb-2017 , Zee Business)

Bajaj Electricals announced on Tuesday of extending its trademark license agreement for the next five years with the UK-based electrical appliances company Morphy Richards starting from April 25 this year. More...



Healthcare, patient groups oppose hep-C drug patents
(Rupali Mukherjee | TNN , 21-Feb-2017 , The Times Of India)

Healthcare aid and patient groups have come together in patent courts to fight against "abusive strategies" of Big Pharma to ensure access to affordable treatment in hepatitis C. More...



India discusses H1B visa, IPR issues with US lawmakers
(PTI, New Delhi , 21-Feb-2017 , Hindustan Times)

India on Monday discussed several issues, including the proposed restrictions on H1B visa programme and intellectual property rights (IPRs), with visiting US lawmakers. More...



HomeIndustry Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook gets patent in India for creating relationship-based content Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook gets patent in India for creating relationship-based content
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai | , 21-Feb-2017 , The Financial Express)

The social networking major will provide database for storing relationship info More...



Indian Government To Discuss H-1B Visa Issues With US Lawmakers Today
(Press Trust of India , 21-Feb-2017 , NDTV)

The meeting comes at a time when the new Trump administration in the US is proposing an overhaul of the popular H-1B visa regime, raising concerns among Indian IT firms. More...



Domestic pharmaceutical firms seek removal of India from USTR list of weak IPR regimes
(Dibyajyoti Bhattacharjee , 17-Feb-2017 , The Financial Express)

The Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA), which comprises top-notch domestic drug companies, has dispatched a letter to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), making a strong case for removal of India from its Priority Watch List (PWL) on intellectual property rights (IPR) in its 2017 edition. More...



Dr Reddy’s gets unfavourable patent ruling
(ENS Economic Bureau | Hyderabad , 17-Feb-2017 , The Indian Express)

The injection is used to help prevent nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. More...



Patents expiry to boost agrochemical firms' sales, profit
(Ashish Kulshrestha , 16-Feb-2017 , The Economic Times)

Indian agro-chemical firms are preparing to launch dozens of new products over the next few years that could significantly boost their sales and profits as molecules worth over $4.1 billion (over Rs 26,000 crore) are going off patent by 2020. Of this, nearly $1.6 billion (over Rs 10,000 crore) worth molecules are going off patent by end of current year itself. More...



India defends IP rights despite threats from US pharma lobby groups
(Divya Rajagopal , 16-Feb-2017 , The Economic Times)

A week after the US Chamber of Commerce released its Global Intellectual Property Report that named India among worst countries in terms of IP rights, the commerce ministry has stood its ground by asking those discontented with the country’s IP regime to take up the issue at multilateral trade channels. More...



Apple patent reveals fingerprint scanner built inside iPhone display
(Tech Desk , 16-Feb-2017 , The Indian Express)

The next iPhone could have no home button and a screen that scans the fingerprints, a newly published patent has revealed. More...



Dr Reddy’s hits fresh 52-week low after patent infringement confirmation
(ETMarkets.com , 16-Feb-2017 , The Economic Times)

Shares of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories hit fresh 52-week low of Rs 2,803.50 in early trade on Thursday after the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey issued its opinion regarding Helsinn Healthcare’s patent infringement claims against Dr Reddy’s Laboratories proposed palonosetron product. More...



Time to Break in India
(Shamnad Basheer , 16-Feb-2017 , The Hindu)

There is no point in hitching our bandwagon to what will soon be an obsolete patent game. We must think through alternative innovation incentives such as prizes and open source formats More...



India defends IP rights despite threats from US pharma lobby groups
(PTI , 15-Feb-2017 , The Economic Times)

India's Intellectual Property Rights regime has consistently fallen short of international best practices and the recent steps taken by the country under the IPR policy remain "merely aspirational", the US Chambers of Commerce has said. More...



Major setback for Aurobindo, Mylan wins patent case
(TNN , 15-Feb-2017 , The Times Of India)

In a major setback for homegrown pharma player Aurobindo Pharma, US-based pharma bahemoth Mylan has won a court ruling in a patent case in a US district court as a result of which Aurobindo will have to stop selling Isosulfan Blue in the US market. More...



Healthcare and patient groups oppose patents on crucial hepatitis C drugs
(Rupali Mukherjee , 15-Feb-2017 , The Times Of India)

Healthcare aid and patient groups have come together in patent courts to fight against ``abusive strategies'' of Big Pharma, to ensure access to affordable treatment in hepatitis C. More...



Indian & MNC pharma cos scout for qualified pharmacy graduates & post graduates to work in regulatory depts
(Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru, , 15-Feb-2017 , Pharmabiz)

Regulatory departments of domestic and multinational companies in the country along with and drug control departments and start-up enterprises are scouting for qualified pharmacy graduates and post graduates, said Dr. Shenaz Khaleeli, founder and technical director, PharmaLeaf India. More...



US pharma sector demands keeping India in patent violator list
(Lalit K Jha , 14-Feb-2017 , Livemint)

American pharma sector asks US Trade Representative to continue to keep India on its priority watch list claiming that the environment on the ground remains ‘challenging’ More...



Hepatitis C Patent Challenges In India, Argentina To Allow Generic Production
( CATHERINE SAEZ , 14-Feb-2017 , INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WATCH)

Resistance to high prices for hepatitis C drugs is ongoing as five new challenges against patents have been filed in India and Argentina, according to sources. More...



Maintaining a tricky balance on IPR
(Livemint , 14-Feb-2017 , Livemint)

India must strengthen its intellectual property rights infrastructure without giving in to US pressure to do away with the flexibility granted by WTO regulations. More...



Agriculture department to adapt Union Budget proposals
(Salim Joseph , 14-Feb-2017 , The Times Of India)

The state agriculture department is gearing up to take the Union Budget proposals 'in the right perspective and dovetail the schemes to give maximum benefits to farmers in the state'. More...



‘Violation of copyright’: Bombay High Court restrains release of translated edition of Bhagavad Gita
(Radhika Ramaswamy | Mumbai , 14-Feb-2017 , The Financial Express)

The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust told the court that they hold the copyright of Srimad Bhagvatam. More...



Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance demands exclusion of India from USTR Priority Watch List
(Laxmi Yadav, Mumbai , 14-Feb-2017 , Pharmabiz)

In a move aimed at removal of India from the USTR Priority Watch List, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) has filed its submission to the USTR for 2017 Special 301 Review citing in support several actions taken by the government for improving the IPR environment and enforcement.. More...



PM Narendra Modi’s Make-in-India is facing the IPR drag
(Santosh Tiwari , 13-Feb-2017 , The Financial Express)

India’s poor 43/45 rank in global IP index of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center is worrisome, and India must attune its handling of the Intellectual Property issues to the global standards. More...



Generic drugs
(THE HANS INDIA , 11-Feb-2017 , THE HANS INDIA )

The Central government is targeting launch of 3,000 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) to sell generic drugs across the country March 2017. More...



Domestic drug makers ask US to remove India from IP watch list
(Aneesh Phadnis | Mumbai , 10-Feb-2017 , Business Standard)

Pharma body moves USTR, says no cases of compulsory licensing or patent revocation in last two years More...



Indian pharma asks US to exclude India from list of IPR offenders
( PB Jayakumar , 10-Feb-2017 , Business Today)

The Indian pharmaceutical industry has urged the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), to remove India from its Priority Watch List (PWL) of countries having lax patent laws, which harm interests of the US drug companies. More...



HC dismisses Sun Pharma's plea against Mylan on Oxaliplatin trademark case
(Sayan Ghosal & Veena Mani | New Delhi , 10-Feb-2017 , Business Standard)

Delhi High Court allows companies to approach bench after IPAB order More...



TPP is dead, but its legacy lives on
(Arjun Jayadev , 10-Feb-2017 , The Hindu)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was dead long before Donald Trump signed his executive order. But its damaging aspects, like stringent IP provisions, have just migrated to other agreements More...



Education: India’s innovation agenda is a work-in-progress
(Avirup Bose | New Delhi , 10-Feb-2017 , The Financial Express)

Most of India’s science and technology universities do not have a former IPR policy to sync R&D efforts. Lack of IPR awareness, formal technology transfer, and licensing policies ensures that results of new R&D efforts are quickly disseminated; this results in loss of patentability and commercial use. More...



India has the potential to become a leader among innovative economies
(Mark Elliot , 10-Feb-2017 , The Economic Times)

The next life-saving medical treatment, the next groundbreaking technology, the next fashion icon, the next hit book, song and movie: all could be made in India. More...



Intellectual Property index: India remains near bottom
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 09-Feb-2017 , The Hindu)

India remains near the bottom in an international Intellectual Property (IP) index by being ranked 43rd out of 45 countries, according to a report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). More...



MNC pharma lobby pushes for single drug authority here
(C R Sukumar , 9-Feb-2017 , The Economic Times)

Alobby group of multinational pharmaceutical companies (MNCs) is pushing for replacing statebased multiple drug authorities with a single body for more effective protection of intellectual property (IP) and patents. More...



Commercial disputes: How India’s bid to make farmers self-sufficient is being harmed by policy aberrations
(Ram Kaundiya , 9-Feb-2017 , The Financial Express)

Without any doubt India needs to apply modern science and technology in agriculture if it has to move farmers from a position of distress to a point of prosperity and become self-sufficient in the times to come, and in fighting climate change. More...



India ranks 43rd out of 45 nations in IP environment:
(PTI , 08-Feb-2017 , The Economic Times)

India continues to languish near the bottom in an international intellectual property index, ranking 43rd out of 45 global economies, according to a report by the US Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). More...



India continues to fall behind others on patent protection, says US Chamber of Commerce
(Kirtika Suneja , 08-Feb-2017 , The Economic Times)

India continues to lag behind other emerging economies when it comes to protection of intellectual property and ranks near the bottom of the pack for fifth year in a row, as per the International IP Index prepared by the US Chamber of Commerce. More...



India says ‘cheers’ to new varieties of grapes
( Banikinkar Pattanayak | New Delhi , 7-Feb-2017 , The Indian Express)

Established foreign companies are learnt to be looking for upfront payment, as they fear their rights over patented grape varieties may not be well protected in India. More...



Patent reveals Intel working on a curved 2-in-1 laptop
(Tech Desk , 06-Feb-2017 , The Indian Express)

A new patent has revealed, which shows Intel might be working on the hybrid notebook with an innovative design. More...



A health boost for Indian pharma sector
(A G Rajmohan , 06-Feb-2017 , THE HANS INDIA )

It has been a long established fact that pharmaceutical sector plays an important role in ensuring a robust health sector in any country. More...



US companies seek "fair play" in India
(PTI , 02-Feb-2017 , The Economic Times)

Asserting that US businesses continue to face an "evolving array" of tariff and non-tariff barriers in India, a group of 20 eminent American business organisations and industry groups in a letter to Congressional leadership have sought a "fair play" for them in the huge Indian market. More...



Mihidana, sitabhog win sweet glory with geographical indication tag
(Ajanta Chakraborty , 1-Feb-2017 , The Times Of India)

As Burdwan's sitabhog and mihidana made it to the finishing line of the coveted GI (geographical indication) tag, an enthused Bengal government sought similar honours for dokra of Bengal, Bengal patachitra, Purulia Chhau and Kushumandi wooden masks and madurkathi. More...



Samsung files trademark for ‘Gear Fit Pro’; hints at a new wearable device
(Tech Desk , 1-Feb-2017 , The Indian Express)

Samsung may be looking to add a new wearable device, dubbed the 'Gear Fit Pro'. More...



Indian pharma industry fears tougher US stance on IP
(Aneesh Phadnis & Reuters | Mumbai , 1-Feb-2017 , Business Standard)

Prices of patented drugs are lower in Canada, United Kingdom and Australia in comparison to the US More...



Surveying ideas for India Surveying ideas for India
( Arvind Subramanian , 1-Feb-2017 , The Indian Express)

Economic reforms are not, or not just, about overcoming vested interests; they are increasingly about shared narratives on problems and solutions. Economic Survey builds on this idea. More...



IIT-Kharagpur and State Bank of India develop a customised portal for intellectual property
(Somdatta Basu | TNN , 31-Jan-2017 , The Times Of India)

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and State Bank of India are collaborating to develop a customized portal for launching 'Intellectual Property Development as a service' (IPDaas) for Intellectual Property Rights generation. Mr. Mrutyunjay Mahapatra, Deputy Managing Director and CIO of SBI launched this project today at IIT-Kharagpur. More...



Natco partner clears one patent hurdle for US generic launch
(BS Reporter | Hyderabad , 31-Jan-2017 , Business Standard)

This is for the generic version of a popular drug for multiple sclerosis, Copaxone 40 mg More...



Suven Life gets patent for anti-neuro degenerative drug
(PTI , 30-Jan-2017 , The Economic Times)

Drug firm Suven Life Sciences has been granted a patent by the US for a drug to cure neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



HC allows Indian firm to export drug in which Bayer has patent
(PTI , 29-Jan-2017 , The Economic Times)

In a setback to German pharma major 'Bayer', Delhi High Court has suspended its order restraining an Indian drug company from manufacturing and selling overseas an erectile dysfunction medicine, the patent for which was held by the foreign company More...



Hilleman Labs gets global patents on simplifed oral cholera vaccine
(PT JYOTHI DATTA , 27-Jan-2017 , Business Line)

It is an entirely new design, says Davinder Gill, Chief Executive of Hilleman Laboratories, explaining the innovation behind their oral cholera vaccine that has received global patents in different countries. More...



Innovate In India: A strong intellectual property framework is critical to making India the world’s pharmacy
(Rajiv Kumar , 27-Jan-2017 , The Times Of India)

A robust intellectual property (IP) rights framework encourages investment in innovation and promotes the development of new product and processes. More...



Experts call for strengthening of intellectual rights protection
(JULIUS BIZIMUNGU , 27-Jan-2017 , The New Times)

Members of the judiciary from the East African Community partner states have called for more efforts to strengthen Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection in the region. More...



Apple expands fight over patent licensing, sues Qualcomm
(IANS , 26-Jan-2017 , The Economic Times)

Taking its legal fight against the US chip-maker Qualcomm global, Apple has filed two complaints in Chinese courts alleging that Qualcomm's patent-licensing practices amount to extortion. More...



Assam’s rice wine qualifies for GI registration
(IANS , 25-Jan-2017 , Eastern Mirror)

The “Judima” traditional rice wine, a popular alcoholic beverage of Assam’s Dimasa tribe — and an integral part of the community’s social and cultural life — is a fit candidate for geographical indication (GI) registration, a don at New Delhi’s Indian Law Institute says. More...



Suven Life gets patent for neuro-degenerative drug
(PTI , 23-Jan-2017 , The Economic Times)

Drug firm Suven Life Sciences has been granted a patent by Australia for a drug used in the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



Hero XF3R patent images leaked; India launch soon
(Anoop Menon , 23-Jan-2017 , India.com)

The Hero XF3R concept was first seen at the 2016 Auto Expo as a design concept. More...



FDA roadblock to city start-up’s innovation
(Rohit P.S. , 23-Jan-2017 , The Hindu)

The quick-testing device for antibiotic resistance can be launched only after approval from the US agency More...



Intellectual property: GST expected to deal with dual taxation in time, but clarity needed in interim
(Rajeev Dimri , 21-Jan-2017 , The Financial Express)

GST is expected to deal with the dual taxation issue over time, but there has to be clarity in the interim More...



Merck Settles With Bristol-Meyers, Ono Over Cancer-Drug Patent
(Anne Steele , 20-Jan-2017 , The Wall Street Journal)

Merck & Co. will pay $625 million plus royalties on Keytruda sales to Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Ono Pharmaceutical Co. to settle a suit alleging the cancer drug violates their patent for a method of harnessing the body’s immune system to fight cancer. Bristol and Ono filed suit in federal court in Delaware in 2014, the same day that Merck received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to market Keytruda as a treatment for the deadly skin cancer melanoma. More...



Play the new copyright act
(Rajeev Shukla , 20-Jan-2017 , The Indian Express)

Singers, composers are denied their due as music companies profiteer More...



Two-wheeler riders mobile phone problem: TVS Motor gets patent for solution
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 20-Jan-2017 , The Financial Express)

The Chennai-based auto major TVS Motor on Thursday got patent for its invention related to a cellphone ring detecting device which will come handy for riders of two-wheelers while on the move. More...



Govt should reduce over dependence on Chinese imports of pharma raw materials
(Rahul Patni , 19-Jan-2017 , The Economic Times)

The expectations of the country from Budget 2017 has gained significance and momentum in light of the disruption caused in the Indian economy by the demonetisation scheme, albeit for a short term. More...



Paul McCartney files lawsuit against Sony/ATV over copyright
( Associated Press , 19-Jan-2017 , The New Indian Express)

Paul McCartney says he wants his music to get back to where it once belonge. More...



The Paytm-Paypal dispute
(Roger Mendonca , 18-Jan-2017 , Business Today)

One of the most significant changes the Modi Government's demonetization scheme has brought about in India, is an economy struggling to veer towards cashless transactions. More...



From 5 to 22 Geographical Indication tags, Uttar Pradesh comes a long way
(Binay Singh , 18-Jan-2017 , The Times Of India)

UP's journey of getting Geographical Indication (GI) tags for its exclusive products that made a modest beginning during Mayawati's regime, took a big leap when Akhilesh government came to power. More...



To ensure success of Startup India, Digital India, regulators must encourage innovation
(Avirup Bose , 17-Jan-2017 , The Financial Express)

They should help facilitate emergence of new industrial ideas along with regulation. More...



The needle has moved for Start-up India
(CHITRA NARAYANAN , 15-Jan-2017 , Business Line)

The campaign has to put on running shoes and become speed-up India More...



Nokia could be developing a foldable smartphone, hints patent
(Tech Desk , 15-Jan-2017 , The Indian Express)

The patent for a “Foldable device” - which was filed in 2013 - features a device that resembles a pocket mirror. More...



Relief for US firm in trademark dispute
(STAFF REPORTER , 14-Jan-2017 , The Hindu)

The Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside an arbitration award by which an IT company registered in the US was denied relief against an Indian company using its trademark. More...



Innovators and patent holders
(Achuthsankar S. Nair , 13-Jan-2017 , The Hindu)

J.P. Subramonya Iyer was one of the early patent holders in erstwhile Travancore. More...



US firms want more clarity in India's tax policies: Official
(PTI , 13-Jan-2017 , The Economic Times)

American companies are keen on investing in India but they want to see improvement in business climate like clarity in tax policies and streamlining of "complex" regulations, a top Obama administration official has said. More...



US Biotech Industry Head To India’s Modi: Follow Our IP Practices, Get ‘Tidal Wave’ Of Investment
(WILLIAM NEW , 13-Jan-2017 , INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WATCH)

IP-Watch is a non-profit independent news service, and subscribing to our service helps support our goals of bringing more transparency to global IP and innovation policies. More...



Research key to idea’s uniqueness: Expert
(TNN , 12-Jan-2017 , The Times Of India)

Before any new invention can be patented, extensive research must be done to ensure the idea is unique, said patent and trademark attorney Bindu Sharma in her key note address at the national seminar on intellectual property rights (IPR) and importance of patents to boost research, on Monday. More...



India should adopt global IPR laws: Intellectuals at Gujarat Global Summit
(TNN , 12-Jan-2017 , The Times Of India)

At the 'Genes, Gene Editing and the New Biotechnology,' seminar at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, James Greenwood, president and CEO Biotechnology Innovation Organizations, said that if India joined the global intellectual property rights regime, the biotech industry would see a tidal wave of expansion. More...



IP protection, access to capital key to India's biotech wave
(Press Trust of India | Gandhinagar , 11-Jan-2017 , Business Standard)

Intellectual property protection and access to capital are two challenges facing a new wave of biotech innovation and investment in India, according to James Greenwood, President and CEO of Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). More...



India likely to remain under ‘priority watch list’ in US IPR report
(NAYANIMA BASU , 11-Jan-2017 , Business Line)

India will continue to be under pressure for having an “ineffectual” intellectual property rights (IPR) and patents regime even under the Donald Trump administration, which is perceived to be India-friendly. More...



IBM tops US patent list, Indian inventors contribute 658
(Press Trust of India | New York , 10-Jan-2017 , Business Standard)

IBM inventors were granted more than 22 patents per day in 2016. More...



Implementation of Indo-Japan free trade agreement needs to be expedited: Nirmala Sitharaman
(PTI | New Delhi , 10-Jan-2017 , The Financial Express)

The pace of implementation of Indo-Japan free trade agreement needs to be further enhanced in order to exploit the huge potential of the pact, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. More...



DPS World Foundation files settlement proposal for trademark
(PTI | New Delhi , 06-Jan-2017 , The Indian Express)

The bench asked DPS society to file its response on the proposal of settlement and fixed the matter for hearing on January 10. More...



India rejects T-Mobile patent for mobile terminals invention
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 6-Jan-2017 , The Indian Express)

India's patent office has rejected an application by German telecom major T-Mobile International AG seeking a patent for an invention related to a method for optimising the operational times and cell exchange performances of mobile terminals. More...



Russia's Goznak gets patent for counterfeit protection of bank notes
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 05-Jan-2017 , Business Standard)

Goznak is among the eight firms that have bagged contracts to supply currency paper to India in 2017 More...



India sees rise in patent filings by 2% during April-November
(Express News Service , 5-Jan-2017 , The New Indian Express)

The number of patents filed by Indians across the country have increased by about two per cent to 8,273 during the April-November this financial with government taking steps to promote Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). More...



Foreign Filing Permission: Indian Patent System Perspective
(Khurana And Khurana , 05-Jan-2017 , Mondaq)

Different countries having regard to National Security Considerations and with the intent of having a check on the defence and atomic energy related inventions, have different restrictions in place. More...



ECE student gets US patent for BCI device
(Express News Service , 5-Jan-2017 , The New Indian Express)

In a major achievement, Muttukuri Rajasekhar, a final year Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) student of SRKR Engineering College, has got the US patent for his Brain Computer Interface (BCI) device. More...



Biotech firms form patent alliance over interference proceeding against CRISPR patent application
(Steve Brachmann , 05-Jan-2017 , IPWatchDog)

In mid-December, medical and business news outlets alike were reporting on the formation of a patent licensing alliance among biotech firms and a leading research university. More...



China’s Alibaba sues vendors over selling counterfeits
(AFP | Beijing , 05-Jan-2017 , The Indian Express)

The shopping site said this was the first time an e-commerce giant had taken a counterfeiter to court in the world's second-largest economy. More...



Protection of intellectual property rights
(Henry J. Schumacher , 04-Jan-2017 , Business Mirror)

The Philippines has shown great improvement in the past years in terms of intellectual-property rights (IPR) protection, as highlighted by its removal from the United States watchlist of trading partners with grave IPR infringements. More...



Launch of IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police and IPR Awareness Campaign for Children
(Delhi , 04-Jan-2017 , Business Standard)

Launch of IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police and IPR Awareness Campaign for Children More...



Telangana, AP tops in filing patents
(Sribala Vadlapatla , 4-Jan-2017 , The Times Of India)

When it comes to filing patents, the twin states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are way ahead of competition, but experts say most of inventions have little or no commercial value. More...



Event organisers to pay royalty to use copyrighted songs: Delhi HC
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 3-Jan-2017 , Business Standard)

Under arrangement, organisers have to inform 3 societies about copyrighted work to be used More...



Foreigners dominate Indian patents
(3-Jan-2017 , Times of India)

Around 80% of the more-than 43,000 domestic product and process patents have been secured by foreign entities - many of them global technology giants like Qualcomm, Samsung and Philips. More...



PayPal Accuses Paytm of Trademark Infringement in India
(Rahul Vijh , 02-Jan-2017 , IPWatchDog)

On November 18, 2016, Paypal Inc. filed an objection at the Indian Trademark Office accusing Paytm, an Indian mobile wallet company, of trademark infringement. The objection comes at the heels of the recent windfall made by the latter on account of a cash-strapped nation moving rapidly towards a cashless normal. More...



TVS gets patent for auto hybrid transmission system
(Sajan C Kumar , 29-Dec-2016 , The Financial Express)

Giving a major fillip to its innovation-packed product line-up, Chennai-based auto major TVS Motor Co has been granted an Indian patent for automatic hybrid transmission (AHT) system for two-wheelers. More...



Delhi High Court restrains three copyright societies from issuing licences
(PTI | New Delhi , 28-Dec-2016 , The Indian Express)

The Delhi High Court restrained the societies from granting licences to play music and songs of various artists in public till April 24 next year. More...



India-EFTA trade deal talks to be held in January
(PTI , 28-Dec-2016 , The Economic Times)

With India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members resuming talks for the long-stalled proposed free trade agreement last month, senior officials of the four-nation bloc will visit here in January to iron out differences related with the pact. More...



Who owns blockchain? Goldman, BofA amass patents for coming wars
(Bloomberg , 28-Dec-2016 , Livemint)

In the headlong rush to revolutionize modern finance, blockchain enthusiasts are overlooking one potentially costly problem: their applications, built on open-source code, may actually belong to someone else. More...



Backdoor patents could hurt patients
(SRIVIDHYA RAGAVAN MOUSHAMI JOSHI , 27-Dec-2016 , Business Line)

Extending data ‘exclusivity’ for a drug after clinical trials, thereby shutting out competition, is not a good idea More...



Apple pulls Nokia-owned Withings devices from stores in patent fight
(DNA WEB TEAM | , 26-Dec-2016 , DNA)

The Cupertino tech giant has expunged all mentions of the brand from its online stores in retaliation for a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Nokia. More...



India, US must exchange wish lists to iron out issues: IACC
(PTI | New Delhi , 26-Dec-2016 , The Indian Express)

Broad contours of the wish lists should include amicable settlement of IPR issues leading to earliest conclusion of a bilateral investment treaty (BIT), totalisation agreement, a sound legal framework to expeditiously settle disputes, settlement of issues emanating from non-tariff measures and importantly, a fast solution to nagging visa problems. More...



India drops initial objections, clears Google Technology patent to improve mobile phone out of service response
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 24-Dec-2016 , The Financial Express)

Google has secured Indian patent for an invention relating to techniques for the mobile phones to improve responses to out-of-service conditions. More...



Start-up accuses Amazon of using its brand name to drive traffic
(PRIYANKA PANI , 23-Dec-2016 , Business Line)

Chennai-based Flintobox files legal notice against the e-commerce giant More...



GM technology: Trait fee war between Monsanto and Indian seed firms intensifies
(Harish Damodaran | New Delhi , 22-Dec-2016 , The Indian Express)

Monsanto has sublicensed its BG-II Bt technology — which was granted an Indian patent in February 2008 – to 49 companies More...



Nokia sues Apple for infringing 32 patents
(Helsinki , PTI , 22-Dec-2016 , DNA)

Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the company has infringed on a number of its patents. More...



Who owns blockchain? Goldman, Bank of America amass patents for coming wars
(Olga Kharif , 21-Dec-2016 , Livemint)

Some of the biggest names in business, from Goldman Sachs to Bank of America , have quietly patented some of the most promising blockchain technologies More...



China: Court fines firms for using BMW-like trademark
(Reuters | Shanghai , 20-Dec-2016 , The Indian Express)

The ruling is the latest win for a large foreign firm in China, a sign that courts are taking trademark infringement more seriously. More...



Parentlane applies for patent on "GrowthCheck"
(Press Trust of India , 19-Dec-2016 , Business Standard)

Parentlane, a mobile technology company that focuses on early-child development and parenting, has filed a patent application in India for its recently launched feature - GrowthCheck - which will measure the overall development of children between 0-8 years, considered to be the most critical phase when 90 per cent of brain development happens. More...



Parentlane applies for patent on "GrowthCheck"
(19-Dec-2016 , business standard)

Parentlane, a mobile technology company that focuses on early-child development and parenting, has filed a patent application in India for its recently launched feature - GrowthCheck - which will measure the overall development of children between 0-8 years, considered to be the most critical phase when 90 per cent of brain development happens. More...



PayPal files copyright infringement against Paytm, says similar colour scheme used in logo
(Express Web Desk , 19-Dec-2016 , The Indian Express)

In the notice served against the mobile wallet company, PayPal has described how Paytm used the "two-tone blue colour scheme" that is also part of PayPal's colour scheme. More...



Merck wins record $2.5 billion patent verdict against Gilead
(Bloomberg , 17-Dec-2016 , The Economic Times)

Gilead Sciences was told by a federal jury to pay $2.54 billion to MerckBSE 1.42 % & Co. for using a patented invention as the basis for its blockbuster drugs for the potentially deadly liver disease hepatitis C — the biggest patent-infringement verdict in US history More...



Nintendo Switch patent hints at possible VR headset support
(Tech Desk , 16-Dec-2016 , The Indian Express)

A patent filed by Nintendo with the US Patent Office shows prospects of a VR headset compatibility with the gaming console More...



Pharmexcil, AIDCOC to organize symposium on 'IPR & Regulatory Perspective for Pharma & Biotech' on Dec 17 at IPC
(Our Bureau, Mumbai , 16-Dec-2016 , Pharmabiz)

The Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) in association with the All India Drugs Control Officers' Confederation (AIDCOC) is organizing a symposium on 'Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Regulatory Perspective for Pharma & Biotech Sectors' on December 17, 2016 at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, A.P. More...



Sonata Software gets patent for mobility platform
(OUR BUREAU , 15-Dec-2016 , Business Line)

Sonata Software has been granted a patent for enabling users to be notified across web, SMS, email and in-app push notifications. More...



Donald Trump's vow to end TPP affects India’s trade talks
(Kirtika Suneja, ET Bureau , 14-Dec-2016 , The Economic Times)

It aims to cover goods, services, investment, competition, economic and technical cooperation, dispute settlement and intellectual property rights. More...



Supreme Court declines to hear biologic drug patent fight
(Brendan Pierson | WASHINGTON , 13-Dec-2016 , Reuters)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case over whether companies that make copycat versions of biologic drugs must wait six months after winning federal approval before bringing them to the market. More...



Indian Trade Marks Registry to widen its doors for recording “well known” marks
(RNA IP Attorneys - Ranjan Narula , 12-Dec-2016 , Lexology)

The role of recordation of well-known marks varies across jurisdictions. More...



The new patents regime
(12-Dec-2016 , Business Standard )

The government’s attempt to expedite the process of granting patents by hiring more application examiners and digitising the procedures is a welcome move. The need for reforms in this field has long been felt to remove, or at least tone down, the taint the country’s intellectual property administration has acquired due to unduly long delays and lack of transparency in clearing patent applications. More...



Apple iPhone patents reveal virtual buttons, and a foldable device: Report
(Tech Desk , 12-Dec-2016 , The Indian Express)

Apple patents indicate the company could be working on a new iPhone design with virtual buttons and Touch sensors More...



Issues of access and ‘fair use’ in new High Court copyright judgment
(Aneesha Mathur , 12-Dec-2016 , The Indian Express)

Delhi HC has ruled there’ll be no cap on how much of a book can be photocopied, so long as course demands it. What are the implications for the publishing industry? More...



Dindigul leather gets into Geographical Indication Registry
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 11-Dec-2016 , The Hindu)

Leather industry in Dindigul received a shot in the arm on Saturday when the user certificate issued to the Geographical Indication Registry for ‘East India Leather’ was handed over to representatives of Dindigul Tanners’ Association at a function here on Saturday. More...



HC restores publishers’ copyright suit
(Akanksha Jain , 10-Dec-2016 , The Hindu)

The Delhi High Court on Friday restored for trial the dispute whether photocopying study material was a violation of copyright while allowing Delhi University’s Rameshwari Photocopy Service to continue with preparing course packs for the time being. More...



Delhi HC verdict on publishers’ plea in DU photocopy case likely today
(Priyanka Mittal , 9-Dec-2016 , Livemint)

The single judge order if set aside will be a game changer for the applicability of Indian copyright law in education cases and would shift focus to the interest of publishers. More...



India lags behind in leveraging intellectual property rights: CBEC Chief Najib Shah
(08-Dec-2016 , Buissness Standard)

"India has been a little behind, perhaps,in leveraging in IPR and it has become an impediment," Shah said addressing an event on 'Illicit cross-border trade in goods: impact on economy and consumers' organised by industry body Ficci. More...



Finance Ministry set to boost start-up operations in India; here’s how
(Devendra Raghav , 7-Dec-2016 , The Financial Express)

The Make-in-India initiative was launched to encourage national as well as multinational companies to manufacture in India. More...



Intellectual property vs competition law
(Shamnad Basheer , 7-Dec-2016 , Livemint)

The competition cure may well be worse than the patent plague that it was meant to heal More...



US Supreme Court sides with Samsung in $399 million patent case by Apple
( Reuters , 06-Dec-2016 , DNA)

The court overruled an appeals court judgement, directing the South Korean company to pay Apple US $399 million in compensation. More...



Delhi HC reserves verdict on foreign publishers plea in book photocopy case
(05-Dec-2016 , DNA)

The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its judgement on a petition by leading foreign publishers against a single judge verdict allowing sale of photocopies of textbooks published by them by a shop located at the Delhi University (DU) campus. More...



Delhi HC reserves verdict on publishers’ appeal in photocopy case
(Priyanka Mittal , 05-Dec-2016 , Livemint)

The HC reserved judgement on a plea brought by publishers against an order allowing a photocopy shop in the DU campus to sell course packs using material published by them More...



Apple could be working on circular smartwatch, hints patent
(Tech Desk , 04-Dec-2016 , The Indian Express)

Apple could be working on a smartwatch with a circular display, according to its recent patent filing More...



Experts welcome India's denial of patent to prostrate cancer drug, Xtandi
(Laxmi Yadav , 1-Dec-2016 , Pharmabiz)

The Indian Patent Office's denial of patent for life-saving prostrate cancer drug, Xtandi (enzalutamide) has been welcomed by patent experts in the country, who say it will open up avenues for generic drugs costing less than half the price. In India, prostrate cancer is the second most common cancer in males as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and various state cancer registries. On November 10, India's patent office revoked the patent application filed by University of California in 2007. The University had discovered the drug. The patent on blockbuster cancer drug, Xtandi which is marketed by Japan's Astella Pharma, was opposed by Fresenius Kabi in 2012, and by Mumbai-based BDR Pharma in 2013. Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, an organisation of 20 research based Indian drug companies also opposed the grant of patent. More...



No copyright over our judgments: SC
(Dhananjay Mahapatra , 24-Nov-2016 , Times of India)

NEW DELHI: For long, a couple of firms had a virtual monopoly over printing judgments of the Supreme Court in book format and selling it to advocates, institutions and others. So much so that one of them claimed copyright over the manner in which it edited and published the judgments. . More...



‘Per capita patent filings, research applications very low in India’
(OUR BUREAU , 23-Nov-2016 , Business Line)

China tops in patent applications, followed by US, Japan More...



India – patent challenges and compulsory licensing
(23-Nov-2016 , The PharmaLetter)

Even as Astellas Pharma (TYO; 4502) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) have received the green signal on a supplemental New Drug Application from the US Food and Drug Administration for Xtandi (enzalutamide) to treat advanced prostate cancer, the Indian patent office has denied Xtandi a patent, opening up the market to generic versions of the drug, reports More...



China top innovator with 1 million patent requests in year: UN
(Stephanie Nebehay , 23-Nov-2016 , Livemint)

Chinese innovators filed most of their patent applications in electrical engineering, which includes telecoms, followed by computer technology and semiconductors More...



IIT Madras patent filings increase by 33%
(T E Narasimhan | Chennai , 22-Nov-2016 , Business Standard)

Approval for international patents doubled to 15 during the year 2015-16 More...



‘CRI guidelines may impact the innovation ecosystem’
(TANVEER KAUR , 21-Nov-2016 , Business Line)

The “CRI Guidelines” for examination of computer-related inventions (CRI), published by the Indian Patent Office (IPO) on February 19 are currently under review. While some have supported it, there has been criticism from various stakeholders. More...



Preserving a rare medicinal rice variety
(K. A. SHAJI , 18-Nov-2016 , The Hindu)

It was only last week Palakkad-based marketing executive-turned farmer P. Narayanan Unni was invited to present a paper on how he conserved Kerala’s nearly extinct medicinal rice variety, Navara, in an organic way at a global conference on best practices in agri-food innovation. More...



Bangladesh registers Jamdani as first GI product
(Press Trust of India | Dhaka , 17-Nov-2016 , Business Standard)

Bangladesh today registered Jamdani, one of the world's finest and classic Muslin craft, as its first Geographical Indication (GI) product, a move that will help in branding the product in the international market. More...



Increasing the period of surveillance data may delay entry of generic drugs: Commerce secretary Rita Teotia
(Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi , 15-Nov-2016 , The Indian Express)

Commerce secretary Rita Teotia echoes the views of the industry in a letter to the health ministry. More...



272 products registered as geographical indication so far
(PTI , 14-Nov-2016 , India Today)

As many as 272 products such as Sangli raisins, Banaras metal repousse craft and Beed custard apple have been registered as geographical indications since September 2003, according to a government data. More...



Interplay Of Section 63 And Section 64 Of Indian Patent Act, 1970
(Khurana and Khurana , 14-Nov-2016 , mondaq)

What is the effect of surrender proceedings on the ongoing opposition/ revocation proceedings? More...



Bayer gets over compulsory licence
(Divya Rajagopal , 14-Nov-2016 , The Economic Times)

German chemicals and life sciences company Bayer has gotten over its brush with India’s intellectual property rights policy and is now looking for a bigger slice of the market, according to a senior executive of the company. More...



Bayer to set up active ingredients plant for agrochemicals in Vapi
(Rakesh Rao | Mumbai , 11-Nov-2016 , Business Standard)

The German company will invest Euro 30 million for the new plant in Vapi, where it recently opened a global formulation technology laboratory More...



India, US lock horns over intellectual property at WTO
(AMITI SEN , 11-Nov-2016 , Business Line)

US criticises UN report, says it ‘distracts rather than benefits’ More...



Grant of patents during Apr-Oct up 21.5 pc
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 11-Nov-2016 , Business Standard)

With the commerce and industry ministry taking steps to streamline the procedures, grant of patents during April-October this fiscal year has increased by 21.5 per cent. More...



Bayer group hints at continuing crop research in India
(Rajesh Bhayani | Mumbai , 11-Nov-2016 , Business Standard)

Bayer group is setting up a new plant at Vapi in Gujarat with €30-million fresh investments More...



Patent denied, price of prostate cancer drug may go down
(Rupali Mukherjee , 10-Nov-2016 , The Times Of India)

The Indian Patent Office has denied a patent to Xtandi (Enzalutamide), a steeplypriced wonder drug used in prostate cancer, on the pre-grant opposition filed by a clutch of entities, including Mumbai-based BDR Pharma, drug company Fresenius Kabi and Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance. More...



Trump’s anti-tariff stance on drug import cheers companies
(Himani Chandna, New Delhi , 10-Nov-2016 , Hindustan Times)

Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential elections may create a new set of opportunities for Indian generic drug makers More...



Samsung’s new patent hints at a foldable smartphone
(Tech Desk , 10-Nov-2016 , The Indian Express)

A new patent application by Samsung suggests that the company is working on a foldable smartphone design More...



Govt taking steps to expedite patent applications
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 09-Nov-2016 , Business Standard)

The commerce and industry ministry is taking several steps including hiring more people and training them to reduce the time and pendency of patents and trademark applications, an official said today. More...



Pfizer gets process patents for Enbrel despite Mylan & Biocon opposition
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 9-Nov-2016 , The Financial Express)

US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has received a shot in the arm with the company securing two Indian process patents related to its blockbuster drug Etanercept, marketed under the brand name Enbrel in countries like the US. More...



GI Registry holds meeting to decide on GI tag for Basmati rice from Madhya Pradesh
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 09-Nov-2016 , Business Standard)

Madhya Pradesh farmers and APEDA met the registry to put forward their arguments More...



British appliance company Dyson headed for Indian market by 2017
(Tech Desk , 08-Nov-2016 , The Indian Express)

Dyson has recently announced that he has applied for a business licence to patent and sell his products for the first time in India More...



Indian Pharma Exporters & The World of P-MEC-Collector’s Edition
(8-Nov-2016 , Chemical Weekly)

Indian Pharma Exporters & The World of P-MEC-Collector’s Edition: Key highlights More...



India, Britain sign MoUs on IPR, ease of doing business
(IANS , 07-Nov-2016 , The Economic Times)

India and Britain on Monday signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on intellectual property rights (IPR) and ease of doing business following delegation-level talks led by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Theresa May here. More...



Experts stress on importance of trademark protection
(TNN , 6-Nov-2016 , The Times Of India)

Indian companies have only recently realized the importance of brandname and trademark protection. More...



Glaxo wins battle for GSK trademark
(Prabha Raghavan , 04-Nov-2016 , The Economic Times)

British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has secured a crucial victory in a three-year court battle over its trademark rights with a Hyderabad company which used the same acronym. More...



Bonita India slaps legal notice on Milton over IPR infringement
(OUR BUREAU , 3-Nov-2016 , Business Line)

Consumer goods major Bonita India has slapped a legal notice on Milton over alleged infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR). More...



Delhi HC turns 50: Five landmark intellectual property rights rulings
(Priyanka Mittal , 2-Nov-2016 , Livemint)

Delhi HC has helped shape intellectual property law by interpreting various facets of the trademark, copyright, patent laws and coming up with innovative solutions More...



GI: POOR MAN’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
(Makhan Saikia , 29-Oct-2016 , The Pioneer)

To ensure the protection of the Geographical Indication (GI) in India, the Government, along with various other civil society organisations and the NGOs, must keep a close watch on the registration of GIs. More...



Hardware clause makes software patenting difficult
(VENKATESH GANESH , 28-Oct-2016 , Business Line)

Revised norms say patent can be granted only when there is combination of software and hardware More...



Decision to amend IP law to give ‘cinnamon’ GI protection hailed
(28-Oct-2016 , Mirror Business)

The country’s cinnamon industry stakeholders yesterday hailed the Cabinet’s decision to amend the Intellectual Property Act of 2003 to enable ‘Ceylon Cinnamon’ to obtain Geographical Indications (GI) locally, and be included in a GI register. More...



Patents in India needs a culture of investment in software innovation, says BSA
(ANI | New Delhi , 27-Oct-2016 , Business Standard)

The Software Alliance, advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace, supports the objectives of important initiatives like Digital India and Start-up India, depend on harnessing the power of innovation to achieve their goals and concerned with the current CRI policy. More...



Indian Patent Office to create awareness programme for new IPR policy
(BS B2B Bureau | New Delhi , 25-Oct-2016 , Business Standard)

The aim of the new policy is to provide IP protection in India to the innovator in a reasonable period of time without much problems, says O P Gupta, Controller General of Patents More...



India should strengthen IPR laws to increase trade with America: US Envoy
(ANI , 25-Oct-2016 , Sify News)

In order to increase trade between United States and India, the government should strengthen its existing Intellectual Property Right laws otherwise many of the American companies with their new developed ideas and technology would not be able to invest in the Indian market, said a senior diplomat of U.S. posted in India. More...



Software patent: TCS plea for protection of invention on technical documents rejected
(Sajan C Kumar , 25-Oct-2016 , The Financial Express)

In yet another instance of saying no to exclusivity for innovations in software development, the country's patent office has rejected a patent application by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) seeking protection to its claimed invention relating to organisation and development of technical documents, with few defects, minimal effort and less cost. More...



Rocky bail: It's patent HC fallacy, says state
(25-Oct-2016 , Times of India)

PATNA: The Supreme Court will hear on Friday the Bihar government's appeal seeking cancellation of bail granted to JD(U) MLC Manorama Devi's son Rocky Yadav, who allegedly shot dead Aditya Sachdeva, a student, for overtaking his SUV with a small car. More...



Detailed annual plan on spreading awareness about new IPR Policy soon: Controller General of Patents
(Capital Market , 24-Oct-2016 , Business Standard)

Need to strengthen existing IPR related systems & mechanisms: NRDC chairman More...



