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PTI Apr 26, 2016, 10.54PM IST

NEW DELHI: 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.

"We are TRIPS compliant in every way. I think we move forward being consistently with the global expectations without yielding to any pressure from any where and I would like to state that India's legislative framework particularly in protecting patents is very strong and we would like to keep that strong framework," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a function here…

Sourcehttp://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2016-04-26/news/72619808_1_ipr-norms-ipr-policy-patent-applications

Joe C Mathew        Last Updated: April 26, 2016  | 12:42 IST

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.

While chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and allied subjects will be looked after by one group, biotechnology, microbiology, and biochemistry will be handled by another. The third group specialises in electrical and electronics, and the forth one handles patent applications related to mechanical inventions, textile and civil engineering related subjects. …

Sourcehttp://www.businesstoday.in/buzztop/buzztop-feature/india-has-200000-plus-pending-patent-applications/story/231420.html

By Gulveen Aulakh, ET Bureau | 2 May, 2016, 07.24PM IST

NEW DELHI: A broadband forum consisting of companies such as Bharti AirtelBSE -0.75 %, 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. 

Sourcehttp://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/52079015.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

By PTI | 25 Apr, 2016, 10.31PM IST

NEW DELHI: India today accused the US of taking "unilateral measure" to pressurise countries to accept Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection beyond WTO obligations. 

"The Special 301 report issued by the US under their Trade Act of 1974 is a unilateral measure to create pressure on countries to enhance IPR protection beyond the TRIPS agreement," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. ..

Source:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/51984421.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 10, 2016 9:01 am 

The Delhi High Court earlier this week vacated an injunction preventing Apple, Inc. from using the term SplitView in India. The April 7 ruling by the Bench consisting Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Mukta Gupta came after Apple appealed against a single judge order of March 1 restraining it from using the term in its operating systems Mac OS X El Capitan and iOS 9…. 

Sourcehttp://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/relief-for-apple-as-delhi-high-court-vacates-injunction-on-use-of-term-splitview/

By AdAge India Bureau, Published on Apr 15, 2016, 12.14 PM IST

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has dismissed an appeal filed by a piston manufacturing company for claiming the trademark Maruti. Earlier, four-wheeler manufacturer Maruti Udyog had contested the usage of the mark by the private company…

Sourcehttp://www.adageindia.in/marketing/news/maruti-udyog-wins-trademark-battle-against-maruti-piston/articleshow/51838156.cms

by Shan Kohli April 3, 2016 

Vasundhara Majithia, our Spicy IP Fellowship applicant brings us this breaking titbit on copyrights and semiconductors being brought under the ambit of the DIPP.

In a move to consolidate all IP related functions, the government of India has finally transferred copyrights from the ambit of the Human Resource Development Ministry (“HRD”) to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (“DIPP”) and semiconductors from the purview of the Department of Information Technology (“IT Ministry”) to the DIPP.  We had blogged about the need to consolidate all IP related functions way back in 2010…

Sourcehttp://spicyip.com/2016/04/spicy-ip-titbit-dipp-becomes-the-chief-ip-body-copyrights-and-semiconductors-now-under-its-ambit.html

All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: April 10, 2016 05:04 IST

KOLKATA:  The IIT-Kharagpur has won an award the by the Indian government for being the top academic institute for patents in 2016.

Source: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/iit-kharagpur-wins-top-award-for-patents-1367456

by Shan Kohli April 25, 2016 

In this post, Balu Nair, our Spicy IP Fellowship applicant profiles the winner of the National Intellectual Property Award, 2016, Ganesh Hingmire and his contributions to the field of GIs.

In an earlier post, Aparajita had raised the need for India to find a saviour to protect its Geographical Indications (“GI”). Ganesh Hingmire certainly seems to be answering this call with aplomb. According to a Times of India report, Mr. Hingmire has been chosen for the National Intellectual Property Award, 2016 for his contributions towards the registration and protection of Geographical Indications. Last year also, he had won an IPO Special Mention Award at the National Intellectual Property Awards. The National Intellectual Property awards are constituted jointly by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian Patents Office….

Source: http://spicyip.com/2016/04/g-i-joe-of-indias-geographical-indications.html

The new patent box regime, despite its limited scope and a tentative beginning, will no doubt address multiple market failures

By: Sanjay Kumar | Updated: April 20, 2016 11:27 AM

Government has brought a concessional tax regime for patent income, with a view to encourage indigenous research & development activities and to make India a global R&D hub. Under this concessional tax regime, any company, which has registered any patent, would be able to reduce the tax on the royalty earned out of that patent, from 30% to 10%, besides applicable surcharge and cess; the only condition being that the patent should have been developed and registered in India under Patents Act, 1970. These amendments will take effect for all the patents registered after April 1, 2016. The concessional tax regime for patent box, the budget memorandum states, is out of the OECD BEPS recommendations on nexus approach which prescribes that income arising from exploitation of intellectual property (IP) should be attributed and taxed in the jurisdiction where substantial R&D activities are undertaken rather than in the jurisdiction of legal ownership only. The downside of the new regime is that no expenditure or allowance in respect of such royalty income shall be allowed under the Act…..

Source: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/fe-columnist/patent-box-regime-time-for-a-market-oriented-approach/239785/