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intellectual property (IP)

04 April 2013

Get Rs 500 off the cost of the FICCI Online Certificate Course on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

03 April 2013

Moving up: Bombay HC Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar to become Himachal HC chief justice [Hill Post]

Merger semi-approved: Bombay HC approves Sterlite-Madras Aluminium merger, Madras HC still to give nod [Indian Express]

IPL protection money: Bombay high court tells Maha’ government to look into legal action against cricket associations that have not paid the police Rs 9 crore dues for IPL security cover [Hindu Business Line]

Glivec hangover: US Chamber of Commerce says Supreme Court’s Novartis-Glivec patents judgment could damage FDI [Mint]

Dirty ore: SC orders Sterlite to pay Rs 100 crore for pollution from its copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu [PTI]

Marinara for diplomat: CJI Altamas Kabir bench lifts Italian ambassador’s travel-ban as marines return, tells Subramanian Swami to go away, wants special court faster [Economic Times]

Education luncheon: Madras HC Justice V Ramasubramanian slams universities that offer ‘buffet spread’ degrees without specialisation [TOI]

01 April 2013

BCI & Gov must resurrect directorate of legal education that was killed due to shortage of central funds, says parliament committee. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Grievances Law and Justice wrote: “The committee fails to comprehend why the government did not accede to the request made by the BCI for sustaining the Directorate of Legal Education. It, therefore, desires that the BCI in conjunction with the ministry should take a re-look in the matter and explore how the scheme can be revived.” [Deccan Herald]

The Supreme Court denies Novartis patent protection for its own amended form of caner drug Glivec in major IP judgment [Times of India / Download judgment via @thefirmupdate]

Ex-Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju and current Press Council of India (PCI) chairman will stop blogging and writing newspaper columns after his comments attracted too much controversy.  He announced on his blog today: 
“It is true that I wish to be uncontroversial […] In this connection, I may refer to Chapter 2 Shloka 34 of the Geeta where Lord Krishna said to Arjun ‘For a self respecting man, death is preferable to dishonour’.” [via Katju blog
The judge has made his fair share of enemies and friends with his outspoken blogs and newspaper columns, infamously writing in 2012 that 90 per cent of Indians were fools. [And this story too was a bit too foolish, we're afraid. Happy April Fools Day!]

26 March 2013

Networking company Ericsson is suing Indian handset maker Micromax for Rs 100 crore in the Delhi high court over ‘standards-essential’ patents [Economic Times]

Supreme Court to answer why it uses Yatodharma Stato Jaya tagline under the Lion Capital of Ashoka logo, rather than Satyamev Jayate national emblem tagline [Indian Express]

‘Why does parliament believe that marital rape still not a crime?’ asks WSJ

Little & Co partner J Kapadia  gets Priyanka Chopra’s Zanjeer film trailer banned by Bombay high court vs Naik Naik & Co [Mumbai Mirror]

Shanti Bhushan joins Katju in fighting for Sanjay Dutt, criticises SC decision to send actor to jail for gun possession, arguing that right to private defence is protected in the constitution [The Hindu]

27 August 2012

Shoot the patent lawyer? SpicyIP analyses the California jury’s “confusing” Apple v Samsung smartphone verdict that awarded Apple more than $1bn in damages. Conclusion: “The only clear winners here seem to be the patent lawyers and it is certainly a good time to be one.” Click here to read Spicy’s analysis of the verdict and what it means.

A week ago Google said it was fed up of the patent war, while one of the architects of the internet, Vint Cerf, quipped last year: “Shoot the patent lawyers”, when asked about the Next Big Thing. Any thoughts?

19 June 2012

Ameet Datta Exclusive: Luthra & Luthra intellectual property (IP) and media partner Ameet Datta has left the firm for entrepreneurial opportunities, including the option of joining boutique IP firm Saikrishna & Associates.

15 September 2011

Exclusive: Former Remfry & Sagar patents head and Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan (LKS) partner Dr Sanjay Kumar has left to start his own intellectual property (IP) law firm Perfexio Legal fulfilling entrepreneurial ambitions.

27 July 2011

image The Bombay High Court has ruled against the Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) and held that FM radio channels, hotels and discotheques which play recorded music are not liable to pay royalty to the music composers and lyricists.

09 February 2011

image IP firm Lall, Lahiri and Salhotra partners Anuradha Salhotra and Rahul Chaudhry critique the proposed amendments to the Copyrights Act shortly before the upcoming parliamentary sessions.

07 February 2011

imageExclusive: Delhi-based intellectual property (IP) boutique IP Gurus has acted for the manufacturers of Rubik’s Cubes resulting in police arrests of four alleged counterfeit cube puzzle sellers.

28 January 2011

NUJS Kolkata professor Shamnad Basheer and a music company filed two public interest litigations (PILs) in the Madras High Court to mend gross “infirmities” and arbitrary “tribunalisation” in the constitution and functionality of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) and the Copyright Board.

24 September 2010

microsoft-windows Luthra & Luthra has kickstarted its intellectual property (IP) enforcement practice with the hire of senior lawyers J Kumar Bhardwaj, Munish Mehra, Amit Upadhyay and their team from Anand & Anand.

15 September 2010

da-vinci-flying-machine Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan has hired two partners from intellectual property (IP) firm Remfry & Sagar, including its head of patents, to head up its IP practice in Delhi.

21 January 2010

geneva-lake-by-pearbiterEx-FoxMandal Little start-up boutique IP Gurus is moving to a larger office and has hired the former in-house senior counsel of luxury goods group Richemont and an associate in Geneva.

26 August 2009

LuthraLuthra-Ashwin_Sapra_thLuthra & Luthra has hired two more India-returnees, making up four international hires in only three months. Ashwin Sapra joins as a group head from an in-house position at a US pharmaceutical company and Piyush Mishra has rejoined the firm as a group head from Allen & Overy (A&O).