Walmart sues cookware maker for ‘using’ name
(Rasul Bailay , 24-Oct-2016 , The Economic Times)

American retailer Walmart has dragged a local firm, Yash Enterprises, to the Delhi High Court for allegedly selling cookware products under the supermarket chain’s brand name. More...



India to US: Will not tighten IPR rules beyond TRIPS mandate
(OUR BUREAU , 20-Oct-2016 , Business Line)

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman demands food safety clearance mechanism during talks with US Trade Representative More...



Patents on software: India’s CRI guidelines create impractical situation
(Ashish Bharadwaj , 20-Oct-2016 , The finanacial express)

India’s CRI guidelines create an impractical situation, which makes patentability of software possible only if the inventor also invents a new hardware More...



Karnataka fares better than most states on innovation front
(Mihika Basu | Bangalore Mirror Bureau , 20-Oct-2016 , The Times Of India)

The number of patents filed is usually an indication of the amount of innovation being done by a particular institution and is also linked to the growth of a nation. More...



3G, 4G, now 5G: India takes early call
(Surabhi Agarwal, ET Bureau , 20-Oct-2016 , The Economic Times)

A research team commissioned by the government to work on 5G technology has already filed 100 patents so far — of which around 10 have already been granted. More...



Nirmala Sitharaman calls for push to India’s IPR activities
(19-Oct-2016 , The Financial Express)

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that Indias intellectual property rights (IPR)-related activities need great traction. Sitharaman was speaking at the launch of the logo of Cell for IPR Promotion & Management (CIPAM). More...



India still has impediments to FDI in some retail, finance areas, rues USTR
(NAYANIMA BASU/ AMITI SEN , 19-Oct-2016 , Business Line)

Washington will continue dialogue with India on IPR issues, says Michael Froman More...



CSIR wants labs to stop random filing of patents
(Akshaya Mukul , 19-Oct-2016 , Times of India)

NEW DELHI: The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has sent out a stern message to its 38 laboratories to avoid indiscriminate filing of Indian and foreign patents. In order to "inculcate responsible behaviour" CSIR has decided that "henceforth 25% of expenses incurred on prosecution and maintenance of Indian patents and up to 50% of expenses on foreign patents will be borne by the laboratories". CSIR director-general Girish Sahni has told laboratories "if they succeed in licensing, headquarter will give you a matching grant". . In a strongly worded letter to lab heads, Sahni said "patents are just filed for the sake of filing without any techno-commerical and legal evaluation". He told them that even choice of countries where patents are being filed is "ad-hoc without any logic". For instance, he said, majority of patents are "biodata" patents. More...



E-commerce in India: Amazon gets patent for system to manage data centres
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 19-Oct-2016 , The Financial Express)

Amazon Technologies Inc, subsidiary of e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc, has secured an Indian patent relating to a system for efficiently managing data centres by streamlining the processing of applications generated out of multiple computing systems. More...



Copyright as exception
(Shamnad Basheer , 19-Oct-2016 , The Indian Express)

Free competition and access to knowledge have been the default legal norm for many a nation. More...



Ceat develops puncture-safe tyres for bikes; files patent
(Subhayan Chakraborty | New Delhi , 18-Oct-2016 , Business Standard)

With the US going into its Presidential elections in November, both governments are being cautious More...



Patent office calls meeting to make things user-friendly
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 18-Oct-2016 , Business Standard)

The Indian Patent Office has decided to hold meetings with stakeholders here and in Mumbai to take feedback on making examination and processing more user-friendly. More...



US health departments wants Ayurveda cures for cancer documented
(FE Online , 18-Oct-2016 , The Financial Express)

The US department of health and human services' premier National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) have expressed interest in documenting ayurveda's success stories in treating cancer. More...



Epidemics among most pressing health security issues today: K. Vijay Raghavan
(Arijit Paladhi , 18-Oct-2016 , Livemint)

Epidemics of emerging infectious diseases are a significant and growing threat to life, health and prosperity, says K. Vijay Raghavan, chairperson of CEPI’s interim board More...



India, US trade ministers to meet on October 20 as part of Trade Policy Forum
(PTI | New Delhi , 17-Oct-2016 , The Financial Express)

Visa, customs cooperation, greater market access for goods and intellectual property rights are the key issues that will be discussed during the trade policy forum (TPF) meeting between India and the US on October 20. More...



US health department wants ayurveda cures for cancer documented
(Chethan Kumar | , 17-Oct-2016 , The Times Of India)

In a major fillip to India's efforts to globalise ayurveda and other traditional medicines, the US department of health and human services' premier National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) have expressed interest in documenting ayurveda's success stories in treating cancer. More...



Healthcare in India: From innovation to action
(Ratna Devi | New Delhi , 17-Oct-2016 , The Financial Express)

Patient access to life-changing healthcare needs innovative medicines and collective effortRatna Devi | New Delhi More...



GM crops: How to plant the future
(C D Mayee , 17-Oct-2016 , The Economic Times)

The government must listen to industry associations and experts who have been criticising the cotton price control and compulsory licensing notification More...



Start-ups: Indian entrepreneurs’ focus on short-term gains turns them into laggards
( Rajeev Banduni | New Delhi , 17-Oct-2016 , The Financial Express)

Indian entrepreneurs’ focus on short-term gains has led to a rise in the number of start-ups that simply mirror the technology of mature, established companies More...



India-US trade relationship to grow: US Trade Representative Michael Froman
(PTI , 15-Oct-2016 , The Economic Times)

Describing the reforms undertaken by the Indian government as "work in progress", a top Obama Administration official has linked the growth in bilateral trade between the two countries to India opening up and liberalising its economy. More...



Mylan discontinues its pursuit to patent process to prepare anti impotence drug
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 14-Oct-2016 , Business Standard)

Company filed application for novel process for preparation of Sildenafil Citrate, the active ingredient of Pfizer's Viagra More...



Pfizer loses appeal in UK patent case over use of Lyrica drug for pain
(Reuters | London , 13-Oct-2016 , The Financial Express)

Pfizer suffered a setback in Britain on Thursday when the Court of Appeal in London ruled against it in a patent case over the use of its $5 billion-a-year drug Lyrica for pain relief. More...



Bangladesh’s Jamdani textiles to get global patent
(7-Oct-2016 , India Live Today)

Dhakai Jamdani, one of Bangladesh’s finest muslin textiles, is set to be registered this month as the country’s first Geographical Indication (GI) product, a media report said on Thursday. Senior Secretary of the Industries Ministry M. Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan made the disclosure while addressing the 56th annual meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva on Tuesday, according to a message received here on Thursday. More...



Copy-wrongs and the invisible subsidy
(Satish Deshpande , 7-Oct-2016 , The Indian Express)

Academic publishers challenged the right of Indian students to photocopied texts. Their suit shows how much they themselves benefitted from the intellectual commons. More...



Fake copyright site infuriates Indian government
(Simon Sharwood , 7-Oct-2016 , The Register)

India's government has issued a warning to users of www.copyright.in, which it says is “creating a false impression that it is the official website of the copyright registration office in India and inviting applications for protection of the various works i.e. literary, artistic, dramatic, musical, sound recording and cinematographic films along with its evidences.” More...



India’s pharma competitiveness rank drops
(Arijit Paladhi , 06-Oct-2016 , Livemint)

India scores low on almost all metrics except for partial step-ups on two counts: scientific capabilities and infrastructure, and clinical research conditions and framework More...



Rameshwari Photocopy case: Delhi HC to hear publisher’s appeal tomorrow
(Priyanka Mittal , 5-Oct-2016 , Livemint)

The publishers have challenged a Delhi HC ruling, which allowed Rameshwari Photocopy Service to sell photocopies of textbooks and course materials to students More...



It’s time for new swadeshi battle
( Navdanya Trust , 5-Oct-2016 , The Asian Age)

The Industrial Revolution brought with it colonialism. Colonies of cotton, indigo, opium (and other) plantations were installed, to feed the machines of the Industrial “Revolution” — patented machines, built by patented machines. More...



The battle over Bt cotton
(SHAMNAD BASHEER , 4-Oct-2016 , The Hindu)

While Monsanto and Indian seed companies spar, more worrying is the confused lawmaking underpinning regulation of patents More...



India, US companies to fight in Supreme Court over Exide trademark
(Samanwaya Rautray , 3-Oct-2016 , The Economic Times)

The protracted legal battle over who can use the ExideBSE 2.70 % brand name to sell automobile batteries in the Indian market has reached the Supreme Court. But for now, US-based Exide Technologies will not be able to use the name in any manner in this country to either promote the brand or the company. More...



Students question IIT-B’s intellectual property rule, but alumni give it a thumbs up
(Shreya Bhandary , 03-Oct-2016 , Hindustan Times)

While the IP policy is similar across all IITs as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), royalty sharing models have differed, claimed students. More...



With 3 surface transport patents in US, Rivigo takes road less travelled
(Biswarup Gooptu , 3-Oct-2016 , The Economic Times)

Surface transport logistics provider Rivigo has filed for three patents in the US for algorithms created by it, making it a rare instance of an Indian startup seeking to do so, given the country's poor record in developing and protecting intellectual property. More...



Government approves India-Singapore MoU to boost innovation, technological advancement
(PTI , 28-Sep-2016 , The Indian Express)

The MoU will enable India to exchange experiences in the innovation and IP ecosystems that will substantially benefit entrepreneurs, investors and businesses on both sides. More...



India: Smell Marks: The New Rage In Trademarks
(Intepat IP Services Pvt Ltd , 28-Sep-2016 , Mondaq)

The ever increasing competition in the business world compels corporations and businesses to be distinct; to stand out in order to garner a larger consumer base. Apart from huge investments in advertising and attractive offers, the prime mode that they adopt is by way of trademarks. More...



Cabinet approves India-Singapore agreement on industrial property rights
(IANS , 28-Sep-2016 , The Economic Times)

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an agreement between India and Singapore on industrial property cooperation that is expected to enhance bilateral activities in Industrial Property Rights of patents, trademarks and industrial designs. More...



Affordable drugs: India stand justified
(28-Sep-2016 , Deccan Herald)

Just about two years ago, when the Supreme Court had rejected the claims of Bayer against grant of compulsory licence by India Patent Office to the Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma for manufacture and sale of cancer fighting drug Sorafenib at Rs 8,800 per person per year against Rs 33.60 lakh by the multi-national firm, an impression was sought to be created by the global firms as if India was disincentivising research and development (R&D). More...



NGO opposes NSAI views on patent laws
(26-Sep-2016 , Times of India)

New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS) Opposing the views of National Seeds Association of India (NSAI) on biotech traits patenting rules, an NGO promoting agriculture biotechnology on Monday approached the Union Agriculture Ministry seeking its intervention. More...



On the right to photocopy
(S. Sivakumar, Lisa P. Lukose , 26-Sep-2016 , The Hindu)

On September 16, the Delhi High Court dismissed the copyright infringement petition filed by three international publishers against a photocopy shop located in the Delhi University premises (The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford v. Rameshwari Photocopy Services). The court ruled that making course packs for suggested reading for students by photocopying portions of various prescribed reference books does not violate the copyright of the publishers. More...



DIPP Drags the Dasatinib Compulsory License Drama: A situation of “extreme urgency”?
(Pankhuri Agarwal , 24-Sep-2016 , Spicy IP)

As our readers may recall, in January 2013, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH) had recommended that DIPP declare that a compulsory license (CL) should be granted, under section 92 of the Patents Act, 1970, for three exorbitantly priced anti-cancer drugs – Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Dasatinib (or Sprycel) and Ixabepilone (or Ixempra) and Roche’s Trastuzumab (or Herceptin). Two of these three cases were dropped as Roche allowed its patent on Herceptin to lapse (presumably to avoid the license) and MoH raised safety concerns regarding Ixabepilone. Regarding Dasatinib (used for treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia or CML), DIPP had asked a series of questions to MoH including whether the probability of 0.001% occurrence of CML with no alarming increase could be categorised as national emergency or extreme urgency under section 92. In May 2015, MoH sent its point wise reply stating, among other things, that since Dasatanib was required by 40% of all CML cases, it certainly constituted a situation of ‘extreme urgency’. More than a year has elapsed since then, but it seems that the DIPP is yet to decide on the matter. More...



Govt seeks views on pricing patented drugs
(Arijit Paladhi , 23-Sep-2016 , Livemint)

Institutions involved in discussions include commerce ministry, DIPP, health ministry, department of pharmaceuticals and the national pharmaceutical pricing authority More...



Welspun India: will patent help in recovery?
(23-Sep-2016 , Business Line)

Welspun India has secured an “interactive textile article and augmented reality system” patent. More...



Copyright lessons
(Business Standard Editorial Comment | New Delhi , 22-Sep-2016 , Business Standard)

It's the textbook publishers who need to be proactive More...



Delhi high court virtually busts ‘property’ rhetoric in the IPR narrative
(SHAMNAD BASHEER , 22-Sep-2016 , DNA)

In a momentous decision, the Delhi high court has ruled that the making of course packs for the purpose of study was well within the bounds of the law and did not amount to copyright infringement. More...



Government plans to create patent sharing regime
(Moulishree Srivastava | Mumbai , 22-Sep-2016 , Business Standard)

It aims to transfer technology from research and development labs to companies that can then take it to market, while protecting rights of innovators More...



Breaking News: Setback with a silver lining- The Supreme Court in IPRS v Aditya Pandey & Ors.
(Vasundhara Majithia , 22-Sep-2016 , Spicy IP)

In 2012, the Division bench of the Delhi High Court, in the matter of IPRS v Aditya Pandey & Ors. dismissed IPRS’s appeal against the order of a Single Judge who had held that radio stations etc., who were broadcasting/communicating ‘sound recordings’ were required to pay royalty only to the owner of the sound recording and not to the owner of the lyrics or the musical works which had been incorporated into the sound recordings. More...



Seed companies say Monsanto spreading falsehoods on patent rights
(KVL Akshay , 22-Sep-2016 , The Economic Times)

Indian seed companies have accused US major MonsantoBSE 0.16 % of deliberately spreading falsehoods on patents and claiming patent rights on seeds and plant varieties. More...



Hyperlinking Can Amount to Copyright Infringement, Rules CJEU
(Rahul Bajaj , 21-Sep-2016 , Spicy IP)

In a development that could have several far-reaching ramifications for the free flow of information in cyberspace in Europe and beyond, the Court of Justice for the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled earlier this month that linking to infringing material could amount to copyright infringement in some cases. More...



63 Moons Technologies to commercialise its IPRs
(T E Narasimhan | Chennai , 21-Sep-2016 , Business Standard)

Management says company continues to face challenging and hostile environment More...



Novartis gets Indian patent for skin cancer drug Tafinlar
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 21-Sep-2016 , The Financial Express)

Swiss pharma major Novartis AG has secured an Indian patent for its skin cancer drug Tafinlar, used in the treatment of metastatic melanoma- the most serious and life-threatening type of skin cancer that is associated with low survival rates. More...



Copyright and copy-making
(21-Sep-2016 , The Hindu)

The Delhi High Court verdict that photocopying portions of academic publications to make course packs for students does not amount to copyright infringement has been interpreted by many as a victory for the wider public interest of ensuring affordable access to quality educational material. More...



US Supreme Court to take up less sensitive IP cases over important yet’politically sensitive’ matters
( Reuters | Washington , 21-Sep-2016 , The Indian Express)

In addition to intellectual property cases, the Supreme court could soon take up a trademark battle that pits an Asian-American rock band and the Washington Redskins football team. More...



Lupin caught in legal tussle over 'patent infringement'
(Veena Mani | New Delhi , 20-Sep-2016 , Business Standard)

Horizon decided to take legal action after Lupin filed an abbreviated new drug application (Anda) for a generic version of Pennsaid More...



Skype gets patent for know-how on faster communication system
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 20-Sep-2016 , The Financial Express)

Text and video chat app Skype, now owned by Microsoft Corporation, has secured an Indian patent for an invention relating to a system and method for minimising the load on a message server, which in turn could facilitate faster communication. More...



Counterview – The DU Photocopy case – How wide should educational use exceptions be in the age of photocopier machines?
(Prashant Reddy , 19-Sep-2016 , Spicy IP)

“Copyright, specially in literary works, is thus not an inevitable, divine, or natural right that confers on authors the absolute ownership of their creations. It is designed rather to stimulate activity and progress in the arts for the intellectual enrichment of the public. Copyright is intended to increase and not to impede the harvest of knowledge. It is intended to motivate the creative activity of authors and inventors in order to benefit the public.” More...



India should become society of design and innovation: Amitabh Kant
(BS B2B Bureau | New Delh , 19-Sep-2016 , Business Standard)

IT companies and manufacturing companies need to work together to create a disruptive culture for creating globally competitive designs, says NITI Aayog CEO More...



34 startups avail rebate on patent fee: DIPP
(PTI , 19-Sep-2016 , India Today)

As many as 34 startups have so far availed the benefits under a government scheme to obtain patents with 80 per cent fee rebate, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) said today. More...



Geographical Indication tag sought for Boka Chaul
(TNN , 19-Sep-2016 , The Times Of India)

The coveted Geographical Indication (GI) tag is being sought for indigenous Boka Chaul that can be consumed directly without cooking. More...



IIT-Madras is patent king
(Express News Service , 18-Sep-2016 , The Sunday Standard)

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) has filed applications for, and secured, the most number of patents among the country’s premier educational institutes. More...



Delhi HC adjourns hearing on patent challenge to US pharma giant Gilead's controversial hepatitis C drug, sofosbuvir to Nov 22
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 17-Sep-2016 , Pharmabiz)

The Delhi High Court (HC) has adjourned hearing on patent challenge to US Pharmaceutical major Gilead's controversial hepatitis C drug, sofosbuvir. More...



Copyright is not a divine right: Delhi HC
(Abhinav Garg , 17-Sep-2016 , The Times Of India)

Observing that "copyright is not a divine right", the Delhi high court on Friday allowed Delhi University to issue photocopies of major textbooks published by leading publishers. More...



University copying books for teaching is not copyright violation: Delhi HC
(AKANKSHA JAIN , 16-Sep-2016 , The Hindu)

Delhi University photocopy shop allowed to resume business as court dismisses suits initiated by three international publishing giants. More...



Ensure genuine innovation in drug patents: UN panel
(D. Ravi Kanth , 15-Sep-2016 , Livemint)

Committee urges governments to use ‘flexibilities’ accorded to them in the World Trade Organization’s TRIPS agreement More...



India files plaint at WTO against US
(TNN , 13-Sep-2016 , The Times Of India)

India has moved the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement system, complaining about subsidy provided by eight US states in the renewable energy sector. The development is seen as a retaliation to the American complaint at the multilate. More...



Google withdraws application for social network-related patent
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 12-Sep-2016 , Business Standard)

After Google abandoned its application, the Patent Office refused the same on grounds of outstanding objections More...



India, EFTA to resume talks on proposed FTA in September
(PTI | New Delhi , 09-Sep-2016 , The Indian Express)

Two-way trade between India and EFTA stood at USD 24.5 billion in 2014-15 as against USD 22.1 billion in 2013-14. More...



Centre claims Monsanto's immunity under patents Act is misleading
(Sanjeeb Mukherjee | New Delhi , 9-Sep-2016 , Business Standard)

The Centre has challenged Mahyco Monsanto Biotech's claim that trait value is governed by the Indian Patents Act, 1970 More...



Suven secures 3 product patents in Canada, Europe and Hong Kong
(Swati Rathor , 08-Sep-2016 , The Times Of India)

Hyderabad-based pharma player Suven Life Sciences Ltd (Suven) on Thursday informed the bourses that it has secured one product patent each from Canada, Europe and Hong Kong. More...



MIC Electronics gets patent for LED DigiPoster, bags order from Railways
(V RISHI KUMAR , 07-Sep-2016 , Business Line)

MIC Electronics Ltd has announced it has secured a patent for its LED DigiPoster, which the company maintains is a next generation digital display technology for various applications across the world. The patent is valid up to the year 2028. More...



Soligenix receives US patent for new composition of matter for dusquetide analogs
(Princeton, New Jersey , 07-Sep-2016 , Pharmabiz)

Soligenix, Inc., a late-stage biopharmaceutical company, has received the United States Patent Office (USPTO) patent entitled "Peptides for Treating and Preventing Immune-Related Disorders, Including Treating and Preventing Infection by Modulating Innate Immunity." More...



Music streaming services welcome govt's clarification on Statutory Licensing
(TNN , 07-Sep-2016 , The Times Of India)

The government on Monday issued an "office memorandum" clarifying that internet was covered under the Statutory Licensing (SL) provision 31(D) of the Copyright Act 2013. More...



NPCI is attempting to get a patent for its UPI technology
(ET Bureau , 7-Sep-2016 , The Economic Times)

National Payments Corporation of India has applied for a patent for its Unified Payments Interface (UPI) technology that was launched in April of this year and went live last month. More...



US patent office rules in favour of Mylan: Natco Pharma
(Viswanath Pilla , 02-Sep-2016 , Livemint)

Natco Pharma says US patent office ruled in Mylan’s favour by striking down a patent related to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries drug Copaxone More...



Uttarakhand HC stays Rakesh Roshan's arrest in copyright violation case
(IANS , 31-Aug-2016 , The New Indian Express)

The Uttarakhand High Court has stayed the arrest of Bollywood producer-director Rakesh Roshan till September 19, an official said on Wednesday. More...



Sinha cites tech demand since Mahabharata era, seeks Indian IP
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 30-Aug-2016 , Business Standard)

Pitching for developing indigenous technology, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha today invoked Mahabharata saying the quest for communication tools began when blind king Dhritrashtra sought to know war proceedings from afar through Sanjay, who was known to have divine vision. More...



Incentivise intellectual property: How to strike right balance
(Vinod Dhall | , 30-Aug-2016 , The Indian Express)

The govt should set broad guidelines on principles that standard-setting bodies may keep in mind More...



India’s Monsanto clash is bad news for innovators
(Mihir Sharma , 30-Aug-2016 , Livemint)

What’s happened to Monsanto could happen to any foreign company and any innovator. Once that realization sinks in, India will pay the heavier price More...



For innovation’s sake
(Patrick Kilbride , 30-Aug-2016 , The Indian Express)

Strong intellectual property rights infrastructure will help Indian industry. More...



Patent booster for Omkar Speciality
(29-Aug-2016 , Business Line)

Shares of Omkar Speciality Chemicals will be in demand on Tuesday, as it has received a patent licence from the Centre. More...



New Offices, Strategic Plan, GIs, Oversight Among Focus Of WIPO Committee
(CATHERINE SAEZ , 29-Aug-2016 , INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WATCH)

The choice of hosting countries for new WIPO external offices and the Medium Term Strategic Plan 2016-2021 are among the hottest subjects of the week, according to several regional groups speaking at the opening today of the World Intellectual Property Organization Program and Budget Committee. More...



Odisha government gears up to apply for GI tag for 'Odishara Rasagola'
(Minati Singha , 28-Aug-2016 , The Times Of India)

Amidst tug of war over the origin of Rasagola with West Bengal, Odisha government has shown promptness to apply for Geographical Indication (GI) status for 'Odishara Rasagola' on the basis of evidences available with the state. More...



Monsanto stops release of new Bt cotton tech
(JACOB KOSHY , 26-Aug-2016 , The Hindu)

Seed technology major Monsanto says it is suspending plans to introduce an upgraded version of its genetically modified cotton in India because of uncertainty in the “business and regulatory environment” More...



The new war on piracy
(LAWRENCE LIANG , 25-Aug-2016 , The Hindu)

The punitive rhetoric underlying the warning about accessing torrent websites addresses only one axis of the debate. It would be more accurate to see piracy as a global pricing problem More...



Geographical indication: Battle over Basmati
(Milind Ghatwai , Harish Damodaran , Divya Goyal , 25-Aug-2016 , The Indian Express)

The GI tag is used to identify various kinds of goods including Darjeeling tea, Kanchipuram silk saree and Kolhapuri chappal. More...



Natco Pharma upbeat over US Patent Office's ruling on two of Copaxone patents
(BS Reporter | Hyderabad , 25-Aug-2016 , Business Standard)

In August 2014, Mylan had filed the abbreviated new drug application for multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone 40 mg/ml with the US FDA More...



Govt will suggest states to frame own IPR policies
(Subhayan Chakraborty| New Delhi , 24-Aug-2016 , Business Standard)

To promote innovation and giving a boost to state economies More...



Rossogolla inches forward as sitabhog, mihidana strive for GI tag
(Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey , 22-Aug-2016 , The Times Of India)

As Daniels came to judgement over rasogolla, Bengal's pride sat right in the middle of the room, quite nonchalant of the goings on. Beside her sat her cousins, sitabhog and mihidana and rice specimens Tulaipanji and Gobindobhog. More...



West Bengal seeks geographical indication tag for handicrafts
(Tasmayee Laha Roy , 22-Aug-2016 , The Economic Times)

The West Bengal State Council of Science and Technology is seeking GI recognition for various handicrafts which are unique in character and have the potential to be marketed nationally and internationally. More...



Solvay files patent infringement lawsuit against Molycorp
(BS B2B Bureau | Brussels, Belgium , 19-Aug-2016 , Business Standard)

Lawsuit has been filed with respect to the patent covering certain high surface-area ceric oxides and catalysts for purifying automotive exhaust gases More...



Spread awareness on patent rights
(PTI , 19-Aug-2016 , The Times Of India)

There is a need to create awareness about Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) among various stakeholders, said a senior official from the the Defence Research and Development Organisation, adding that DRDO had taken efforts to improve the standard and importance of IPR in new fields. More...



Need to create awareness about IPR stressed
(Press Trust of India | Coimbatore , 18-Aug-2016 , Business Standard)

A senior DRDO official today stresed the need to create awareness about Intellectual Property Rights among various stakeholders and said they had taken efforts to improve the standard and importance of IPR in new fields. More...



Devas falsely claimed to have IPR of hybrid technology: CBI
(PTI | New Delh , 18-Aug-2016 , The Indian Express)

The agency alleged that while the company was set up on December 17, 2004, it entered the deal with Antrix, commercial arm of ISRO, on January 28, 2005. More...



'High on innovation, city can own more patents'
(TNN , 17-Aug-2016 , The Times Of India)

The city has a huge potential for successfully applying for more intellectual property rights (IPR) as it has the second highest number of technology business incubators (TBI) in the country, the member secretary of department of science and technology, Government of India, H K Mittal, said. More...



Bengal handicrafts to get new fillip with GI tags
(PTI , 16-Aug-2016 , The Hindu)

GI tags applications made for seven handicraft products. More...



Madhya Pradesh may spoil India’s basmati GI party
(Madhvi Sally & Kirtika Suneja , 16-Aug-2016 , The Economic Times)

The basmati industry is up in arms against the Madhya Pradesh government which wants the registrar of geographical indications (GI) to include it as a certified grown area. Experts say the move will impact India's position in the global trade and wash away all victories against the worldwide infringements on basmati. More...



GI benefits: MP demands inclusion of 13 districts in ‘basmati-growing geography’
(Sandip Das | New Delhi , 15-Aug-2016 , The Financial Express)

Six months after the Geographical Indications (GI) tag was given to basmati rice, allowing exclusive rights to farmers of 77 districts on the Indo-Gangetic Plain to grow this long-grained aromatic rice, Madhya Pradesh has filed a fresh demand for inclusion of the state's 13 districts in the “traditionally basmati-growing geography” which could entitle them to the GI benefits. More...



Clause for evergreening of patents dropped from RCEP: Nirmala Sitharaman
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 08-Aug-2016 , Business Standard)

A patent on the new form would give the innovator company a 20-year monopoly on the drug More...



Shaping Standard Essential Patents policy
(Vaibhav Choukse , 8-Aug-2016 , The Financial Express)

The government must ensure that standard essential technologies are accessible on FRAND terms. More...



Inventors to get their due with IPR policy
(Express News Service , 8-Aug-2016 , The New Indian Express)

The Central government approved its first Intellectual Property Rights Policy (IPR) earlier this year and the legal fraternity in Chennai has welcomed it with open arms. More...



Patent registration: Indore city lags far behind
(Meenakshi Sharma , 6-Aug-2016 , The Times Of India)

"Most of the applications received by department for patent registration come from youngsters of tier-II cities of the country, such as Pune, Nagpur etc, while cities of Madhya Pradesh are far behind in the race," said a top official from the department of industrial policy and promotion on sidelines of an industry event on Friday. More...



New intellectual propertypolicy, a catalyst for development
(OUR BUREAU , 6-Aug-2016 , Business Line)

The National IPR Policy announced in May will bring about a vibrant intellectual policy ecosystem, which will in turn speed up economic, social and cultural development, said Justice M Jaichandran of Madras High Court. More...



Cities in MP lag far behind in patent registration
(TNN , 6-Aug-2016 , The Times Of India)

Patent is one of forms of intellectual property rights that also include copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs and trade secrets /confidential information. More...



Centre’s flagship initiatives likely to get additional funds
(ARUN S , 3-Aug-2016 , The Hindu)

National industrial corridors, ‘Make In India,’ ‘Start-up India’ and the national Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy may get a major fillip later this year in terms of additional Budgetary allocation. More...



US judge rejects $625.6 million patent ruling against Apple
(Reuters , 02-Aug-2016 , The Times Of India)

A federal judge has thrown out a verdict requiring Apple to pay VirnetX Holding Corp $625.6 million for infringing four patents relating to internet security technology, causing VirnetX's share price to plunge. More...



Over 1 lakh patents filed since 2013
(Dharani Thangavelu, Sharan Poovanna , 2-Aug-2016 , Livemint)

Patents by Indian citizens or organizations account for 39,318 while the number is 1,05,742 for foreign nationals and organizations More...



Knowledge of patent laws a must, says Joint Collector
(STAFF REPORTER , 2-Aug-2016 , The Hindu)

The Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPTCCI) organised an awareness meeting on the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and copyright laws at Hotel DR Uthama here on Monday. More...



73 percent of patent requests in India filed by foreigners
(Chethan Kumar , 01-Aug-2016 , The Times Of India)

In 2016-17, some 12,442 patent applications filed and 9,194 (74%) are from foreigners More...



Ethypharm receives patent for crush resistant oxycodone
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 31-Jul-2016 , Business Standard)

The invention prevents accidental intake, misuse and unlawful diversion of the medicine More...



MSU researchers get patent to develop biodegradable polymer
(TNN , 31-Jul-2016 , The Times Of India)

M S University researchers have developed a process of making polymer like rubber using organic fillers, which recently got patent. More...



MSF and Pfizer battle over patent application for life-saving pneumonia vaccine
(Prabha Raghavan , 29-Jul-2016 , The Economic Times)

Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, on Friday argued against US drug giant Pfizer's application to patent its pneumonia vaccine at the Indian patent office. More...



Lupin in talks with Japan's Astellas, Shionogi to buy their off-patent drug brands
(Vikas Dandekar , 27-Jul-2016 , The Economic Times)

LupinBSE -1.30 %, India's third-largest drugmaker, is in talks with Japan's Astellas and Shionogi to buy the off-patent medicine brands they have separately put on the block, two people aware of the development said. More...



Income from IPR transfer can’t be taxed in India if ownership outside country: HC
(Indu Bhan | New Delhi , 27-Jul-2016 , The Indian Express)

The Delhi High Court has held that the income arising from transfer of intangible assets like intellectual property rights (IPR), including brands... More...



If IPR owner is abroad, its transfer cannot be taxed in India: Delhi HC
(Shreeja Sen , 26-Jul-2016 , Livemint)

The Delhi high court ruled that transfer of intellectual property rights (IPR) whose owners are not based in India could not be taxed in the country More...



India rejects 955 pharma patent applications in last 3 years
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 25-Jul-2016 , Business Standard)

Nirmala Sitharaman said there was a slowdown in exports from SEZs because of reasons like withdrawal of exemptions of minimum alternate tax More...



Compulsory licensing is very critical to original patent holder: Dr Malathi Lakshmikumaran
(Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru , 22-Jul-2016 , Pharmabiz)

Compulsory licensing is a practice critical to patent holders in pharmaceutical industry. More...



Samsung hits back at China's Huawei with patent suit
(AFP , 22-Jul-2016 , Zee News)

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said on Friday it had filed a patent infringement suit in China against Huawei, adding fuel to a growing legal battle between the rival smartphone makers. More...



US indicts owner of Kickass Torrents for copyright infringement
(Reuters , 21-Jul-2016 , The Indian Express)

One of the domains operated by KAT, Kat.cr, was the 70th most popular website in the world according to Alexa More...



Canadian firm Island Labs denied patent on concoction for hair growth
(PTI , 17-Jul-2016 , The Economic Times)

A Canadian company has been denied patent for a hair and scalp medical formulation by the government after the Ministry of Science and Technology opposed the application on the ground that it was part of traditional Indian medicine. More...



Diluted patent laws will spike drug price: experts
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 15-Jul-2016 , The Hindu)

Drug prices in India are likely to escalate if the government dilutes patent laws under pressure from monopoly companies in the West, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) experts participating in a meeting here have warned. More...



India-EU FTA chief negotiators to meet today
(FE Bureau | New Delhi , 15-Jul-2016 , The Financial Express)

The meeting is important as it comes barely a week after Britain’s business minister Sajid Javid called on India’s commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman and discussed the possibility of a trade pact between the two countries, post-Brexit. More...



India may offer tariff cut in goods at trade summit
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 14-Jul-2016 , Live Mint)

New Delhi: India has agreed to show flexibility in Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations and offer further tariff cuts in goods if other member countries agree to a higher level of commitment in trade in investment and services. More...



India-EU talks over free trade agreement in the offing
(Elizabeth Roche , 14-Jul-2016 , Live Mint)

New Delhi: India and the European Union (EU) are expected to sit down for talks on how to move forward their long dragging free trade agreement (FTA) in the next few days. More...



US move to negotiate in small groups creates chaos at WTO
(D. Ravi Kanth , 14-Jul-2016 , Live Mint)

Geneva: Attempts by the US to force so-called plurilateral initiatives with a small group of countries instead of pursuing larger multilateral agreements are causing “negotiating chaos” at the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to several trade officials. More...



High Court stops two Indian firms from infringing Toyota trademarks
(PTI , 14-Jul-2016 , The Economic Times)

DELHI High Court has restrained two Indian auto spare parts manufacturers from infringing on the trademarks like Prius and Innova of Japanese car-maker Toyota and directed them to pay Rs 10 lakh as damages to the auto giant for "knowingly and intentionally" using its brands to earn "undue profits". More...



‘Section 3(d) of Indian Patents Act stifles innovation’
(NAYANIMA BASU , 14-Jul-2016 , Business Line)

National IPR Policy falls short on specifics, says GIPC’s Kalpana Reddy More...



Kanchipuram silks to cost more as silver shoots up
(ET Bureau , 11-Jul-2016 , The Economic Times)

Expect a price shock if you are in the market for a Kanchipuram silk sari. As prices of raw silk and silver have shot up, sellers are considering when, not whether, to hike prices. More...



Patent Office refuses patent to Italian research firm Indena to treat mucositis
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 10-Jul-2016 , Business Standard)

Also rejects a pre-grant opposition filed by a scientist while considering application More...



Zydus inks pact with Medicines Patent Pool for Hepatitis-C drug
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 7-Jul-2016 , Business Standard)

The agreement sub-licences Zydus to produce and sell daclatasvir in 112 low and middle income countries More...



Awareness about intellectual property rights is rising in India
(Sheo S Jaiswal , 06-Jul-2016 , The Times of India)

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) on Wednesday organized a workshop on intellectual property right (IPR) awareness and national intellectual property right policy at SIDCUL in Haridwar. More...



Suven Life Sciences gets patent for neuro-degenerative drug
(PTI , 29-Jun-2016 , The Economic Times)

Drug firm Suven Life Sciences has been granted a patent from Europe and two product patents from Eurasia for a drug used in the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



Pooja Bhatt fixing copyright issues for 'Cabaret' release
(IANS , 28-Jun-2016 , The Times of India)

Addressing the delay in the release of Richa Chadha-starrer "Cabaret" -- which has already suffered two postponements in its release date, filmmaker Pooja Bhatt has said some copyright issues are being fixed before the movie gets "a dignified release". More...



TIPCU to tackle online piracy
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 25-Jun-2016 , The Hindu)

The initiative is said to be first of its kind in the country More...



Seizing India’s Innovation Opportunity
(GUEST AUTHOR , 24-Jun-2016 , Business Insider)

A lot can change in two years - or not. The world has weathered an economic crisis and has come together through to tackle poverty, hunger, disease, and global terror. More...



Why India’s patent law is more secure at WTO than in bilateral engagements
(Sanjiv Shankaran , 23-Jun-2016 , The Times of India)

The allegations made by Subramanian Swamy about finance ministry’s chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian’s deposition in US a few years ago about India’s patent laws is important, but for a different reason. More...



Australian 'Bitcoin founder' quietly bidding for patent empire
(Reuters | Sydney/Singapore , 21-Jun-2016 , Business Standard)

Since February, Craig Wright has filed over 50 patent applications in Britain through EITC Holdings More...



IBM patents Google Glass-like night vision eyewear
(IANS , 19-Jun-2016 , The Economic Times)

US tech giant IBM has patented an eye wear like Google Glass that will have red-eyed night vision capabilities, a media report said. More...



Decathlon gets patent for invention related to bicycle
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 19-Jun-2016 , Business Standard)

The invention helps in making bicycle riding a better experience in tough terrains More...



Patent office caps fast-track requests
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 18-Jun-2016 , The Hindu)

The number of applications have been limited to 1,000 More...



Apple iPhones found to have violated Chinese rival's patent
(Bloomberg , 17-Jun-2016 , The Economic Times)

Apple Inc. violated the design patents of a Chinese device maker and may have to halt sales of its latest iPhones in Beijing, the city's intellectual property authority ruled, handing the US company its latest setback in a pivotal market. More...



Apple iPhones found to have violated Chinese rival's patent
(Bloomberg , 17-Jun-2016 , The Economic Times)

Apple Inc. violated the design patents of a Chinese device maker and may have to halt sales of its latest iPhones in Beijing, the city's intellectual property authority ruled, handing the US company its latest setback in a pivotal market. More...



TCS, Wipro lead patent charge
(TE RAJA SIMHAN , 16-Jun-2016 , Business Line)

File over 500 patents each in 2015-16; Infosys disappoints with just nine More...



TVS Motor gets patent for a new gearshift assembly
(TE Narasimhan | Chennai , 16-Jun-2016 , Business Standard)

The invention talks about putting switch or switches on the handlebar to shift gear in a SMT vehicle More...



India warned against pitfalls in ASEAN trade agreement
(VIDYA KRISHNAN , 15-Jun-2016 , The Hindu)

As talks for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) — a regional trade agreement among the 10 ASEAN countries — continue in Auckland, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned India that it will no more remain ‘the pharmacy of the developing world’ if the proposals in the pact are adopted. More...



Suven gets patent for CNS molecules from Canada, Hong Kong
(PTI , 14-Jun-2016 , The Economic Times)

Drug firm Suven Life Sciences has received a patent each from Canada and Hong Kong for molecules to be developed as drugs for treatment of various central nervous system (CNS) disorders. More...



If India signs RCEP, it will not be the 'pharmacy of the world': MSF
(VIDYA KRISHNAN , 14-Jun-2016 , The Hindu)

The RCEP is a regional trade agreement being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN countries currently in Auckland. More...



Large margin of improvement for Indian IPR regime: European Patent Office
(13-Jun-2016 , DNA)

Seeing a "very large margin of improvement" for the IPR regime in India, the European Patent Office (EPO) has offered to expand its cooperation with the country in this regard. EPO President Benoit Battistelli also said that India has all the elements to become a great player in IP (Intellectual Property) space with a vast talent pool of well-qualified people and its huge knowledge economy. More...



Why you just can’t have a one-size-fits-all IPR policy
(sushila ravindranath , 13-Jun-2016 , The Financial Express)

The National IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) policy was released on May 11. This 38-page document will give directions to the government to promote ‘creative and innovative India’. Questions have been raised in some quarters about the need for a new policy now, as extensive legislation has been passed amending patent, copyright, trademark and design laws. Was the report released because of the Prime Minister’s US trip? Will it play into the pharmaceutical lobby? More...



Patent office issues guidelines for startups
(10-Jun-2016 , The Economic Times)

Indian Patent Office has issued guidelines for facilitators and startups with respect to filling and processing of applications for patent, designs and trade marks aiming to encourage budding entrepreneurs and boost innovation. More...



India has not claimed IPR on Yoga, PM Modi tells US lawmakers
(PTI , 9-Jun-2016 , The Times of India)

Observing that there are over 30 million practitioners of Yoga in America, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told members of the US Congress that India has not yet claimed IPR on Yoga. More...



Uttarakhand tejpatta (sweet bay leaf) gets GI tag
(Shivani Saxena , 06-Jun-2016 , The Times of India)

The famed Uttarakhand tejpatta, a popular spice used extensively in the hilly cuisine, has been awarded a geographical indication (GI) certificate by the Chennai-based Geographical Indications Registry, making it the first product indigenous to the state to have made it to the GI list which features 261 products from across the country. More...



Devgad Alphonso growers' two-year wait for patent may end on Monday
(DNA CORRESPONDENT , 6-Jun-2016 , DNA)

Devgad Alphonso growers are eagerly waiting for a hearing, which might grant them the Geographical Indication (GI)-related rights. More...



Don’t confuse patents with innovation
(EBEN MOGLEN / MISHI CHOUDHARY , 05-Jun-2016 , Business Line)

Our IPR policy fails to recognise that sharing knowledge, as in the case of open source software, spurs creativity More...



Seven agriculture products get GI tag
(Anandi Mishra , 4-Jun-2016 , The Times of India)

Seven agricultural products of the state were issued the Geographical Identification (GI) mark this week. More...



Xiaomi’s Microsoft patent buy-up is part of its global push
(Bruce Einhorn , 03-Jun-2016 , Livemint)

Microsoft finding in Xiaomi a ready buyer for its patents is a sign of growing importance Chinese companies, trying to be global brands, now put on intellectual property More...



Rise in patents from India for essential drugs may hurt affordable treatment
(Rupali Mukherjee , 03-Jun-2016 , The Times of India)

Increase in patents on essential medicines in India will jeopardise supply of affordable treatment , not only in the country, but also in developing nations. More...



How India patent will help Volkswagen cut production cost
(Sajan C Kumar | Bengaluru , 3-Jun-2016 , The Indian Express)

The country's patent office has granted a Indian patent to German automobile major Volkswagen Group for its invention relating to a uniform communication system involving different control devices of a vehicle which in turn is said to reduce the cost of production of a motor vehicle. More...



A policy without intellectual clarity
(SRIVIDHYA RAGAVAN , 2-Jun-2016 , Business Line)

The IP policy is all for turning knowledge into IP assets, not realising that public access and equity are central to creativity More...



FIR against hotel for copyright violation of Bollywood songs
(Express News Service , 1-Jun-2016 , The Indian Express)

The police said the alleged infringement came to light as N Gopalkrishnan, the firm’s general manager, was present at the party. - More...



US Supreme Court rejects patent appeal over Cubicin drug
(Reuters , 31-May-2016 , The Financial Express)

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc's bid to revive four patents for its antibiotic drug Cubicin, paving the way for rival Hospira Inc to introduce a generic version as soon as this year. More...



CII establishes three IPR facilitation centres
(Special Correspondent , 30-May-2016 , The Hindu)

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in association with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, has established Intellectual Property Rights Facilitation Centres (IPFC) in Indore, Mysuru and Gandhinagar. More...



Strike a balance between access to data and data theft
(Sayan Ghosal , 29-May-2016 , Business Standard)

Indian data protection laws have been the subject of much debate and concern in recent times with the advent of e-commerce platforms and cyber technology in the nation More...



Yahoo secures Indian patent for invention to classify image
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai | , 27-May-2016 , The Indian Express)

Numerous situations exist where a system treats a photo differently from a graphic; thus it would be desirable for the system to know if a particular digital image is a photo or graphic More...



Huawei sues Samsung over patent infringements
(Reuters , 25-May-2016 , The Times of India)

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on Wednesday said it sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd claiming infringement of smartphone patents, the Chinese firm's first intellectual property challenge against the world's top mobile maker. More...



