Few months back, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released the ‘Promotion Plan for the Implementation of 2013 National Intellectual Property Strategy’. The Plan provided for a total of 84 measures to be taken in 8 key areas relating to China’s intellectual property (IP) development in 2013.  In a move which will further strengthen the […]

Over the years, two main principles of Copyright law have emerged as decisive tools for determining the copyrightability of works with. In the near past, a great number of cases have relied upon the Sweat of the Brow principle to ascertain whether copyright subsisted in a work. While, the comparatively stricter principle of, Modicum of […]

In a move that will probably be a start of a new trend, The National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal has approved a policy on Intellectual Property Rights in an attempt to increase the number of patents filed from their institute. NITK officials said the need for the policy arose when they realized; “One […]

Counterfeiting and Piracy are two of the fastest growing economic crimes in the world today. They threaten the economies of developed and developing countries alike, undermining trading relations, endangering public health and safety and affecting new investment opportunities for economic growth. They have affected almost every industry and all categories of products, but the impact […]

At the ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, the news of Typhoon Haiyan claiming more than 10,000 lives became a rather fitting backdrop. The issue of use of clean technology is now a new cause of rift between developed nations and their slightly underprivileged neighbours. In a classic case of the pot calling the […]

Since this is a rather extensive issue, the Beacon will deal with it in two parts; the first part explains who intermediaries are, what the liability of an intermediary is and how further transparency can be brought by fixation of liability in Take Down Notice regimes. In the next part of this series, we will […]

In a surprise move which has opened a Pandora’s Box of sorts for the Geographical Indications Registry, Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams, a trust that administers the Venkateswara Temple has been awarded GI registration that bars others from marketing the prassadam prepared by the trust under the same name. The move has been criticized severely as it may […]

In a major boost to those who advocate cheap generic medicines, Lupin has received final approval from the United States Food and Drugs Administration (US FDA) for its Vyfemla tablets (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets USP, 0.4mg/0.035 mg) which are a generic version of Warner Chilcott Company’s Ovcon 35 tablets. Lupin’s Vyfemla is a contraceptive […]

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), in a trade mark dispute between two Ludhiana-based manufacturing units – Highways Industries Limited and M/s. Highway Cycle Industries, has condoned a 72 day delay in filling of an appeal, emphasizing that such delay could be excused if the party can prove beyond doubt that there was a ‘bona […]

For those who have grown up in Calcutta in the mid- 90s, the words, ‘Kit-Kat’, would at the same time suggest a tangy mixture called ‘Chanachur’, a favourite snack of the banter loving Bengali and the internationally renowned, crispy chocolate fingers, sleeved in a red wrapper, manufactured by Nestle. Apparently, since the 80s and 90s […]