Patently a missed opportunity
( Achal Prabhala, Sudhir Krishnaswamy , 25-May-2016 , The Hindu)

India’s first IPR policy trots out the worn western fairy tale that more IP means innovation, and encourages the pointless privatisation of indigenous knowledge More...



Suven Life Sciences gets patent for neurodegenerative medicine in Australia, Eurasia, Israel & USA
(Our Bureau, Mumbai , 23-May-2016 , Pharmabiz)

Suven Life Sciences Ltd (Suven) announced that it has secured product patents in Australia, Eurasia, Israel and USA to its new chemical entities (NCE’s) for CNS therapy through mechanism of action – H3 Inverse agonist and these patents are valid until 2032, 2030, 2031 and 2032 respectively. More...



'TRIPS sets the floor for IP-led innovation
(Patrick Kilbride , 22-May-2016 , Business Standard)

The US Chamber looked to the announcement of the final National Intellectual Property Rights Policy as the beginning of a new era, with a re-commitment to a strong intellectual property policy framework. More...



Standing up to patent bullying
(B. Vinod Kumar , 22-May-2016 , The Hindu)

India is at the centre of the world's generic drug production as it is one of the few countries with the technical capacity to produce raw materials. More...



Google patent glues pedestrians to self-driving cars
(AFP , 21-May-2016 , The Economic Times)

Google on Thursday had a fresh US patent for a sticky coating that could be applied to self-driving cars so pedestrians stick instead of bouncing off when hit. More...



New IPR policy aims for ‘Creative India: Innovative India’ but few kinks remain
(Indu Bhan , 20-May-2016 , The Indian Express)

But there are a few kinks, like the lack of nuance in its IP creation vision. More...



Colombia's government is giving pharmaceutical giant Novartis a few weeks to lower prices on a popular cancer drug or see its monopoly on production of the medicine broken and competition thrown open to generic rivals
(Joshua Goodman & Linda Johnson , 18-May-2016 , USNews)

Colombia's government is giving pharmaceutical giant Novartis a few weeks to lower prices on a popular cancer drug or see its monopoly on production of the medicine broken and competition thrown open to generic rivals. More...



Government opens special channel to speed up patent grant process
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 18-May-2016 , Livemint)

The government, in a first, aims to process patent applications within 6 to 12 months as against the normal route which takes 5 to 7 years More...



India introduces cheaper & faster patent registration for startups
(ET Bureau , 18-May-2016 , The Economic Times)

Startups from the world over will now be able to register patents in India faster and at much lower costs under a 'tatkal (instant)' option offered under the latest amended patent rules. More...



Intellectually promising
(17-May-2016 , Business Line)

The new IPR policy is reformist, but misses the big picture More...



Global legal experts urge Indian government to strongly protect IPR
(IANS | New Delhi , 17-May-2016 , Business Standard)

A few days after India got its new National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy to safeguard commercial interests arising from creativity, legal experts urged the government to fortify obligations to protect IPR and strengthen commitments to enforce laws against counterfeiting and piracy. More...



India must resist pressure to amend its patent laws
(17-May-2016 , DNA)

There is external pressure to evolve a patent regime that would prevent affordable drugs from reaching the needy. More...



Centre to speed up patent examination for start-ups, India first filers
(Our Bureau , 17-May-2016 , Business Line)

The Centre is introducing a facility for speeding up the examination of patents for start-ups and for applicants who choose India as the competent authority for international searching or preliminary examination. More...



Ashok Leyland gets patent for lightweight composite articles for auto industry
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 17-May-2016 , Business Standard)

The composite articles are suitable for making structures for use in automobile, aerospace industries More...



Now, a ‘tatkal’ system to expedite patent examination
(Special Correspondent , 17-May-2016 , The Hindu)

Aim is to reduce the period from 5-7 years to 18 months by March 2018. More...



Intellectual Property Rights: New policy may power R&D, national growth
(Anil Sasi , 17-May-2016 , The Indian Express)

The announcement of the new IPR policy has been a much sought after reform considering the unfavourable regulatory environment prevalent in the country. The new policy is expected to encourage the IPR regime, making it more efficient. More...



Wockhardt chief Habil Khorakiwala backs fast tracking of drug patents
(Aneesh Phadnis | Mumbai , 17-May-2016 , Business Standard)

New IPR policy unveiled last week aims to simplify and expedite patent application processes More...



Microsoft fails to get patent for e-mail management system
(Sajan C Kumar , 17-May-2016 , The Indian Express)

The patent office rejected Microsoft’s application on the grounds that the subject matter was not patentable as it fell under Section 3 (k) of the Indian Patent act, 1970 More...



Intellectual Property Rights policy to help commercialise patents, copyrights: Government
(PTI | , 16-May-2016 , The Economic Times)

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy will not only incentivise entrepreneurship and innovation in the country, but will aid in the conversion of copyrights and patents for commercial use, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. More...



Gilead Sciences withdraws writ petition in support of consolidating hearings over patent rights
(Vikas Dandekar , 16-May-2016 , The Economic Times)

US drug maker Gilead Sciences withdrew a writ petition it filed in Delhi High Court in support of consolidating hearings over patent rights of its Hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir at the Kolkata Patent Office. More...



IPR policy to promote R&D, bring down waiting period: Nirmala Sitharaman
(PTI | New Delhi , 15-May-2016 , The Indian Express)

The total number of patent applications and trademark registration requests pending as on February 1 were 2,37,029 and 5,44,171, respectively. More...



Gilead patent on sofosbuvir a setback for health groups, but they vow to fight on
(Rupali Mukherjee , 12-May-2016 , The Times Of India)

A day after US company Gilead was granted a patent on hepatitis C medicine, sofosbuvir, patient groups and companies are planning to challenge it. More...



India has 1.92 lakh active researchers, 2.37 lakh pending patents
(Chethan Kumar , 11-May-2016 , The Times Of India)

As of April 2016, India has 1.92 lakh active researchers with 14% of them being women, but Indian patent offices have 2.37 lakh patent applications pending. More...



India wary of EU seizing drug shipments under new law
(Amiti Sen , 11-May-2016 , Business Line)

May move WTO; in talks with bloc More...



Patent not to affect hepatitis C drug price in India: Gilead Sciences Inc
(PTI , 11-May-2016 , The Economic Times )

US-based pharmaceuticals firm Gilead Sciences Inc today said prices of its hepatitis C drug Sovaldi will not be impacted by granting of patent to it by the country's patent office. More...



50% drop in patents filed by Biotechnoloy department: Parliamentary Committee
(PTI , 10-May-2016 , DNA)

According to the report, patent filing is one of the major indicators of the scientific achievements of the department. More...



Gilead’s $1,000 pill gets patent in India
(Rupali Mukherjee , 10-May-2016 , The Times of India)

In what could be a major setback for access to treatment in high-burden countries, the Indian Patent Office on Monday granted a patent to Gilead Pharmasset on Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), its blockbuster drug for hepatitis C, for which the company charges $1,000 per pill in the US. More...



TVS secures patent for air-injection system to improve fuel economy
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 10-May-2016 , The Indian Express)

The air-injection system, capable of reducing exhaust emission, is meant to provide the benefit of improved fuel economy by reducing fuel supply during deceleration. More...



Groupon sues 'once-great' IBM over patent
(Reuters | , 10-May-2016 , The Economic Times)

The online marketplace Groupon Inc has sued IBM Corp, accusing it of infringing a patent related to technology that helps businesses solicit customers based on the customers' locations at a given moment. More...



Nasa releases 56 patent technologies for public use
(Zee News Bureau , 09-May-2016 , Zee News)

If you are a techno geek or someone who keep a close eye on latest technological developments then then here's a bonanza offer for you! More...



Facebook wins trademark case in China
(IANS , 09-May-2016 , The Indian Express)

Along with other social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook is currently blocked to nearly 700 million internet users in China. More...



Former employees of Serum Institute of India booked for stealing vaccine info
(PTI , 9-May-2016 , The Financial Express)

Two former employees of the Serum Institute of India here have been booked for breach of trust for allegedly stealing confidential information about a vaccine and filing for patent on behalf of their present employer, police said today. More...



Start-ups should understand Intellectual Property
(8-May-2016 , The Hindu Business Line)

There is a need to develop product-based technologies, for which patents can be obtained, according to Ramesh Loganathan, President of HYSEA and Vice-President of Progress Software Dev Pvt Ltd. He was speaking at a seminar organised on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) management, organised by the Confederation of India Industry (CII) in association with the Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY), Government of India. More...



IT bigwigs, startups spar over software patents
(ET Bureau , 07-May-2016 , The Economic Times)

Battle lines are drawn in the technology industry over software patents as the bigwigs and startups spar over allowing patenting of software More...



BusinessLine twenty years ago today: Patent laws: New govt. to have hands full
(06-May-2016 , Business Line)

The next Union Government, whatever its composition may be, would find itself in a spot over the proposed amendments to the country’s patent laws as a group of Parliamentarians, cutting across party lines, have resolved to fight the move tooth and na9il. More...



Indian mobile handset companies facing might of tech patent holders. Here’s what they should do
(5-May-2016 , The Financial Express)

The Indian Cellular Association (ICA) views the debate between patent owners and implementers as a non-issue. More...



Needless pressure to change copyright laws
(DEVIKA AGARWAL RADHIKA AGARWAL , 4-May-2016 , Business Line)

RCEP’s position should be resisted. India must take a tough stand on digital rights else internet users will find the going rough More...



Needless pressure to change copyright laws
(DEVIKA AGARWAL RADHIKA AGARWAL , 4-May-2016 , Business Line)

RCEP’s position should be resisted. India must take a tough stand on digital rights else internet users will find the going rough More...



Apple loses Chinese lawsuit over iPhone trademark
(AP Beijing , 04-May-2016 , The Indian Express)

Apple loses legal battle with Chinese handbag company over iPhone trademark. More...



385 Indian applications for trademark registration in FY16
(04-May-2016 , The Economic Times)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) received only 385 applications from the Indian entrepreneurs aspiring to have their trademarks registered globally during the year 2015-16. More...



India needs more tie-ups to boost pharma sector
(Nilanjan Banik and Philip Stevens , 04-May-2016 , The Financial Express)

Local pharmaceutical firms have to focus on creating new medicines instead of simply manufacturing copies of those invented elsewhere More...



Nvidia settles patent battle with Samsung
(Reuters , 03-May-2016 , The Times of India)

Graphics chip maker Nvidia Corp announced a settlement of a patent dispute with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, hours before a US trade agency was due to rule on a complaint that could have blocked importation of some of Nvidia's products. More...



Broadband body questions need for discussion paper on patents
(Gulveen Aulakh, ET Bureau , 02-May-2016 , The Economic Times)

A broadband forum consisting of companies such as Bharti Airtel Vodafone, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Intel, has questioned the government's move to float a discussion paper on standard essential patents (SEPs), saying that issues raised including fixing of royalty rates and position on legal injunctions have already been discussed and incorporated in the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy back in 2014. More...



Patent of Ayurvedic system of medicine
(Delhi , 02-May-2016 , Business Standard)

Under the Agreement on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) to which India is committed, every country is required to accord to the nationals of other members, treatment which is no less favourable than it accords to its own nationals with regard to the protection of intellectual property. More...



India on US watch list for harsh IP law
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 30-Apr-2016 , The Hindu)

India remained on the ‘Priority Watch List’ of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) “Special 301 Report”, for using legal tools to protect generic competition and access to affordable medicines. More...



Tata Motors gets patent for auto stop-start control system
(Sajan C Kumar | Chenna , 30-Apr-2016 , The Financial Express)

Tata Motors in the patent application submitted that the invention will be a solution to save the fuel wasted when idling at traffic signals by automatically switching off the engine when the vehicle is stopped. More...



Thyrocare IPO gets subscribed 73 times
(Ankit Doshi , 30-Apr-2016 , Livemint)

Retail investors and high net-worth individual investors bid for 8.45 times and 225.3 times the number of shares reserved for them in IPO, respectively More...



Won't yield to pressure on IPR: Sitharaman
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 27-Apr-2016 , The Hindu)

She termed the US’ Special 301 Report as a unilateral measure to create pressure to enhance IPR protection beyond the TRIPS agreement. More...



India has more than 200,000 pending patent applications
( Joe C Mathew , 26-Apr-2016 , Business Today)

Indian patent office has set up four subject specific patent examination groups in its Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai branches to streamline and speed up the handling of patent applications. More...



India won't succumb to any pressure on IPR issues: Nirmala Sitharaman
(PTI , 26-Apr-2016 , The Economic Times)

India today said its intellectual property rights regime is fully in compliance with global norms and the country will not succumb to "any pressure from any where" to modify it. More...



DIPP looks to reduce delays in clearing intellectual property applications
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 26-Apr-2016 , Livemint)

DIPP secretary Ramesh Abhishek says the department had set a target of lowering the time taken to clear pending IPR applications from the current five to seven years to 18 months by March 2018 More...



Ericsson fails India patent bid for mobile altitude determination
(Sajan C Kumar , 26-Apr-2016 , The Financial Express)

Swedish major Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Ericsson), one of the world’s largest wireless telecom-equipment provider, has been denied an Indian patent for an 'invention' that defines altitude determination method in a cellular communication system. More...



Centre steps in to expedite patent approvals
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 26-Apr-2016 , The Hindu)

The government is taking measures to reduce the time to examine patent applications for clearing them at the earliest, Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) measures said. More...



US ‘Special 301’ process on IPR a unilateral measure: Nirmala Sitharaman
(PTI | New Delhi | , 26-Apr-2016 , The Financial Express)

India today accused the US of taking "unilateral measure" to pressurise countries to accept Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection beyond WTO obligations. More...



Govt wants to cut patent examination time to 18 months from 5-7 years
(PTI , 25-Apr-2016 , DNA)

For this, the government has hired more examiners and DIPP is taking several other initiatives. More...



Patent attorneys await clarifications on govt's start-up IP scheme
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 25-Apr-2016 , Business Standard)

Clarity required on fee structure, procedures to follow in filing IP More...



The importance of IP rights for innovation
(Richard R. Verma , 25-Apr-2016 , Livemint)

Protecting intellectual property of our innovators ensures future generations will enjoy art forms as rich, diverse and creative as those we enjoy today More...



Secretive' patent talks is worrying generic drug activists
(ARADHNA WAL , 25-Apr-2016 , DNA)

As a round of massive free trade talks kick off on April 25, civil society groups have raised alarm after a leaked documents showed proposals that would make access to generic medicines far tougher than Bitter pill I More...



Patent your innovations, claim authority
(Subra Mani , 24-Apr-2016 , The Times of India)

Be authority of your own innovations by claiming patents for them - this was Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) chief's World IPR Day message to students. More...



IT firms yet to take patent benefit
(TNN , 22-Apr-2016 , The Times of India)

Even though the AP IT policy promises reimbursement for filing patent costs up to Rs 5 lakh, IT companies are yet to utilise the benefit offered by the state government. According to a senior IT official, not even a single IT company utilised the benefit in the state. More...



Monitoring patents critical to develop more innovative products & to stay ahead of competition: Origiin IP Solutions CEO
(Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru , 23-Apr-2016 , Pharmabiz)

For pharma companies monitoring patents is extremely critical to develop more innovative products and also to stay ahead of competition, avoid duplication of work and giving right direction to R&D, according to Bindu Sharma, patent attorney and chief executive officer, Origiin IP Solutions LLP, Bengaluru. More...



Apple patents hybrid wired/wireless headphones
(TOI Tech , 22-Apr-2016 , The Times of India)

Technology giant Apple has filed a new patent application for a wireless hybrid headphone system. More...



GI expert bags intellectual property award
(TNN , 21-Apr-2016 , The Times of India)

His is a story of an undying spirit and a fight against all odds to achieve a weighty goalsomething you've set your heart on. More...



Trademark Office's Bid to Clear Backlog Hits a Block
(Maulik Vyas , 20-Apr-2016 , The Economic Times)

The patent and trademark office's apparent drive to clear its backlog of applications has hit a legal roadblock, with the Tatas and a group of intellectual property attorneys dragging it to court. More...



US think tank launches India-US trade initiative
(PTI , 20-Apr-2016 , The Economic Times)

A top US think-tank has launched an India-US trade initiative aimed to strengthen economic ties and meet the two countries' bilateral trade target of $500 billion. More...



Patent box regime: Time for a market-oriented approach
(Sanjay Kumar , 20-Apr-2016 , The Financial Express)

The new patent box regime, despite its limited scope and a tentative beginning, will no doubt address multiple market failures More...



TCS to appeal against verdict in intellectual property rights case
(Bloomberg , 18-Apr-2016 , Livemint)

A federal grand jury in Wisconsin ordered Tata Consultancy Services and Tata America International Corporation to pay $940 million More...



Roche sues Intas Pharma over Mircera anaemia drug patent
(Vikas Dandekar , 18-Apr-2016 , The Economic Times)

Swiss biotechnology giant Roche has sued Ahmedabad-based drug maker Intas Pharmaceuticals in Delhi High Court, alleging infringement of its patent rights over Mircera, an injectable brand used to treat patients with anaemia in chronic kidney-related ailments. More...



Gufic Private Limited and Anr. Versus Vasu Healthcare Limited
(Shan Kohli , 17-Apr-2016 , SpicyIP)

There are few greater joys in the life of an IP enthusiast than reading an eloquent, nuanced and pithy judgment of Justice Gautam Patel of the Bombay High Court. His recent judgment in the case of Gufic Private Limited and Anr. Versus Vasu Healthcare Limited (Notice of Motion No. 399 of 2013 in Suit No. 164 of 2013 decided on 28.03.2016) is another excellent example of why he has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s 50 most influential IP thinkers. More...



Global outlook on Indian IPR changing for better
(IANS , 12-Apr-2016 , THE HANS INDIA)

Take strong steps to encourage innovation Convictions needed in cases counterfeiting Empower more courts to award damages New policy must incentivise patent filing More...



Apple’s new patent could kill traditional keyboards
(HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times , 11-Apr-2016 , Hindustan Times)

A new patent filed by Apple suggests that traditional keyboards might be replaced by a touchpad which uses pressure-sensitive technology and haptic feedback More...



Geographical Indications have the potential to be India’s growth engine
(Anil K Kanungo , 11-Apr-2016 , The Financial Express)

The recent overall slowdown in India’s exports possibly calls for a re-examination of policies essential to propel India’s foreign trade. More...



CSIR Features in the Thomson Reuters Top 50 Indian Innovator Companies and Research Organizations for the Year 2015
(Delhi , 06-Apr-2016 , Business Standard)

CSIR Features in the Thomson Reuters Top 50 Indian Innovator Companies and Research Organizations for the Year 2015 More...



Start-ups could benefit from Madrid route of trademark filing: Survey
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 6-Apr-2016 , The Financial Express)

Report finds India Inc is showing ‘indifference’ to Madrid Protocol when it comes to trademark registration even as firms attribute the ‘lethargy’ to non-awareness of Madrid procedures, cost disadvan-tages, and non-interest in overseas operations More...



Delhi HC stays 193,908 orders issued by trademarks registry
(Apurva Vishwanath , 6-Apr-2016 , Livemint)

A group had moved the court alleging the trademark registry cancelled an unusually high number of trademark applications without issuing notices More...



India should join TPP to maintain trade advantages in generics: Patent experts
(Laxmi Yadav, Mumbai , 6-Apr-2016 , Pharmabiz)

India which has stronghold in manufacture and export of generic drugs globally could lose its trade advantages in generics if it does not join US-led trade pact Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TTP), involving twelve Pacific Rim countries and concerning duty free trade, reduced tariffs and mutual regulatory recognition to members, according to patent experts. More...



Patent office set to be rechristened
( FE Bureau , 5-Apr-2016 , The Financial Express)

The Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks, which oversees the implementation of patents, designs and trademark laws, will soon be rechristened as the Controller General of Intellectual Property Rights, a senior government official said on Monday. More...



USIBC team to push for ‘stronger’ IPRs
(ARUN S , 03-Apr-2016 , The Hindu)

USIBC will also push for India and the U.S. to expedite a Bilateral Investment Treaty. More...



Novartis refused patent for anti-hypertension drug combination
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 02-Apr-2016 , The Financial Express)

The patent for the triple drug combination was filed in 2007 at the Chennai patent office More...



Justin Timberlake sued for alleged copyright infringement
(PTI , 1-Apr-2016 , The Indian Express)

Justin Timberlake is being accused of stealing one of his songs from Cirque du Soleil. More...



India denies Vertex patent on cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi
(Phil Taylor , 1-Apr-2016 , PMLive)

The Indian Patent Office has refused a patent to Vertex Pharma for its cystic fibrosis therapy Orkambi, saying the drug is not novel. More...



Govt needs 'intensive marketing campaign' for trademark
(PTI , 31-Mar-2016 , The Times of India)

Government should carry out an intensive marketing for Madrid System to encourage trademark registrations as part of its 'Make in India' campaign, a study by IIM-Bangalore has suggested. More...



GlaxoSmithKline promises reduced drug patents to help world's poor
(By Reuters , 31-Mar-2016 , The Economic Times)

GlaxoSmithKline is to adopt a graduated approach to patenting its medicines, depending on the wealth of different countries, in order to make drugs more affordable in the developing world. More...



Strong regulatory ecosystem vital for safeguarding IPR if M and E industry has to grow in the international market
(Indiantelevision.com Team , 31-Mar-2016 , IndianTelevision)

The subject of intellectual property rights and piracy keep coming up at the FICCI FRAMES year after year and appeals are made by creative artistes for stringent measures to check this. More...



HC upholds CCI jurisdiction over patent matters
(Deepak Patel , 31-Mar-2016 , Business Standard)

In a huge win for the Competition Commission of India (CCI), the Delhi High Court on Wednesday upheld its jurisdiction to investigate patent-related competition matters. The regulator would now be able to freely investigate and pass orders in the cases filed by Micromax and Intex against Ericsson, alleging abuse of dominance in the market of technology patents. More...



India, EU Leaders Touch On IPR, Innovation, ICTs, Pharmaceuticals
(INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WATCH , 30-Mar-2016 , Intellectual Property Watch)

The leaders of India and the European Union today in Brussels discussed a wide range of topics including intellectual property rights – including geographical indications – innovation, digital issues, and health and pharmaceuticals. More...



Govt. draws flak for decision to allow U.S.- trained patent examiners
(VIDYA KRISHNAN , 30-Mar-2016 , The Hindu)

Humanitarian aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has questioned the Indian government’s decision to have patent officers trained by the United States Patent & Trademark Office after the recent controversy over compulsory licensing. More...



Patent Office rejects divisional patent application of Wyeth
(BS Reporter , 30-Mar-2016 , Business Standard)

The Patent Office has refused to proceed with a divisional patent application of Wyeth, now part of Pfizer, for an invention as the claims are within the claims of parent application. This comes at a time when some patient groups and others has been alleging that the divisional patent provisions are used by the patent owners to extend the patent life. More...



Why India lags in innovation
(D. Ravi Kanth , 29-Mar-2016 , Livemint)

International patent applications filed from India dropped to 1,423 last year—as compared to Japan’s 44,235, China’s 29,846 and South Korea’s 14,626 in the same period More...



Johnson & Johnson receives patent for multifocal contact lens designs
(BS Reporter , 28-Mar-2016 , Business Standard)

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc has received patent in India for multifocal contact lens designs, for contact lens for the aged especially patients with presbyopia. More...



‘Strong patent regime the only way to boost drug innovation’
(Aesha Datta , 27-Mar-2016 , business line)

Janssen, the pharmaceutical arm of multinational Johnson & Johnson, has been in the news for many reasons – right and wrong. Its new ‘miracle’ tuberculosis (TB) drug Bedaquiline was introduced in India this week as part of the government’s programme for treating multi and extensive drug resistant TB. More...



GE, Boeing, Honeywell back India on patents
(Dilasha Seth | New Delhi , 26-Mar-2016 , Business Standard)

Most representations have acknowledged improvement in India's IPR regime under PM Narendra Modi More...



Patent dispute: Gilead ordered to pay Merck $200 m
(REUTERS , 25-Mar-2016 , Business Line)

A US federal jury on Thursday ordered Gilead Sciences Inc to pay Merck & Co $200 million in damages for infringing two Merck patents related to a lucrative cure for hepatitis C. More...



Govt won't dilute stance to waive patent rights
(TNN , 24-Mar-2016 , The Times of India)

The government has ruled out any dilution in its stance on granting compulsory licences, or waiving patent rights in case of a public health emergency, saying it is open to using flexibility provided under international laws. More...



India has right to grant compulsory licences under WTO: Government
(PTI , 22-Mar-2016 , The Economic Times)

The government today said every member of the WTO, including India, has the right to grant compulsory licences (CL) and also decide the grounds for issuing them. More...



US top court agrees to hear Samsung-Apple patent fight
(Reuters , 21-Mar-2016 , The Indian Express)

US Supreme Court agreed to hear Samsung's appeal of what it contends were excessive penalties for copying the patented designs of the iPhone More...



Verdict likely in Ericsson’s patent infringement case, 20 more pleas in FDC case
(Apurva Vishwanath , 21-Mar-2016 , Livemint)

Today’s significant legal developments would cover the areas of advertising, pharma and telecom More...



Standing up to patent bullying
(SRIVIDHYA RAGAVAN , 21-Mar-2016 , The Hindu)

The Modi government must stop engaging U.S. bureaucrats as patent consultants and instead showcase the Indian patent statute as an exemplar for a balanced regime. More...



Should software be patented in a country of over a billion people?
(VENKATESH GANESH , 18-Mar-2016 , Business Line)

Investors who see India as a software powerhouse will need to start focussing on the brewing issue of software patents which has opened up new wounds. More...



Why has MSF chosen India to challenge Pfizer's patent on a pneumonia vaccine
(ARADHNA WAL , 18-Mar-2016 , DNA)

International not-for-profit Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has taken on US pharma giant Pfizer, challenging the latter's patent for a pneumonia vaccine priced at $100 a vial, in the Indian Patent Office. More...



US No. 1 in international patent filings; Huawei filed most in 2015: WIPO
(TOI Tech , 17-Mar-2016 , The Times of India)

America continued its lead in international patents filings in 2015 with 57,385 international patent applications, according to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). More...



Startup India may be non-starter if patent office has its way
(Prathiba M Singh , 17-Mar-2016 , The Economic Times)

The government's major initiative announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16 has prepared the ground for an innovation-friendly atmosphere in the country. More...



Apple loses video streaming patent case
(Reuters , 17-Mar-2016 , The Times of India)

A German court has ruled against Apple in a case over video streaming patents, handing Kudelski's OpenTV unit a victory in its ongoing intellectual property licensing campaign against major technology companies. More...



Global patent applications from India drop to 1,423 in 2015: report
(D. Ravi Kanth , 17-Mar-2016 , Livemint)

The US continued to dominate the world of innovation and inventions by filing 57,385 international patent applications last year More...



Court rules against Apple in video streaming patent case
(REUTERS , 17-Mar-2016 , IBN Live)

A German court has ruled against Apple Inc in a case over video streaming patents, handing Kudelski's OpenTV unit a victory in its ongoing intellectual property licensing campaign against major technology companies. More...



Making India GI brand conscious
(LATHA R. NAIR , 17-Mar-2016 , The Hindu)

The current Indian legal framework for geographical indications needs to be strengthened to address quality control and consumer expectations. More...



Doctors Without Borders challenges Pfizer's pneumonia vaccine patent in India
(BS B2B Bureau | Mumbai , 15-Mar-2016 , Business Standard)

With this, MSF or Doctors Without Borders, which claims Pfizer vaccine is highly priced, has become the first medical organisation to challenge a vaccine (biosimilar) patent in India. More...



Amazon seeks patent for buying items using selfies instead of passwords
(AFP , 15-Mar-2016 , The Economic Times)

Online retail colossus Amazon is seeking a US patent on using selfies -- instead of passwords -- for shopping when using smartphones. More...



Patents over patients
(Shamnad Basheer , 14-Mar-2016 , The Indian Express)

Government privileges the private over the public, preferring trade to health More...



MSF files pre-grant patent opposition against Pfizer's pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 14-Mar-2016 , Pharmabiz)

The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has filed a 'patent opposition' in India to prevent US pharmaceutical company Pfizer from getting a patent for the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), so that more affordable versions can become available to developing countries and humanitarian organisations. More...



Doctors Without Borders opposes Pfizer’s pneumonia vaccine patent in India
(Viswanath Pilla , 12-Mar-2016 , Livemint)

MSF is challenging this patent to ensure manufacturers planning to produce the pneumonia vaccine do not face patent barriers while launching more affordable versions More...



Patent office: Filing of further divisional applications creates uncertainty over patent
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 12-Mar-2016 , The Indian Express)

The Mumbai patent office says that such ‘uncertainty’ is against public interest and it also results in abuse of the provisions of the Indian Patent Act More...



Why should we not revoke Bollgard II patent, Centre asks Mahyco Monsant
(KV KURMANATH , 10-Mar-2016 , Business Line)

Govt acts on a letter from farmers’ union on bollworm developing resistance to technology More...



India said to mull taking EU to WTO over threat to drug exports
(Shruti Srivastava , 10-Mar-2016 , Livemint)

European Union’s stricter trademark rules could stop exports of some generic drugs via the bloc to markets such as Latin America More...



Over 2 lakh patent applications pending with govt: Nirmala
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 09-Mar-2016 , Business Standard)

As many as 2.37 lakh patent applications are pending with the government, mainly due to shortage of manpower, Parliament was informed today. More...



Gilead Solvaldi Case Reveals Patent-Health Fissures In India
(PATRALEKHA CHATTERJEE , 9-Mar-2016 , INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WATCH)

Are patient groups, health activists and manufacturers of low-cost generic drugs always on the same page? Do India’s generic companies think alike? More...



India 'privately' against patent-overriding drug permits: USIBC
(PTI , 08-Mar-2016 , The Economic Times)

Indian government has "privately reassured" industry lobby group US-India Business Council that the country would not invoke 'compulsory licensing' for commercial purposes that could allow local drugmakers to make cheaper products by overriding patents of big global players. More...



Monsanto patent under cloud as Bt cotton prone to pink bollworm
(Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur , 8-Mar-2016 , The Indian Express)

Keshav Raj Kranthi, said that he had been consulted by the Union Agriculture Ministry on whether the pink bollworm had developed resistance to Bt cotton grown in India — to which he had given an affirmative reply. More...



US-based company stirs up trademark dispute against Houzify
(Aditi Shrivastava & Shashwati Shankar , 8-Mar-2016 , The Economic Times)

Facebook has removed the business page of Indian home interior startup Houzify without warning or consultation, based on an alleged trademark infringement case by a US company called Houzz, according to its CEO Gunaseelan Radhakrishnan. More...



75 MILLION COPYRIGHT TAKEDOWN REQUESTS RECEIVED BY GOOGLE
(HARIKIRAN ANAND , 8-Mar-2016 , The Indian Republic)

75 million copyright takedown requests received by Google More...



Eli Lilly bats for a favourable patent regime in India
(Shine Jacob , 07-Mar-2016 , Livemint)

Eli Lilly wants a more favourable patent regime that ‘rewards innovation’ and would welcome an open dialogue from the government in this respect More...



Money laundering: Trade patents, a new tool for bringing back black money
(Sachin Dave , 2-Mar-2016 , Economic Times)

People who own patents in India are suddenly in demand - in many cases not because of the value of their inventions that may be worthless, but as a conduit to launder money . More...



Lower tax on patent income to boost R&D
(Rupali Mukherjee , 2-Mar-2016 , Times of India )

The Budget has introduced a special 'royalty tax' which lowers the effective rate of tax on income earned from patents. The objective is to encourage indigenous research and development, and to make India an innovation hub. The benefit will be available across knowledge-based sectors of the economy, including pharmaceuticals. More...



Farmers seek patent seed varieties
(TNN , 01-Mar-2016 , The Times of India)

Farmers from North Maharashtra, especially Nashik, have demanded that the government must supply patent varieties of seeds to boost their yield. More...



Apple patents detachable wireless earbuds
(TOI Tech , 01-Mar-2016 , The Times of India)

Here's the very latest on iPhone 7 rumours. According to a report in Apple Insider, the next iPhone may come with "magnetically detachable wireless earbuds." T More...



Budget 2016: Steps to encourage domestic patent regime proposed
(PTI , 29-Feb-2016 , The Economic Times)

In order to encourage R&D in India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today proposed a special patent regime under which 10 per cent tax on income will be charged on commercial exploitation of patents developed and registered in India. More...



Hearing on Gilead's patent for hepatitis C drug, sofosbuvir, begins at patent office
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 29-Feb-2016 , Pharmabiz)

The much awaited patent challenge hearing on US pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences' patent application for hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir began in Indian Patent Office in Delhi which will have major implications for millions of people waiting for affordable access to a life-saving hepatitis C drug. More...



Tata Motors fails to get patent for ‘follow-me-home’
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 27-Feb-2016 , The Indian Express)

The Mumbai patent office, which took up the application, refused to buy the auto company’s argument that the electronic control unit of the vehicle has been modified to facilitate the follow-me-home headlamp flashing feature More...



Samsung Wins Appeal in Patent Dispute with Apple
( Reuters , 27-Feb-2016 , The New Indian Express)

A U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung, finally handing the South Korean smartphone maker a significant win in its longstanding patent feud with top rival Apple. More...



IPR integral part of flagship Indian projects like Make in India, Digital India
(PTI , 26-Feb-2016 , The Economic Times)

India's "robust" IPR regime is an integral part of flagship projects like Make in India and Digital India which is encouraging foreign companies to invest and establish their manufacturing, R&D and outsourcing bases in the country, a senior Indian diplomat said. More...



Patent challenge hearing on Gilead hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir starts in India
(India Infoline News Service | Mumba , 26-Feb-2016 , IIFL)

Protesters living with hepatitis C and HIV rallied outside the Delhi patent office, urging the officials not to cave in to pressure on the Indian government to blindly and speedily grant patents to multinational drug companies. More...



A prudent decision
(OPINION » EDITORIAL , 26-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

In this process, the patent office, called the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks, effectively reversed an August 2015 guideline that had triggered the ambiguity in the first place. More...



Patents Office rolls back guidelines allowing patenting for software, hailed as victory for startups
(Neha Alawadhi , 24-Feb-2016 , The Economic Times)

The Patent Office's decision to roll back its guidelines that allowed software patents in India is being hailed as a big win for domestic startups, which will not have to worry about expensive patent litigation that can potentially stifle innovation in the country. More...



Government to unveil IPR policy in a fortnight
(ARUN S , 23-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

Cabinet Secretariat held meeting on Feb 22 to fine-tune the Policy; Cabinet note circulated among 29 ministries for suggestions. More...



India not to allow software patents
(BS Reporter | Bengaluru , 23-Feb-2016 , Business Standard)

Globally, patents favour large MNCs that can afford the high cost of filing patents and not startups, hence the decision on India's part More...



Intellectual property rights: when it’s broken, fix it!
(Arun Maira , 23-Feb-2016 , Livemint)

We need affordable medicines and we need more innovation. It’s time to reinvent the patents regime More...



Make in India runs into high royalty fee hurdle
(M Rajendran, Hindustan Times, New Delh , 23-Feb-2016 , Hindustan Times)

High patent royalty fees charged by foreign technology firms are fast emerging a major hurdle for India’s ambitions of turning into a global mobile manufacturing hub. More...



No patent if invention lies only in computer programme, says Indian Patent Office
(BS REPORTER | Chennai , 22-Feb-2016 , Business Standard)

The Patent Office issues fresh guideline related to Computer Related Inventions (CRI) to bring in uniformity in examining patent claims More...



USPTO grants patent for TapImmune's next-generation vaccine technology, PolyStart
(Jacksonville, Florida, Monday , 22-Feb-2016 , Pharmabiz)

TapImmune, Inc. (TPIV), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of innovative peptide and nucleic acid-based immunotherapeutic vaccines for the treatment of cancer, including metastatic cancer, announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its patent application entitled, “A chimeric nucleic acid molecule with non-AUG initiation sequences.” More...



USIBC seeks to protect India’s IPR status
(VARGHESE K GEORGE , 21-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

Dr. Aghi’s submission lists of a series of measures by the Indian government under Narendra Modi that he said strengthened IP regime in the country. More...



GM gets favourable order from Patent Office for its vehicle diagnostics system
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 21-Feb-2016 , Business Standard)

The system is to help the owner to manage the vehicle health More...



The rationale of India’s drug policy
(Jayachandran/Mint , 18-Feb-2016 , Livemint)

The government’s price control mechanisms have not been optimal More...



Andhra Pradesh accuses Monsanto of abusing Indian Patents Act through JV
(Banikinkar Pattanayak | New Delhi , 18-Feb-2016 , The Financial Express)

Rao cautioned that if such a step isn’t taken, farmers will be required to pay ‘high royalty on a technology which has lost its economic value’ More...



Everything that is wrong with the world’s cheapest smartphone
(Pranav Dixit, Hindustan Times, New Delhi , 18-Feb-2016 , Hindustan Times)

The Freedom 251 may be the world’s cheapest smart phone but the device released by Noida-based Ringing Bells is riddled with problems, including a possible copyright infringement of Apple’s iconic iPhone, HT has found. More...



Google refused patent for ‘invention’ on obsolete data
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 18-Feb-2016 , The Financial Express)

The Indian patent office has refused to grant a patent to Google for its claimed invention relating to a system for efficiently identifying and removing obsolete data from the database of a directory information provider. More...



Nadiad whiz-kid gets three patents in his name
(Piyush Mishra , 18-Feb-2016 , The Times of India)

A final year engineering student of Nadiad has made a record of sorts. More...



Relief for MP’s Basmati farmers as Court nixes Apeda’s opposition
(R BALAJI , 17-Feb-2016 , Business Line)

Court asks Madhya Pradesh to proceed with applying for GI Registration of Basmati More...



MP govt moves Madras HC against IPAB order on Basmati GI tag
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 17-Feb-2016 , Business Standard)

The Court asked APEDA not to take action against Basmati farmers in MP pending disposal of petition, says counsel More...



PhRMA concerned over Sect 3(d) of India’s Patents Act as it fears other emerging markets may emulate it as a model
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 12-Feb-2016 , Pharmabiz)

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) continues to flog India for what it termed as a 'Generally weak IP environment' in the country and has expressed concern over Section 3(d) of India’s Patents Act as it fears that other emerging markets may emulate it as a model. More...



Stronger IP measures will be a boon for Indian start-ups
(PATRICK KILBRIDE , 12-Feb-2016 , DNA)

TRIPS is an important starting point, but it is far from representing an international best practice when it comes to implementing an IP framework that nurtures domestic innovation and fosters national competitiveness in the global marketplace. More...



AIISH seeks patent for two innovations
(SHANKAR BENNUR , 12-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

The Mysuru-based All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), a premier institute in communication disorders, has developed iCry, a software for infant cry analysis, which will identify whether a newborn is suffering from any abnormality. More...



Patient challenges patent on two key HIV drugs
(Rupali Mukherjee , 11-Feb-2016 , The Times of India)

A patient suffering with HIV has opposed patent applications for two important HIV medicines, dolutegravir and cabotegravir, thwarting an attempt by ViiV Healthcare (a joint venture by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline) to obtain monopoly rights on the drugs, in India. More...



Give Pakistani rice the Basmati tag
(Business Standard Editorial Comment | New Delhi , 11-Feb-2016 , Business Standard)

Rejection by India based on some petty procedural grounds seems unfair More...



India near bottom of intellectual property index
(NATIONAL BUREAU , 11-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

India remains at the bottom of the Index for the fourth year in a row, according to the GIPC report More...



India, RCEP members to discuss trade pact in Brunei starting February 15
(BS Reporter | New Delhi , 11-Feb-2016 , Business Standard)

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is a trade deal that aims to cover goods, services, investments, economic and technical cooperation, competition and intellectual property rights More...



India ranks 37 on USCC’s Intellectual Property Index
(Shreeja Sen , 11-Feb-2016 , Livemint)

The index painted a grim picture of India, which scored 7.05, lower than last year’s 7.23 More...



Patent protection in India remains outside of international best practices
(OUR BUREAU , 10-Feb-2016 , Business Line)

Country ranked 37th among 38 countries in the IP index released by US Chamber of Commerce More...



US pharma body calls for stronger protection of intellectual property rights in India
(Shine Jacob , 10-Feb-2016 , Livemint)

PhRMA says India has not increased investment in this critical area, leaving public healthcare spending at a very low level of approximately 1% of GDP More...



US pharma body slams Indian patent regime
(Rupali Mukherjee , 9-Feb-2016 , The Times of India)

Criticizing India's "weak" intellectual property rights (IPR) regime, PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America), which represents leading pharma and biotech companies in the US, has suggested India remain on the Priority Watch List in the 2016 Special 301 Report. More...



Enact safeguards on cultivation of GM crops
(9-Feb-2016 , DNA)

Without setting up an independent regulator with statutory backing, the Centre’s attempts to expedite genetically modified crop cultivation are bound to fail More...



Basmati rice gets GI tag in 7 Indian states: Geographical indicators in India
(INDIATODAY.IN , 08-Feb-2016 , INDIA TODAY)

The world is full of beautiful places and each one has something unique about it. People tend to relate things to the places they originated in. More...



Genetically modified crops: the way forward
(Shyamal Banerjee/Mint , 8-Feb-2016 , Livemint)

The government must be transparent and address understandable fears More...



The pill that costs $9,000 in US sells for $70 in India
(Rema Nagarajan , 07-Feb-2016 , The Times of India)

India's generic industry has been producing many such life-saving medicines at a fraction of the global price More...



Order on GI tag for basmati likely today
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 5-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

The much-awaited order in a dispute between parties, including the Madhya Pradesh government, over granting Geographical Indications (GI) tag for basmati rice, is expected to be delivered by the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) here on Friday. More...



Protecting India’s trade interests
(SHAILJA SINGH , 5-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

Only a cohesive trade policy approach on the international and domestic front will help the country mitigate projected losses from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. More...



Compulsory licensing in manufacturing may slow investments: EU
(ARUN S , 5-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

The U.S. had also sought clarity from India regarding the CL decision-making process More...



GlaxoSmithKline arm gets patent nod for pneumonia vaccine
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 04-Feb-2016 , Business Standard)

Company argues composition is new and provides an improved technical effect More...



Andhra Pradesh to centre: invoke compulsory licence or cancel Bt cotton patent
(Sayantan Bera, Shreeja Sen , 4-Feb-2016 , Livemint)

AP agriculture minister, in a letter dated 1 February to Nirmala Sitharaman, accused Monsanto of abusing its monopoly position in the genetically modified Bt cotton seed market More...



Indian firm develops Zika vaccine candidates
(Y. MALLIKARJUN , 03-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has filed for global patent of two vaccine candidates - a recombinant vaccine and an inactivated vaccine - for Zika virus. More...



Nokia's patent deal with Samsung puts off investors, hits shares
(Reuters | Helsinki , 2-Feb-2016 , Business Standard)

Nokia said it had settled a lengthy patent dispute with South Korea's Samsung on Monday, but investors were disappointed by the financial terms of the deal. More...



Trans-Pacific pact may impact exports
(NATIONAL BUREAU , 2-Feb-2016 , The Hindu)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), or the mega-regional free trade pact led by the U.S. and including 11 other Asia-Pacific countries, is likely to indirectly impact India’s exports in several industrial sectors such as textiles, plastics, leather, clothing, cotton and yarn, besides the country’s regime on investment, labour standards, intellectual property rights (IPR), government procurement and State-owned enterprises (SOE), according to Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. More...



EU’s trademark law: India fears pharma exports will be hit
(AMITI SEN , 31-Jan-2016 , Business Line)

New Delhi not convinced by EU’s clarification; terms law unwarranted More...



Support needed for filing of patents and their protection
(STAFF REPORTER , 30-Jan-2016 , The Hindu)

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) attorneys Ashok Ram Kumar and M. Vijay Kumar said a sizable quantum of intellectual property emanates from Indian universities and research institutes but it was not well protected and commercialised due to gaps in industry linkages. More...



Chinese patent ecosystem progressive
(V. RAGHAVENDRA , 30-Jan-2016 , The Hindu)

China has the world’s largest number of patent filings, as it encourages ‘utility model’ or ‘petty’ patents. More...



IIT-Roorkee scientists patent low-cost biofuel tech
(Tapan Susheel , 29-Jan-2016 , The Times of India)

Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) have achieved remarkable success in generating low-cost biofuel using a perennial weed, Kans grass. More...



SC agrees to hear Cipla’s plea against La Roche
(TNN , 28-Jan-2016 , The Times of India)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday admitted a plea of generic drug manufacturer Cipla Ltd challenging the Delhi high court order holding it guilty of infringing Swiss pharma company Hoffmann-La Roche's patent over lung cancer drug Erlotinib. More...



CommMin starts inter-ministerial talks on WTO decisions
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 27-Jan-2016 , Business Standard)

The Commerce Ministry has begun an inter-ministerial exercise to assess implications of the decisions taken at the WTO's Nairobi meeting and find out the extent to which India can liberalise tariff regime, especially with regard to the farm sector. More...



Delhi HC extends stay on transfer of commercial IP right cases
(Priyanka Mittal , 27-Jan-2016 , Livemint)

The transfer of commercial IP right cases to district courts was brought to a halt on 3 December under an interim order passed by a high court bench More...



Ethypharm receives patent for invention related to orally disintegrating pain killer, in India
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 27-Jan-2016 , Business Standard)

The Patent Office accepted the argument of the company that its invention addresses a specific problem related to degradation of oxycodone More...



Google files patent for drone “delivery receptacle”
(Reuters, San Francisco , 27-Jan-2016 , Hindustan Times)

Google’s secretive drone delivery project could include a component designed to store packages securely. More...



India plans own FTA template to counter zero tariff formula
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 27-Jan-2016 , Livemint)

India’s proposal is born out of concerns that the zero tariff formula may become the benchmark for all future trade talks More...



Qualcomm denied patent on e-coupon distribution tech
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 27-Jan-2016 , The Financial Express)

Qualcomm Inc, US-based semiconductor company that designs and markets wireless telecommunication products globally, has been denied an Indian patent... More...



India spikes 220 foreign patent bids on desi drugs
(Chethan Kumar , 26-Jan-2016 , The Times of India)

US company filed an application before the European Patent Registers on May 28, 2010, seeking patent for a medicinal formulation to control lipid levels. More...



DRDO’s patent technology now with Pune start-up firm
(Sushant Singh New Delhi , 25-Jan-2016 , The Indian Express)

CuTi technology is patent protected by DRDO and the Pune-based start-up has been granted an exclusive license to manufacture More...



India, Australia miss free trade pact deadline
(SUHASINI HAIDAR, ARUN S. , 21-Jan-2016 , The Hindu)

Talks were stuck due to several issues related to market access in services and goods More...



Indian drug firms dip into patent pool for Hep C drug
(OUR BUREAU , 20-Jan-2016 , Business Line)

To make generic versions of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s daclatasvir More...



Cipla, Emcure, Hetero and Natco Pharma join patent pool for new Hepatitis C drug Daclatavir
(DIVYA RAJAGOPAL, , 20-Jan-2016 , The Economic Times)

CiplaBSE 0.08 %, Emcure, Hetero and Natco PharmaBSE 4.47 % have received the license for Bristol Myers Squibb' Hepatitis C drug Daclatavir under the Geneve based Medicines Patent Pool (MPP). More...



India rejects licence plea for AstraZeneca's antidiabetic drug
(PTI , 20-Jan-2016 , moneycontrol)

The Indian patent office has rejected Hyderabad-based Lee Pharma's application for a compulsory licence on AstraZeneca's anti-diabetic medicine saxagliptin sold under the brand name Onglyza. More...



De Beers group firm initiates legal suit against competitor
(Dilip Kumar Jha | Mumbai , 20-Jan-2016 , Business Standard)

The development assumes significance Ila might face damages worth millions of dollars More...



FICCI announces online certificate course on intellectual property
( Rajiv Kr. Choudhry , 20-Jan-2016 , SpicyIP)

Registrations are open for Online Certificate Course on Intellectual Property (IP), May – July 2013 being conducted by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). More...



Counterfeits to hurt India's manufacturing sector: A report
(BS B2B Bureau | New Delhi , 19-Jan-2016 , Business Standard)

Illicit market in seven select manufacturing sectors led to a loss of Rs 39,239 crore during 2014, says a FICCI report More...



Startup India: Challenges galore on funding, patent and IPR fronts
(SURABHI , 19-Jan-2016 , Business Line)

First generation entrepreneurs across the country are applauding the government’s efforts to recognise their business ventures under the banner of Start-Up India, but for most challenges of funding, patents and creation of intellectual property remain. More...



Patent Office refuses divisional patent for GSK Biologicals' vaccine
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 19-Jan-2016 , Business Standard)

The application was related to a novel formulation comprising a combination of a cancer antigen or a derivative More...



A strict FDA, competition may slow pharma growth; export may halve to 8 per cent by 2020: Study
(Prabha Raghavan, ET Bureau , 19-Jan-2016 , The Economic Times)

Tighter scrutiny of Indian manufacturing sites by US drug regulators, increased competition and weaker currencies in key markets such as Africa and Russia are likely to slow down the growth of Indian pharmaceutical exports over the next four years, says a new study. More...



Firm owned by Gujarati faces patent lawsuit
(PTI , 17-Jan-2016 , The Times of India)

A synthetic diamond manufacturing company owned by a Gujarati diamantaire is facing litigation from De Beers subsidiary, Element Six Technologies Ltd, for alleged infringement of its patents related to synthetic diamond material production. More...



National IPR policy to give fillip to economic growth: Ram Vilas Paswan
(PTI , 15-Jan-2016 , The Economic Times)

The government is drawing up the contours of a national Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy and its implementation will provide an impetus to growth, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today. More...



Patent Office refuses divisional application of Merck's antibiotic
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 14-Jan-2016 , Business Standard)

The application lacked distinct invention from parent application, the Patent Officer said More...



UN agency to help India bolster IP enforcement
(AMITI SEN , 14-Jan-2016 , Business Line)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) plans to strengthen cooperation with India to help improve enforcement of intellectual property laws in the country. More...



Only 8 patents granted to Panjab University inventors since 2007
(Meghna Malik | Chandigarh , 13-Jan-2016 , The Indian Express)

According to the data from the Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Programme (CIIPP) at PU, only eight patents have been granted to inventors from the varsity since 2007. More...



Abraxis denied patent for combination of Taxane
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 13-Jan-2016 , The Financial Express)

The company filed the patent application for combinations, modes of administration of therapeutic agents and the combination therapy More...



Duplicate GI products hampering niche market: Textile Min
(PTI , 13-Jan-2016 , moneycontrol)

According to the statement, this is hampering the niche market of these handloom products affecting their goodwill adversely and shrinking their market value due to encroachment on their registered geographical indications. More...



How patent delays are threatening 'Make In India'
(IndiaSpend Team | Bengaluru , 12-Jan-2016 , Business Standard)

Years-long delays in approving patents could undermine the innovation critical to the 'Make in India' campaign's success More...



TVS Motor backs out of patent row
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 12-Jan-2016 , The Financial Express)

The invention was novel as well as simple-a self-locating ignition lock assembly which comprises a lock body with a key slot for the ignition key, with a plate made of a fluorescent substance that absorbs light energy during the day and render itself fluorescent at night More...



Govt & industry anxious on TPP & TTIP which could impact manufacture & supply of drugs to 12 Pacific Rim nations
(Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru , 11-Jan-2016 , Pharmabiz)

The Union government and the Indian pharma industry are now concerned about the regulatory and trade challenges coming in with the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TIPP) which was reached on October 5, 2015 after 7 years of negotiations by the 12 Pacific Rim countries that include US, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. More...



Script Lacks the Selvaraghavan Trademark
(Malini Mannath , 11-Jan-2016 , The New Indian Express)

Among the New Year releases, this was the film expected with anticipation. More...



StatsGuru: Tracking what hinders research in India
(Business Standard , 10-Jan-2016 , Business Standard)

At the Indian Science Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a revival of research in India. More...



Don’t tamper with patent laws
(A SRINIVAS , 08-Jan-2016 , Business Line)

The Centre is needlessly apologetic about our IPR laws. More...



Suven Life shares gain on patent rights in foreign countries
(PTI , 05-Jan-2016 , The Economic Times)

Suven Life SciencesBSE 0.70 % shares rose over 1 per cent after the drug firm got patent rights in foreign countries for a neuro-degenerative drug. More...



History on India's Side, Not Pakistan, on Basmati GI Tag'
(Express News Service , 5-Jan-2016 , The New Indian Express)

With a tussle over getting a Geographical Indication tag for Basmati rice on, as Pakistan had laid claims over the origins of the variety of rice grown here, an RSS mouthpiece article termed the neighbouring country’s “illegible claim” as one of the unfinished agendas of partition. More...



India needs to catch up on R&D
(Business Standard | New Delhi , 04-Jan-2016 , Business Standard)

China is ahead of us on several parameters like spending on R&D and patent applications filed More...



Apple Patent Tips Plans for Money Transfer via iMessage
(Manish Singh , 04-Jan-2016 , NDTV)

Apple may soon allow users to send money to their friends using iMessage and a number of other means. More...



No respite for Big Pharma on patents
(Banikinkar Pattanayak , 30-Dec-2015 , The Financial Express)

Dilution of Section 3(d), compulsory licensing unlikely despite US concerns More...



Mobikwik files patent for power wallet platform that integrates with payment platform of retailers
(Surabhi Agarwal , 30-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

New-age payment companies seem to be taking the lead when it comes to filing for patents. More...



Employees in the US assign all patent rights
(Mark Flynn , 30-Dec-2015 , The Financial TImes)

Sir, Thank you for publishing the excellent article on Shuji Nakamura’s renowned contributions to light-emitting diode technology (“Bright idea pioneer shining a light on innovation in Japan”, Business Life, December 29). More...



Suven Life secures two new patents
(THE HANS INDIA , 30-Dec-2015 , THE HANS INDIA)

City-based Suven Life Sciences has been granted a patent each by Europe and Macau for drug used in the treatment of disorders associated with neurodegenerative diseases. More...



US court asks Indian company to pay $100000 for using pirated software
(PTI , 29-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

An Indian textile company has agreed to pay a penalty of $100,000 (or Rs 66 lakhs) to settle charges of using pirated software that gave it competitive advantages over American businesses. More...



Suven Life gets patent for neurodegenerative drug
(PTI , 29-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

Suven LifeBSE 0.71 % Sciences has been granted a patent each by Europe and Macau for drug used in the treatment of disorders associated with neurodegenerative diseases. More...



Govt. to amend patent rules
(PRADEESH CHANDRAN , 29-Dec-2015 , The Hindu)

The centre is in the process of bringing out a new national policy for IPR More...



Cisco Wins US Patent Dispute Over Wi-Fi Technology
(Reuters , 29-Dec-2015 , NDTV)

Cisco Systems Inc did not infringe a patent holding company's wi-fi technology, a US appeals court ruled on Monday, reversing a near $64-million (roughly Rs. 424 crores) judgment against the networking equipment maker in the long-running patent dispute. More...



Intellectual property rights attorneys slam proposed amendments in patent rules
(A Subramani , 28-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

few key proposed amendments in the patent rules, such as limiting adjournments to just three and restricting the right to file patent applications only to patent attorneys and not all regular lawyers, have come in for criticism from an association of IPR attorneys. More...



Abbott unit’s divisional patent application for drug rejected in India
(Sajan C Kumar , 26-Dec-2015 , The Financial Express)

The country's patent office has rejected a divisional patent application by AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd, the biopharmaceutical arm of US-based Abbott Laboratories... More...



Patent office puts norms for computer inventions on hold
(Sajan C Kumar , 26-Dec-2015 , The Financial Express)

The norms aim to provide uniform, consistent guidelines More...



Patent Office keeps Novartis Vaccines' application under temporarily refusal
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 25-Dec-2015 , Business Standard)

Order is liable to change in accordance with the direction of the divisional patent issue pending with the Calcutta High Court More...



Apple seeks $180 million morefrom Samsung in patent battle
(REUTERS , 25-Dec-2015 , The Hindu)

In a case that has come to epitomise the global smartphone war, Apple and Samsung have more battles ahead. More...



Suven Life gets patent for neuro-degenerative drug
(PTI , 23-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

Drug firm Suven Life Sciences has been granted a patent each by Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, ARIPO and South Korea for a drug used in the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



Celgene settles Revlimid patent litigation with Natco Pharma
(Viswanath Pilla , 24-Dec-2015 , Livemint)

The deal provides Natco with the certainty of a generic Revlimid launch in the US as well as a billion-dollar windfall. More...



WTO gets strict over patent extension
(TNN , 24-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

The government on Wednesday said WTO member countries have agreed to "prevent evergreening" of patents in pharmaceuticals, a move that will help the entry of generic medicines into the market by ensuring that Big Pharma does not tweak the composition of drugs to extend the validity of a patent. More...



Celgene to allow sale of generic Revlimid before patent expiry
(Reuters , 23-Dec-2015 , Business Standard)

Celgene Corp said it would allow the sale of a generic version of its flagship multiple myeloma drug, Revlimid, in the United States more than a year before the drug's patent expires. More...



Patent files damaged
(SANGEETHA KANDAVEL , 23-Dec-2015 , The Hindu)

The recent floods have destroyed some key trademark and patent files at the Trade Marks Registry, Intellectual Property Office in Guindy. More...



Ericsson ends patent feud with Apple, signs new licence deal
(Reuters | Stockholm , 22-Dec-2015 , The Indian Express)

Swedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson said it had signed a patent licence deal with Apple Inc, sending its shares up much as 8 per cent. More...



Twitter patents drone that adds photos in your tweets
(IANS , 22-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

Drones capable of taking photos and videos controlled by tweets and sharing them through users' accounts may soon change the way people use social media, according to media reports. More...



Ericsson signs patent deal with Apple, shares soar
(Reuters Stockholm , 22-Dec-2015 , India Today)

Swedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson said it had signed a patent license deal with Apple Inc over technology that helps smartphones and tablets connect to mobile networks, sending its shares up much as 8 per cent. More...



Glenmark settles patent litigation
(Press Trust Of India | New Delhi , 22-Dec-2015 , Business Standard)

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced a patent litigation settlement with Forest Laboratories and Royalty Pharma Collection Trust over anti-depressant drug Savella. More...



Patent files damaged
(SANGEETHA KANDAVEL , 22-Dec-2015 , The Hindu)

The recent floods have destroyed some key trademark and patent files at the Trade Marks Registry, Intellectual Property Office in Guindy. More...



Indian Patent Office puts on hold guidelines for patenting software
(Krithika Krishnamurthy , 22-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

India's patent office has put on hold guidelines that would have allowed patenting of software, a move being hailed as a big win for domestic startups. More...



Demand for GI tag to Jeypore cashew
(PTI , 22-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

Cashew nut producers of Odisha have demanded Geographical Indication (GI) status for Jeypore cashew produced in Koraput district. More...



Ericsson, Apple settle litigation, sign patent license deal
(Reuters , 21-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson said it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple Inc but did not specify how much it would earn from the deal. More...



Seed companies demand withdrawal of govt order regulating cotton seed MRP
(Jayashree Bhosale , 21-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

ABLE-AG is an association of 13 leading technology provider, seed and biotechnology companies focused on research. More...



Koraput farmers seek GI tag for cashew nut
(TNN , 20-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

Bhubaneswar: Cashew nut producers of Odisha have demanded Geographical Indication (GI) status for Jeypore cashew produced in Koraput district. More...



Lack of IPR protection poses barriers for companies to sell and compete globally: Victoria A. Espinel
(Ankush Kumar , 17-Dec-2015 , The Financial Express)

Protection and enforcement of intellectual property specifically for software is supremely important. More...



Revised guidelines for software patents put on hold
(Sadhana Chathurvedula , 17-Dec-2015 , Livemint)

Revised draft guidelines allows the patenting of software on technical advancement, sparking concern from start-ups and software product lobbies like iSpirt and Software Freedom Law Center More...



AstraZeneca seeks hearing with patent controller regarding Lee Pharma's CL application
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 16-Dec-2015 , Business Standard)

Delhi High Court had earlier issued an order granting permanent injunction in favour of AstraZeneca More...



India should protect patent over its native species
(NAHLA NAINAR , 16-Dec-2015 , The Hindu)

As awareness of the medicinal value of Indian plants goes up globally, more should be done by the Government to protect the nation’s biodiversity, according to Appu Rathinavelu, Executive Director, Rumbaugh Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research, Nova Southeastern University, U.S. More...



National policy suggests use of intellectual property rights as collateral to raise funds
(Ruchika Chitravanshi , 16-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

In a potentially big boost to innovation, the country's first Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy has proposed securitisation of innovation rights, allowing them to be used as collateral to raise funds for their commercial development. More...



Industry-academia collaboration on patents at nascent stage in India: report
(Nikita Mehta , 15-Dec-2015 , Livemint)

A Thomson Reuters report shows that only 0.4% of the patents have been a result of collaboration between industry and academia More...



Natco settles patent case with Gilead
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 15-Dec-2015 , The Hindu)

The Natco Pharma on Monday said it has, along with its partner Alvogen, settled the patent infringement suit with Gilead Sciences Inc. and others over Tamiflu in a US court. More...



Samsung Takes Apple Patent Case to US Supreme Court
(Agence France-Presse , 15-Dec-2015 , NDTV)

Samsung, on the losing end of a massive smartphone patent lawsuit, appealed on Monday to the US Supreme Court in hopes of overturning a ruling that it pay $548 million to rival Apple. More...



Samsung set to unseat IBM in US patent wars
(Harriet Taylor , 14-Dec-2015 , CNBC)

Samsung is on track to unseat IBM as the number one company when it comes to winning U.S. utility patents. More...



China drives global patent applications to new high
(AFP | Geneva , 14-Dec-2015 , Business Standard)

China accounted for nearly a third of the world's patent applications last year, once again driving strong global growth, despite a sharp decrease in industrial design filings, the UN said today. More...



India defends most red lines in Paris pact
(Nitin Sethi | Paris , 14-Dec-2015 , Business Standard)

Manages to create differentiation between developed and developing world in almost all elements More...



Apple 'Self-Healing Elastomer' Patent Hints at Waterproof iPhone
(Manish Singh , 14-Dec-2015 , NDTV)

Apple has been granted a patent that puts further weight to rumours of an upcoming waterproof iPhone. More...



Taylor Swift trying to patent ‘1989’, title of her novel
(PTI , 13-Dec-2015 , The Indian Express)

Taylor Swift has apparently filed trademark applications for five phrases including "Swiftmas," "Blank Space," "And I'll Write Your Name," "A Girl Named Girl" and "1989". More...



Japanese co loses diabetes drug patent bid
(Rupali Mukherjee , 12-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

In good news for patients, a multinational drug firm's efforts to claim monopoly rights on a new diabetes drug, teneligliptin, have been thwarted, with the patent office rejecting the application of Japan's Mitsubishi Pharma Corporation. More...



Suven Life Sciences gets patent for neuro-degenerative drug
(PTI , 11-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

Drug firm Suven Life Sciences has been granted a patent each by Eurasia, Europe, Israel and Macau for a drug used in the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



India Plans to Streamline Intellectual Property Rights Process
( SURYATAPA BHATTACHARYA , 11-Dec-2015 , The Wall Street Journal)

Government is drafting legislation to create new intellectual-property courts and simplify drug-patent applications More...



FreeCharge files patent for alternative to One-Time-Password
(Surabhi Agarwal , 10-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

In what is perhaps the first sign of new age Indian companies waking up to the potential of patents, Snapdeal-owned digital payments firm FreeCharge has indigenously developed an alternative to the SMS based one-time-password and has already filed a patent for the technology. More...



India R&D accounted for 9% of global patents in 2015: Cisco
(PTI , 10-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

echnology giant Cisco today said its research and development team in India accounted for nine per cent of the total 1,100 patents issued to the US-based company this year. More...



The Weeknd sued for copyright infringement over ‘The Hills'
(PTI , 10-Dec-2015 , The Indian Express)

The Weeknd has been served with a copyright infringement lawsuit over his hit song "The Hills". More...



The Weeknd sued for copyright infringement over ‘The Hills'
(PTI , 10-Dec-2015 , The Indian Express)

The Weeknd has been served with a copyright infringement lawsuit over his hit song "The Hills". More...



India-US narrow down differences on climate pact
(G. ANANTHAKRISHNAN , 10-Dec-2015 , The Hindu)

India's IPR import bill highlights the importance of technology transfer to fight climate change without rigid Intellectual Property Rights restrictions. More...



Verdict corner: The case for shifting of IPR cases
(Indu Bhan , 10-Dec-2015 , The Financial Express)

Legal fraternity including IPR experts are all united in the fight against the transfer of pending IPR cases More...



FreeCharge's patent filing for alternative to OTP a wake up call for other companies
(Surabhi Agarwal , 10-Dec-2015 , The Economic Times)

In what is perhaps the first sign of new age Indian companies waking up to the potential of patents, Snapdeal-owned digital payments firm FreeCharge has indigenously developed an alternative to the SMS based one-time-password and has already filed a patent for the technology. More...



Steps Afoot to List Tirur Betel in GI Registry
(Dhinesh Kallungal , 10-Dec-2015 , The New Indian Express)

The sagging fortune of Tirur betel leaves aka ‘Tirur Paan’ is set to revive with the authorities completing the formalities for listing it in the Geographical Indications Registry of India. More...



Google files patent for needle-free blood draw device
(TOI Tech , 09-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

Google Life Sciences has filed a patent for a needle-free blood draw device with US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent is being seen as the latest addition to its growing list of projects in the fields of medtech and healthcare. More...



Google patent hints at device that could draw blood without needles
(Tech Desk , 8-Dec-2015 , The Indian Express)

Google has filed a patent that could allow for blood to be drawn without needles, and the patent is available online More...



Google’s latest patent allows for device to draw blood without needles
(Tech Desk , 7-Dec-2015 , The Indian Express)

Google has filed a patent that could allow for blood to be drawn without needles, and the patent is available online More...



Google needle-free blood draw patent: A blood-sucking smartwatch for blood test
(India.com News Desk , 06-Dec-2015 , India.com)

The needle-free blood draw system works by sending a surge of gas into a barrel containing a micro-particle that pierces the skin. More...



Grant of wrong patents prevented by TDKL in 220 cases till date
(04-Dec-2015 , Business Standard)

The Ministry of AYUSH has established Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) in collaboration with Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) for prevention of grant of patents on non-original inventions by International Patent Offices like European Patent office, United States Patent & Trademark office, Japan Patent office etc. on Indian Systems of Medicine such as Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha. More...



HC stays the transfer of pending IPR cases to lower courts
(Priyanka Mittal , 4-Dec-2015 , Livemint)

Sanjay Ghosh, representing the high court, submitted that the order is likely to be replaced by a law in the winter session of Parliament More...



TPP likely to impact patent regime: Panel
(TNN , 4-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

A government think tank on Thursday said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which will create the world's largest free-trade pact, is unlikely to impact India's trade significantly and warned that joining the new framework would have adverse impact on the country's patent regime, especially access to medicines. More...



Stay on transfer of IPR cases to district courts
(Aneesha Mathur New Delhi , 4-Dec-2015 , The Indian Express)

The Asian Patents Attorney's Association in a plea filed before the high court however has argued that cases arising out of the statutes relating to IPR were "protected" under the Commercial Courts Ordinance 2015. More...



Patents filed not enough, says DIPP Secy
(BS Reporter | New Delhi , 3-Dec-2015 , Business Standard)

Businesses as well as government institutions need to step up filing patents to safeguard their intellectual property rights (IPR), said Amitabh Kant, secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), on Wednesday. More...



Micromax-Ericsson patent row: Bailable warrants against founders
(Indu Bhan | New Delhi | , 3-Dec-2015 , The Financial Express)

Micromax was not only offender in the patent case filed by Ericsson. More...



Bid to restore Channapatna craft to its original glory
(RANJANI GOVIND , 3-Dec-2015 , The Hindu)

The traditional wooden toy-and-doll craft, with perfected lacquer-ware of Channapatna (on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway), may be protected by a geographical indication (GI) tag but today a crisis stares the industry in the face. More...



IPR policy to help India become innovative: Govt
(PTI , 02-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

The national Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy being prepared by government will help India become an innovative economy over the next 10 years, a top official said today. More...



Now GI tag for black clay pottery of Nizamabad
(Manish Raj , 2-Dec-2015 , The Times of India)

The Geographical Indication (GI) registry in the city has provided the GI tag to black clay pottery of Nizamabad in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. More...



2.46 lakh patent applications pending due to manpower shortage
(PTI , 30-Nov-2015 , The Economic Times)

About 2.46 lakh patent applications and 5.32 lakh trademark registrations are pending with the government due to shortage of manpower, Parliament was informed today. More...



Cipla infringing Roche’s patent in lung cancer drug, says Delhi HC - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/business/companies/cipla-infringing-roches-patent-in-lung-cancer-drug-says-delhi-hc/#sthash.bsn7k8oe.dpuf
(Aneesha Mathur , 28-Nov-2015 , The Indian Express)

Delhi HC refused to issue any injunction against Cipla restraining it from manufacturing the medicine, after observing that the life of the patent granted to Roche was ending in March 2016. More...



IRCTC slaps notice on Travelkhana for 'copyright violation'
(Sudheer Pal Singh| New Delhi , 28-Nov-2015 , Business Standard)

According to IRCTC, the similarity of the applications is likely to create the impression that the source of the apps is same or that there exists an association between the two companies More...



Breather for India's compulsory licence seekers as WTO group extends moratorium on IP violation
(Kirtika Suneja , 27-Nov-2015 , The Economic Times)

In a relief to Indian manufacturers seeking compulsory licences, a committee of the WTO has decided to shield intellectual property from a mechanism through which one WTO member can challenge the other's IP related policies even if there is no rules infringement. More...



Burger King locked in trademark cases with food joints of similar names
(Rasul Bailay & Ratna Bhushan, , 26-Nov-2015 , The Economic Times)

Burger King has a whopper of a headache on its plate. Even before the world's second-largest burger chain made its India debut a year ago, it has been locked in trademark cases in India - from a small pushcart called Mr Singh Burger King to joints in malls with deceptively similar names or logos. More...



Supreme Court: Gods, religious texts can’t be trademarked
(Utkarsh Anand , 25-Nov-2015 , The Indian Express)

The court added that an entity, wanting to register the ‘Ramayan’ as a trademark, would have to add another word or symbol as suffix or prefix. More...



Patents India
(24-Nov-2015 , The Financial Express )

Need to synchronise laws with those of the United States More...



Patent registration: Centre plans cutting approval time to 15 months from 5-6 yrs
(Shruti Srivastava , 23-Nov-2015 , The Indian Express)

As many as 2,26,339 patent applications were pending as on July 31, 2015, due to shortage of professionals, according to the government data. More...



Patent process to be speeded up
(DHNS , 23-Nov-2015 , Deccan Herald)

The Central government has proposed a set of modifications in the existing patent rules, seeking to expedite the lengthy process of granting of patents in India. More...



Dr Reddy’s sues AstraZeneca over purple colour of Nexium generic
(Vikas Dandekar , 20-Nov-2015 , The Economic Times)

Hyderabad-based drug maker Dr Reddy's has filed a lawsuit in a US court against Anglo-Swedish drug giant AstraZenecaBSE -1.06 % alleging material breach of a settlement agreement that had released the company from any liability in connection with generic versions of Nexium, the blockbuster drug used to treat heartburns and gastric ulcers. More...



US, Switzerland back out of disputed norm in patent law
(D. Ravi Kanth , 20-Nov-2015 , Livemint)

Both nations agree not to introduce norm for pharma products at WTO for two more years until end-2017 More...



Suzuki Motor secures patent for fuel efficiency
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 19-Nov-2015 , The Financial Express)

The auto major filed application for patent titled ‘Control apparatus for a generator of a vehicle’ in 2009 More...



Indian in US convicted for selling counterfeit cigarettes
(Press Trust of India | Washington , 18-Nov-2015 , Business Standard)

An Indian national has pleaded guilty to the charges of selling counterfeit cigarettes in the United States. More...



India needs predictable IPR regime: Novartis
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 17-Nov-2015 , Business Standard)

A "highly predictable" IPR regime is needed for the pharma industry in India to develop to the level of the US or Europe, a senior executive of Swiss drug major Novartis said today. More...



Taken remedial actions at two plants in Maharashtra: Drug firm Novartis
(PTI , 17-Nov-2015 , The Economic Times)

Drug firm NovartisBSE -1.83 % today said it has taken remedial action at its two plants in Western India which had received a warning letter from the US health regulator and expects the manufacturing facility to returm to normal functioning soon. More...



Get a Patent, Get 3-yr Cheap Loan!
(Dileep V Kumar , 17-Nov-2015 , The New Indian Express)

Giving wings to the entrepreneurial dreams of student innovators, the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) will soon come out with a Patent Support Scheme, allowing student entrepreneurs to avail interest subsidy on bank loans taken for patented projects. More...



Comprehensive policy on IPRs being finalised: PM Modi
(IANS , 13-Nov-2015 , The Economic Times)

Prime Minister Narendera Modi has assured business leaders here that India will soon come out with a comprehensive national intellectual property rights (IPR) policy. More...



GSFC gets patent for Gujcon nylon products
(OUR BUREAU , 09-Nov-2015 , Business Line)

State-run Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd informed that it has received a process patent for its Gujcon products range under Nylon-6 that will improve the quality of roads and building infrastructure. More...



Tata Global Beverages fails to get patent for herbal tea
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 7-Nov-2015 , The Financial Express)

The patent office has refused to grant a patent to Tata Global Beverages (formerly known as Tata Tea) for its 'invention' regarding a process for preparation of flavoured herbal tea. More...



Merck & Co to expand in India, favourable IPR ruling encourages co to invest more
(Vikas Dandekar, , 6-Nov-2015 , The Economic Times)

Merck & Co. wants to expand its presence in India, building on what the $42-billion US pharmaceutical giant calls a "responsible pricing strategy" and heartened by a recent intellectual property rights ruling in its favour. More...



India catching up with China in patented products
(T.V. SIVANANDAN , 6-Nov-2015 , The Hindu)

Executive council member of the Visvesvaraya Technological University, V.D. Mytri, an expert on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), has said that India was catching up with China in getting patents for various products and innovations and in another decade would surpass it. More...



Pressure over patent laws
(Ashima Sahni, , 6-Nov-2015 , The Hindu)

There is no doubt that India — often called the pharmacy of the world — has played an important role in improving the lives of people from the poor African countries by providing affordable drugs. More...



Column: DCGI doesn’t infringe Indian patent laws
(Anand Grover , 5-Nov-2015 , The Financial Express)

It is neither authorised by the law to assess patent issues nor does it have the institutional competence for this More...



Strengthening IP policies will fuel India's growth, development
(IANS , 5-Nov-2015 , The Economic Times)

India's modest improvement in the World Bank's "Doing Business Index" this year, along with the Bank's projection that the economy will continue to experience merely moderate growth, were not the boosts that Indian officials hoped for. More...



Apeda says can’t include MP for Basmati GI tag
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 5-Nov-2015 , The Financial Express)

The Basmati Growers Association from Pakistan also challenged the Apeda move in the IPAB claiming that Basmati is a name for a slender, aromatic and long grain variety of rice grown in the specific geographical area at the foothills of the Himalayas in Pakistan. More...



ESDS Software gets US patent for its cloud tech
(RAJESH KURUP , 04-Nov-2015 , Business Line)

ESDS Software Solution has been awarded a patent for its cloud computing technology by the US patent office, making it first Indian company to be recognised in this space. More...



Notice to Centre Over Appointment of Patents Registrar
( Express News Service , 4-Nov-2015 , The New Indian Express)

he High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Union government on public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to remove IAS officer Rajiv Aggarwal as Registrar and Controller of General Patents, Designs and Trademarks. More...



Plea on IBL's IPR to be heard on December 10
(03-Nov-2015 , Zee News)

BAI has recently announced that they will conduct the 2nd edition of IBL in January 2016 on their own. More...



Draft patent rules propose quick clearance, greater clarity
(OUR BUREAU , 02-Nov-2015 , Business Line)

Under ‘expedited examination’ provision, the examiner must complete report within 2 months More...



Investigators get tips on combating counterfeiting, piracy
(PTI , 02-Nov-2015 , The Economic Times)

An interactive session was organised here for police and other investigating officers on combating counterfeiting and piracy. More...



Govt proposes patent rule changes to boost ease of doing business
(FE Bureau | New Delhi , 30-Oct-2015 , The Financial Express)

The government on Thursday proposed amendments to the rules under the Patents Act to streamline the application process, as part of its efforts to improve the ease of doing business in India. More...



Column: Drug licensing must recognise patents
(Uttam Gupta | October , 30-Oct-2015 , The Financial Express)

Once patent-linkage gets embedded in our law, cheap drugs won’t get market entry More...



Colgate-Palmolive gets patent right for a powered toothbrush
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 26-Oct-2015 , Business Standard)

There is a need in the art for a powered toothbrush with increased effectiveness, says the company in claims More...



Shell companies' patents to come under domestic tax net on adoption of BEPS
(Sachin Dave , 23-Oct-2015 , The Economic Times)

Technologies that are developed in India but their patents registered in tax havens may come under the domestic tax net from the next financial year, when the country is expected to adopt a new world standard aimed at preventing abuse of double taxation avoidance agreements. More...



Leaked draft only an input to national IPR policy: Amitabh Kant
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 15-Oct-2015 , Livemint)

Industry secretary says that the final policy will be in place in next 30 to 45 days More...



Karnataka Pips TN to Post on Patents
(Jonathan Ananda , 15-Oct-2015 , The New Indian Express)

Patents. Those innocuous bits of rubber stamped paper that make the difference between making yourself a million dollar invention or making an invention that earns someone else a million dollars More...



US varsity cites two Indians' work in $862 million patent case against Apple
(Chidanand Rajghatta , 15-Oct-2015 , The Times of India)

Gurindar Sohi and T N Vijaykumar are not names that will leap out of your latest iPhones as you gush over the performance of Apple's much-coveted devices. More...



Apple may face $400 million in damages over university patent case
(Reuters, New York , 15-Oct-2015 , Hindustan Times)

The disputed patent relates to technology found in several of Apple’s phone models, including it’s latest releases. More...



India opposes proposed European Trademark rules
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 14-Oct-2015 , Livemint)

India fears provision will be used to seize low-cost generic drugs headed for African and Latin American nations More...



Apple loses patent lawsuit to University of Wisconsin, faces $862 mn in damages
(Reuters , 14-Oct-2015 , The Economic Times)

Apple Inc could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a US jury on Tuesday found the iPhone maker used technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm without permission in chips found in many of its most popular devices. More...



Dr.Reddy’s and Helsinn settles patent litigation for anti-nausea Aloxi injection
(Viswanath Pilla , 13-Oct-2015 , Livemint)

The settlement will allow Dr. Reddy’s to market the generic version of Aloxi in the US on 30 September 2018 or earlier under certain circumstances More...



Samsung patent case: Nvidia to seek review of US judge’s determination
(ALKA KSHIRSAGAR , 13-Oct-2015 , Business Line)

In the next step in the patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung, Nvidia will seek a review by the six commissioners of the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on what the judge determined, and confirm the judgment of the US Patents Office. More...



Suven Life gets patent for neuro-degenerative drug
(PTI , 13-Oct-2015 , The Economic Times)

Drug firm Suven LifeBSE 0.83 % Sciences has been granted patent by Australia, China, Europe, South Korea and the US for a drug used in the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



Indian drug makers engineer hepatitis C cocktails impossible in West
(Ketaki Gokhale, Caroline Chen , 9-Oct-2015 , Livemint)

Generic drug makers are working on a one-pill cocktail of the ingredients in Daklinza and Sovaldi that could compete with blockbuster Gilead drugs More...



Glenmark loses anti-diabetes drugs' patent battle to Merck
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 8-Oct-2015 , Business Standard)

However while granting the injunction, the high court did not say anything about sale of existing stock More...



Apple Inc gets India patent for compact antenna in mobile phones
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 8-Oct-2015 , The Financial Express)

The patent filing mentioned Zhang Zhijun, a Chinese citizen, and Caballero Ruben, a Canadian citizen, as the inventors. More...



International politics and IPR
(Dr R Saha , 07-Oct-2015 , Express Pharma)

The recent WTO’s Trade Policy Review (TPR) in respect of India has put to rest any misgivings about the robustness of India’s IPR regime particularly related to laws and the judicial system. More...



STALEMATE ON PRICING PATENTED DRUGS
(P A Francis , 06-Oct-2015 , Pharmabiz)

The policy of price control in pharmaceutical industry continues to remain partial and unfair to patients in India as large number of expensive patented drugs still remain outside the purview of Drug Price Control Order. Indian Patent Act was amended in 2005 almost after 35 years of its notification allowing product patent to new drugs and pharmaceuticals. More...



Patent blitz likely to pay off for Arrow Coated products; shares jumped 3000% in 2 years
(Jwalit Vyas, ET Bureau , 6-Oct-2015 , The Economic Times)

ET Intelligence Group: The shares of Arrow Coated Products have spiralled 3000 per cent — from Rs 15 to Rs 490 — in the past two years with the company beginning to 'monetise' its patents. More...



Modi's Valley hug sparks swadeshi talk
(Sujit John & Shilpa Phadnis , 6-Oct-2015 , The Times of India)

This includes the issue of net neutrality , on which the government is seen to be waffling, and the guidelines issued by the Indian Patent Office declaring that software is patentable in India. More...



Congress dismisses RSS claim against Rahul as 'patent lie'
(PTI , 06-Oct-2015 , The Economic Times)

Congress today dismissed as a "patent lie" a report in the RSS mouthpiece, which claimed that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi drew daily parliamentary allowance despite being absent from the House during his 56-day sabbatical earlier this year. More...



Cipher, Ranbaxy settle patent litigation with Actavis
(05-Oct-2015 , The Times of India)

Cipher Pharma Inc, along with partners Ranbaxy - a Sun Pharma firm - and Galephar Pharmaceutical Research, has entered into a patent litigation settlement with Actavis over generic version of Absorica, a drug used to treat acne. More...



Cipher, Ranbaxy settle patent litigation with Actavis
(05-Oct-2015 , The Times of India)

Cipher Pharma Inc, along with partners Ranbaxy - a Sun Pharma firm - and Galephar Pharmaceutical Research, has entered into a patent litigation settlement with Actavis over generic version of Absorica, a drug used to treat acne. More...



PM Narendra Modi wants delays in patent grants to be history
(ET Bureau , 2-Oct-2015 , The Economic Times)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has slammed the delays in approving patent and trademark applications and asked for a reduction in paperwork for speedier clearances - a major gripe for global investors who often raise concerns about the enforcement of intellectual property rights in India. More...



PM Narendra Modi wants delays in patent grants to be history
(2-Oct-2015 , The Economic Times)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has slammed the delays in approving patent and trademark applications and asked for a reduction in paperwork for speedier clearances - a major gripe for global investors who often raise concerns about the enforcement of intellectual property rights in India. More...



Microsoft and Google call truce in patent wars
(PTI, San Francisco , 2-Oct-2015 , Hindustan Times)

After years of tussle over devices, applications and services, technology titans Microsoft and Google have announced their agreement over ending all patent infringement litigation against each other. More...



Has the US diluted pressure on India’s IP regime?
(DG SHAH , 2-Oct-2015 , Business Line)

India should keep its patent dialogue alive with America, while protecting its interests More...



Why Bengal, Odisha’s claim to rasgulla is not ‘rational’
(Zia Haq, Hindustan Times, New Delhi , 2-Oct-2015 , Hindustan Times)

Both states have staked claim to India’s most iconic snack -- a syrupy, spongy ball -- and are now reportedly preparing to acquire a Geographical Indication (GI) for it, which is essentially about putting a legal stamp of origin on the rasgulla. More...



Google, Microsoft resolve global patent feud over smartphones, Xbox
(Susan Decker, Dina Bass , 1-Oct-2015 , Livemint)

Google, Microsoft to drop about 20 lawsuits in US and Germany More...



Facebook ‘copyright’ declaration again? It’s a hoax and let Jon Oliver explain that
(Tech Desk , 1-Oct-2015 , The Indian Express)

On Facebook, one popular scam that keeps resurfacing every year is a 'legal'-sounding message which aims to 'protect' users content. Sadly it remains a giant fraud More...



West Bengal Submits Application for Rosogolla Geographical Indication Tag
(All India | Indo-Asian News Service , 30-Sep-2015 , NDTV)

West Bengal has submitted the application for a (Geographical Indication) GI tag for the rosogolla to stake claim on the sugary delicacy and beat Odisha, a minister said. More...



G20 should consider a new, more fair intellectual property rights regime
(SA Aiyar in Swaminomics , 30-Sep-2015 , The Economic Times)

Cynics say that G20 meetings are a complete waste of time. More...



Alstom allowed to appeal against rejection of its patent application
(Manish Raj , 28-Sep-2015 , The Times of India)

Showing a little leniency towards appeals that are delayed but have valid reasons, the Intellectual Property Appellate Tribunal (IPAB) has said the term "sufficient cause" should be analyzed "liberally" when appeals are filed with a little delay in judicial forums. More...



Patent Office refuses application for Genentech's cancer drug
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 25-Sep-2015 , Business Standard)

While Glenmark and others filed pre-grant opposition, all parties told patent office they do not want to pursue the case More...



Modi in US: PM meets media magnates; promises protection to Intellectual Property Rights
(PTI , 25-Sep-2015 , The Indian Express)

Presenting India as a technology-driven society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pledged protection to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as he met top executives of major media and communication companies. More...



Patent office rejects Google invention on improving online ads with audio
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 25-Sep-2015 , The Financial Express)

Google has also informed the patent office about its new-found disinterest in the subject matter, just barely a month after it appeared for a hearing to push the application. More...



Can India & America take Gilead-IPA model further?
(Ashok Malik , 24-Sep-2015 , The Economic Times)

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his second trip to the United States, the bilateral relationship between New Delhi and Washington, DC looks remarkably different from the summer of 2014. More...



US judge rules copyright for ‘Happy Birthday’ song invalid
(Reuters , 23-Sep-2015 , The Indian Express)

In order to make his ruling, US District Judge George H. King had to delve into the song's long and complicated history. More...



US industry waiting to hear PM Narendra Modi's stand on Intellectual Property Rights
(Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , 22-Sep-2015 , The Economic Times)

The US industry will wait to hear the Narendra Modi government's stand on protection of Intellectual Property Rights when PM meets business leaders in New York and Silicon Valley this week. More...



Dr Reddy's, BioMarin settle Kuvan patent suit
(Agencies , 22-Sep-2015 , The Times of India)

The Californiabased BioMarin Pharmaceutical has entered into a settlement agreement with Dr Reddy's Laboratories to resolve patent litigation in the US regarding Kuvan, the former's 100mg oral tablets. More...



Verdict corner: Aligning India’s patent law with global standards
(Indu Bhan , 18-Sep-2015 , The Financial Express)

The country is emerging as a jurisdiction where customised patent prosecution strategies must be followed More...



Patent Office refuses application for AcelRX's Nanotab Sufentanil
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 17-Sep-2015 , Business Standard)

Application failed to pass the test of Section 3(d) More...



Trademark for Pokkali rice
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 16-Sep-2015 , The Hindu)

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Krishi Vigyan Kendra attached to the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here has registered a trademark Jaiva Pokkali at the Chennai trademark registry to be leased free to groups of pokkali farmers, who wish to use the trademark on their produce. More...



Onbrez case: Delhi High Court reserves decision on Novartis-Cipla patent dispute
(Vikas Dandekar , 16-Sep-2015 , The Economic Times)

A division bench of the Delhi High Court has reserved its decision on a high-profile patent case that pitted Swiss drug maker Novartis against Cipla over its respiratory drug brand Onbrez. More...



Revival of FTA talks on agenda for Merkel visit
(Huma Siddiqui | New Delh , 16-Sep-2015 , The Financial Express)

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to visit India early October, the two countries are working to take up several issues... More...



Hope that IPR policy of India contains commitment to legal rights of patent: US
(PTI , 15-Sep-2015 , The Economic Times)

The US business community has hoped that the much-anticipated intellectual property rights (IPR) policy of India contains a principled commitment to the legal rights of patent, copyright, and trademark holders. More...



IPR policy contains commitment to legal rights of patent: US
(Press Trust of India | Washington , 15-Sep-2015 , Business Standard)

Under the current administration, political attitudes toward IP seem to have improved, it said More...



Spicy insight: Curcumin database to preclude false patent claims
(IANS , 15-Sep-2015 , The Economic Times)

Indian scientists have created the world's first comprehensive open database on curcumin - the star therapeutic component of the golden Indian spice turmeric and a hot favourite with researchers across the globe -- to foster innovation and generate public awareness. More...



Revised patent norms for software could impact tech start-ups
(Sadhana  Chathurvedula , 15-Sep-2015 , Livemint)

Revised guidelines say software that demonstrates a technical application or improves hardware may also be patented, widening the scope of patents More...



IPA, Natco withdraw opposition to Gilead's drug
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 14-Sep-2015 , Business Standard)

We wanted to tell the big pharma that IPA is not unreasonable and we are not blindly following an idea, said IPA More...



Patent Controller to hear Lee Pharma’s plea on compulsory licence for diabetes drug
(AMITI SEN , 11-Sep-2015 , Business Line)

CL application was prima facie rejected by the Patent Office in August More...



CFTRI to file patent for bottled sugar cane juice
(V. RAGHAVENDRA , 11-Sep-2015 , The Hindu)

The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, is in advanced stages of filing patent for bottled sugarcane juice, for which it has developed preservation and packaging technologies. More...



Suven Life gets patents for neurodegenerative drug
(PTI , 10-Sep-2015 , The Economic Times)

Biopharma firm Suven Life SciencesBSE 2.35 % today said it has been granted one patent each in 5 nations, including China and Israel, for a drug used in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. More...



More steps required to make India investment friendly: CII
(Press Trust of India | Washington , 10-Sep-2015 , Business Standard)

More steps needs to be taken to make India an investment friendly destination as there is a long way to go, a top leader of an association of Indian businesses has said here in the US. More...



Patent for Ayurveda Anti-rabies Medicine
(Express Features , 10-Sep-2015 , The Indian Express)

A traditional ayurveda practitioner from Kozhikode got patent for his herbal composition which has proved effective against Rhabdovirus. More...



Pfizer's arthritis drug application gets rejected by Indian patent office again
(PTI , 8-Sep-2015 , DNA)

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) in October last year set aside an order by the patent office which rejected Pfizer's patent for a new formula of the drug and directed it to re-consider the application. More...



Free Software activists against changes to patent norms
(OUR BUREAU , 07-Sep-2015 , Business Line)

he Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) has alleged that the new Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions are illogical. More...



Pfizer’s patent claim for Xeljanz dismissed
(Vikas Dhoot , 7-Sep-2015 , The Economic Times)

The Indian Patent Office has denied American drugmaker PfizerBSE -0.82 % patents for certain isomers and stereoisomers of tofacitinib, a product it markets globally as Xeljanz for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, in the latest example of a foreign company finding it difficult to patent incremental innovations in the country. More...



Recent guidelines from Indian Patent Office will stifle innovation: Software product lobbies
(Vishal Dutta & Krithika Krishnamurthy , 7-Sep-2015 , The Economic Times)

The Indian Patent Office's recent guidelines, declaring that software and business methods are patentable in India, has set off alarm bells across the software product industry. More...



Pfizer’s patent application for arthritis drug rejected
(Sajan C Kumar , 4-Sep-2015 , The Financial Express)

In a setback to US drug major Pfizer, the country’s patent office has rejected for the second time, the patent application for its rheumatoid arthritis treatment drug Tofacitinib in India. More...



HC notice to govt over MNCs' patent disclosure
(Rupali Mukherjee , 2-Sep-2015 , The Times of India)

MUMBAI: In a development that could have major ramifications on intellectual property cases in pharmaceutical and technology sectors, the Delhi high court issued a notice to the government on Tuesday in a PIL (public interest litigation) filed by IP expert Shamnad Basheer. More...



Invention spree: 24% jump in patents at IIT-Bombay in five years
(Apoorva Puranik , 01-Sep-2015 , Hindustan Times)

Students at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), are on an invention spree, with patents for inventions like solar-powered fluid heaters, speech decoding systems and a user-friendly map of Mumbai’s rail system jumping by more than 24% this year. More...



Bt cotton: Govt admits Monsanto never had patent in India
(Shishir Arya , 26-Aug-2015 , The Times of India )

Nagpur: Thirteen years after US multinational Monsanto launched Bt cotton seeds in the country, the government has woken up to the fact that the first version of the genetically modified crop was not patented in India. Monsanto ended up earning huge royalties on the Bt seeds even without a patent, changing the economics of cotton farming in India. More...



Eli Lilly fails to get Indian patent for drug to treat alcohol addiction
(Sajan C Kumar , 21-Aug-2015 , The Financial Express)

The Indian patent office has refused to entertain an application by US-based pharma major Eli Lilly and company for a patent on an invention regarding a drug compound of kappa opioid receptor, used for the treatment of disorders associated with alcohol dependency. More...



India rejects Lee Pharma’s compulsory licence plea
(Ruchika Chitravanshi , 18-Aug-2015 , The Economic Times)

India has decided against giving the compulsory licence for Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca's key antidiabetes compound Saxagliptin sought by Hyderabad based Lee Pharma. More...



Camson’s patent filing may attract attention
(17-Aug-2015 , Business Line)

Camson Bio Technologies has filed for patent for its discovery of Natural Fertilizer, a product derived from microbial extracts. More...



U.S. patent for MIT engineer’s device
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 17-Aug-2015 , The Hindu)

aghunath Manohar, deputy engineer in the advanced material testing laboratory of Mechanical Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal University received a U.S. patent for his invention, Marking Gauge. More...



Protecting IPR regime will bring new medicines
(13-Aug-2015 , Hindustan Times)

Protecting intellectual property will help bring new solutions for rare diseases and new medicines, to save and improve lives. More...



In the forefront of fight against bio-piracy
(TNN , 13-Aug-2015 , The Times of India)

It has been proven beyond doubt, with literature and other records as evidence, that India has always been a treasure trove of medicinal knowledge. More...



Copycats beware! Amul now has trademark protection
(VIRENDRA PANDIT , 12-Aug-2015 , Business Line)

No one will be able to use the name, logos or fonts of the dairy product brand More...



India, US to hold key commercial dialogue next month
(PTI , 12-Aug-2015 , The Times of India)

India and the US will hold first-ever high-level strategic and commercial dialogue next month in Washington focusing on areas such as ease of doing business and smart cities with an aim to boost investment and raise bilateral trade five-fold to US $ 500 billion annually. More...



Interim injunction on Audi: In battle for ‘TT’ trademark, garment firm wins round 1 against German auto giant
(Aneesha Mathur , 12-Aug-2015 , The Indian Express)

The Delhi High Court, in an order on July 21, has issued an ex-parte interim injunction restraining Audi from using the name ‘TT’ as a brand name. More...



Bengaluru Court stops Pearson's Indian arm from infringing on New Rubric Solutions' IP rights
(Evelyn Fok , 12-Aug-2015 , The Economic Times)

The Bengaluru City Court has restrained global educational corporation Pearson's Indian subsidiary from infringing on the intellectual property (IP) of Bengaluru-based education startup New Rubric Solutions. More...



BMW checking whether Google’s Alphabet violates its trademark
(Reuters, Frankfurt , 12-Aug-2015 , The Indian Express)

BMW on Tuesday said it was looking into whether Google infringed any trademark rights after it set up a new company called Alphabet More...



Two Gurgaon schools accused of misusing ‘DPS’ name, get notices
(Sandali Tiwari Gurgaon , 12-Aug-2015 , The Indian Express)

The education department has sent notices to two schools running under the popular chain, the Delhi Public School (DPS), in Gurgaon. More...



Joynagarer Moya wins G I tag
(Jhilmil Mukherjee Pandey , 11-Aug-2015 , The Times of India)

Here's a first from the world of Bengali sweets. More...



Comic characters to give you lessons in IPR
(Timsy Jaipuria , 11-Aug-2015 , Hindustan Times)

Imagine reading the adventures of your favourite comic characters, flying over houses, brandishing swords or triumphing over evil, and, learning about intellectual property rights (IPR). More...



Celebrating traditional treasures of GI handloom products
(Abhijit Das , 11-Aug-2015 , The Financial Express)

The Geographical Indication tag can be used effectively as a marketing tool for enhancing sales and raising incomes of weavers More...



T-Series has filed a criminal complaint against Mahesh Bhupathi's Blue Whale Motion Pictures on multiple counts
(IANS , 10-Aug-2015 , The Indian Express)

T-Series has filed a criminal complaint against Mahesh Bhupathi's Blue Whale Motion Pictures on multiple counts. More...



Over 1500 yogic asanas shortlisted to thwart patenting by fgn MNCs, individuals
(PTI , 09-Aug-2015 , The Times of India)

In a move that will help thwart attempts by foreign MNCs and individuals to get patents and trademark on ancient yoga techniques, the government has shortlisted over 1500 asanas and videographed over 250, classifying them as "traditional knowledge" of the country. More...



Explaining the intellectual
(K. SUBRAMANIAN , 8-Aug-2015 , The Hindu)

This book expands the boundaries of intellectual property rights to include not just economy but also arts, culture and heritage More...



India's Intellectual Property Spend Up by 57 Percentage in 4 Years
(Express News Service , 08-Aug-2015 , The New Indian Express)

A 6.9 billion dollars was the cost Indian companies had to dish out as intellectual property (IP) royalty in the year 2013. This steep figure accounted for almost 18 per cent of the nations’ Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that year, said former Supreme Court judge, Justice AR Lakshmanan. More...



India to unveil new IPR policy in two months
(Elizabeth Roche , 08-Aug-2015 , Livemint)

Indian firms have done well in following intellectual property rights laws despite complaints from some quarters, says Amitabh Kant More...



India's first e-flora database developed
(IANS | Kolkata , 08-Aug-2015 , Business Standard)

The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) has developed the first open-access online database of India's floral diversity to document over 18,000 flowering plant species in an effort at boosting digitisation and conservation of endangered ones. More...



Need to strike 'careful balance' in Intellectual Property Rights related cases: CCI
(PTI , 7-Aug-2015 , DNA)

As it probes cases related to intellectual property rights (IPR), CCI chairman Ashok Chawla on Friday said its intervention in such matters would be "cautious and balanced" to ensure that incentive for innovation is not undermined. More...



India files 34.4 patents as regards to per million people:Government
(PTI , 05-Aug-2015 , The Economic Times)

India registers 34.4 patents in regards to per million people as compared to other developed countries, the government today said. More...



Get States into the IPR policy loop
(AJAY BATRA , 05-Aug-2015 , Business Line)

Beyond the Centre, there is a lack of awareness on how to create an ecosystem that spurs inventiveness More...



India Foils UK Firm's Bid to Patent Use of Turmeric, Pine Bark and Tea
(ANI , 04-Aug-2015 , The New Indian Express)

India has foiled British firm Pangaea Laboratories Limited's bid to patent the use of turmeric, pine bark and tea for treating hair loss. More...



No local plant registered with PPVFR authority
(TNN , 4-Aug-2015 , The Times of India)

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Famers' Rights Act 2001 (PPVFR Act) is considered landmark legislation for protection of intellectual property rights of plants and seeds conserved by local farmers while keeping within WTO agreements. More...



German drug maker Merck KGaA finds Indian market promising for its pharma, consumer health business
(ET Bureau , 4-Aug-2015 , The Economic Times)

Merck KGaA, the family-controlled $12.5-billion German drug maker, has identified India as one of its key markets under aglobal expansion strategy, amplified with forecasts that the economy could be equal or even outpace China over time. More...



Startups, SMEs tardy in protecting patents
(LUBNA KABLY , 03-Aug-2015 , The Times of India)

A startup recently found to its dismay that the patent created by its employee was not owned by it. The founders were unaware that under the Indian Patent Act, 1970, the inventor of the patent is the 'first owner'. More...



Geographical indication identifies product's place of origin
(TNN , 3-Aug-2015 , The Times of India)

Geographical indication (GI) of goods is a sign used for products that originate either from a particular country or a specific location in a country. More...



Mudhi to be promoted globally
(Minati Singha , 3-Aug-2015 , The Times of India)

The humble 'mudhi', a popular snack of Odias, will soon satiate global taste buds. More...



India foils UK dermaceutical company's bid to patent ayurvedic mix for hair loss
(PTI , 02-Aug-2015 , The Economic Times)

India has once again successfully foiled an attempt by a major European major dermaceutical company to take patent on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss. More...



Future sustainability is key to strong brand value
(RAMNATH SUBBU, LALATENDU MISHRA , 02-Aug-2015 , The Hindu)

The business of brands is highly competitive and today traditional global brands that straddled the space for years are confronting the emerging digital media, which is asking a lot of questions. The U.K.-based Brand Finance is a leading player in the global measurement and valuation of brands, and in a chat with The Hindu, Brand Finance CEO, David Haigh spoke about the impact of the economy on brands, the changing paradigm and tips on what Indian brands must do to break into the big league. Edited excerpts: More...



Patent Office refuses Eli Lilly's application for anti-cancer drug
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 31-Jul-2015 , Business Standard)

The Patent Office has refused to grant patent for a crystalline form of Eli Lilly's cancer drug Pemetrexed, in favour of the pre-grant opposition filed by three pharma firms - Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd, Cipla Ltd and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. More...



2.26 lakh patent applications pending due to manpower shortage: Govt
(PTI , 31-Jul-2015 , Livemint)

Nirmala Sitharaman said a number of patent applications are lying pending with the govt for due to shortage of professionals More...



Samsung can halt Smartflash patent infringement trial
(Reuters , 31-Jul-2015 , India Today)

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which faced a trial on patent infringement in a lawsuit brought by patent holder Smartflash LLC, can halt the proceedings while the Smartflash patents are scrutinized for their validity by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday. More...



Google gets Indian patent
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 31-Jul-2015 , The Financial Express)

Google has secured an Indian patent for an invention regarding a method and system for transferring annotations associated with video files. More...



Samsung can halt Smartflash patent infringement trial, says US appeals court
(Reuters , 30-Jul-2015 , The Economic Times)

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which faced a trial on patent infringement in a lawsuit brought by patent holder Smartflash LLC, can halt the proceedings while the Smartflash patents are scrutinized for their validity by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a US appeals court ruled on Thursday. More...



High Court rejects AstraZeneca’s diabetes drug plea
(ET Bureau , 30-Jul-2015 , The Economic Times)

The Delhi High Court has dismissed AstraZeneca's plea to block Hyderabad based Lee Pharma from making copies of its anti-diabetes drug Onglyza and left it for the patent office to decide whether to grant a compulsory licence for the medicine. More...



India, US on a collision course over e-commerce, IP norms
(D. Ravi Kanth , 30-Jul-2015 , Livemint)

The US wants rule of no customs duty on e-tail to continue; India not in favour of preparing any recommendations More...



Govt to finalise national IPR policy in 3-4 months: Official
(Press Trust of India | Mumbai , 29-Jul-2015 , Business Standard)

The Centre is likely to finalise the policy on intellectual property rights (IPR) in the next 3-4 months and will come out with clarification on FDI in the e-commerce space, a senior government official said today. More...



US court rejects Glenmark's patent plea for Finacea
(Press Trust of India | New York , 28-Jul-2015 , Business Standard)

Drug firm Glenmark's generic skin care drug that was under patent litigation infinges patent of Bayer, a US court has ruled. More...



Google to curb patent trolls by offering them for free
(IndiaToday.in New Delhi , 26-Jul-2015 , India Today)

Patent trolls can prove to be a grave block in the evolution of technology. More...



Colgate fails to secure patent for flexible dome toothbrush
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai | , 25-Jul-2015 , The Financial Express)

Rejecting the application, the patent office based in New Delhi said Colgate-Palmolive’s claims lack novelty and inventive step More...



India granted patent to treat incurable disease in Malaysia
(IBNS , 24-Jul-2015 , New Kerela)

Indian medical innovation has come to the forefront with the Human Embryonic Stem Cell technology developed by Dr Geeta Shroff at Nutech Mediworld being granted the 66th patent in Malaysia for the treatment of various medical conditions. More...



Nutech gets patent to treat incurable diseases in Malaysia
(Press Trust of India | Mumbai , 24-Jul-2015 , Business Standard)

A technology developed by Nutech Mediworld, the first facility in the world to provide human embryonic stem cell therapy, has been granted the 66th patent in Malaysia for the treatment of various medical conditions. More...



Amul trademark to get global shield
(Sidhartha , 24-Jul-2015 , The Times of India)

Amul is joining the league of global brands such as Coca-Cola, Kodak, Wimbledon and Viagra to get a "well-known" trademark, ensuring unparalleled protection not just in India but across the world. More...



India rejects Swiss drug maker Roche Patent claims on Valcyte again
(ET Now , 24-Jul-2015 , The Economic Times)

Indian authorities have for the second time rejected Swiss drug maker Roche's patent claims on valganciclovir, or Valcyte, used to treat an eye infection affecting acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients. More...



India IPR Policy Update: Final Draft Circulated
(WILLIAM NEW , 23-Jul-2015 , INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WATCH)

The final draft of India’s national intellectual property policy has been circulated for inter-ministerial consultation and will be sent to the Cabinet for approval after receiving comments, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said this week. More...



Google patents new way to archive, search your ‘real-life experiences
(Tech Desk , 23-Jul-2015 , The Indian Express)

Google patent could make your real-life experiences searchable via a device like say the Google Glass. More...



DIPP lays down norms on use of 'Make in India' logo
(PTI , 22-Jul-2015 , The Economic Times)

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has come up with detailed guidelines for the use of 'Make in India' logo by various ministries, departments, states, private authorities and electronic media, among others. More...



India must keep patent laws for manufacture of cheap generic drugs
(Leena Menghaney , 22-Jul-2015 , Hindustan Times)

Recently, trade ministers from 10 Asean countries, India, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea gathered to negotiate a deal on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement. More...



India's IPR Policy to fully protect patents: Nirmala Sitharaman
(BS B2B Bureau , 21-Jul-2015 , Business Standard)

The final draft of the National IPR Policy has been circulated for inter-ministerial consultation and is likely to be put up to the Union Cabinet for approval soon More...



IPR policy draft under inter-ministerial consultation, final version to be moved to the Cabinet soon
(ET Bureau , 21-Jul-2015 , The Economic Times)

The much-awaited National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy will be moved to the Cabinet soon after incorporating inputs from various departments, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday. More...



IPR is a means, not an end
(Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary , 19-Jul-2015 , The Financial Express)

The Indian government is preparing the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy as a presumed base for the unleashing of Indian creativity that will drive... More...



India’s pharmaceutical patent law may face new hurdle
(D. Ravi Kanth , 17-Jul-2015 , Livemint)

The norm calls for applying non-violation complaints to the World Trade Organization’s trade-related intellectual property rights agreement More...



CSIR cites ancient texts to foil MNC’s patent plea
(Vishwa Mohan , 17-Jul-2015 , The Times of India)

India has cited ancient texts in foiling an attempt by US-based consumer goods giant Colgate-Palmolive to patent a mouthwash formula containing herb extracts. More...



The curious case of Indian innovation
(Avirup Bose , 15-Jul-2015 , The Financial Express)

The govt should join India Inc in patronising research and training in codified frugal-engineering practices and brand it as a globally-relevant business methodology More...



Delhi HC stays order restraining Lupin from using disputed trademark
(Priyanka Mittal , 14-Jul-2015 , Livemint)

The court stayed an earlier order restraining Lupin from using the trademark LUCYNTA for its medicines More...



Compulsory license application may prove to be test for Modi govt
(Reghu Balakrishnan , 14-Jul-2015 , Livemint)

The reason for the industry’s keen anticipation of the decision is because the govt had assured protection of IP rights to multinational pharmaceutical firms operating in India More...



Wipro aims to increase rate of patent filing
(PTI , 12-Jul-2015 , Zee News)

Country's third largest software services firm Wipro aims to significantly increase its rate of patent filing over the next three years. More...



Lee Pharma files compulsory license application for diabetes management drug Saxagliptin
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 09-Jul-2015 , Pharmabiz)

The Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company, Lee Pharma Limited, has filed a compulsory license (CL) application for the patent covering AstraZeneca’s diabetes management drug Saxagliptin. More...



GI dispute : Patiala growers join legal tussle at IPAB
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 08-Jul-2015 , Business Standard)

The association says the GI should be allowed based on the geographical area where basmati grows naturally More...



AstraZeneca not importing enough of diabetes drug: Lee Pharma
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 8-Jul-2015 , Business Standard)

The move was a sign of the evolution of compulsory licensing in India, say experts More...



Abbott Biotech allowed to appeal against cancellation of patent for Humira drug
(Sajan C Kumar , 07-Jul-2015 , The Financial Express)

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) on Tuesday allowed US pharma major Abbott Biotechnology to file an appeal against the order that cancelled the patent for its Humira drug, touted to be a blockbuster medicine for treating severe forms of arthritis. The patent was cancelled on a review petition by Glenmark Pharmaceutical. More...



Youth bags patent for music instrument
(Shounak Ghosal , 7-Jul-2015 , The Times of India)

A young pakhawaj player from the city outskirts has bagged a patent for creating a percussion-melody instrument where sound or note is produced by leather and metal string fitted in tension. More...



Patent to CSIR's iodising agent
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 06-Jul-2015 , Business Standard)

he Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has directed the Patent Office to grant a patent to the national R&D organisation Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) for a novel iodising agent finding its use in iodised salt. More...



Indian company seeks compulsory nod for MNC’s drug
(Rupali Mukherjee , 6-Jul-2015 , The Times of India)

A little-known Hyderabad-based pharma company has filed an application with the Patent Office to manufacture saxagliptin, a diabetes drug patented and marketed in the country by MNC AstraZeneca. More...



Delhi High Court upholds BMS’ patent for cancer drug Dasatinib
(DIVYA RAJAGOPAL , 6-Jul-2015 , The Economic Times)

The Delhi High Court has upheld the patent of US-based Bristol Myers Squibs (BMS) for Dasatinib, dashing the hopes of a local company to sell a generic version of the cancer drug and providing some relief to multinational drugmakers who are up in arms against India's patent laws. More...



Coke Studio 'Rangabati...' Tunes on Copyright Notice
(Express News Service , 6-Jul-2015 , The New Indian Express)

Telecast of remix version of Sambalpuri folk song ‘Rangabati, rangabati...’ on Coke Studio programme of MTV on Sunday even after legal notices were issued to the Coca Cola company, singers and music composer of the remix, has left the copyright owners of the original song shocked. More...



Suven Life Sciences gets patents from Israel, South Africa and Japan for neurological drug
(PTI , 30-Jun-2015 , The Economic Times)

Drug firm Suven Life Sciences today said it has been granted a patent each by Israel, Japan and South Africa for a drug used to treat neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



EU, India aim to resume stalled FTA talks in August
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 30-Jun-2015 , Livemint)

Commerce secretary says this is the best time to conclude the deal to give a boost to textile and leather exports More...



Is weak IP law enforcement in India a deterrent to Indian industry and innovators?
(Anant Kataria , 29-Jun-2015 , The Economic Times)

IP laws or the intellectual property system plays a pivotal role in framing industrial, trade and financial policies, for scientific and technological development of any country. More...



TAKE Solutions secures patent for clinical data standardization process
(Sindhu Hariharan , 25-Jun-2015 , The Times of India)

TAKE Solutions -- a Chennai-based global business technology solutions provider -- has been awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ( USPTO) for its clinical data standardization process. More...



Govt research body’s claim for constipation drug patent rejected
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 25-Jun-2015 , The Financial Express)

The country’s patent office has refused to entertain a claim by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), for a patent on a process for the preparation of a herbal drug composition to treat constipation. More...



India, Japan to sign pact on increasing IP cooperation
(PTI , 25-Jun-2015 , Business Standard)

The Memorandum of Cooperation will be signed between the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Japan Patent Office More...



Recent developments in intellectual property laws in India- Part 2
(Diljeet Titus & Rai S Mittal , 23-Jun-2015 , The Economic Times)

Besides to the most recent developments, in order to bring progressive changes towards a free market society, rapid liberalization of international trade practices and demonstrating its commitments to the WTO under the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS), the Government of India undertook a series of steps, to conform India IP legislation to acceptable international standards. More...



Bengaluru-based IT firms lead patent hunt
(Madhumathi D. S. , 22-Jun-2015 , The Hindu)

Karnataka has surged ahead in the number of patents filed in 2013-14 with Bengaluru-based Samsung R&D Institute (84); Infosys (83); Wipro Ltd (59); Samsung India Software Operations Pvt. Ltd. (66) top filers from among infotech companies. More...



A Short History Lesson on Patent Policy
(Robert Taylor , 21-Jun-2015 , IP DogWatch)

To avert serious and lasting damage to our innovation ecosystem and our most promising young companies, it may be helpful to consider some history that appears to have been forgotten. More...



US court rejects Teva’s Copaxone patent plea
(TNN , 20-Jun-2015 , The Times Of India)

In a major booster for city-based Natco Pharma, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has again struck down Israeli pharma giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's Copaxone patent, paving the way for Natco Pharma to manufacture the copycat version of the drug subject to the United States Food And Drug Administration (USFDA) nod. More...



Call to Patent State's Knowledge
(Express News Service , 20-Jun-2015 , The Indian Express)

Kerala High Court Judge Justice V Chitambaresh on Friday said that though the State had a huge knowledge-base, processes, products and brands - ranging from Ayurveda to traditional knowledge - many of them were yet to be patented. More...



Snapdeal faces Heat for Misusing Nalli's Trademark, Photos
(Express News Service , 18-Jun-2015 , The New Indian Express)

Iconic saree retailer Nalli Chinnasami Chetty has initiated legal action against leading e-commerce giant Snapdeal.com for ‘dishonestly’ using their trademark and brand on the site. More...



The Reason the Statue of Liberty Has Its Own Patent
(Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan-, Gawker Media , 18-Jun-2015 , Gizmodo)

Liberty Enlightening the World. That's the title of patent #USD11023 granted to one Auguste Bartholdi on February 18, 1879. You might know it better as the Statue of Liberty. More...



Cipla, BMS settles patent dispute
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 17-Jun-2015 , Business Standard)

Parties seek confidentiality of the terms of settlement More...



India’s patent regime should not change – Cipla CEO
(Zeba Siddiqui , 17-Jun-2015 , Reuters)

Cipla Ltd, founded in 1935 by scientist Khwaja Abdul Hamied, is among India’s oldest pharmaceutical companies. More...



IPFACE, Gopakumar Nair Associates & others to organise seminar on recent developments in patent law on June 20 in Pune
(OUR BUREAU , 16-Jun-2015 , Pharmabiz)

The Intellectual Property Facilitation Center (IPFACE), Venture Center & IP Group, NCL Innovations, Gnanlex Hermeneutics and Gopakumar Nair Associates to organise a one day seminar on current themes in pharma patenting with an aim to overview and insights on recent developments in patent law and practice of relevance to the pharma industry and research More...



Nokia, LG join hands; inks smartphone patent license
(PTI , 16-Jun-2015 , The Financial Express)

LG Electronics will soon embed technologies developed by Nokia in its smartphones as the Korean firm has agreed to take a royalty-bearing smartphone patent license from the Finnish telecom gear maker. More...



Generic Mistake
(The Financial Express , 16-Jun-2015 , The Financial Express)

The push for generics in prescriptions will harm pharma companies and ultimately patients More...



Doctors Without Borders urges PM Modi not to change patent rules
(BS B2B Bureau | New Delhi , 15-Jun-2015 , Business Standard)

MSF has launched global campaign, Hands Off!, urging India to take strong stand against the pressure from MNCs to change India's patent laws that would severely restrict production of generics. More...



'Biased? India has a balanced pharma patent regime'
(Soumonty Kanungo , 15-Jun-2015 , daily news and analysis)

India has a balanced pharmaceutical patent regime in place because it needs to hold the rights and interest of a wide section of consumers who are in need of free medicines, according to Frederick Abbott, professor of international law at the Florida State University. More...



Eureka Forbes denied patent for Aquasure after Hindustan Unilever’s opposition
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 13-Jun-2015 , The Financial Express)

The patent office has rejected an application by Eureka Forbes for a patent for its flagship iron removal water purifier, Aquasure, on grounds of lack of inventive step and insufficient disclosure. More...



India’s patent law may face legal hurdle at WTO
(D. Ravi Kanth , 12-Jun-2015 , Livemint)

Potential challenge from US, Switzerland over provision which defines inventions could hurt Indian drug makers More...



India to resist Japan and South Korea
(Dilasha Seth , 12-Jun-2015 , The Economic Times)

India will resist a push by Japan and South Korea for stringent patent legislation at the eighth round of negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), according to a senior official. More...



Decoding Myths & Facts about Patents
(Anant Kataria , 12-Jun-2015 , moneycontrol)

A patent is a legal property granted by the government that confers a right for a limited period to anyone who makes an invention of a product or process that meets the conditions of novelty, non-obviousness and industrial use. More...



Opto Circuits subsidiary wins patent case against US firm
(BS Reporter | Bengaluru , 9-Jun-2015 , Business Standard)

To get Rs 147 crore towards loss of royalty from Zoll LifeCor More...



Cipla's Stempeutics gets process patent for Stempeucel from Japan
(PTI , 08-Jun-2015 , The Economic Times)

Drug major CiplaBSE -2.49 % today said its JV firm Stempeutics Research has received process patent from the Japan Patent Office for novel stem cell drug Stempeucel aimed at treatment of critical limb ischemia (CLI). More...



With FTA talks set to start, EU seeks to tap Indian middle class
( D. Ravi Kanth , 8-Jun-2015 , Livemint)

EU director general for trade Jean-Luc Demarty wants more access for the bloc’s automobiles and wines More...



Seeds of doubt: Monsanto never had Bt cotton patent
(Shishir Arya & Snehlata Shrivastav , 8-Jun-2015 , The Times Of India)

Fourteen years after US multinational Monsanto brought the genetically modified (GM) Bt Cotton (Bollgard) to India, there is no clarity on the discovery having ever been patented in the country. More...



Intellectual property vital to make in India
(Ifftikhar Gilani , 6-Jun-2015 , DNA)

US ambassador to India Richard Verma has liked the success of "Make in India" to not only permitting... More...



Relief for Natco Pharma as Chennai patent office rejects US firm’s application for cancer drug
(Sajan C Kumar , 06-Jun-2015 , The Financial Express)

The Chennai patent office has rejected an application by US-based Abraxis BioScience related to a new composition for Paclitaxel, an anti-cancer drug marketed under the trade name Abraxane, citing lack of novelty and inventive step. More...



US co Abraxis denied patent on cancer drug
(Rupali Mukherjee , 3-Jun-2015 , The Times Of India)

The Indian Patent Office has refused a patent on US firm Abraxis BioSciences' anti-cancer drug Abraxane, paving the way for generic companies to launch affordable versions in the domestic market. More...



India’s import regime still complex: WTO
(ENS Economic Bureau , 3-Jun-2015 , The Indian Express)

India continues to have a very complex import regime, notwithstanding the steps taken by it to streamline customs procedures, a World Trade Organization (WTO) report has said. The country has, however, taken a slew of steps to modernise its intellectual property rights regime, the report said. More...



India’s average import tariffs up marginally in 4 years: WTO review
(OUR BUREAU , 02-Jun-2015 , Business Line)

Trade policy review report does not fault India on its patent regime More...



We are not under pressure from the US on IPR: Nirmala Sitharaman
( Asit Ranjan Mishra , 2-Jun-2015 , Livemint)

The trade balance with China is definitely adverse and it is growing, and this cannot be sustained, says commerce minister Sitharaman More...



US Supreme Court Rules Against Cisco in Patent Infringement Fight
(Reuters , 27-May-2015 , NDTV)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against Cisco Systems Inc over a patent infringement claim the tech giant is fighting. More...



Basmati rice to get IPR protection as exporters support Centre’s view
( Sandip Das | Chennai , 26-May-2015 , The Financial Express)

Chennai-based Intellectual Property Appellate Board is slated to hear the claims of all the parties for three consecutive days from July 8 for granting GI certification to Basmati rice More...



Smartphone 'Cold War' seen in Asian moves on patent licensingm the tech giant is fighting.
(Susan Decker, Ian King & Jungah Lee , 26-May-2015 , Business Standard)

New antitrust policies and the clampdown on patents might weaken the ability of Apple, Microsoft and Qualcomm to compete in China and other countries More...



Pfizer gets IPAB breather on Zeldox patent
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 26-May-2015 , The Financial Express)

In a reprieve to US-based pharma major Pfizer Inc, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has set aside an order.. More...



Smartphone ‘cold war’ seen in Asian moves on patent licensing
( Susan Decker | Ian King | Jungah Lee , 26-May-2015 , Livemint)

Asian regulators were spurred by the smartphone wars, in which tech giants battled over billions of dollars on four continents for more than four years More...



Google to patent 'creepy' internet toys for homes
(PTI , 24-May-2015 , DNA)

Google has filed a patent for internet-connected creepy-looking teddy bears and bunny rabbits which could keep a watchful eye on children, eavesdrop on anything we say and control smart home appliances More...



Chennai patent office rejects Merck arm’s plea for female contraceptive
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 23-May-2015 , The Financial Express)

NV Organon has failed to secure a patent in India for its invention on a female contraceptive kit More...



Suven Life Sciences gets patents for neurodegenerative drug
(PTI , 22-May-2015 , Zee News)

Neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer's, Schizophrenia and Parkinson's. More...



Columns Letters India’s IPR environment is maturing
(Ajay Batra , 22-May-2015 , Business Line)

Legal systems are in place, landmark judgments have been pronounced, and next-gen policies are being evolved More...



Tech startups plan to secure key intellectual property rights
(Biswarup Gooptu, ET Bureau , 21-May-2015 , The Economic Times)

Technology startups mindful of the need to protect key intellectual property in the fiercely competitive Indian startup industry where employees are often poached by rivals will have to ensure they lock the stable doors before the horses bolt. More...



Draft policy on patents stresses enforcement, independence
(Arun S | New Delhi , 21-May-2015 , The Financial Express)

National IPR policy is aimed at boosting PM Narendra Modi’s pet ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives. More...



Godzilla creator sues US studio, alleges copyright violation
(Associated Press | Yuri Kageyama , 20-May-2015 , The Indian Express)

Japanese movie studio Toho Co. said on Wednesday, it is suing Voltage Pictures and a director in a lawsuit complaining that promotions of an upcoming film infringe on its copyright to Godzilla. More...



Novo Nordisk, Baxter clash over haemophilia drug patent
(Reuters , 20-May-2015 , The Economic Times)

Novo Nordisk on Wednesday rejected claims by Baxter International that its drug used substances developed by the US rival, following the launch this week of a US investigation into possible patent infringement. More...



Strong IPR regime can only entice companies to invest in India: Swiss minister
(BS B2B Bureau | New Delhi , 19-May-2015 , Business Standard)

Johann Schneider Ammann, Swiss economic affairs minister, urges Indian government to remove the difficulties faced by pharma companies in testing and marketing facilities More...



Mixed decision for Samsung appeal in Apple patent case
(PTI , 19-May-2015 , DNA)

A US appeals court on Monday upheld most elements of the blockbuster patent case in which Samsung was found to have violated Apple iPhone patents, but invalidated some of the damages More...



Wyeth denied patent for cancer drug
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 19-May-2015 , The Financial Express)

The patent office order came in response to a pre-grant opposition filed by Fresenius Kabi Oncology, which alleged that the ‘invention’ was publicly known in India before the priority date of Wyeth’s claim More...



Defending India’s IPR
(C.R.L. NARASIMHAN , 17-May-2015 , The Hindu)

India’s IPR regime, never in the background, has come under sharp focus recently for a variety of reasons. More...



Patent Office rejects Novartis' patent claim on diabetes drug
(BS B2B Bureau | Mumbai , 16-May-2015 , Business Standard)

The company was refused a patent for a modified release formulation of its diabetes drug, Vildagliptin, which it markets under the brand name of Galvus More...



SC bars Glenmark from selling copies of Merck diabetes drugs
(Shreeja Sen , 15-May-2015 , Livemint)

The court has, however, allowed Glenmark to continue to sell existing inventory More...



Tata Group to double patent base in three years to 4,000
(Megha Mandavia & Devina Sengupta , 14-May-2015 , The Economic Times)

Tata Group plans to double its patent base to more than 4000 in the next three years as it pushes through innovation in the century old conglomerate, its first chief technology officer (CTO) Gopichand Katragadda said. More...



Suven Life Sciences gets patents for neurological drug
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 13-May-2015 , Business Standard)

With these new patents, Suven has a total of 16 granted patents from Europe and 17 from Hong Kong More...



India should not give way on IPR
(Ravi Kanth , 12-May-2015 , Livemint)

The Indian industrial and economic policy elite must not succumb to pressures from Washington and Brussels More...



Patent office rejects J&J arm’s plea for HIV drug intermediate
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 12-May-2015 , The Financial Express)

In a setback to US consumer health behemoth Johnson & Johnson, India’s patent office has rejected an application... More...



Protection against piracy: 'Bombay Velvet' producers move HC
(Meeta Pillai , 10-May-2015 , The New Indian Express)

Producers of upcoming Bollywood crime drama "Bombay Velvet" have moved the Delhi High Court seeking a restraint on local cable operators and websites from showing or providing online access to pirated versions of the Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma starrer movie. More...



India Rejects US Report on Intellectual Property as Unilateral
(IANS , 9-May-2015 , The New Indian Express)

India has rejected the US' annual report on intellectual property rights (IPR) and patents, describing it as a "unilateral" action "inconsistent" with global trading rules, against the backdrop of its earlier announcement on bringing a national IPR policy by early 2015, parliament was told on Friday. More...



Ericsson takes patent fight against Apple to Europe
(Reuters , 8-May-2015 , The Times Of India)

Swedish mobile telecom equipment maker Ericsson has filed lawsuits in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands against Apple over technology licence payments. More...



Patent pressures
(OPINION » EDITORIAL , 7-May-2015 , The Hindu)

In its 2015 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights, the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has retained India in its “Priority Watch List”, noting however that bilateral engagement between the two countries on IPR concerns had increased over the past year. More...



US lambasts India on IPR, trade policies
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 7-May-2015 , Business Standard)

USITC initiates fresh round of investigations More...



Chinese company ZTE among world's top patent holders
(PTI , 7-May-2015 , The Times Of India)

China's leading telecom equipment manufacturer, ZTE Corp, was ranked third globally in patent applications, the company said citing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). More...



Will Real IP Policy Stand up?
(Shamnad Basheer , 6-May-2015 , Indian Express)

Government has been speaking in two tongues on intellectual property. More...



IPR Policy to be Guided by National Interest
( The New Indian Express , 6-May-2015 , The New Indian Express)

Reacting to the US Trade Representative’s Special 301 report that placed India yet again on the ‘priority watch list’ of countries with an “unfavourable” Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said India’s IPR policy will not be formulated under any country’s pressure but will be guided by its national interest. More...



Software needs a stronger IPR regime
(VIPIN AGARWAL , 6-May-2015 , Business Line)

In the past few decades, India has emerged as a major hub for innovation in product research and development across sectors. More...



US Welcomes India's Intellectual Property Policy
(PTI , 6-May-2015 , The New Indian Express)

The US pharma sector has welcomed India's recent moves on intellectual property, including bringing out a draft policy and sustained engagement, while regretting the consistent barriers posed by the country's pharma sector to US companies. More...



India fully aligned with international IPR, will safeguard its own interests, says Nirmala Sitharaman
(Dilasha Seth & Soma Das, ET Bureau , 4-May-2015 , The Economic Times)

India is fully aligned with international intellectual property rights standards and "there is no need for anyone to question us", Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, rebuffing a US report released last week that questions India's IP policies More...



India will not respond under pressure on IPR issues
(AMITI SEN , 3-May-2015 , Business Line)

The IPR policy to keep national interest in mind, says Nirmala Sitharaman More...



USTR’s praise of Modi’s remarks worries pharma companies
(Sushmi Dey , 2-May-2015 , The Times Of India)

The United States' appreciation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on intellectual property rights (IPR) has stirred concerns among the public health groups as well as the domestic drug manufacturing industry. More...



Talks on India-European Free Trade Association pact stuck over IPR issues
(PTI , 1-May-2015 , The Economic Times)

The negotiations between the European Free Trade Association and India over a free trade pact are stuck due to intellectual property rights issues but the Swiss government is hopeful that talks could soon resume. More...



US names India, China as partners that fail to protect intellectual property rights, hurt economy
(AFP , 1-May-2015 , IBN Live)

The United States on Thursday kept India and China on its Priority Watch List of trading partners that fail to protect intellectual property rights (IPR), hurting the economy. More...



Coimbatore college’s novel windmill blade design wins patent
(Adarsh Jain , 30-Apr-2015 , The Times Of India)

Students and staff of Park College of Engineering and Technology here in the city have been awarded patent by the Indian Patent Office for designing a low-speed windmill blade. More...



International seed day: farmers promote use of patent-free seeds
(R. Krishna Kumar , 27-Apr-2015 , The Hindu)

The movement against monopoly of patented seeds is gaining traction in the State, with hundreds of activist-farmers forming a loose network to propagate the use of indigenous crops and promote the use of patent-free seeds. More...



National IPR Policy still awaited
( Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 27-Apr-2015 , Business Standard)

November draft proposals had drawn flak; DIPP formulation ready but Cabinet nod yet to come; clashing concerns on pharma sector a key area More...



Innovation needs protection
(Richard R. Verma , 26-Apr-2015 , LiveMint)

India and the US share a mutual interest in encouraging innovation and safeguarding intellectual property rights More...



IPAB dismisses UK firm's plea to remove trademark Hypnos of Indian firm
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 24-Apr-2015 , Business Standard)

Appellate Board said UK-based Hypnos Ltd, which supplies beds to the British Royal Family, failed to prove international reputation spill over to India More...



USIBC concludes pharmaceutical & biologics mission to India
(Our Bureau, Mumbai , 24-Apr-2015 , Pharmabiz)

The US-India Business Council (USIBC) concluded its pharmaceutical & biologics executive mission to Hyderabad and New Delhi recently. More...



Peps wins intellectual property case against UK brand
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 24-Apr-2015 , Business Standard)

Spring mattress company Peps Industries today said it has won an intellectual property rights case against a UK brand for using Hypnos brand name in the Indian market. More...



India must align patent laws with global standards to boost trade: PM Narendra Modi
(ET Bureau , 24-Apr-2015 , The Economic Times)

Batting for opening of sectors such as legal and finance to foreign players, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked the services industry to overcome its fears, asserting that India is globally competitive and suggesting that the country could become a hub for global arbitration with some changes in legislation. More...



Despite GI tag, Kora silk has no takers
(TNN , 24-Apr-2015 , The Times Of India)

The congested lanes of Thiruvallur Street, located near Alangombu and Sirumugai, 40km from Coimbatore, echo the rhythmic sounds of wooden panels as weavers operate the loom, creating colorful designs on Saris adorned by millions of Indians across the country More...



Stempeutics gets process patent on novel product in China
(PT Jyothi Datta , 22-Apr-2015 , Business Line)

Even as it awaits regulatory approvals in India on its novel product targeting a limb disorder, Stempeutics Research has crossed a milestone in China with this product. More...



Apple wins voice recognition patent case in China
(PTI , 22-Apr-2015 , The Times of India)

US tech giant Apple has won a case relating to patent on voice recognition technology in China over a Chinese government agency and a Shanghai technology company. More...



Dr Reddy’s in a legal tangle over patent
(Trushna Udgirkar , 15-Apr-2015 , mydigitalfc.com)

Sanofi Aventis has sued Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories which wanted to make a generic version of their patented product Jevtana More...



India examines WTO option over EU drug suspension order
(EP News Bureau-Mumbai , 15-Apr-2015 , Express Pharma)

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had in January suspended a number of medicines approved for sale in the EU More...



Fears over EU plan for strict drug patent regime
(Sushmi Dey , 14-Apr-2015 , The Times Of India)

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Markel are set to discuss the India-EU free trade agreement, public health groups and Indian pharmaceutical companies are concerned that the European Commission may push for stringent patent regime for cheaper medicines manufactured at home. More...



Mylan settles Viagra patent litigation with Pfizer
(Reuters , 14-Apr-2015 , Yahoo)

Drugmaker Mylan N.V said it settled a patent litigation with Pfizer Inc related to Viagra, paving the way for the launch of the drug's generic version in the United States once approved. More...



Industrialist wins patent battle against nephew
(Sunil Baghel , 12-Apr-2015 , Mumbai Mirror)

Dr Keki Hormusji Gharda's nephew Darius Kavasmaneck had moved the high court saying his uncle shouldn't be allowed to create rights on patents owned by him as their company had spent Rs 180 crore between 2001 and 2010 on research and development. More...



Kerala's Ayurveda Patent Cell's work infructuous: CAG
(PTI , 12-Apr-2015 , The Economic Times)

The traditional Ayurvedic knowledge in Kerala remain unprotected as the literature digitised by the state's 'Patent Cell' has not been included in the database of the Centre's TKDL, a CAG report has said. More...



Google’s patent to put an end to TV, film spoilers online
(PTI , 12-Apr-2015 , The Financial Express)

Search giant Google has been granted a patent for a system that would spot and hide spoilers about TV shows, books and movies from a user’s social media feeds until they are up to date. More...



Azamgarh black clay pottery in race to get GI tag
(Binay Singh , 11-Apr-2015 , The Times Of India)

The unique black clay pottery of Nizamabad in Azamgarh district may soon join the league of Geographical Indication (GI) tagged products. More...



India, EU to discuss FTA on April 13 in Hannover
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 11-Apr-2015 , Business Standard)

EU to push for higher car emission standards More...



US Patent Office revokes elements of podcasting patent
(Reuters , 11-Apr-2015 , The Times Of India)

The US Patent Office revoked key elements of a Texas company's patent, which the firm deployed in high-profile legal actions to claim ownership over a method for distributing podcasts and video episodes on the internet. More...



Better intellectual property values luring Indian startups abroad
(Evelyn Fok & Varun Aggarwal , 10-Apr-2015 , The Economic Times)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Make in India. More...



Natco takes patent blitz honed in India to US pharma market
(Bloomberg , 09-Apr-2015 , Livemint)

Natco expects to be among the first to win regulatory approval for its Copaxone generic, with sales anticipated to start in the next six months More...



Court questions Google on patent values in Microsoft case
(Reuters , 09-Apr-2015 , The Times Of India)

A US appeals court appeared skeptical on Wednesday toward Google's bid to charge Microsoft a high royalty rate to use some of the internet search provider's Motorola Mobility patents. More...



Modi visit will energise India-EU FTA talks: João Cravinho
( Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 09-Apr-2015 , Business Standard)

Interview with Ambassador of the European Union to India More...



India to soon finalise Doha round work programme
(Press Releases , 09-Apr-2015 , ZeeBiz)

India will soon finalise its work programme which will be discussed as part of the long-pending agenda of Doha round of talks at the next WTO meet in Nairobi in December, a Commerce Ministry official said on Thursday. More...



IndiaFilings Launches 30 Minute Online Trademark Filing Service
(Chennai, Tamil Nadu , 8-Apr-2015 , Business Wire India)

IndiaFilings.com a leading website that helps Entrepreneurs start and manage a business has launched 30 Minute Online Trademark Filing service. More...



Pharma companies dominate 2014 list of Indian firms filing for global patents
(Rupali Mukherjee , 04-Apr-2015 , The Times Of India)

Led by companies such as Ranbaxy, Wockhardt and Hetero, the pharma sector dominates the list of top Indian filers under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in 2014, seeking protection internationally for their inventions. More...



ICT and ONGC Energy receives patent for process to generate hydrogen from water
(BS B2B Bureau | Mumbai , 6-Apr-2015 , Business Standard)

The patent, granted by US Patent and Trademark Office, holds the potential to open up new vista for generation of hydrogen from water on commercial scale in a sustainable manner in the coming years More...



IPL opening ceremony's music copyright issue settled
(IANS , 06-Apr-2015 , Hindustan Times)

The row between an official body that works to protect the rights of artists and the organisers of the Indian Premier League's (IPL) opening ceremony over payment of fees for music usage at the programme was resolved ahead of the event on Tuesday. More...



India's GI List Gets Longer with 20 New Products
(Express News Service , 5-Apr-2015 , The New Indian Express)

Wooden lacquer wear and toys from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Varanasi, Bengaluru rose onion, Naga tree tomato, Mizo chilli, Makrana marble from Rajasthan, Nendran banana from Kerala and Meerut scissors - the Geographical Indications (GI) Registry has just got longer. More...



After a decade: why we need to protect Section 3(d) of the patent law
(Anand Grover , 03-Apr-2015 , Business Line)

For affordable medicines; to ensure only true innovations are rewarded with patent protection More...



HC Restrains Centre From Appointing Babus in Copyright Board
( IANS , 3-Apr-2015 , The New Indian Express)

The Madras High Court has restrained the Centre from appointing any bureaucrat as chairman or member of the Copyright Board and directed that its earlier order on appointments in quasi-judicial boards be followed. More...



Procter & Gamble fails to secure patent for smart sanitary napkin in India
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 2-Apr-2015 , The Financial Express)

Procter & Gamble (P&G), which manufactures ‘Whisper’, has failed to secure a patent in India for an invention regarding a sanitary napkin that claims to signal the wearer indications on its status. More...



Spurt in number of IPR applicants from state
(Laxmi Ajai Prasanna , 2-Apr-2015 , The Hindu)

Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) has constituted a new advisory committee on intellectual property rights (IPR) and has issued an order in this regard. More...



Research activity up in India, but patents are hard to come by
(Adarsh Jain , 2-Apr-2015 , The Times Of India)

More research may be happening in academic institutions and industries now than ever before, but the quality of the research remains questionable. More...



Nendran Banana gets GI tag
(R. Sivaraman , 1-Apr-2015 , The Hindu)

Bangalore Rose Onion has also received the status More...



Compulsory licensing hit India’s image:Hetero Pharma
(DIVYA RAJAGOPAL , 31-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

In what is seen as a contrarian stand adopted by an Indian drug maker over intellectual property (IP), Hyderabadbased Hetero Pharma said that the country has lost nearly $10 billion worth of investment by not respecting IP norms. More...



Nine north-eastern Indian products gets geographical indication registr
(Bikash Singh , 30-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

The organic and exotic agricultural produce of Northeast India got leg up with as many as nine products accorded geographical indication (GI) registry. More...



Boeing patents Star Wars-style force field technology
(PTI , 30-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

US aviation giant Boeing has been granted a patent for a Star Wars-style 'force field' technology that would protect vehicles from nearby explosions. More...



Corrosion of WTO’S mandate
(D. Ravi Kanth , 31-Mar-2015 , Livemint)

WTO has done well as custodian of the multilateral trading system, but there have been a few ‘corrosive’ developments, as well as positive ones More...



Rasabale and Mattu brinjal losing ground
(Niranjan Kaggere, Bangalore Mirror Bureau , 30-Mar-2015 , Bangalore Mirror)

While diseases affect the banana variety, seawater flooding has nearly wiped out the brinjal crop More...



Nine north-eastern Indian products gets geographical indication registry
( Bikash Singh , 30-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

The organic and exotic agricultural produce of Northeast India got leg up with as many as nine products accorded geographical indication (GI) registry. More...



Pakistan Farmers Challenge GI tag for Basmati rice
(Express News Service , 30-Mar-2015 , The New Indian Express)

The Intellectual Properties Appellate Board (IPAB), Chennai, has adjourned to July 8 the hearing on an application filed by a Pakistan-based farmers organisation challenging the grant of geographical indication (GI) tag for Basmati rice to certain Indian areas in the himalayan foothills spread between Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. More...



Motorola found guilty of patent infringement
(Reuters , 26-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures's second crack at holding Motorola Mobility liable for using its technology without permission partially succeeded after a US jury in Delaware found Motorola infringed a patent on multimedia text messaging. More...



SC stays HC order against Glenmark in patent case
(Amit Choudhary , 26-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Delhi high court order restraining Glenmark Pharmaceuticals from manufacturing and selling its anti-diabetes drugs Zita and Zita-Met for allegedly infringing the patent rights of US drug major Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD). More...



Facebook’s patent application rejected
(Our Bureau , 24-Mar-2015 , Business Line)

The patent office has refused to entertain Facebook’s application for patent to the “method and apparatus for an application crawler” that is used to search the Web for files, including texts and videos. More...



Don't dilute Patent Act
(Ashwani Mahajan , 24-Mar-2015 , Deccan Herald)

Recent visit of US President Barak Obama to New Delhi has been boasted as a major breakthrough in Indian diplomacy. More...



Open Invention Network calls Indian companies to join
(Evelyn Fok , 24-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

Open Invention Network, a community promoting open source innovation and patent non-aggression in Linux, is reaching out to Indian companies to join its shared patent pool. More...



Big Pharma drives innovation in pain therapy development, despite declining patent applications
(EP News Bureau-Mumbai , 23-Mar-2015 , Express Pharma)

Patent applications for pain treatments between 2008 and 2012 were dominated by Big Pharma, including Sanofi, Novartis and Merck & Co More...



Indian Court Sides with Merck in Patent Dispute
(Michael Mezher , 23-Mar-2015 , Regulatory Focus)

A prominent court in India has issued an interim injunction, overturning a previous ruling, in favor of US drug maker Merck in a patent dispute with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals over an active ingredient used in two of Merck's diabetes medicines, Januvia and Janumet. More...



Exclusive: Leaked Oppo patent reveals bezelless screen tech
(News , 22-Mar-2015 , GSMArena)

Curved displays seems to be the craze right now and even more so, after Samsung set the tone with the Galaxy Note edge. More...



Curved displays seems to be the craze right now and even more so, after Samsung set the tone with the Galaxy Note edge.
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 22-Mar-2015 , Business Standard)

India needs to check high patent royalty payments demanded by foreign firms and bring them in line with rates allowed by China and the US to ensure that its efforts to develop a robust local mobile manufacturing base are not derailed, says a report. More...



India remains bit player, China marches ahead in patent filings
(D. Ravi Kanth , 20-Mar-2015 , Livemint)

India registered an increase of 5.6% in patent filings during 2013-14, while China notched up a rise of 18.7% More...



Government seeds stronger IP protection with agrochemicals
(Arun S , 20-Mar-2015 , The Financial Express)

While the move would benefit global chemical giants like Bayer, Syngenta, BASF, Dow, Monsanto and DuPont, it is also seen as a precursor to similar exclusivity for pharmaceutical majors. More...



Patents are like nuclear weapons: Vivek Wadhwa
(ET Bureau , 20-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

Vivek Wadhwa, Indian-American tech entrepreneur and academician is an outspoken advocate of abolishing software patents in the US. More...



India remains bit player, China marches ahead in patent filings
(D. Ravi Kanth , 20-Mar-2015 , Livemint)

India registered an increase of 5.6% in patent filings during 2013-14, while China notched up a rise of 18.7% More...



Chennai accounts for 17,000 of the 45,000 patent pleas in India
(Special Correspondent , 20-Mar-2015 , The Hindu)

Nearly 45,000 patent applications are filed in India in a year; of them, 17,000 are filed from Chennai, said R.Devan, Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs, Patents Office, Chennai here on Wednesday More...



ndia's new patent laws bulldoze domestic industry, appease foreign firms
(K Yatish Rajawat , 19-Mar-2015 , First Post)

Sometimes a small sentence answers a lot of questions. For instance, Nirmala Sitharaman in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha yesterday said that the draft Indian Patent policy is almost ready. More...



India, Pharmacy to the Developing World, Must Honor IP Rights
(Dr. Kristina Lybecker , 18-Mar-2015 , IPWATCH DOG)

The United States and India are locked in a vitriolic debate over intellectual property rights in the pharmaceutical sector. More...



HC to govt: Can Delhi get IP tribunal bench?
(Rupali Mukherjee , 18-Mar-2015 , The Times of India)

Clearance and disposal of trademark and patent disputes may soon get a leg up. The Delhi high court has directed the government to look into the feasibility of setting up a permanent bench of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) tribunal in the capital. This would ensure the smooth functioning of the tribunal and help in the timely and effective disposal of trademark and patent cases, according to legal experts. More...



USFDA plans to shift to an incentive based from a penalty based audits
(Soma Das , 18-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

In a marked departure from its approach to dealing with Indian pharmaceuticals companies, the US drug regulator would now incentivize those adopting a culture of quality in addition to its usual practice of pulling up those for manufacturing lapses, a top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official currently on a visit to India told ET. More...



IPAB impleads MP farmer body in basmati GI tag plea
(Manish Raj , 18-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

There is quite another facet distinctive of the aromatic, slender and long-grained Basmati rice,apart from its delectable presence in cuisines across the country. It continues to be mired in a legal wrangle. More...



Apple did not infringe wireless patents: Jury
(Reuters , 17-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

A federal jury in Texas on March 16 said Apple Inc did not infringe five wireless technology patents owned by Canadian patent licensing firm Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. More...



Patent Office refuses Wockhardt's application related to osteoarthritis drug
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 17-Mar-2015 , Business Standard)

The company claimed that its invention shows at least 25% reduction in soft stool effect as compared to other drugs More...



Suven Life shares zoom 20 per cent on getting patent for drug
(PTI , 16-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

Shares of Suven Life Sciences soared 20 per cent today as the company has been granted a patent each by the US and New Zealand for a drug used in the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases. More...



IPR/patent issues: US calls for stock taking, India says wait
(AMITI SEN , 12-Mar-2015 , Business Line)

Washington unhappy with India’s unwillingness to change IP laws More...



High court raises bar for intellectual property forums, sets new rules
(A Subramani , 12-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

Cutting to size the role of bureaucrats in appointment of members and chiefs of statutory boards that decide patent, trademark and other related disputes, the Madras high court on Tuesday quashed existing selection criteria and ordered the reconstitution of the search committee to choose members of such boards. More...



Certain provisions in Trademarks Act unconstitutional: Madras High Court
(PTI , 12-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

Madras High Court today declared as unconstitutional a sub-section of by More...



Hewlett-Packard patents invalidated in ServiceNow case
(Reuters , 11-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

A federal judge in California has invalidated four Hewlett-Packard Co patents for being too abstract, marking a setback in the company's patent infringement lawsuit against competitor ServiceNow Inc. More...



IP Appellate Board upholds Wockhardt’s petition for relief in diabetes drug patent row
(OUR BUREAU , 11-Mar-2015 , Business Line)

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) on Wednesday ordered that Wockhardt need not produce any additional documents for evidence in a patent case against Novartis AG relating to an anti-diabetes drug. More...



UT court stays sale, transfer of copyrights of 'Dolly ki Doli' movie
(Ajay Sura,TNN , 11-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

A Chandigarh court on Tuesday stayed the sale or transfer of the copyrights of movie 'Dolly ki Doli' after a petition was filed alleging that the producers of the film had violated the Copyright Act. More...



German co’s patent for asthma drug revoked
(Rupali Mukherjee , 10-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

India's Patent Office has revoked a patent on asthma drug, Spiriva (tiotropium bromide monohydrate) held by German major Boehringer Ingelheim on an opposition filed by generic company, Cipla. More...



Former Google executive Lee confirmed to lead U.S. patent office
(Andrew Chung , 10-Mar-2015 , Reuters)

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed former Google Inc (GOOGL.O) executive Michelle Lee to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a position that has been vacant for more than two years. More...



Govt working to wrest Khadi trademark from German firm
(PTI , 09-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

Government is working in tandem with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to expedite the process of de-registering 'Khadi' trademark in the European Union by a German company, Parliament was informed today. More...



Suven Life secures One (1) Product Patent each in Eurasia and Israel
(Capital , 09-Mar-2015 , Business Standard)

For NCEs developed as therapeutic agents for major depressive disorder More...



Patent office refuses patent for tosylate salt form of Bayer's sorafenib
(Gireesh Bbau | Chennai , 09-Mar-2015 , Business Standard)

Bayer's sorafenib drug Nexavar was the first to have a compulsory license in India More...



Patent for modified poultry feed
(TNN , 09-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

Panjab University (PU) has been granted a patent by Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) for an invention entitled 'A Modified Poultry Feed for Production of Eggs'. More...



Patent controller issues draft guidelines for search & examination of patent applications
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 09-Mar-2015 , Pharmabiz)

The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) of India has issued draft guidelines for search and examination of patent applications. More...



Faster patent approvals on anvil for firms making in India
(Apoorva, Vidya Krishnan , 09-Mar-2015 , Livemint)

Patent applicants could soon jump the queue and fast-track to production if the views of an official panel take the form of law More...



Will Indian generic pharma players live up to their billing?
(Rajabahadur V Arcot , 09-Mar-2015 , Deccan Herald)

Compared with many other industries in the country, save for the software industry, the Indian pharmaceutical sector’s performance has been impressive and its future secure. More...



Suven Life up 5%, gets product patent in Eurasia & Israel
(Moneycontrol Bureau , 09-Mar-2015 , moneycontrol.com)

Shares of Suven Life Sciences (Suven) climbed 5 percent intraday Monday on getting product patent each in Eurasia and Israel. More...



EU expected to reach out to India to restart FTA talks
(Elizabeth Roche , 8-Mar-2015 , Livemint)

Both sides may have lost an opportunity to give a push to talks, with Narendra Modi dropping plans to visit Brussels during a visit to Europe next month More...



KAU bid to get GI tag for Marayoor sandal
(K. Santhosh , 8-Mar-2015 , The Hindu)

The Department of Wood Science of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has taken the initiative for securing forest certification and registration of Geographical Indication for Marayoor sandal. More...



India is not being victimised: Meir Pugatch
(Sudipto Dey , 8-Mar-2015 , Business Standard)

Continuing its dismal run for the third year, India was ranked second from bottom among 30 countries in the third edition of the annual international IP index brought out by the US Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). More...



Patent law firms look to tap demand from startups
(Vishal Dutta , 5-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

Intellectual property rights (IPR) law firms have spotted a new business opportunity in the growing number of start-ups in the country that could be at risk from both competitors and impersonators. More...



Ilaiyaraaja irked with copyright infringement of his songs
(IANS , 5-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

Maestro Illayaraja, who has the rights to all the songs that he has composed in over 1,000 films, says it's illegal for television channels and radio stations to play them without paying him. More...



Patent law firms look to tap demand from startups
(Vishal Dutta, ET Bureau , 5-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

Intellectual property rights (IPR) law firms have spotted a new business opportunity in the growing number of startups in the country that could be at risk from both competitors and impersonators. More...



Trademark Through this App
(Express News Service , 5-Mar-2015 , The New Indian Express)

IndiaFilings.com a leading online portal launched India’s first mobile application for company registration, trademark registration and tax registration. The mobile app was released by K Rosaiah, Governor of Tamil Nadu. More...



Apple's Claims of Phone Patent Harm by Samsung Make Judges Wary
(Reuters , 5-Mar-2015 , NDTV)

Apple Inc told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday that rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should be barred from selling products that infringe on its smartphone patents, but the judges were sceptical. More...



Bengaluru based Stempeutics Research has been granted a US process patent for its stem-cell based drug Stempeucel by the United States Patent and Trademarks Office.
(Peerzada Abrar, ET Bureau , 04-Mar-2015 , The Economic Times)

Bengaluru based Stempeutics Research has been granted a US process patent for its stem-cell based drug Stempeucel by the United States Patent and Trademarks Office. More...



Huawei Bumps Up Patent Portfolio as 5G Era Draws Near: CEO
(Reuters , 04-Mar-2015 , NDTV)

China's Huawei Technologies, the world's second-biggest maker of network gear, is beefing up its patent portfolio ahead of 5G, the next generation of mobile equipment, its chief executive said on Tuesday. More...



Huawei Bumps Up Patent Portfolio as 5G Era Draws Near: CEO
(Reuters , 04-Mar-2015 , NDTV)

China's Huawei Technologies, the world's second-biggest maker of network gear, is beefing up its patent portfolio ahead of 5G, the next generation of mobile equipment, its chief executive said on Tuesday. More...



Indian firm challenges Apple over ‘iPhone’ brand
(Anupam Saxena,TOI Tec , 03-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

Apple is getting aggressive in India with the company reportedly setting a target to double iPhone sales and increasing focus on e-commerce. More...



IPAB sets aside order against Cima Labs' painkiller for cancer
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 03-Mar-2015 , Business Standard)

The Assistant Controller shall consider the matter afresh More...



Natco Pharma ties up with Gilead on hepatitis C drug
(Bloomberg , 3-Mar-2015 , The Times Of India)

Natco Pharma Ltd., the Indian drugmaker that had challenged Gilead Sciences Inc.'s patent claims on a blockbuster hepatitis C treatment in the Asian country, said it signed a licensing agreement with the US company for the drug. More...



India-US ties still problematic
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 03-Mar-2015 , Business Standard)

While merchandise trade grew at a sluggish 0.47% in FY14, Washington remains concerned about India's IPR laws More...



IP Department hopes to see GI certification for every province in three years
(PETCHANET PRATRUANGKRAI , 3-Mar-2015 , The Nation)

THE Intellectual Property Department plans to extend its "one geographical indication, one province" scheme to all provinces within three years to boost development of localised products and income for local people. More...



The Legal Implications Of Medicinal Marijuana As A Geographical Indication For Jamaica
(Marsha Cadogan , 2-Mar-2015 , IP-Watch)

The EU-Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement between Caricom countries and the European Union, facilitated interest in, and led to the subsequent enactment of geographical indication (GI) legislation in most Caricom countries, including Jamaica. More...



Ericsson sues Apple for patent infringement
(Reuters , 28-Feb-2015 , The Times Of India)

Swedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson is suing Apple Inc for patent infringement after Apple refused Ericsson's offer to have a court determine fair licensing terms, Ericsson said on Friday. More...



Qualifying norms for start-up patent subsidy scheme now relaxed
(Anita Babu , 26-Feb-2015 , Business Standard)

Many technology start-ups and small and medium enterprises could benefit from a government initiative that provides financial assistance to file global patents, as the Centre has eased the qualifying norms. More...



No proposal to change patent law
(Press Trust of India , 25-Feb-2015 , Business Standard)

"There is no proposal to amend patent law... There is no proposal to anything to do with Indian Patent Act," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said while replying to questions in the Rajya Sabha. More...



First Traditional Healer in State Set to Get Patent
(Archana Ravi , 24-Feb-2015 , The New Indian Express)

Shahul Hamid is all set to become the first traditional healer with a patent, if everything goes as planned. More...



Verdict in trademark row delivered 6 years after order is reserved
(A Subramani , 22-Feb-2015 , The Times Of India)

Even by the snail pace of Indian judicial machinery, delivering a verdict six years after reserving the order is a big delay, indeed. More...



Experts come ouExperts come out against draft National IPR policyt against draft National IPR policy
(G. KRISHNAKUMAR , 22-Feb-2015 , The Hindu)

The draft prepared by the Centre’s IPR Think Tank has failed to address many pertinent questions regarding intellectual property More...



Xiaomi to take legal action against websites selling its phones illegally
(Gulveen Aulakh , 21-Feb-2015 , The Economic Times)

Xiaomi will be taking legal action against websites selling its phones illegally and infringing on the company's trademark in India where the Chinese handset maker has an ongoing patent dispute with Ericsson. More...



Microsoft, ZTE do not infringe InterDigital patents: Court
(Reuters , 19-Feb-2015 , The Times Of India)

InterDigital, a patent licensing firm, lost an infringement fight on Wednesday as a US appeals court ruled that wireless phones made by Nokia, since purchased by Microsoft, and ZTE do not infringe on InterDigital patents. More...



Apple patents VR headset for iPhone
(AFP , 18-Feb-2015 , The Times Of India)

Apple has been awarded a patent on a headset that could let iPhones be part of augmented or virtual reality displays. More...



Samsung to pay $15.7 million for patent infringements
(IndiaToday.in New Delhi , 16-Feb-2015 , India Today)

Samsung has been dragged to the court for patent issues yet again. More...



Suven gets patent for neurodegenerative drug in 4 countries
(16-Feb-2015 , DNA)

Pharmaceutical firm Suven Life Sciences has been granted one patent each by Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand for its drug used in treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. More...



Big Pharma groupings urges US to ask India to change its IPR policies
(Soma Das , 12-Feb-2015 , The Economic Times)

Big Pharma groupings have urged the US government to keep nudging India to change its policies on intellectual property rights, which they claim don't conform to global norms. More...



Delhi HC stays release of ‘Badmashiyaan’
(PTI , 11-Feb-2015 , Livemint)

The release has been stayed on Multi Screen Media’s plea alleging copyright infringement by the movie’s producers More...



Ten-fold rise in patent applications, says Nasscom
(OUR BUREAU , 10-Feb-2015 , Business Line)

Frontline IT companies have seen a 10-fold increase in the number of patent applications made over the last five years, an indication of the growing push towards automation and higher margin offerings. More...



Microsoft, Samsung settle dispute over patents
(Reuters , 10-Feb-2015 , The Times Of India)

Microsoft and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have settled a contract dispute over patent royalties, though terms of the settlement are confidential, Microsoft said in a statement on Monday. More...



IBM sues Priceline for patent infringement
(Reuters , 10-Feb-2015 , The Times Of India)

IBM filed a lawsuit against Priceline Group, accusing it of infringing four IBM patents in running its travel and dining websites. More...



New policies, other IP reforms could improve India's IP score: Meir Pugatch
(Jyotindra Dubey , 10-Feb-2015 , Business Today)

The US Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center released the third annual edition of its International IP Index 2015 two days ago. More...



Venus Remedies scrip surges over 13% on patent win
(PTI , 09-Feb-2015 , The Economic Times)

Shares of pharmaceutical firm Venus Remedies Ltd today surged over 13 per cent after the company secured Indian product patent for an antibiotic research product, Vancoplus. More...



IBM Sues Priceline for Patent Infringement
(MARIA ARMENTAL , 09-Feb-2015 , The Wall Street Journal)

International Business Machines Corp. is suing Priceline Group Inc., claiming the online travel giant built its business on IBM’s inventions and owes it billions of dollars in royalties. More...



India may finally usher in pharma data protection
(Arun S , 9-Feb-2015 , The Financial Express)

Patent linkage would ensure patent controllers and drug regulators coordinate so that a generic versions of a patented product are not approved by the latter during the term of a patent. More...



Indian drug cos worried about patent regime changes
(PT Jyothi Datta , 08-Feb-2015 , Business Line)

Seek clarification on US trade representative’s testimony that India has committed to address IP issues that concern America More...



US has secured commitments from India on IPR, claims Michael Froman
(Soma Das & Dilasha Seth , 5-Feb-2015 , The Economic Times)

A remark tucked away in the top US trade official's testimony before American lawmakers, stating that the US has secured commitments from India on intellectual property rights, has alarmed Indian drugmakers and public health activists. More...



Global Intellectual Property Index: India's dismal run continues
(BS Reporter | New Delhi , 5-Feb-2015 , Business Standard)

India continues its dismal run in Global Intellectual Property Index score, occupying the 29th position among 30 countries. More...



India ranked second last in Intellectual Property Index
(ET Bureau , 04-Feb-2015 , The Economic Times)

India has improved its rank marginally on the intellectual property (IP) index released by the US Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. More...



HC asks patent office to review Gilead's case
(Rupali Mukherjee , 3-Feb-2015 , The Times Of India)

The Delhi high court has sent the decision of patent refusal for US firm Gilead's hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, back to the patent office on procedural grounds. More...



Samsung patent showcases new dual-edged screen design
(2-Feb-2015 , GSM Arena)

With MWC 2015 closing in fast all eyes are on manufacturers to usher forth their new device lineups. Samsung's next flagship S device - the Galaxy S6 has long been in the rumor mill and is still expected to make its first appearance at the Barcelona venue this year. More...



Patent application refused to Wockhardt for skin care drug
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 01-Feb-2015 , Business Standard)

It was refused because the drug was found incapable of industrial application More...



Delhi high court sets aside order on Gilead’s Sovaldi patent
(Apoorva & Vidya Krishnan Mail Me | Vidya Krishnan , 31-Jan-2015 , Livemint)

The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks had rejected a patent to the US drug maker for the hepatitis C drug More...



Patent dispute: Novartis objects to Wockhardt filing fresh documents
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 30-Jan-2015 , The Financial Express)

Swiss pharma company Novartis has raised objections to Wockhardt filing additional documents in a revocation petition by the latter against the former’s patent for anti-diabetes drug Vildagliptin. More...



Coffee Board to monetise ‘Coffees of India’ logos
(Vishwanath Kulkarni , 29-Jan-2015 , Business Line)

Exporters, traders, roasters and curers displaying the ‘Coffees of India’ and the other regional/speciality coffee trademarks on their packages will now have to seek the Coffee Board’s permission to do so and pay a fee for using each logo. More...



International health activists criticise President Obama’s attempts to undermine India's IPR
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 29-Jan-2015 , Pharmabiz)

US President Barack Obama’s comments during the India-US CEO Forum in New Delhi on Monday January 26 with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have drawn harsh criticism from international health activists. More...



Did PM concede to the US on IP and patents?
(Rema Nagarajan , 28-Jan-2015 , The Times of India)

Reports of Prime Minister Narendra Modi telling a conclave of Indian and US corporate chiefs that India was ready to accept suggestions made by a joint working group with the United States on intellectual property rights has led to howls of protest and accusations of Indian selling out and bending to US interests. More...



US having a good dialogue with India on intellectual property issues: Mike Froman
(PTI , 28-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

The United States is having a good dialogue with the new Indian Government on issues related to intellectual property (IP), a top Obama Administration trade official told lawmakers. More...



Demand for geographical indication status: This time for Gulbarga toor
(Harish Damodaran | Gulbarga , 28-Jan-2015 , Indian Express)

After Dehraduni basmati, Darjeeling tea and Malabar pepper, it is the turn of pulses millers and traders in this Northeast Karnataka district to seek geographical indication (GI) status for “Gulbarga toor”. More...



Patent row no hurdle for Gilead Pharma’s Sovaldi launch
(DIVYA RAJAGOPAL , 28-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

US drug maker Gilead Pharma says that the recent decision by the patent office, which rejected patent for one of its molecules, does not impact its India plans. More...



Will Modi give up India's intellectual property stand just to please Obama?
(G Pramod Kumar , 28-Jan-2015 , First Post)

Amidst the feel-good roadshow of Barrack Obama and Narendra Modi and the promise of $ 4 billion American investment, something critical to the survival of India and the rest of the developing world went under the radar - continuing pressure by America to dilute India’s intellectual property regime that saves the lives of millions of people in India and elsewhere. More...



Pfizer earnings slip on loss of drug patent exclusivity
(AFP , 27-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

Pfizer reported Tuesday that revenues and profits fell again in the fourth quarter of 2014 as the drug maker continued to suffer from the loss of exclusive rights to various treatments. More...



Japan’s Sharp, Coimbatore’s Sharp Ind told to settle trademark row amicably
(Our Bureau , 27-Jan-2015 , Business Line)

Japan’s entertainment electronics and consumer durables major Sharp Corporation and the Coimbatore-based water pumps manufacturer Sharp Industries are expected to settle a trademark dispute between them amicably. More...



Promote Indian drugs, US health groups urge Obama
(Sushmi Dey , 27-Jan-2015 , The Times of India)

Leading US health groups including AVAC, Oxfam America, amfAR, Health Global Access Project (GAP), TAG (Treatment Action Group)and others have written to Barack Obama urging him to support India in providing "high-quality, low-cost generic medicines essential for health care around the world". More...



CEOs from India, US brainstorm Intellectual Property Right, piracy among other issues
(PTI , 26-Jan-2015 , DNA)

ssues related with intellectual property rights, including piracy of films and software, figured prominently during the India-US CEO Forum in New Delhi attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama. More...



Ready to Accept India-US Panel's IPR Suggestions: PM Modi
(Reuters , 26-Jan-2015 , NDTV)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the government is ready to accept suggestions made by a joint working group with the United States on intellectual property rights (IPR). More...



Modi pledges open business environment, Obama raises IPR issue at US-India Business Summit
(IndiaToday.in/New Delhi , 26-Jan-2015 , India Today)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the state should be driven by policies which should be consistent so as to draw more investments, while revealing US investments in India jumped by 50 per cent in the first six months of his government. More...



CEOs from India, US brainstorm Intellectual Property Right, piracy among other issues
(PTI , 26-Jan-2015 , DNA)

Issues related with intellectual property rights, including piracy of films and software, figured prominently during the India-US CEO Forum in New Delhi attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama. More...



India, US to enhance engagement on intellectual property rights issues
(PTI , 26-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

India and the US today agreed to enhance their engagement on intellectual property rights, a vexed issue between the two countries. More...



World backs India against ‘bully’ US
(TNN , 25-Jan-2015 , The Times of India)

Apprehensive of the US exerting pressure on India to dilute the public health safeguards in its patent laws, organizations from across the world have signed a global petition supporting India's patent law and urging India to stand strong in the face of " US bullying". More...



India's patent laws under threat?
(TNN , 24-Jan-2015 , The Times Of India)

Setting up of a bilateral mechanism on intellectual property (IP) rights through the US-India trade policy forum and the new draft national IP policy championing IP as the only way to promote innovation have raised apprehensions among health activists that India might concede ground on IP during President Obama's visit. More...



US 'threats' to Patent Act irks RSS outfit
(Suvojit Bagchi , 23-Jan-2015 , The Hindu)

Only days before President Barack Obama’s visit, Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), the powerful economic wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has objected to the United States’ “threats” to India’s domestic policies on Intellectual Property Right (IPR). More...



Govt may negotiate price of drugs before market entry
(Sushmi Dey , 23-Jan-2015 , The Times of India)

The government may negotiate prices of patented medicines with their manufacturers before allowing pharmaceutical companies to launch them in India. More...



HC seeks Centre reply on Gilead plea for patent of Hep C drug
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 23-Jan-2015 , Business Standard)

Delhi High Court has sought the Government's response on US-based pharma firm Gilead Sciences Inc's plea challenging rejection of its patent application for its Hepatitis C drug, sofosbuvir, marketed under the brand name Sovaldi. More...



Setback to Natco pharma; US Supreme Court sends Teva patent case to Federal Circuit
(TNN , 22-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

In a setback to homegrown pharma player Natco, the US Supreme Court has sent back the patent case related to Teva's multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone for a review by the Federal Circuit, which hears appeals in patent, trademark and trade-related matters. More...



Blow for Natco, Mylan as US Supreme Court remands patent case
(fe Bureau , 22-Jan-2015 , The Financial Express)

The US Supreme Court has sent back to a federal Circuit Court a patent case over the multiple sclerosis treatment drug, Copaxone. More...



‘Obama visit will pressurize India to alter patent law to suit US interests’
(Rema Nagarajan , 21-Jan-2015 , The Times of India)

US President Barack Obama's visit has set alarms bells ringing among those working to improve access to medicines. More...



Medical charity warns India over patent rules
(AFP , 21-Jan-2015 , Medical Express)

Doctors without Borders on Wednesday warned the Indian government not to bow to US pressure to amend patent regulations that allow millions access to affordable medicines, ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama. More...



Natco slumps; US court rules for Teva in drug patent case
(Reuters , 21-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled Teva Pharmaceutical Industries can still benefit from patent protection for top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone More...



GRANTING OF UNDESERVING PATENTS
(P A Francis , 20-Jan-2015 , Pharmabiz)

There has been a steady increase in disputes between Indian drug companies and the multinationals over the grant of patents in the country ever since the Indian Patent Act was amended in 2005. More...



Global Patents Reflect Advances in Connected and Self-Driving Cars
(Reuters , 20-Jan-2015 , NDTV)

Technology advances in telematics and driver assistance systems are gathering steam as the enablers of future connected and self-driving cars, according to an analysis of global patent applications released Monday. More...



Hindustan Aeronautics’ patent filings see 10-fold rise in 3 years
(Huma Siddiqui , 19-Jan-2015 , The Financial Express)

State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) is enriching its patents repository fast. More...



Patented medicine
(Dr. Srinivasan Nagarajan, Sydney, Australia , 19-Jan-2015 , The Hindu)

As a professional adviser on IP matters in Australia, I agree with the main thrust of the article, “Patented medicine and affordability” (Dec.22, 2014). More...



Patents are scourge on software industry, says Vishal Sikka
(PTI , 16-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

Terming patents as a "scourge" on the software industry, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka has said his company is "rethinking" its approach on the subject. More...



Xiaomi bolsters its patent portfolio across globe as it fights patent battle in India
(ANI , 16-Jan-2015 , DNA)

Beset with a patent battle in India over its smartphones, Xiaomi is now trying to bolster its patent portfolio in China and elsewhere. More...



India’s refuses patent to Gilead for its drug Sovaldi
(DIVYA RAJAGOPAL, , 16-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

India's patent office has refused a patent to US drugmaker Gilead for its blockbuster drug Sovaldi on the grounds that the molecules and compounds of the drug were "known" elements. More...



IPR won't be part of model law on fake drugs, says UN arm
(Soma Das , 16-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

The UN agency for drug control has assured India and the other BRICS nations that it will steer clear of intellectual property rights matters while drafting a model law to combat fraudulent drugs. More...



Monaco can't trademark 'Monaco', EU court rules
(AFP , 15-Jan-2015 , Zee News)

Monaco cannot register its own name as a trademark because the principality is too well known on account of its royal family and Formula One race, an EU court ruled Thursday. More...



It’s time to ratchet up India’s IP stance
(Chirantan Chatterjee , 15-Jan-2015 , Hindustan Times)

NE implies that unlike an encrypted code in a software, ideas unless protected through intellectual property (IP) are difficult to exclude from being used by others. NR in ideas gives rise to increasing returns (IR). More...



Government taking steps to reduce patent backlog: Kant
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 15-Jan-2015 , Business Standard)

Human resources in the IP office has not kept pace with the increase in filings More...



Patent filing sees unprecedented surge worldwide: WIPO
(Ragini Verma , 14-Jan-2015 , Livemint)

In 2012, 2.35 million patent applications, 6.58 million trademark class applications and 1.22 million design applications were filed worldwide, says Gurry More...



Cipla moves HC against bar on sale of generic drug
(TNN , 14-Jan-2015 , The Times of India)

Cipla has filed an appeal in the Delhi high court against a recent order which restrained it from selling its generic version of Novartis drug Onbrez in the domestic market. The matter is expected to come up for a hearing on Wednesday. More...



India suffers from an unpredictable regulatory environment: John Castellani
(Nayanima Basu & Digbijay Mishra | New Delhi , 13-Jan-2015 , Business Standard)

The IPR think-tank has the critical task of developing a national IPR Policy that will advance the new government’s goals of fostering a spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and growth in research and development (R&D). More...



Trademark registry to look at claim of biryani eatery in Chennai
(Manish Raj , 12-Jan-2015 , The Times Of India)

It was an order in decidedly poor taste. Rapping the assistant registrar of the trademark registry in the city for passing an order with "total non-application of mind", the Intellectual Property Appellate Board asked it to consider afresh a trademark application by a biriyani eatery in Dindigul. More...



Bristol-Myers Squibb, Natco Pharma settle patent dispute
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 12-Jan-2015 , Business Standard)

The dispute was over the patent of Hepatitis B drug entecavir More...



India, US agree to restart talks on bilateral investment treaty
(Sachin Parashar , 12-Jan-2015 , The Times Of India)

India and the US have reaffirmed commitment to the long-pending Bilateral Investment Treaty with PM Narendra Modi on Sunday conveying to visiting secretary of state John Kerry that New Delhi was prepared to hold early talks for the same. More...



IBM again tops lists of US patent recipients
(IANS | New Delhi , 12-Jan-2015 , Business Standard)

IBM has received a record 7,534 patents in 2014 -- marking the 22nd consecutive year that the company topped the annual list of US patent recipients, a company statement said here Monday. More...



Delhi HC stops Cipla’s generic drug sales
(Rupali Mukherjee , 10-Jan-2015 , The Times Of India)

In a move which may be a dampener for patients suffering from lung and respiratory diseases, the Delhi high court has decided in favour of drug MNC Novartis, restraining generic firm Cipla from selling its affordable version of respiratory drug Onbrez in the domestic market. More...



10 northeast products to get GI tag
(TNN , 10-Jan-2015 , The Times Of India)

Ten horticulture products from the northeast are set to get the much-coveted geographical indication (GI) tag by March this year. More...



Glenmark wins patent row but says has no plans to launch produc
(E. Kumar Sharma , 09-Jan-2015 , Business Today)

The excitement was arguably more in the media than in the company or the analysts tracking it. More...



Glenmark Pharma wins patent suit against Abbott; stock gains
(ECONOMICTIMES.COM , 8-Jan-2015 , The Economic Times)

Shares of Glenmark Pharma moved higher in early trade after the company won patent suit against US pharma major Abbott Biotechnology. More...



GI mark for basmati delayed as MP cos, farmers oppose APEDA
( Gireesh Babu & T E Narasimhan | Chennai , 07-Jan-2015 , Business Standard)

Apeda representatives said GI registration should be seen from a "national interest" perspective, as Pakistan also is claiming rights over Basmati More...



Facebook Copyright Post Just a Hoax
(IANS , 07-Jan-2015 , The New Indian Express)

If you have received a Facebook copyright post in your news feed warning about your private photographs and content, just ignore it. More...



Indian government plans to establish dynamic and balanced IPR policy
(India Correspondent , 07-Jan-2015 , The Pharma Letter)

Even as US President Barack Obama is slated to be the chief guest at India's Republic Day Parade on January 26, action has revved up behind the scenes with the readying of the draft of the national Intellectual Property Rights policy, reports The Pharma Letter’s India correspondent. More...



Tamil Nadu leads in ensuring GI protection in India
(C.H. Unnikrishnan , 7-Jan-2015 , Livemint)

Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra were joint second in geographical indication protection; Goa and Punjab claimed the least with two each More...



New IPR policy focuses on utility patents
(C.H. Unnikrishnan , 7-Jan-2015 , Livemint)

First draft stresses the need to create new law that can facilitate the patenting of innovative utilitarian inventions More...



Patent Office sets aside earlier order granting patent to Abbott's Humira
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 06-Jan-2015 , Business Standard)

It had earlier granted patent without considering pre-grant opposition of Glenmark Pharma More...



Apple patent could lead to truly flexible iPhone
(Lance Whitney , 06-Jan-2015 , CNet)

The device described in the patent would use flexible materials for the display, housing, circuit boards and batteries. More...



Patent Office revokes the patent of Roche's osteoporosis drug Bonviva
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 2-Jan-2015 , Business Standard)

Decision comes in a post-grant opposition filed by Cipla, and following an order from IPAB. More...



Apple gets patent for 'stylus-designed smart pen'
(ANI , 01-Jan-2015 , The Times Of India)

Tech giant Apple has been granted a patent for a stylus design of a smart pen capable of detecting hand movements that enables translation into digital line drawings and text, adding into the list of their new innovations. More...



Microsoft sues Indian company for technical support scam
(Yoshita Singh , 31-Dec-2014 , Livemint)

Microsoft’s filed a civil lawsuit for unfair and deceptive business practices and trademark infringement against C-Cubed Solutions More...



Suven Life surges on securing three product patents
(SI Reporter | Mumbai , 30-Dec-2014 , Business Standard)

The company secured three product patents one each in Eurasia, Japan and Mexico. More...



SIMI, IM trademark on pipe bomb
(Rajiv Kalkod , 30-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

The improvised explosive device that went off on Church Street on Sunday night fits the bill of a typical 'pipe bomb', the go-to detonator of the Indian Mujahideen and the Students' Islamic Movement of India. More...



India-US panel: Access to medicines may be under threat
( Dr Gopal Dabade , 29-Dec-2014 , Deccan Herald)

Medicines when used appropriately can save lives. More...



Foreign pharma cos won 77% of all patents in last 10 years
(PTI , 28-Dec-2014 , Business Line)

India issued 4,614 drug patents between January 2005 and December 2014, of which 3,575 were given to foreign drug makers More...



Chugai Pharma wins first instance patent infringement lawsuit for Oxarol ointment
(Tokyo , 26-Dec-2014 , Pharmabiz)

Chugai Pharmaceutical, one of Japan’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies with strengths in biotechnology products, announced that the Tokyo District Court (Civil affairs No. 29, Chief Judge Kazuhide Shimasue) has granted Chugai an overall victory for the first instance demanding the suspension of patent infringement of the manufacturing process patent owned by Chugai (Patent No. 3310301) related to Oxarol Ointment 25 µg/g, a treatment drug for keratosis including psoriasis vulgaris (Oxarol ointment) . More...



IPR must be a subject in law colleges, IITs and IIMs: Draft national policy
(hananjay Mahapatra , 26-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

Intellectual property rights may soon become one of the key courses in the education system as the IPR Think Tank, in its draft national policy, has recommended that it be made a compulsory subject in all law colleges, National Institute of Fashion Technology, agriculture universities and management institutes. More...



Micromax vs OnePlus: Delhi High Court lifts ban on OnePlus One, but case far from over
(Express News Service , 25-Dec-2014 , Indian Express)

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted relief to mobile company OnePlus by lifting the ban imposed on the sales of its mobile phones by a single judge bench on December 16. More...



Micromax vs OnePlus: Delhi High Court lifts ban on OnePlus One, but case far from over
(Express News Service , 25-Dec-2014 , Indian Express)

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted relief to mobile company OnePlus by lifting the ban imposed on the sales of its mobile phones by a single judge bench on December 16. More...



US ITC to Investigate Samsung's Patent Infringement Case Against Nvidia
(Hitesh Arora , 25-Dec-2014 , NDTV)

Samsung's infringement case against Nvidia over semiconductor-related patents will now be investigated by the US International Trade Commission. More...



Patent issue won't affect our product launches: Xiaomi India head Manu Jain
(Gulveen Aulakh , 24-Dec-2014 , The Economic Times)

Xiaomi says it needs to be prepared to face obstacles such as the patent infringement allegation it is fighting in India as it grows at a break-neck pace, already becoming the largest smartphone maker at home in China and the No. 3 globally. More...



Role of IPR immense in knowledge economy
(SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT , 24-Dec-2014 , The Hindu)

When compared to China, India is way behind in filing Intellectual Property Rights applications, says GSIB director. More...



40 years ago... And now: Cipla: The crusader for affordable drugs takes the patent battle to MNCs
(Dev Chatterjee , 24-Dec-2014 , Business Standard)

In 1935, when Khwaja Abdul Hamied set up Cipla in Central Mumbai to manufacture medicines in India, few could have predicted that in the next few decades the company would take on the world's mightiest multinationals on patents and produce low-cost drugs for the world's extreme poor. More...



Claris Lifesciences confirms patent challenge for its generic version of PROPOFOL in USA
(COMPANY NEWS , 24-Dec-2014 , Livemint)

Claris Lifesciences has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Propofol for Injection, 10 mg/ml with the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) with a Paragraph IV certification. More...



AstraZeneca files patent case against Aurobindo Pharma
(fe Bureau | Hyderabad , 24-Dec-2014 , Financial Express)

AstraZeneca has filed a patent infringement case against Aurobindo Pharma and Aurobindo Pharma USA… More...



Patented medicine and affordability
(C. R. L. Narasimhan , 22-Dec-2014 , The Hindu)

India’s ongoing efforts at safeguarding its intellectual property rights (IPRs) have been facing challenges from different directions. More...



Copyright Not for Making CDs: Piracy Cell
( Siva Sekaran , 21-Dec-2014 , The New Indian Express)

Using the copyright acquired for a feature film, no one can reproduce it in the form of CDs/DVDs evading the particulars to be included as per Section 52 A of the Cinematograph Act, the Video Piracy Cell has said in a counter affidavit before Madras HC, last week. More...



Govt studying options as Novartis-Cipla patent dispute moves to court
(Amiti Sen , 18-Dec-2014 , Business Line)

Cipla has requested the Centre to revoke Novartis’ patent on respiratory drug Onbrez More...



215 products registered as geographical indication: Govt
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 19-Dec-2014 , Business Standard)

As many as 215 products were registered as geographical indication (GI) till December 15, 2014, government said today. More...



TM Registry Ordered to Examine Plea
(Express News Service , 18-Dec-2014 , Indian Express)

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has directed the TRADE Marks Registry to consider the petition of a US based multi-national company, E I Du Pont De Nemours and Company, that has challenged the trademark ‘Nomex’, registered by a pharmaceutical firm in Mumbai. More...



A doc’s call against patent overdose
(PT Jyothi Datta , 15-Dec-2014 , Business Line)

Public health groups have a supportive voice in American surgeon-author Atul Gawande in their fight to break “secondary patents” that drug companies seek on existing medicines. More...



A doc’s call against patent overdose
(PT Jyothi Datta , 15-Dec-2014 , Business Line)

Public health groups have a supportive voice in American surgeon-author Atul Gawande in their fight to break “secondary patents” that drug companies seek on existing medicines. More...



Government may not act on Cipla’s patent plea
(Sidhartha , 15-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

In a setback to Cipla, the homegrown generics medicine company, the government has so far found little merit in its plea for waiver and cancellation of patent rights for five drugs over which Novartis has exclusive rights. More...



Obama administration content with Modi govt taking 'baby steps' to improving country's weak IPR laws
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 15-Dec-2014 , Business Standard)

Obama administration content with Modi govt taking 'baby steps' to improving country's weak IPR laws More...



India-led BRICS opposes UN arm’s move on model drug law
(Soma Das , 15-Dec-2014 , The Economic Times)

India has spearheaded a move by BRICS countries to oppose a United Nations agency's move to float without consultations with member states a model law on fraudulent drugs that has raised fears of genuine generic drugs getting disrupted. More...



India-led BRICS opposes UN arm’s move on model drug law
(Soma Das , 15-Dec-2014 , The Economic Times)

India has spearheaded a move by BRICS countries to oppose a United Nations agency's move to float without consultations with member states a model law on fraudulent drugs that has raised fears of genuine generic drugs getting disrupted. More...



Apple Just Patented An Idea That Steve Jobs Would Have Hated
(Sam Colt | Business Insider , 14-Dec-2014 , Yahoo)

Apple recently filed a patent for a stylus that Steve Jobs would've hated. More...



Xiaomi's India ban exposes wider patent risks
(Reuters , 14-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

The court order that banned Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi from selling its phones in India has halted its breakneck expansion into the world's fastest growing major smartphone market and could be just the start of a string of patent challenges. More...



US closes out-of-cycle review of India's trade and patent policies
(HT Correspondent, Washington, , 14-Dec-2014 , Hindustan Times )

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced closure of the out-of-cycle review of India’s trade and intellectual property rights practices, noting the progress made in recent months. More...



SHOT IN ARM FOR DESI COS, PATIENTS
(TNN , 13-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

SC order to boost access to medicines More...



US concludes OCR of India's intellectual property policies
(Press Trust of India | Washington , 13-Dec-2014 , Business Standard)

Citing positive steps taken by the new Indian government in addressing America's concerns on intellectual property (IP) rights, the US has concluded its Out-of-Cycle Review of India's intellectual property policies. More...



Protecting patents will boost innovation in India
(RANJANA SMETACEK , 12-Dec-2014 , Business Line)

This is also essential to meet the healthcare challenges facing the country More...



Google, YouTube face patent suit in Germany
(Reuters , 12-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

Technology company Max Sound said it filed a lawsuit against Google and YouTube in Germany earlier this month, alleging infringement of a video-streaming patent. More...



Max Sound files patent suit against Google, YouTube in Germany
(Reuters , 12-Dec-2014 , The Economic Times)

Technology company Max Sound Corp said it filed a lawsuit against Google Inc and YouTube in Germany earlier this month, alleging infringement of a video-streaming patent. More...



Agriculture department starts Geographical Indication process for Lasalgaon onions
(TNN , 12-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

Onions from Lasalgaon will get the Geographical Indication (GI) tag soon as the agricultural department of the state has started the process to grant the special status to the commodity produced in the district. More...



Delhi HC stops sale of Xiaomi phones over patent case
(PTI , 11-Dec-2014 , Livemint)

The court restrained Xiaomi from making, assembling, importing or offering for sale its devices which are infringing the patents of Ericsson More...



Will India, US Bridge Divide Over Intellectual Property Rights?
( Patralekha Chatterjee , 10-Dec-2014 , Intellectual Property Watch)

There is an uptick in India-United States relations. More...



India assumes frontline position in battles over intellectual property rights
(Amy Kazmin , 10-Dec-2014 , Financial Times)

As their cities grow more polluted, more people in India grapple with respiratory difficulties. More...



UN Office on Drugs and Crime scheduled to meet to firm up model law
(Dilasha Seth & Soma Das , 8-Dec-2014 , The Economic Times)

A United Nations agency is scheduled to hold two days of closed-door meetings in Vienna starting Monday to firm up a model law prescribing harsh penalties for 'falsified' drug-related crimes, reviving fears about seizures of Indian-made generics similar to those made by the European Union in 2008. More...



Cisco Systems sues rival Arista for patent infringement
(Reuters , 6-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc filed two lawsuits against Arista Networks Inc, accusing the smaller rival of copying its networking technologies. More...



Keryx Biopharma receives US patent for Auryxia covering orally administrable forms
(New York , 6-Dec-2014 , Pharmabiz)

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, a company focused on bringing innovative therapies to market for patients with renal disease, announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office issued US Patent No. 8,901,349. More...



Burger King in trademark soup
(BS Reporter | New Delhi , 6-Dec-2014 , Business Standard)

Burger King has about 13,000 outlets across the world and has had a trademark registration in India since 1979, which has been renewed by the company More...



Patent protection, a key issue for foreign hybrid seed companies
(TOMOJIT BASU , 05-Dec-2014 , Business Line)

With demand for hybrid seeds growing across the developing world for characteristics ranging from drought- and pest-resistance to higher yield, the protection of technology that goes into making is becoming a key issue for developers, usually large companies such as Monsanto, DuPont and Bayer. More...



Brands cry foul over counterfeit products on e-commerce sites like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon & others
(ET Bureau , 3-Dec-2014 , The Economic Times)

Consumer brands and channel partners are turning the heat on India's online retailers, accusing them of not only undercutting prices but also encouraging the sale of counterfeit goods by sellers of dubious origins on their sites. More...



New Google Glass Patent Tips Successor Will Feature Slimmer Profile
(Ketan Pratap , 03-Dec-2014 , NDTV)

Reports have started to emerge about Google's next-generation Glass wearable. On Monday, a report suggested that the Google Glass successor will be powered by an Intel chip. More...



Cipla, Meda sue Apotex in US over nasal spray patent
(Our Bureau , 03-Dec-2014 , Business Line)

Swedish drug-maker Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc and India’s Cipla have sued Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotex in the US Federal District Court in Delaware to enforce their patents covering nasal spray Dymista. More...



Govt moves to protect 'khadi' trademark
(Sidhartha , 3-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

Hit by trademark infringement in Europe, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has moved to quickly register 'khadi' as a 'wordmark' to check against further violation. More...



Public interest groups urge DIPP's IPR Think Tank not to revisit India’s Patent Act
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 3-Dec-2014 , Pharmabiz)

A large number of patient groups, public interest organisations including MSF, treatment providers and academia world-wide have urged the newly constituted IPR Think Tank not to revisit or challenge democratically-determined and legally-consistent intellectual property rules introduced under India’s Patent Act. More...



India, Japan spar over higher intellectual property standards
(Nayanima Basu , 2-Dec-2014 , Business Standard)

India and Japan locked horns over a higher standard in intellectual property rights, with a special focus on the pharmaceutical sector, at the negotiations for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. More...



IPAB asks UK-based bed maker and Indian firm to explore settlement
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 02-Dec-2014 , Business Standard)

Hypnos claims to be the supplier of beds and upholstery for Royal Family and Royal Household in Britain. More...



Panel to draft intellectual property policy riddled with conflict of interest
(Rema Nagarajan , 1-Dec-2014 , The Times Of India)

Increased focus on India's intellectual property and patent law has put the spotlight on the IP think tank set up by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). More...



CSIR files patent for leather tanning tech breakthrough
(PTI , 30-Nov-2014 , Zee News)

The CSIR has filed a patent for its breakthrough in leather tanning technology that does not require water. More...



If US had a patent law like ours, they would discover many more drugs: Anand Grover
(Rema Nagarajan , 30-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

India's intellectual property (IP) law has been hailed as one of the most progressive for safeguarding public interest, and several nations like Argentina, the Philippines and Brazil are looking to learn from it. More...



Government files for ‘Make in India’ trademark
(Nishtha Grover | New Delhi , 28-Nov-2014 , The Asian Age)

In order to prevent the misuse of the “Make In India” phrase and the symbol, the government has filed for the trademark of the much celebrated phrase. More...



Intel wants government to strengthen protection for trade secrets under IPR policy
(Dilasha Seth , 28-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

Intel, the world's largest manufacturer of computer chips, has called on the Indian government to strengthen protection for Trade secrets under the intellectual property rights policy, raising concerns that the current regime is not strong enough. More...



Differences on intellectual property rights between India and US widen
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 28-Nov-2014 , Livemint)

US disappointed at the stature of joint working group; India insists the group is important to resolve bilateral issues More...



Patent expiries valued at $170 bn set Indian pharma to accelerate its complex generic programmes
(Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru , 28-Nov-2014 , Pharmabiz)

Indian pharmaceutical industry will now be able to make further inroads and garner a fair share of the global MARKET opportunity as blockbuster drugs valued at $170 billion are set to come off the patents. More...



Affordable healthcare is beyond compulsory licenses, US tells India
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 26-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

The discussion took place under the much-awaited India-US Trade Policy Forum More...



India to US: Tech companies violating copyright law
(Sidhartha,TNN , 26-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

For years, the US has blamed lax policing in countries such as India for a boost to piracy. More...



U.S. raises protection to firms in India, IPR issues
(Puja Mehra , 26-Nov-2014 , The Hindu)

Both countries to explore enhanced market access to farm products More...



India, US Trade Policy Forum meets after four years
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 25-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

Both sides have set a target of achieving $500 bn worth of trade in goods and services from the present $100 bn More...



Modi urged to stand up to US pressure to change patent law
(Rema Nagarajan , 25-Nov-2014 , The Times of India)

US Trade Representative meeting high-ranking Indian officials during his India visit is worrying public health activists that he will pressurise the government to weaken India's patent law which is seen to be pro-public health, with in-built safeguards that prevent pharma companies from getting extensions on patents by tweaking existing molecules and claiming them to be innovation. More...



India needs to look at IPR norms more closely: USTR Froman
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 25-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

Raising concerns that issues related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) were impeding their bilateral trade, the US today asked India to look more closely at its IPR norms and address this problem mutually. More...



US urges India to toughen patent laws to draw investors
(AFP , 25-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

A top US trade envoy urged India on Tuesday to strengthen its drug and other intellectual property laws, saying such a move is needed to draw vital investment to spur a sputtering economy. More...



Indian company receives US patent for Alzheimer treating med
(Saswati Mukherjee , 24-Nov-2014 , The Times of India)

BCM-95, the patented turmeric extract formulation from Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd has received a US patent (US Patent No. 8859020) for a composition for the treatment of Alzheimers disease comprising curcuminoid mixture and added essential oil of turmeric. More...



Arjuna Natural Extracts bags turmeric patent from US
(ET Bureau , 24-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

Arjuna Natural Extracts, a leading domestic manufacturer and exporter of botanical extracts, has said it has been granted a US patent related to a turmeric extract used for treatment of Alzheimer's disease. More...



Indian industry not taking advantage of IPR
(IANS | Kolkata , 24-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

Due to lack of awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the Indian industry is lagging behind in exploiting benefits of registering and protecting trademarks internationally, an official said here Monday. More...



US trade rep Froman urges India to create ‘world class’ IPR regime
(Amiti Sen , 24-Nov-2014 , Business Line)

Pitching for tighter intellectual property protection in India, US Trade Representative Michael Froman has said that the country needed to enforce a world-class IPR regime and deal with issues such as piracy, counterfeiting, trade secrets and compulsory licensing. More...



IPR unique opportunity for 'Make in India' innovations: WIPO official
(IANS | Kolkata , 24-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

With Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) set to "play a major role" in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" campaign, Indian innovators and businesses need to opt for the Madrid System of trademark registrations to manage their portfolios internationally, an IP official said Monday. More...



India’s patent problems
(Dipti Jain , 24-Nov-2014 , Livemint)

India’s IP administration, which was widely criticized for lack of transparency in the initial years, has made its file movements and examination process public in just the first step More...



US industry patent lobby meeting with judges foiled
(Dilasha Seth & Soma Das , 24-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

Public health groups successfully prevented meetings that had been scheduled between a visiting delegation of a US industry patent grouping and judges of the Delhi High Court and the Intellectual Property Appellate Board last week after questioning the propriety of such discussions, people familiar with the matter told ET. More...



National IPR policy relook: Government moves slowly
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 24-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

India-US talks begin today at a high level, with little progress on New Delhi's homework in the two months since a review was to begin More...



Kerala biotech firm receives US patent for Alzheimer’s drug
(Sangeetha G. , 23-Nov-2014 , mydigitalfc.com)

Turmeric extract formulation made by Kerala-based Arjuna Natural Extracts has received a US patent for the treatment of Alzheimers disease. More...



Ebola vaccine running into patent cover in Canada?
(Sushmi Dey , 21-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

A Canadian patent protection may be blocking an Ebola vaccine even as the world is struggling to stop the spread of the deadly virus. More...



Google, Rockstar Agree to Settle Patent Litigation
(Reuters , 21-Nov-2014 , NDTV)

Google Inc has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though terms of the deal were not disclosed in a court filing made public this week. More...



Patent row: Delhi High Court asks Micromax to pay royalty to Ericsson
(y Soma Das & Anandita Singh Mankotia , 20-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

The Delhi High Court has asked homegrown handset maker Micromax to pay a royalty that amounts up to 1% of the selling price of its devices to Ericsson for using the Swedish equipment maker's patents on technologies that are essential to manufacture the products. More...



Claims of plagiarism pile on Kollywood
(Udhav Naig , 20-Nov-2014 , The Hindu)

The Tamil film industry has aggressively fought the issue of piracy, with some degree of success. But, the issue of plagiarism within its own ranks has not been taken seriously enough. More...



MSU to host workshop on 'Patents: concept and practice'
(Prashant Rupera , 19-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

The Department of Chemistry of M S University's Faculty of Science in association with the Baroda chapter of the Indian Society for Analytical Scientists and Infinvent IP is going to organize one day workshop on 'Patents: concept and practice' on November 29. More...



India-US trade meet on Nov 25; IPR, market access on agenda
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 19-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

Intellectual property rights, market access for agri products, visa matters and a boost to investments are some of the issues that will come up for discussions during the Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting between India and the US on November 25 here. More...



India-US trade meet on Nov 25; IPR, market access on agenda
(Press Trust of India | New Delhi , 19-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

Intellectual property rights, market access for agri products, visa matters and a boost to investments are some of the issues that will come up for discussions during the Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting between India and the US on November 25 here. More...



Govt’s engagement with MNCs on patent protection keeps domestic industry on edge
(Sushmi Dey , 19-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

The government's intention to engage with multinational companies and patent lawyers to discuss protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in India has triggered concerns from the civil society, local firms and those advocating affordable medicines. More...



India Divided on Whether to Break Bristol-Myers Drug Patent
(Rajesh Roy , 18-Nov-2014 , The Wall Street Journal)

The Indian government is divided about whether to break a patent on a Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.cancer drug. More...



Campaign concerned over US-based IPOA's 'Innovation Dialog' being organised in India from Nov 16-22
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 18-Nov-2014 , Pharmabiz)

The Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab has expressed grave concern over the intent and purpose of the “Innovation Dialog” being organised in India from November 16-22, 2014 by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPOA), a US-based group consisting of large corporations and law firms. More...



Foreign drug makers urge government to review IPR think tank
(Soma Das , 18-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

Foreign drug makers are urging the government to review the membership of a think tank it has set up to formulate intellectual property rights (IPR) policy in the next few months, saying that it lacks representation from innovator firms and needs to be more balanced. More...



Government holding IP conference with MNCs, their lawyers, excluding civil society, academics
(Rema Nagarajan , 17-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

The government of India claims to seek balance of public and private interests in intellectual property rights. More...



Life-saving drugs to show govt-fixed rates in bold red
(Sushmi Dey | New Delhi , 17-Nov-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

From January 2015, all life-saving drugs will come with a bold red strip on the pack highlighting the price as fixed by the government and specifying if the drug is under price control. More...



Group writes to SC, HC CJs against US patent body
(Rema Nagarajan , 16-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

The Campaign for Affordable Transtuzumab, a group of individuals and organisations fighting to increase access to medicines, has written to the chief justices of the Supreme Court and Delhi high court and to the chairperson of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) expressing grave concern over the meetings scheduled by the US lobby group Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPOA) with IPAB, a quasi-judicial body, the Delhi HC and the offices of the Controller of Patents. More...



US stand on India's IPR regime not arm twisting: Diplomat Charles Rivkin
(DIVYA RAJAGOPAL , 15-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

The US will push India into giving adequate protection to intellectual property regime (IPR, a major bone of contention between the two countries. More...



Appeal to chief justices to cancel meetings with US patent lobby
(Rema Nagarajan , 15-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

The Campaign for Affordable Transtuzumab, a group of individuals and organisations fighting to increase access to medicines, has written to the chief justices of the Supreme Court and the Delhi Court and to the chairperson of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) expressing grave concern over the meetings scheduled by the US lobby group, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPOA) with IPAB, a quasi-judicial body, the Delhi High Court and the offices of the Controller of Patents. More...



A reality check on intellectual property concerns
(Moushami Joshi, Srividhya Ragavan , 15-Nov-2014 , The Hindu)

Alarms were sounded when the Indian Supreme Court rightly refused to endorse ever-greening of patents and denied patent protection on Glivec, a drug owned by Novartis.” More...



American envoy to focus on IPR protection during his visit
(Satyanarayan Iyer , 14-Nov-2014 , Business Line)

Emphasising that intellectual property rights (IPR) protection is in the “best interests of India,” the US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin said that is will be one of the main focus areas of his visit. More...



Why it is important for India to defend its IPR
(DG SHAH , 14-Nov-2014 , Business Line)

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is currently engaged in the Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of India’s intellectual property rights (IPR) regime, tracking its “progress” since March 2014. This article addresses the OCR and why it is important for India to defend its IPR regime. More...



Conflict of interest: US patent lobby to meet Indian judiciary, patent officials
(Rema Nagarajan , 13-Nov-2014 , The Times of India)

In a glaring instance of conflict of interest many pharmaceutical MNC representatives from the US will be meeting members of judicial tribunals and higher judiciary and officers who are dealing with intellectual property (IP) cases of these companies on a visit to India next week. More...



India, US IPR dialogue to begin this month
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 12-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

India says it will engage bilaterally through the TRADE Policy Forum but not cooperate in the review process More...



Sun Basks in Taro After-glow
(11-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times.)

Sun Pharma's stock hit a new high of `932 on Monday on strong performance of Taro, the Israeli company it acquired in 2010. This also pushed its latest buyout Ranbaxy Labs to a record high of `697.50.Sun Pharma stock got listed in 1994, an issue that was oversubscribed 55 times. More...



US lobbyists lose fire ahead of trade intellectual property review
(AESHA DATTA/AMITI SEN , 10-Nov-2014 , Business Line)

The US pharmaceutical lobby seems to have become less aggressive in its efforts to make India tighten its intellectual property norms to give more protection to their own industry. In a recent proposal sent to the US Trade Representative (USTR), which is carrying out an investigation into India’s intellectual property regime, the Global Intellectual Property Centre (GIPC), an arm of the US Chambers, has refrained from talking about any sanctions against the country. The same body, however, had asked for India to be listed as a priority country as late as April this year. More...



Sun Pharma, Ranbaxy Laboratories hit new high
(SI Reporter , 10-Nov-2014 , Business Standard)

Shares of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and Ranbaxy Laboratories have hit their respective lifetime high and are up over 4% each on NSE after Sun Pharma’s US subsidiary, Taro Pharmaceutical Industries, reported a strong 49% year on year growth in net profit to $143.4 million for the quarter ended September 2014. More...



Cautious Japan Inc Reaches Out Via Lawyers
(Deepali Gupta , 10-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times.)

Business enquiries from Japan have nearly doubled since last year but actual work has increased only 5-10%, lawyers said. Most Japanese business houses are watching for regulatory changes to simplify norms for control and exit clauses. More...



NRIs filed 78% of the patent pleas in India
(Sushmi Dey , 07-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

India registered the third highest rate for patent filings by non-residents at 78% of the total applications, ahead of China at 18%, Japan at 16% and the US at 50%, the latest data from the Indian patent office showed. More...



US Federal Trade Commission settles first case in crackdown on 'patent trolls'
(Reuters , 06-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

The US Federal Trade Commission has for the first time taken action against a patent assertion entity (PAE) under its consumer protection authority, the agency said on Thursday. More...



LG, Google strike patent-sharing
(AFP , 5-Nov-2014 , Livemint)

The deal covers patents on a ‘broad range of products and technologies” that already exist and will be filed in the next 10 years. More...



Origiin IP considers Indian Patent Office effort to simplify analysis of patent applications a positive move
(Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru , 5-Nov-2014 , Pharmabiz)

Origiin IP Solutions views the move by the Indian Patent Office to simplify the method of analysing the patent applications of pharma companies a positive development. More...



Kaththi gets embroiled in plagiarism controversy once again
(M Suganth , 4-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

The controversies around AR Murugadoss's Kaththi just refuse to die down. Minjur Gopi, who had earlier filed a case in the Chennai City Civil Court stating that the story of the film was his, has now appealed again to the court after it had dismissed his petition earlier in September. More...



Indra Nooyi-headed Pepsi-Co backs India's much-disputed Intellectual Property Rights
(Dilasha Seth & Soma Das , 4-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

US pharmaceutical companies may be gunning for India's patent regime, but New Delhi has found a prominent MNC ally in this high-profile dispute. Indra Nooyi-headed Pepsi-Co has backed India's regime of intellectual property rights, it said in comments to the US Trade Representative. More...



Trademark war: ‘Khadi’ registered in Germany, Spain
(Sidhartha , 4-Nov-2014 , The Times Of India)

The government's efforts to promote 'khadi' are facing a trademark hurdle with the brand having been registered abroad, in countries such as Germany, as well as in India. More...



MNCs ,other organisations, like Pepsi, IPA back India's IP regime
(PTI , 03-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

Multinational organisations including PepsiCo and industry associations like IPA, have come in favour of India's intellectual property regime, which is being reviewed by the US administration. More...



Cipla-Novartis patent row: DIPP looking into merit of case
(PTI , 02-Nov-2014 , The Economic Times)

The Commerce and Industry Ministry is looking into the merit of Cipla's demand for revocation of patents of Swiss drug major Novartis for respiratory drug Indacaterol citing the need for public health access. More...



Commerce Ministry Looking Into Merit of Case in Cipla-Novartis Patent Row
(Press Trust of India , 02-Nov-2014 , NDTV)

The Commerce and Industry Ministry is looking into the merit of Cipla's demand for revocation of patents of Swiss drug major Novartis for respiratory drug Indacaterol citing the need for public health access. More...



Roche-Cipla patent row mediation fails
(Rupali Mukherjee , 31-Oct-2014 , The Times of India)

Efforts to end the long and bitter patent tussle between domestic pharma company Cipla and multinational Roche over a lung cancer drug have come to a naught, with the Delhi high court-appointed mediator submitting its "failure" report in the case. More...



Johnson & Johnson may buy electrolyte drink ORS-L for Rs 700cr
(Boby Kurian, TNN , 30-Oct-2014 , The Times of India)

The world's sixth largest consumer health and pharma giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has emerged as a front-runner to acquire electrolyte energy drink business of Jagdale Healthcare in a deal estimated at Rs 700 crore, people directly involved with the matter said. More...



Cipla asks government to revoke five patents held by Novartis
(ET Bureau , 30-Oct-2014 , The Economic Times)

It also urged the government to consider COPD as an epidemic worthy of being qualified as a "public health crisis" as it claims 50 lakh lives annually in India, which is more than the toll from HIV-AIDS, malaria, cancer and tuberculosis. More...



Patent office eases rule for pharma companies
(C.H. Unnikrishnan , 29-Oct-2014 , Livemint)

Office drops a proposed clause that would have enforced a more stringent examination of patent applications More...



Update on the grant of Patent to the Company
(BSE , 29-Oct-2014 , Business Line)

Omkar Speciality Chemicals Ltd has informed BSE that the Companys claim for process patent for an Advance Intermediate namely "BENZENESELENINIC ANHYDRIDE”, having special applications in pharmaceutical industry has been accepted by the Patents Office, Govt. of India, vide their Certificate No. 022/11999 Patent Registration No. 263298 dated October 17, 2014. More...



The IPR stand-off
(Business Standard Editorial Comment , 28-Oct-2014 , Business Standard)

Behind India's confrontation with the US on intellectual property More...



Under US pressure, Indian government is getting its act together on IP matters
(27-Oct-2014 , The Pharma Letter)

The pressure from the US government on India seems to be working. More...



Modi’s chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian had opposed India on IPR till recently
(TNN , 25-Oct-2014 , The Times Of India)

he man who has been appointed the chief economic adviser to the government of India Arvind Subramanian was until recently urging the US to initiate disputes against India before the World TRADE Organization. More...



Centre mulls trademark for Brand Khadi
(Reshmi R Dasgupta & Vijaya Rathore , 25-Oct-2014 , The Economic Times)

Finally khadi seems to be on the way to getting its due, not only on the catwalk but also officially. More...



Govt sets up 6-member IPR think tank
(Dhananjay Mahapatra , 25-Oct-2014 , The Times Of India)

Taking into account India's dismal performance in protecting intellectual property rights over drug and agricultural products, the Centre has formed a six-member 'think tank' to draft national IPR policy and suggest legal means to handle undue pressure exerted by other countries on this issue. More...



Intellectual Property Rights and India's competitiveness
(Amit Kapoor , 22-Oct-2014 , The Economic Times)

Intellectual Property Rights are important from the standpoint of maintaining present as well as ensuring future competitiveness. More...



Trademark name issue being sorted out: Abhishek Bachchan
(Arun Venugopal , 22-Oct-2014 , The Hindu)

Chennai FC, a football club in the city, had sent a legal notice to Chennayin FC, asking to desist from using its trademark name. More...



DU to soon have policy on registration of patents
(PTI , 19-Oct-2014 , Zee News)

What research exactly is patentable? What are the legal issues involved? If the student pursues a research using university infrastructure, is the outcome students' intellectual property? More...



Erode-based phone manufacturer claims it has challenged trademark of iPhone in IPAB
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 19-Oct-2014 , Business Standard)

The company said that it has filed a rectification application to remove the trademark of iPhone from Indian Trademark Registry More...



Medical charity accuses US of pushing India to ease patent rules
(AFP , 18-Oct-2014 , The Economic Times)

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Saturday accused the United States of ratcheting up pressure on India's new government to relax strict patent conditions which have made the country the "world's pharmacy" More...



US complaints about India's IPR regime are bullying attempts
(Bibek Debroy , 16-Oct-2014 , The Economic Times)

If India agrees to higher standards of IPR protection than necessary, one needs to ask what India gets in return. More...



India says will not cooperate with US on IPR regime review
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 16-Oct-2014 , Business Standard)

The Government of India has told American authorities that it will not cooperate with the out-of-cycle review (OCR) initiated by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) as part of the latter’s annual ‘Special 301 Report’, on India's supposedly slack intellectual property rights (IPR) regime. More...



Patent office invites final comments on 'Revised draft guidelines for examination of patent applications'
(Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai , 16-Oct-2014 , Pharmabiz)

The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) has invited final comments and suggestions from the stakeholders and others on “Revised draft guidelines for examination of patent applications in the field of pharmaceuticals”. More...



US launches review of India's patent regime
(Press Trust Of India , 15-Oct-2014 , Business Standard)

The US on Tuesday launched a review of India's Intellectual Property Regime, in which the focus is to measure the engagement that New Delhi has pursued in terms of intellectual property. More...



US to launch fresh review of India's patent regime
(Sidhartha , 14-Oct-2014 , The Times Of India)

Within days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's return from the US, the US TRADE Representative (USTR) has launched a fresh offensive against India's intellectual property rights (IPR) regime, a move that may lead to the government going slow on a bilateral dialogue with Washington. More...



Pharma patent regime may get stricter, say experts
(Soumonty Kanungo , 14-Oct-2014 , DNA)

In order to boost dollar inflows in pharma sector and establish stronger IPR regime, govt may affect patent amendments. More...



GI tag for basmati rice: Pakistan is MP’s new enemy
(Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal , 13-Oct-2014 , The Indian Express)

Madhya Pradesh which early this year celebrated a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for its basmati rice now has a new enemy: Pakistan. More...



Patent considerations
(Patrick Kilbride , 13-Oct-2014 , The Indian Express)

Among other things, they committed to establishing an annual intellectual property (IP) working group as a core element of the bilateral trade policy forum. More...



Pfizer wins patent for Voriconazole in India
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 12-Oct-2014 , Business Standard)

The patent application was opposed by pharma firms including Ranbaxy Labs and Natco Pharma More...



Bose and Beats Agree to Settle Headphone Patent Dispute
(Reuters , 11-Oct-2014 , NDTV)

A high-profile patent spat over noise cancelling headphones between Bose Corp and Beats Electronics ended on Friday with the two sides settling the case out of court. More...



Playing the frenemy card
(Viveka Roychowdhury , 10-Oct-2014 , Express Pharma)

The pricing pill looks set to choke pharmaceutical companies in India again. On October 9, barely a fortnight after the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) withdrew its now infamous ‘internal guidelines’, a Spicy IP blogpost reported that the All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) had filed yet another PIL in the Delhi High Court. The AIDAN’s PIL alleges that the NPPA’s volte face was a result of 'browbeating' by the Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP). The PIL reportedly refers to internal memos where the DoP has sent an endorsed copy of its opinion on the guidelines and directed the NPPA to withdraw them. AIDAN alleges that this amounts to ‘sabotaging the efforts of the Union Government and the stand taken by the Union Government in their two affidavits' at 'huge financial benefits to the pharmaceutical industries.' More...



PILs challenge NPPA decision on price cap
(Apoorva | C.H. Unnikrishnan , 10-Oct-2014 , Livemint)

Two public interest litigations (PILs) filed on Thursday in the Supreme Court and Delhi high court challenged a 22 September decision by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to withdraw internal guideline to set prices of non-essential drugs following directions from the department of pharmaceuticals. More...



Google-Rockstar patent lawsuit goes to California court
(Reuters , 10-Oct-2014 , The Times Of India)

Google Inc will fight patent holder Rockstar Consortium in a California court instead of a Texas court that lawyers consider more friendly toward plaintiffs. More...



IPAB to take up TVS Motor’s patent appeal
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 10-Oct-2014 , The Financial Express)

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) will hear TVS Motor Company’s appeal against... More...



Apple granted patent for digital newspaper
(Business Insider , 8-Oct-2014 , The Times Of India)

APPLE has been granted a patent for a flexible display that can be used as a self-updating digital newspaper. More...



Samsung initiates arbitration against Microsoft after patent royalty lawsuit
(Nate Raymond , 7-Oct-2014 , Livemint)

The arbitration was commenced under the terms of a business collaboration agreement More...



Sri Lanka seeks cinnamon trademark
(AAP , 06-Oct-2014 , Yahoo Finance)

Ten years after the Asian tsunami devastated Sarath Kumara's cinnamon plantation in Sri Lanka, forcing him to start over with nothing, the farmer faces a new threat from further afield. More...



The patent discord
(Feroz Ali , 06-Oct-2014 , The Financial Express)

India is probably the only country that is consciously working towards a system of open prosecution of patents. More...



DIPP Dismisses PM Modi’s Efforts To Resolve IPR Issues, Says India’s IPR Laws TRIPS Compliant
(Purba Das , 06-Oct-2014 , Business Insider)

In what could be a dismissal of Prime Minister Modi's efforts to resolve the US concern regarding India's Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has pointed out that there's already a committee to discuss IPR issues between the US and India. More...



Govt mulls IPR courts to fast-track cases
(Arun S , 06-Oct-2014 , The Financial Express)

The government is working on a new, comprehensive policy on intellectual property rights (IPR), which would pave the way for setting up special IPR courts comprising experts to fast-track adjudication on infringement cases concerning all forms of IPRs, official sources told FE. More...



Government says India’s intellectual property regime fully compliant with WTO norms
(ET Bureau , 4-Oct-2014 , The Economic Times)

India's intellectual property regime is fully compliant with WTO norms, the government said on Friday, two days after the two countries decided to set up a high-level working group on IPR during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit to sort out the contentious issue. More...



India’s intellectual property regime fully compliant with WTO norms: Government
(ET Bureau , 4-Oct-2014 , The Economic Times)

India's intellectual property regime is fully compliant with WTO norms, the government said on Friday, two days after the two countries decided to set up a high-level working group on IPR during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit to sort out the contentious issue. More...



India says US agrees to its stand on IPR
(BS Reporter | New Delhi , 04-Oct-2014 , Business Standard)

Says bilateral forum, mentioned in Obama-Modi statement, already exists More...



India’s intellectual property regime fully compliant with WTO norms: Government
(ET Bureau , 04-Oct-2014 , The Economic Times)

India's intellectual property regime is fully compliant with WTO norms, the government said on Friday, two days after the two countries decided to set up a high-level working group on IPR during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit to sort out the contentious issue. More...



DIPP Statement on Bilateral Mechanism for Discussing IPR Issues with USA
(3-Oct-2014 , Business Standard)

The US- India Joint Statement issued by the Prime Minister of India and the President of the United States of America after the bilateral summit had the following reference to IPR issues Agreeing on the need to foster innovation in a manner that promotes economic growth and job creation the leaders committed to establish an annual high level Intellectual Property (IP) Working Group with appropriate decision making and technical level meetings as a part of the TRADE policy forum. More...



Country's IPR regime is fully compliant with global norms: Government
(PTI , 04-Oct-2014 , The Economic Times)

Amidst the US raising concern over the country's IPR laws, government today said its intellectual property rights regime is fully compliant with the global norms. More...



Has PM Modi bowed to US pressure on patent laws?
(Rema Nagarajan , 03-Oct-2014 , The Times Of India)

A paragraph buried in the US-India joint statement, which talks of establishing an annual high-level Intellectual Property (IP) working group as part of the Trade Policy Forum, has made health activists across the world apprehensive that the Modi government might be bending to US pressure to change its patent laws. More...



Real-time online app opens India’s patent process to public eye
(C.H. Unnikrishnan , 2-Oct-2014 , Livemint)

The public will be able to access digital updates at each stage of file movement on the patent office’s website from September More...



Apple wins LTE patent case against WiLan
(Reuters , 2-Oct-2014 , The Times Of India)

Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc said a US judge had ruled in favor of APPLE Inc in a litigation case against it. More...



Online push buoys patent filings
(P. T. JYOTHI DATTA , 1-Oct-2014 , Business Line)

The Government’s efforts to encourage people to file their patent applications online seem to be paying off. More...



Modi must resist U.S. pressure on drug patents - MSF
(NITA BHALLA , 30-Sep-2014 , Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi must not give in to U.S. pressure to change intellectual property laws which allow India to produce generic medicines poor people can afford, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said. More...



The right prescription in the IPR debate
(29-Sep-2014 , Hindustan Times)

Chief on the list will be the US TRADE Representative’s (USTR’s) requirement that India wind back parts of its posture on patents. More...



The right prescription in the IPR debate
(29-Sep-2014 , Hindustan Times)

Chief on the list will be the US TRADE Representative’s (USTR’s) requirement that India wind back parts of its posture on patents. More...



India’s draft rules on patenting drugs draw mixed response
(29-Sep-2014 , Livemint)

India’s latest draft rules on patenting drugs that say modifications of existing medicines can be patented only if they show increased therapeutic value has drawn sharp reaction from international pharma companies. More...



IPR: US expert hopes to see commitment from Modi
(Press Trust of India | New York , 28-Sep-2014 , Business Standard)

Underscoring the need to strengthen India's IP policy for creating a conducive environment for foreign investors, a US expert has expressed hope to see a principled commitment by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to amend country's patent laws to boost economic growth and global competitiveness. More...



NGOs call upon Modi not to commit flexibilities in Indian Patents Act during his US visit
(Ramesh Shankar , 24-Sep-2014 , Pharmabiz)

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the United States next week, experts and NGOs in the pharma sector have called upon the Prime Minister not to make any legal or political commitment that compromises flexibilities in the Indian Patents Act for facilitating access to medicines and safeguarding public health, which is based on policies and principles approved by Indian Parliament and is fully consistent with international laws. More...



NPPA withdraws May drug price control guideline
(C.H. Unnikrishnan , 24-Sep-2014 , Livemint)

India’s drug price regulator scrapped a May guideline giving itself sweeping powers to set the price of non-essential medicines. The move is likely to find favour with drug companies that have protested and also legally challenged a July order by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) capping the price of 108 non-essential drugs More...



BITTER PILL - Drug pricing: `Govt bowed to lobbies'
(24-Sep-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

In a move that will disappoint many patients, the government has withdrawn certain powers of the drug pricing regulator that allowed it to cap prices of widely-prescribed anti-diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis, HIV and cardiac medicines. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) said it is withdrawing “with immediate effect“ a May 29 guideline that had allowed it to put price caps on crucial drugs, to comply with a government “direction''. More...



US raps India's IPR regime
(Rupali Mukherjee | TNN , 23-Sep-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

US has rapped India's weak intellectual property regime on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country , saying US companies “seek to invest“ in India, but “need transparent governance, a fair regulatory environment, and strong legal mechanisms“ to protect their investments More...



Cipla grants patent rights in Rifaximin Complexes family to Salix Pharma
(Our Bureau, Mumbai , 19-Sep-2014 , Pharmabiz)

Cipla, a Rs.9,800 crore plus fifth largest Mumbai based pharma major, has signed an agreement with Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a US-based speciality pharmaceutical company. More...



Software patent guidelines in the offing, says official
(BS Reporter | Chennai , 19-Sep-2014 , Business Standard)

Currently, software is not patentable under the existing Act and it needs to be registered under copyright More...



Fresh opposition on Gilead’s Hepatitis C drug
(PT JYOTHI DATTA , 18-Sep-2014 , Business Line)

The last word is far from heard on drugmaker Gilead’s Hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir in India. More...



India sends substandard generic drugs to Africa, say researchers
(Anna Edney , 18-Sep-2014 , Livemint)

Generic drugs that some Indian companies send to African countries are lower quality than the same medicines the companies sell at home and outside Africa, according to tests of 1,470 samples, researchers said. More...



A strong IPR regime benefits India
(17-Sep-2014 , The Financial Express)

India’s growing population, at 1.3 billion citizens now, represents the second-largest consumer MARKET in the world, and may soon be the largest. Its productive capacity is also growing More...



Draft Guidelines could lead to unnecessary bias against pharma patent applications: USIBC
(Ramesh Shankar , 15-Sep-2014 , Pharmabiz)

The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has stated that the Draft 'Guidelines for Examination of Patent Applications in the Field of Pharmaceuticals' issued recently by the Indian Patent Controller could lead to an unnecessary bias against pharmaceutical patent applications. More...



Gilead to license Sovaldi to Indian generics drug firms Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Industry/no7AnbJi4dRkjJY7dn4SOI/Indian-companies-to-sign-generic-licensing-deal-for-Hepatiti.html?utm_source=copy
(C.H. Unnikrishnan , 15-Sep-2014 , Livemint)

The licensing agreements will allow the generic drug companies to make and sell copies of the expensive pill for low- and middle-income countries at lower prices More...



Weaker currency, patent expiration boost for healthcare firms
(Sneha Padiyath , 15-Sep-2014 , Business Standard)

Stocks of Indian pharma companies seem to be in the pink of health as investor-interest in them rises on the back of a weakening currency, the expiry of generic-drug patents later this year and a slew of US FDA approvals. More...



Government to hear out US pharma companies' patent fears
(Sidhartha , 15-Sep-2014 , The Economic Times)

After months of skirmishes, the government is finally going to sit down with American pharma giants this week to hear out their concerns, a move that comes weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for the US. More...



India uses ancient texts to foil US bid to patent lotus to treat obesity
(Vanita Srivastava , 14-Sep-2014 , Hindustan Times)

The claim made by a US company on the usefulness of lotus and cowhage (a herb) for treatment of obesity and hunger at the European Patent Office (EPO) has been foiled by India, largely because of submission of prior art evidence from ancient Hindu texts that refutes the claim of novelty. More...



Increasing patent expiration may brighten India's export prospects: CARE Ratings
(Sanjay Pingle , 13-Sep-2014 , Pharmabiz)

CARE Ratings has pointed out that the drug patent expiry in the USA will create new opportunity for Indian pharmaceutical industry in the coming years and the pharma industry will gain a larger foothold in the world's generic market. More...



PM Modi's US Visit: India, US discuss WTO, visa, IPR related issues
(PTI , 12-Sep-2014 , The Economic Times)

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US, a senior American official today met Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and discussed various issues including India's stand in the WTO on the food security issue. More...



India’s drug industry to touch $48 billion by 2018
(C.H. Unnikrishnan , 12-Sep-2014 , Livemint)

Industry may see growth on back of patent expiry of some blockbuster drugs in US and local demand More...



Fresh, detailed norms for drug patent filing examiners
(Sajan C Kumar | Chennai , 12-Sep-2014 , The Financial Express)

Fresh and detailed guidelines are being put in place for examiners of drug patent filings More...



McDonald's Files Trademark Petition for 'McBrunch'
(BurgerBusiness , 11-Sep-2014 , NDTV)

McDonald's is in need of a secret weapon that will help boost sales and bring back lost customers. More...



Novartis files lawsuit against Zydus
(Premal Balan & Sohini Das | Ahmedabad , 10-Sep-2014 , Business Standard)

Zydus is accused of infringing patents related to a drug used to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases More...



IPR policy on the cards to protect national interests, says Nirmala Sitharaman
(ET Bureau , 09-Sep-2014 , The Economic Times)

India has proposed a national intellectual property rights (IPR) policy to safeguard its interests and bring clarity to existing laws ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US this month. More...



Novartis drags DRL to US court for patent violation
(fe Bureau | The Financial Express , 09-Sep-2014 , The Indian Express)

Switzerland-based Novartis AG and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) have sued Dr Reddy’s Laboratories in a the United States’ District Court for the District of Delaware for a patent infringement action on the drug Gleevec. More...



Poly Medicure wins long patent battle against German pharma giant B Braun
(Soma Das , 8-Sep-2014 , The Economic Times)

Poly Medicure, an Indian medical devices firm with annual sales of just over Rs 320 crore, has won a five-year long patent battle with Rs 40,000 crore German medical devices and pharma giant B Braun as the European Patent Office (EPO) revoked two of the latter's patents covering features of intravenous (IV) safety catheters. More...



India revamps intellectual property policy in face of western anger
(Amy Kazmin in New Delhi , 8-Sep-2014 , The Financial Times)

India is hiring 1,000 officials for its patent offices and has vowed to clear the backlog of all pending applications over the next 18 months as it seeks to defend itself against western allegations that it tramples on companies’ intellectual property rights. More...



Gitam scholars patent millet biscuits
(TNN , 5-Sep-2014 , The Times Of India)

Researchers of Gitam University's food science and technology department have successfully registered a patent for millet rich biscuits. More...



Sun Shines on Pharma Chart, Wockhardt Dims
(Kiran Somvanshi , 5-Sep-2014 , The Economic Times.)

Mumbai-based Sun Pharma has made it to the top of the domestic drug makers' leaderboard through overseas acquisitions and quadrupling of revenue in five years. Others like Aurobindo Pharma and Glenmark, too, have outperformed their peers during this period. More...



Sun-Ranbaxy deal may hit fair trade: CCI
(Agencies , 05-Sep-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

Launching the first-ever public scrutiny of an M&A deal in India, the fair trade watchdog on Thursday said it has prima facie found that the $4-billion merger of Ranbaxy Labs into rival Sun Pharma is likely to have an “appreciable adverse impact” on competition in the market. More...



Apple loses bid for Samsung US sales ban after patent win
(Joel Rosenblatt , 28-Aug-2014 , Livemint)

A US Judge denied Apple’s bid for what the company had pitched as a narrowly tailored ban on some older Samsung smartphone models More...



Disney patents filing reveals plan for flying puppets
(Reuters , 27-Aug-2014 , The Times Of India)

Walt Disney has filed for three drone-related patents that it says could lead to an era of aerial movie screens and larger-than-life puppets flying through the sky. More...



REVISED NORMS FOR ISSUE OF PATENTS
(P A Francis , 27-Aug-2014 , Pharmabiz)

The Section 3(d) of the amended Indian Patent Act of 2005 is a key safeguard against ever greening of a drug patent by the inventor companies by making some incremental changes to the original molecule. More...



Gwyneth Paltrow slapped with copyright infringement lawsuit
(Press Trust of India | Los Angeles , 27-Aug-2014 , The New Indian Express)

Gwyneth Paltrow has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit over her lifestyle website Goop. More...



Raisoni students file 70 patents in three years
(Vaibhav Ganjapure , 12-Jun-2015 , The Times Of India)

Students of GH Raisoni College of Engineering (GHRCE) made the city proud by filing 70 patents of their research that included many public-utility ones. More...



Researchers earn patent for wooden honey box
(TNN , 23-Aug-2014 , Business Standard)

For the first time in India, two farmers, who are also researchers, have got design patent for their wooden honey box design. Efforts are on to get process patent for the same product, as it uses a simple method to extract honey without damaging the honeybee colony. More...



Monkey does not own selfie, rules US Copyright Office
(Express News Service | New Delhi , 22-Aug-2014 , The New Indian Express)

The copyright regulator ruled that "the Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. More...



IPAB allows Pfizer to appeal against rejection of patent for Tofacitinib
(Gireesh Babu | Chennai , 22-Aug-2014 , Business Standard)

Patent Office rejected Pfizer's application in June, 2011, and a review application in March 27, 3014 More...



Microsoft-backed patent buyer to layoff 19% employees
(Reuters , 20-Aug-2014 , The Times Of India)

Patent buyer Intellectual Ventures announced its second round of staff cuts this year, saying it will reduce its global workforce by 19% as the firm increasingly turns to litigation to generate licensing revenue. More...



US Patent to VIT Alumnus for Travel Aid Gizmo that Doesn't Need Internet
(V NarayanaMurthi , 20-Aug-2014 , The New Indian Express)

Imagine travelling in a long-distance train with no idea about the current location, no internet connectivity to identify the spot through GPRS and not knowing when to alight. More...



Payyannur Pavithra Mothiram in a Geographical Indication tag ownership tussle
(P Sudhakaran , 20-Aug-2014 , The Times Of India)

Payyannur Pavithra Mothiram, a unique gold ornament with a mythical tradition has been caught up in a battle over the Geographical Indication registration awarded to it in 2004. More...



Apple’s curved touchscreen patents hints at smartwatch
(Techradar , 20-Aug-2014 , The Times Of India)

Moto 360 will bring the first circular screen to wearables, but it looks like Apple may be looking to one-up Motorola with a curved touchscreen. More...



Rise in ex-parte orders upset generic drugmakers' future business plans
(Soma Das , 19-Aug-2014 , The Economic Times)

A growing number of cases in the pharma sector, where courts forbid Indian drugmakers from launching generic versions of patented drugs (ex-parte injunction, without even hearing defendants) or ask them to furnish undertakings proclaiming that they have no plans to launch such a drug, has rattled domestic drugmakers. More...



Govt set to revise patent norms for pharma
(Sushmi Dey | New Delhi , 19-Aug-2014 , Business Standard)

Guidelines won't replace present structure, but will let examiners adopt standard procedure in evaluating complex applications More...



Swedish retailer Ikea locks horns over brand name with Varanasi-based fabric maker Ekaya
(Maulik Vyas , 18-Aug-2014 , The Economic Times)

Swedish retailer Ikea has objected to a Varanasi-based fabric maker's brand name 'Ekaya' on the grounds that it can create confusion among its customers as it sounds pretty similar to its own and urged the Registrar of Trademarks to strike it down. More...



Cipla Favours Zero Monopoly in Healthcare
(ENS Economic Bureau , 18-Aug-2014 , The New Indian Express)

Amid growing tension with the US over Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)-related issues, pharma major Cipla said free competition, zero monopoly in healthcare and adoption of a pragmatic IPR policy will aid growth of pharma sector. More...



BU Prof’s Patented Technique to Purify Water Could Bring Hope to Several Lives
(Bharath Joshi , 18-Aug-2014 , The New Indian Express)

Millions of children can be saved from the ill-effects of fluoride and arsenic contamination in water with the use of a nanoparticle technology patented by a Bangalore University professor. More...



Indian drug regulator plugs quality gaps after drawing flak from USFDA
(Our Bureau , 17-Aug-2014 , Business Line)

The Indian drug regulator, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, is busy reforming itself and plugging all quality gaps by organising skills development programs for its officers and inspectors to make them more attuned to international standards. More...



India’s action in WTO
(New Delhi Times , 17-Aug-2014)

On January 1 1995 when World Trade Organization came into existence the entire economy of the world was affected in respect of international trade because WTO framed the new global trade rules for international trade. More...



Research lab to help fight patent war
(Shounak Ghosal , 13-Aug-2014 , The Times Of India)

A laboratory, devoted to research and document qualities of certain indigenous plants and crops that are at the risk of being patented by multi-national companies, started rolling off EM Bypass on Tuesday. More...



THE PATENT SETTLEMENTS
(P A Francis , 15-Aug-2014 , Pharmabiz)

A new trend of collusion of multinational drug corporations with large Indian companies is emerging in the Indian pharmaceutical market to overcharge essential drugs which are under patent. More...



Samsung-Apple patent war: What was it good for? Nothing
(Bloomberg , 13-Aug-2014 , The Times Of India)

The decision by Apple to scale back its patent battle with Samsung may represent more of a reboot than a truce. More...



Delhi HC issues notice on a PIL filed by Prof. Shamnad Basheer, seeking overriding powers of RTI Act against other Statutes and for declaring S.144 of Patent Act ultravires
(Apoorva Mandhani , 6-Aug-2014 , Live law.in)

Delhi High Court today issued notice in a Public Interest Litigation filed by Prof. Shamnad Basheer, founder of SpicyIP and leading academician in the country, with path-breaking research in the field of Intellectual Property Rights, praying inter alia to declare that the mechanism under the Right to Information Act, 2005 overrides all other mechanisms under any other statute or rule for discharge of information from public authorities to the extent of inconsistencies therein and to declare Section 144 of the Patents Act, 1970 is ultra vires the Constitution of India. More...



Samsung, Apple drop patent disputes pending in courts outside US
(By Reuters , 06-Aug-2014 , The Economic Times.)

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc said they had agreed to drop all patent litigation outside the United States, scaling down a protracted legal battle between the smartphone rivals. The iPhone and Galaxy handset makers issued nearly identical statements announcing the global ceasefire while vowing to pursue ongoing litigation in the United States, which analysts say involves much bigger amounts of potential damages More...



Apple, Samsung agree to end patent lawsuits outside US
(06-Aug-2014 , BusinessLine)

Apple and Samsung, two of the world’s top technology companies, agreed to end ongoing patent lawsuits against each other outside of the US, the companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday. More...



FDA chief who cracked down on erring chemists shunted out
(Prafulla Marpakwar , 6-Aug-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

Bowing to the mounting pressure of chemists and a section of multinational firms, CM Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday shunted out Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Mahesh Zagade on the ground that he has completed his tenure. While no new assignment has been given to Zagade, director of municipal administration Purushottam Bhapkar will replace him. Significantly , Bhapkar, an IAS officer of the 1997 batch, did not complete even one year as the director. More...



CCI to scan drug patent settlements
(C.H. Unnikrishnan , 3-Aug-2014 , Livemint)

The country’s competition regulator may examine details of patent settlements being negotiated between foreign branded medicine companies and local generic drug makers as these agreements may restrict the access of cheaper drugs to the sick. More...



Get wonder drugs that cure hepatitis at subsidized cost, patients and doctors in Mumbai urge health ministry
(Times News Ntework , 28-Jul-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

City patient groups, NGOs and doctors have jointly petitioned the Union health ministry to procure two wonder drugs, which promise 90% cure for hepatitis C patients, at a subsidized cost. More...



More drug price caps soon Regulator examines prices of vaccines & medicines used in treatment of cancer, asthma, TB & malaria
(Sushmi Dey | New Delhi , 15-Jul-2014 , Business Standard)

The government is scrutinising prices of vaccines and drugs used to treat cancer, viral infections, asthma, tuberculosis and malaria after having slashed prices of expensive anti-diabetic and cardiovascular medicines. More...



Bombay HC upholds IPAB order on Nexavar’s generic copy
(Khushboo Narayan, C.H Unnikrishnan , 15-Jul-2014 , livemint)

The Bombay high court on Tuesday dismissed a challenge by Bayer AG against a decision to allow drug maker Natco Pharma Ltd to manufacture and sell a generic copy of a patent-protected cancer drug made by the German company. More...



Pharma Cos Find New Price Controls Difficult to Swallow
(Divya Rajagopal , 15-Jul-2014 , The Economic Times.)

The drug price regulator's move to control the prices of more commonly used diabetes and heart-disease medicines has made pharmaceutical companies furious, as they fear it would wipe out their margins just when they seemed to recover from the previous government's decision to slash the prices of more than 300 drugs. More...



QUALITY ISSUES - Glenmark joins pharma cos setting up US plants
(15-Jul-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

With quality issues continuing to dog domestic pharma industry , more companies are de-risking their growth strategy by setting up manufacturing facilities in the US, the world's most lucrative market. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is Mumbaibased Glenmark Pharma, which is planning to set up a greenfield facility to serve the US market, which has sales of generic drugs totalling $65 billion. Over the years, leading companies like Ranbaxy , Sun Pharma and Dr Reddy's have either invested in greenfield facilities or acquired existing plants to grow their share in the fast-growing generics business. India is the largest supplier of generic medicines to the US, around 20% in volume and 12% in value terms, according to IMS. More...



Diabetes, cardiac drugs to become up to 35% cheaper
(14-Jul-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

Coping with the inflation demon will become a tad easier for the burdened consumer. In a move that has shaken the pharma industry , prices of widely-used expensive anti-diabetic and cardiac medicines will reduce over the next few weeks by as much as 35%, with the drug pricing regulator, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), deciding to bring them under price control. More...



India emerges world's top consumer of antibiotics
(Kounteya.Sinha@timesgroup.com , 14-Jul-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

India has emerged as the world’s largest antibiotics consumer, with a 62% rise in use over the past decade. ‘Global Trends in Antibiotic Consumption, 2000-2010’, a study by Princeton University scientists, has found that worldwide antibiotic use has risen 36% in the same period, with Brics countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — accounting for over three-quarters of the surge. Among 16 antibiotics groups studied, cephalosporins, broad-spectrum penicillins and fluoroquinolones accounted for over half the increase — consumption rising 55% from 2000. More...



Merck seeks to settle patent row with Glenmark
(Rupali Mukherjee, TNN , 12-Jul-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

In the long-winding patent battle on a widely-prescribed diabetes drug, Januvia (sitagliptin), multinational company Merck (MSD) has sought a settlement to end the dispute with generic company, Glenmark on the blockbuster drug. Last year, US-based Merck's subsidiary in India dragged Glenmark to court, seeking a stop on the sale of a more affordable version of its diabetes drug, Januvia, joining the list of MNCs engaged in turf wars with generic companies in the country. More...



Google, Dropbox and other top tech companies band together to fight patent trolls
(Martyn Williams , 10-Jul-2014 , pcworld.com)

Google, Dropbox and a few other high-tech firms have come up with a new way to help defend themselves against patent trolls. Patent trolls, or “non-practicing entities,” are companies that buy up old patents and try to monetize them by accusing others of infringement. They usually request a one-off licensing fee to end a lawsuit, something many companies reluctantly pay because it’s cheaper than defending the claim. More...



Unconventional Energy Boom Drives Oil and Gas Patents to Record
(Reuters , 30-Jun-2014 , profit.ndtv.com)

A boom in the search for unconventional forms of energy such as shale gas or oil sands has led to a record high in new oil and gas patents filed across the world, research published by Thomson Reuters' legal business showed. More...



Copyright shocker on Thyagaraja kritis
(25-Jun-2014 , The Hindu)

A spate of copyright-violation notices issued to video channels on YouTube for uploading Carnatic music rendition of compositions of saint Thyagaraja, has raised the hackles of musicians and fans of the art form. More...



US company denied patent on anti-cancer drug
(Rupali Mukherjee | TNN , 24-Jun-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

The Indian Patent Office has refused a patent on US firm Abraxis BioSciences' anti-cancer drug Abraxane, paving the way for domestic companies to launch affordable versions in the local market. The application was refused on the grounds of the US firm's claims lacking of inventive step, not being patentable and insufficiency, legal sources say. More...



Patent medicine
(Tarun Khanna , 23-Jun-2014 , The Economic Times.)

In the patenting literature, economists and legal scholars have focused on improving the quality of prior art available to patent examiners and mitigating the filing and granting of patents where prior art exists in common knowledge. More...



Mahindra to Review Tesla Patents for Applicability to its Electric Vehicles
(Press Trust of India , 22-Jun-2014 , profit.ndtv.com)

Homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra, which has been developing a range of electric vehicles, will review technology patents that American electric carmaker Tesla Motors has made free for applicability to its products. More...



Microsoft's Android Patents Revealed for the First Time
(NDTV Correspondent , 17-Jun-2014 , gadgets.ndtv.com)

Microsoft's smartphone platform might be a distant third compared to Google's Android and Apple's iOS, but Microsoft has been earning a significant amount of money from Android device manufacturers through its patents, and has even sued some of these companies More...



Nissan and BMW Keen To Collaborate with Tesla
(AFP , 17-Jun-2014 , auto.ndtv.com)

Electric car-makers Nissan and BMW are keen to collaborate with rival Tesla after the US company agreed to share its patents with competitors, the Financial Times reported today. More...



MNC drug companies like Roche, Merck Serono, Novartis see top deck reshuffle
(Divya Rajagopal , 17-Jun-2014 , The Economic Times.)

Multinational drugmakers including Roche, Merck Serono, Novartis and Bristol Myers Squibs are witnessing top-level changes in their management in India, with their chief executives exiting the country at a time when the Rs 72,000-crore market appears to be as challenging as it is potentially lucrative. More...



Nirmala Sitharaman discusses intellectual property rights related issues with officials
(PTI , 17-Jun-2014 , The Economic Times.)

Amidst the US targeting India's intellectual property rights regime, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today discussed various IPR related issues with her officials More...



Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.
(Ameya Naik , 13-Jun-2014 , auto.ndtv.com)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company will allow other automakers to use their patents and will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use their technology. The message to the world is loud and clear, that the company wants electric vehicles on the road and the only way they see it happening is getting through to the competition and sharing expertise. More...



Roche and Cipla are ordered to mediate in a new twist on Indian IP fights.
(Eric Palmer , 13-Jun-2014 , Fierce Pharma)

Roche and Cipla are writing a new chapter in the bitter battles that have been fought by Western drugmakers over their patents in India. They are in mediation over the patent for Roche's blockbuster cancer fighter Tarceva, in what may be the first case to take this route. More...



Electric Car Maker Tesla Handing Over the Keys to its Technology
(Associated Press, San Francisco, California , 13-Jun-2014 , ndtv.com)

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles. More...



Patent Case Against Facebook Goes to Trial in the US
(Associated Press , 12-Jun-2014 , gadgets.ndtv.com)

Facebook infringed on patents held by a Dutch computer programmer who tried to launch a similar site called "Surfbook" more than a decade ago, according to a lawsuit heard by a federal jury Wednesday. The civil trial was underway in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, where social media giant Facebook is being sued by a holding company called Rembrandt Social Media. More...



Plea alleges patent process biased against Indians
(TNN , 22-May-2014 , The Times of India)

Highlighting an anomaly in patent laws, a PIL filed in the Madras high court has said that while foreign applicants are eligible for express processing of their applications, similar facility is being denied to Indian individuals and companies, resulting in delay in awarding patent for Indian products More...



USFDA warns Sun Pharma on import ban
(Reuters , 21-May-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

Generic drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries’ response to an import ban on one of its plants lacked “sufficient corrective actions”, the US Food and Drug Administration said in a warning letter published on Tuesday. The FDA banned imports from Sun Pharma’s Karkhadi plant in Gujarat in March, but the reason for the ban was not clear at that time. More...



Merck HIV Drug Strategy Seen Shielding Patent: Corporate India
(Ketaki Gokhale , 20-May-2014 , Bloomberg)

Merck & Co. (MRK) is set to sell an HIV medication in India by mid-year in partnership with local company Cipla Ltd. (CIPLA), a strategy that may help the U.S. drugmaker protect its patent as the Asian nation seeks cheaper generics. More...



Apple, Samsung, Google Stop Suing Each Other And Start Focusing On Patent Reform
(Cameron Fuller , 20-May-2014 , International Business Times)

With Apple, Samsung and Google calling a truce on their interlocking patent lawsuits, the money they’ll save in legal costs and damages is now expected to go to innovation and patent reform. Good news for consumers, bad news for patent trolls. More...



US Court Refuses to Revive Samsung Patent Case Against Apple
(Reuters , 14-May-2014 , profit.ndtv.com)

A US appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a decision by the International Trade Commission that Apple Inc was innocent of violating three patents owned by Samsung Electronics to make its iPhones and iPads. More...



Copyright act violated, 2 held
(Mohammed Akhef , 14-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

The crime branch of the city police on Tuesday arrested two persons under the Copyright Act for allegedly downloading and distributing songs and movies from a mobile shop he runs. More...



Column: Get prudent with the patents law
(Pravin Anand , 13-May-2014 , The Financial Express)

To start with, India should rethink its ‘ever-greening’ argument given to justify Section 3(d) rules More...



Defending India’s patent law
(Prabha Sridevan , 12-May-2014 , The Hindu)

No one can attack India’s well-founded Intellectual Property regime as being weak merely because a drug that is claimed to be an invention fails the test of law More...



UK to review EU ban on Indian mangoes; IPR attorneys welcome call
(A Subramani , 11-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

Intellectual Property Rights Attorneys Association here has welcomed the British parliament's decision to go into the controversial European Union ban on the import of mangoes from India, and go through India's inspection process to prevent pest and insecticide presence in export materials. More...



Govt looking at incentive scheme to retain patent examiners
(Amiti Sen , 11-May-2014 , Business Line)

With the Indian Patent Office finding it difficult to retain patent examiners on Government pay-scales, a move is underway to increase remuneration by introducing an incentive scheme. More...



Pfizer, Roche end association with US-India Business Council
(Soma Das , 9-May-2014 , The Economic Times)

Tension over intellectual property rights (IPR) between the US and India has led to cracks in the US India Business Council (USIBC), a grouping of hundreds of companies present in both countries, to the extent that a section of Big Pharma has chosen to end its association with the organisation seemingly in a huff. More...



Don’t Buckle under US Pressure on IP Rights
(The New Indian Express , 8-May-2014 , The New Indian Express)

Special 301 report 2014, the US Trade Representative (USTR) has identified India as a “priority watch country” for failure to protect intellectual property. More...



Patent institute remains non-starter after recruitment ban
(Shishir Arya , 7-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

There is jubilation over Nagpur Orange getting a geographical indication (GI) tag but a massive building of the very department dealing in such matters, which include patents and intellectual property rights, awaits to get a befitting status. More...



India needs to modify Intellectual Property Rights regime to attract FDI: Report
(PTI , 07-May-2014 , The Economic Times)

India needs to modify its Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime and fast-track legal system to attract foreign investments, a report said today. More...



Cancer drug patent waiver move lifts hopes
(Shimona Kanwar , 7-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

For 60-year-old Gian Tomar, who hails from Sirmour district in Himachal Pradesh, financial crunch has been more painful than his wife's suffering with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), a type of blood cancer. More...



After BMS's patent rights for Dasatinib, expensive drugs should be brought under price control
( ET Bureau , 7-May-2014 , The Economic Times)

The health ministry has reportedly sought a waiver of drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMS) patent rights for cancer drug Dasatinib, citing an emergency. More...



PDKV becomes guardian of Nagpur orange
(Shishir Arya , 07-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

As the good old Nagpuri Santra gets a special status on the basis of its geographical origin, Akola-based Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) has become the guardian of this household fruit. More...



Bayer to buy Merck arm for $14bn
(TNN , 07-May-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

Germany’s Bayer has trumped rival bidders for Merck & Co’s consumer care business in a $14.2-billion deal, adding to a string of major cross-border deals in the healthcare industry. “This acquisition marks a major milestone on our path towards global leadership in the attractive non-prescription medicines business,” Bayer’s CEO Marijn Dekkers said in a statement on Tuesday. More...



India spending billions of dollars on IPR imports: ASSOCHAM
(Capital Market , 6-May-2014 , Business Standard)

India is estimated to have spent a tidy sum of over USD five billion in the fiscal 2013-14 on imports of the intellectual property rights (IPRs) clearly negating concerns over India's IPR track record by the countries like the US which has been threatening trade sanctions against New Delhi by putting it under the Priority Watch List under an American trade law, an ASSOCHAM paper on IPR Imports has pointed out. More...



US faces pressure to take India to WTO
(Sidhartha , 6-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

The US government is coming under intense pressure from lawmakers to act against India at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for what they say are violations of patent rules. More...



Intellectual Property Rights Attorneys Association petitions British envoy over mango ban
(PTI , 6-May-2014 , The Economic Times)

With the British Parliament scheduled to debate EU ban on mango imports from India on May 8, the city-based Intellectual Property Rights Attorneys Association (IPRAA) has written to the British high Commissioner in India seeking UK's intervention in the matter. More...



Apple-Samsung jury leaves $120 million patent verdict intact
(Joel Rosenblatt , 6-May-2014 , Livemint)

The jury recalculated damages and arrived at the same grand total as three days ago More...



Government mulls cancer drug patent waiver for Dasatinib
(Sidhartha , 05-May-2014 , The Economic Times)

The health ministry has reopened the issue of waiving a global drug giant's patent rights for Dasatinib, a cancer drug, arguing the move is needed to deal with an "emergency". More...



S wants more transparency on inter-ministerial panel on compulsory license issue
(Joseph Alexander, New Delhi , 05-May-2014 , Pharmabiz)

While keeping India in its `priority watch list’ as in the previous years, the US Trade Representative (USTR) 2014 “Special 301 Report’ has called for greater transparency about the ongoing inter-ministerial process that is considering over a dozen patented medicines as candidates for government- initiated compulsory licenses. More...



Apple vs Samsung: Patents at dispute
(AP , 05-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features. More...



Govt mulls cancer drug patent waiver
(Sidhartha , 5-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

The health ministry has reopened the issue of waiving a global drug giant's patent rights for Dasatinib, a cancer drug, arguing the move is needed to deal with an "emergency". More...



US expects its restraint on IPR to pay off after polls
(Shastri Ramachandaran , 5-May-2014 , DNA)

The Obama administration wants American big business, especially Big Pharma, to pause before reviving the push to prise open the Indian market. More...



India Shaken But Not Stirred by US Concerns About Patent Laws
(Sunitha Natti , 04-May-2014 , The New Indian Express)

India had a few anxious moments on April 26, when countries and companies globally observed World Intellectual Property Day. More...



Amarin Pharma files patent infringement case against Dr Reddy's Laboratories on lipid lowering drug, Vascepa
(PTI , 04-May-2014 , The Economic Times)

Dublin-based Amarin Pharma has filed a patent infringement case against Dr Reddy's Laboratories alleging that the latter is attempting to come out with generic versions of its patented drug Vascepa. More...



Make essential drugs affordable for all: Cipla
(PTI , 04-May-2014 , ZeeBiz)

Amid US firms' allegations of patent norm violations against Indian pharma companies, leading domestic drug maker Cipla has said that "essential" medicines be made available to people at affordable rates and should not be sold under "monopoly". More...



Cipla for Making Essential Drugs Affordable for All
(Press Trust of India , 4-May-2014 , profit.ndtv.com)

Amid American firms' allegations of patent norm violations against Indian pharmaceutical companies, domestic drug maker Cipla has said that "essential" medicines should be made available to people at affordable rates and not be sold under "monopoly". More...



Amarin files patent case against DRL on lipid lowering drug
(Press Trust of India | Hyderabad , 04-May-2014 , Business Standard)

Amarin alleges Abbreviated New Drug Application seeking to market generic version would infringe patent of Vascepa on 16 counts More...



Drug MNCs stall generics with RTI
(Rupali Mukherjee , 03-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

A huge spurt in infringement suits (stay orders) recently against domestic drug companies highlight that multinational firms are increasingly using the right to information (RTI) route to enforce intellectual property and block entry of affordable generics. More...



Patent trial: US jury orders smartphone maker Samsung to pay Apple $119.6 mn
( Reuters , 3-May-2014 , The Economic Times)

A US jury on Friday ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc, a big loss for the iPhone maker in the latest round of their globe-spanning mobile patent litigation. More...



US jury says Samsung, Apple both infringed patents
(Reuters , 03-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

A US jury on Friday ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc, a big loss for the iPhone maker in the latest round of their globe-spanning mobile patent litigation. More...



USTR report: Global drug makers, patient groups lock horns over Indian pharma IPR
(C.H. Unnikrishnan , 2-May-2014 , Livemint)

Report retains India on its ‘priority watch’ list of countries that are alleged violators of US patent laws. More...



Patent relief
(Summary , 2-May-2014 , The Indian Express)

India escapes being downgraded by the US for IP violations, with a compelling self-defence. More...



Commerce secy raps US step on IPR issue
(Nayanima Basu , 2-May-2014 , Business Standard)

The Union commerce secretary has rapped the US Trade Representative’s (USTR’s) decision to retain India on that country’s “Priority Watch” (PW) list for various perceived deficiencies in India’s intellectual property rights (IPR) rules. More...



Column: The US IPR hypocrisy
(Biswajit Dhar , 02-May-2014 , The Financial Express)

The USTR Special 301 report on IP violations singles out India for naming and shaming More...



India won't participate in unilateral US probe on IPR
(PTI , 01-May-2014 , The Economic Times)

India today made it clear it will not take part in any unilateral investigation by the US on its intellectual property rights (IPR). More...



India dodges bullet from Big Pharma in patent war
(Chidanand Rajghatta , 01-May-2014 , The Times Of India)

The Obama administration has resisted pressure from the American domestic business lobby, notably Big Pharma, and avoided escalating a simmering trade dispute with New Delhi. More...



India invites U.S. to discuss IP, market access after polls
(Manoj Kumar, NEW DELHI , 01-May-2014 , Reuters)

India said on Thursday it would hold trade talks on intellectual property rights with the United States after its general election, buying time to address friction over drug patents until a new government is formed. More...



India invites US to discuss IPR
(Reuters , 1-May-2014 , The Financial Express)

US wants access to the Indian market for its own firms. More...



US-India business lobby for dialogue on IPR issues
( IANS , 01-May-2014 , The Economic Times)

As the US retained India on its Priority Watch List of ten countries with "growing concerns" about protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), a US-India business advocacy group called for a dialogue on the issue. More...



Apple Inc. vs Samsung Electronics patent case: Jurors end day without verdict
(Associated Press | San Jose , 01-May-2014 , The Indian Express)

California jurors failed to decide a patent-infringement case involving the world's two biggest smartphone makers. More...



India defends IPR laws, won't take part in unilateral US probe
(PTI , 01-May-2014 , ZeeBiz)

Stressing that its IPR regime complies with international laws, India on Thursday bluntly said it will not take part in any unilateral investigation by the US on its intellectual property rights. More...



Intellectual Property Right experts flay EU ban on Indian mangoes
(A Subramani , 30-Apr-2014 , The Times Of India)

While the European Union's ban on Indian mangoes, including the famed Alphonso varieties, set to take effect on May 1, intellectual property right (IPR) attorneys in the country are citing provisions of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) between EU and India and saying the former should have resolved the issue under the WTO instead of imposing unilateral ban. More...



No downgrade but India still on US priority watch list on intellectual property rights
(Asit Ranjan Mishra , 30-Apr-2014 , Livemint)

US trade representative says it will try to resolve ongoing concerns through bilateral engagement More...



U.S. resists pressure to give India worst offender rating in IP review
(Krista Hughes , 30-Apr-2014 , Reuters)

The United States has resisted lobbying by U.S. drug and pharmaceutical companies to take tougher trade action against India for its intellectual property policies, deciding against risking ties with a likely new government in New Delhi. More...



India not in the worst IPR classification of US
(PTI , 30-Apr-2014 , Zee News)

The US on Wednesday kept India out of Priority Foreign Country list, a worst classification, and said it will hold discussions with the next government in New Delhi on enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights. More...



Respect for intellectual property rights leads to innovation, investment
(Aesha Datta , 30-Apr-2014 , Business Line)

Need to see how India can improve its IP system: US trade chamber official More...



Pfizer isolated in campaign against Indian patent regime, say Indian pharma alliance
(Soma Das , 30-Apr-2014 , The Economic Times)

A grouping of top domestic drugmakers, Indian Pharma Alliance, has told the government that global pharma giant 'Pfizer Inc is getting isolated in its campaign' to push the US to 'downgrade India' to a 'priority foreign country' in a review of its intellectual property (IP) regime. More...



Europe warns Google, Samsung on phone patent abuse
(AP , 29-Apr-2014 , The Economic Times)

The European Commission moved on Tuesday to stem aggressive patent lawsuits by smartphone and tablet makers against rivals, ruling that Motorola Mobility had broken EU law by taking such action against Apple. More...



Novartis files injunctions against 4 cos
(Times News Ntework , 29-Apr-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

Drug MNCs are aggressively guarding their home turf and taking measures to safeguard against competition. Novartis has filed injunctions in the Delhi high court against four generic companies including Glenmark Generics, Cadila Healthcare, Alembic Pharma and Bajaj Healthcare, preventing them from launching generic versions of its blockbuster anti-diabetic drug Galvus (Vildagliptin). More...



AstraZeneca rejects Pfizer’s 2nd $100bn offer
(Reuters , 29-Apr-2014 , The Times of India, Mumbai.)

US drugmaker Pfizer is working on its next move in a potential $100 billion battle for Britain’s AstraZeneca after having two bids rejected, as deal-making grips the healthcare industry. Pfizer said on Monday it made a 59-billion pounds ($99 billion) bid for AstraZeneca in January and had contacted its British rival again on April 26 seeking further discussions about a takeover. More...



There is a rush for patents
(Madhumathi D. S. , 29-Apr-2014 , The Hindu)

Karnataka working on a new intellectual property policy More...



Alibaba on Patent-Buying Spree May Avoid Tech IPO Pitfall
(Susan Decker , 29-Apr-2014 , Bloomberg)

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is beefing up its patent holdings in the U.S., a move that may help avoid the pitfalls that bedeviled Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. ahead of their initial public offerings. More...



Apple, Samsung set for closing arguments in patent trial
(AP , 28-Apr-2014 , The Times Of India)

The high-stakes battle between the world's largest smartphone makers is scheduled to wrap up this week after a month-long trial that has pulled the curtain back on just how very cutthroat the competition is between Apple and Samsung. More...



Aurobindo Pharma in patent litigation cases in US
(PTI , 28-Apr-2014 , Livemint)

Three multinational drug makers take Aurobindo to court in separate cases More...



Apple patents technology to prevent texting and driving
(Agencies , 28-Apr-2014 , The Times Of India)

American tech giant Apple has filed a patent application for a system that aims to make texting at the wheel impossible by blocking drivers from sending messages from cellphones. More...



HC asks Centre to reply on appointments in patents panel IPAB
(PTI , 28-Apr-2014 , Zee News)

The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from the Centre on a plea seeking quashing of certain provisions that lay down criteria for appointment of Vice Chairman and the judicial member of the patents' panel. More...



Govt Urged to Encourage Patents
( Express News Service - CHENNAI , 28-Apr-2014 , The New Indian Express)

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is the next milestone in services sector revolution that’s being engineered by the middle class, said P Vanangamudi, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University. More...



Apple patent lawsuit against Google revived by US appeals court
(Reuters , 28-Apr-2014 , NDTV)

A U.S. appeals court on Friday revived patent claims Apple made against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility that were dismissed by an Illinois court shortly before trial. More...



India strikes a balance on IPR regime
(Sudipto Dey | New Delhi , 27-Apr-2014 , Business Standard)

As India awaits the outcome of Special 301 report brought out by the office of the US Trade Representative, an annual survey of countries with lax intellectual property rights regime, the administration is getting ready to set its own IPR house in order. More...



New Apple patent seeks to prevent drivers from texting
(PTI , 27-Apr-2014 , The Economic Times)

American tech giant Apple has filed a patent application for a system that aims to make texting at the wheel impossible by blocking drivers from sending messages on cell phones. More...



Step up patent awareness drive
(Our Bureau , 27-Apr-2014 , Business Line)

There is an urgent need to create IP awareness to augment domestic filing of IP applications, said Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. More...



American drug major Abbott backs India’s drug patent regime
(Sidhartha , 26-Apr-2014 , The Times Of India)

The government has received support from an unexpected quarter in its battle against the US on the intellectual property (IP) regime. More...



Ballot Petty' and 'Netamaker' Slug It out over IP Rights
(Nidheesh M K - KOCHI , 26-Apr-2014 , The New Indian Express)

It’s raining apps in Kerala as many companies in the state, both big and small, have developed applications in Android and other platforms; so do controversies. More...



Geological Indications tag for Nagpur orange, Kannauj perfume
(A Subramani , 26-Apr-2014 , The Times Of India)

Intellectual Property Right (IPR) Day is observed on April 26. But the celebrations seem to have reached India a day early. More...



U.S. envoy calls on India to engage in discussions regarding intellectual property rights
(ANI | New Delhi , 26-Apr-2014 , Business Standard)

U.S. Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, has asked India to engage in discussions related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). More...



Innovation that includes
(Shamnad Basheer , 26-Apr-2014 , The Indian Express)

The pharmaceutical industry needs to shed its archaic blockbuster model. More...



India's pharma export growth hits a 15-year low as US holds on to import curbs
(25-Apr-2014 , domian-b.com)

Hit hard by the continuing row over intellectual property rights related to generic equivalents of some patented medicines and regulatory concerns in the West over the quality of India-made drugs, pharmaceutical exports from the country registered the slowest growth in at least 15 years of 1.2 per cent to $14.84 billion last fiscal. More...



India: Robin Hood of the pharma world
(Feroz Ali Khader , 25-Apr-2014 , Business Line)

India’s pro-consumer patent regime is an exciting alternative to the dominant IP model pushed by the US More...



US envoy raises IPR, taxation issues with India
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 25-Apr-2014 , Business Standard)

US had been extremely critical of some of India's trade and industrial policies. More...



Nude patent heels must-have fashion!
(IANS , 25-Apr-2014 , The Times of India)

Nude court shoes are storming up the fashion charts - thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge, who has made them a must-follow trend. More...



U.S. appeals court revives an Apple patent lawsuit against Google
(Diane Bartz and Dan Levine , 25-Apr-2014 , Reuters)

A U.S. appeals court on Friday revived patent claims Apple made against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility that were dismissed by an Illinois court shortly before trial. More...



Not facing any significant IPR challenges in India: Abbott
(Press Trust of India | Washington , 25-Apr-2014 , Business Standard)

They added that India was an investment priority and fundamentally important to the future of the company. More...



United States’ 1999 assurance to WTO may help India’s IPR case
(Dilasha Seth & Soma Das , 25-Apr-2014 , The Economic Times)

An undertaking given by the United States to a WTO dispute settlement panel on unilateral trade action in 1999 may prove to be an important ammunition in New Delhi's hands if the Obama administration takes action against India on its intellectual property regime. More...



Pfizer complains about India’s intellectual property regime again
(Soma Das , 24-Apr-2014 , The Economic Times.)

In a letter to Jaishankar, India's Ambassador to the US a copy of which was seen by ET, Pfizer's senior vice-president for global policy and international public affairs, Justin McCarthy, has said that "a series of regulatory initiatives and legal challenges have frayed relations between the Indian government and global pharmaceutical firms", and urged the government to "shift from using destructive IP policy as an access strategy" More...



Ericsson takes Intex to court over patent infringement
(Staff Reporter , 24-Apr-2014 , The Hindu)

The Swedish-based company moved the Delhi High Court last week, saying that it was taking legal action after failing to negotiate a licence agreement with Intex for "products compliant with GSM, EDGE, and UMTS/WCDMA standards. More...



Abbott wins patent battle against Glenmark
(BS Reporter , 23-Apr-2014 , Business Standard)

US-based Abbott Labs has won a patent battle against Glenmark Pharmaceuticals related to generic launch of Abbott's version of anti-hypertension drug, Tarka ((trandolapril/verapamil hydrochloride). More...



India businesses unlikely to be affected immediately
(HT Correspondent , 23-Apr-2014 , Hindustan Times )

While Novartis AG, GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly are unclear about the long-term impact of deal on their India businesses, there is unlikely to be any direct or immediate impact. More...



Glenmark Pharma drops after losing appeal to invalidate Abbott's TARKA patent
(Capital Market , 22-Apr-2014 , Business Standard)

Key benchmark indices trimmed intraday gains in early afternoon trade. More...



Samsung files 'patent-infringement' suit against Apple
(ANI , 22-Apr-2014 , Zee News)

Samsung has filed a 'patent- infringement' case against Apple saying that the American multinational infringed the '239 patent in its iPhone through the use of FaceTime. More...



Govt prepares to battle US pressure on patents
(Nayanima Basu | New Delhi , 22-Apr-2014 , Business Standard)

Top officials meet amid apprehension of sanctions under US law; decide to take Washington to the World Trade Organization if such action taken. More...



Glenmark loses patent case to Abbott; stock plunges
(R. Yegya Narayanan , 22-Apr-2014 , Business Line)

Shares of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals were down by Rs 17.45 on the BSE after the company said it has lost its appeal to invalidate Abbott Laboratories' Tarka (trandolapril/verapamil hydrochloride) patent in a US court. More...



Boost for Natco Pharma as Teva denied stay in Copaxone patent fight
(Lawrence Hurley , 21-Apr-2014 , Livemint)

US Supreme Court denies Teva’s request to stay ruling that favours developers of generic versions of Copaxone. More...



We need to open up defence 100 pc to FDI: Amitabh Kant, DIPP secretary
(ET Bureau , 21-Apr-2014 , The Economic Times)

Compulsory licensing has been over talked about. More...



India-US ties headed for rough weather over drug IP issue
(Amiti Sen , 20-Apr-2014 , Business Line)

Facing the threat of sanctions by the US for what it terms India’s lax intellectual property (IP) rules, the Commerce Ministry is studying the possible impact on trade with the US if Washington goes ahead with its action.