INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Consequences if India fails to act on IPR, warns US lawmaker June 27, 2014

    Washington: A top US lawmaker warned India of "consequences" on its continued violation of intellectual property rights (IPRs) hoping the new government will address America's concerns regarding its policies that undermine IPRs. In his June 25 letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman, Senator Orrin Hatch said, "I...
  • Cyber crime costs global economy $445 billion a year: Report June 9, 2014

    London: Cyber crime costs the global economy about $445 billion every year, with the damage to business from the theft of intellectual property exceeding the $160 billion loss to individuals from hacking, according to research published on Monday. The report from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said cyber...
  • US resists pressure to give India worst offender rating in IP review May 1, 2014

    Washington: The United States has resisted lobbying by US businesses to take tougher trade action against India for its intellectual property policies, deciding against risking ties with a likely new government in New Delhi. The US Trade Representative avoided labeling India with the worst offender tag in its annual scorecard on...
  • India not willing to play by the rules: US lawmakers June 29, 2013

    Washington: Top American lawmakers on Friday criticised India's trade and business policies, saying that New Delhi is not willing to play by the rules. "When you look at India's industrial policy, trade barriers, the rampant piracy, the tax discrimination and what appears to be an absolute disregard for our...
  • India ready to discuss patent policies with US lawmakers June 26, 2013

    Washington: Asserting that the Indian Patents Act related to pharmaceutical products is not discriminatory against foreign companies, Indian Ambassador to the United States, Nirupama Rao, offered concerned lawmakers to discuss the issue for the sake of longterm bilateral and strategic partnership between the two countries. "My senior colleagues at the...
  • American business groups claim India hurting US jobs June 19, 2013

    Washington: A group of major American business organisations and advocacy groups on Tuesday launched a new alliance against what they allege as India's "discriminatory" economic policies, including intellectual property issues, which they claim hurt US jobs and economy. Cochaired by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the US Chamber...
  • Relief for Pfizer on anticancer drug June 4, 2013

    Chennai: In a relief to pharma major Pfizer, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in Chennai has set aside the revocation of the patent of the company's anticancer drug 'Sutent'. The Board has asked the Patent Office to consider the entire matter afresh in a timebound manner, which had twice revoked...
  • 'US industry reviewing SC decision on Novartis' April 3, 2013

    Washington: The US industry on Wednesday said it is reviewing the order of the Supreme Court early this week that denied patent on Glivec, a cancer medication produced by Swiss drug maker Novartis, as Corporate America expressed dismay at the court verdict. "We are aware of the Supreme Court decision and...
  • Budget 2013: IT sector demands sop for domestic companies February 22, 2013

    The Union Budget for 201213 should incorporate policies and measures to develop the domestic software industry and also focus on encouraging software products segment in the country by protecting it from foreign competition in the domestic market. The Government should promote Indian software products to develop more intellectual property for India....
  • Highlights of the Copyright Bill, 2010 May 22, 2012

    New Delhi: The Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010, which seeks to protect owners of literary or musical works, has been passed by the Rajya Sabha and will be presented to the Lok Sabha before it becomes law, much to the delight of singers, writers and composers. The bill, which is to provide...
  • China's smartphone firms warned of patent disputes April 15, 2012

    Beijing: China's smartphone companies are at risk of becoming embroiled in disputes over intellectual property rights since many important patents are held by international companies like Google and Microsoft, experts have said. In 2005, international mobile phonemakers occupied over half the Chinese market. But in 2011, China shipped 455 million mobile...
  • Lime Wire, music companies settle copyright case March 9, 2011

    New York: The operator of Lime Wire, a oncepopular filesharing service shut down last year for copyright infringement, has settled a lawsuit brought by music publishers. The settlement with Lime Wire LLC covers more than 30 publishers, including units of EMI Group, Sony Corp and Vivendi SA. The terms were not...
  • China vows tougher punishments for piracy January 11, 2011

    Beijing: China has arrested more than 4,000 people for violating intellectual property rights (IPR) since November and will enforce tougher punishments to combat the "rampant" problem, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Gao Feng, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security's Economic Crimes Investigation Bureau, told a news conference...
  • Creators empowered, change in copyright law mooted December 24, 2009

    New Delhi: Musicians, writers and cinematographers are a step closer to getting royalty for their works used commercially. The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved amendments to the Copyright Act of 1957 for introduction in Parliament. One amendment will give "independent rights to authors of literary and musical works in cinematograph films,...
  • SMS to know if the product you are buying is fake August 28, 2008

    Mumbai: The power to decide whether the medicine or soap you buy is a fake is now in your hand. All you need to do it to press a few keys on your mobile phone and send an SMS. Enforcers of Intellectual Property Rights (EIPR), a body providing ground and...
  • No cybersquatting, UN tells unscrupulous webmasters March 29, 2008

    Geneva: The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) ousted a record number of "cybersquatters" from Web sites with domain names referring to trademarked companies, foundations and celebrities in 2007. WIPO, a UN agency based in Geneva, received 2,156 complaints alleging "abusive registration of trademarks on the Internet" last year, up 18...
  • Intellectual property laws in pipeline October 28, 2006

    Pune: The Central government will soon introduce legislation to create rights and obligations regarding intellectual property, Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal said on Saturday. The legislation will cater to a technology and knowledgedriven economy that is growing on interdependence between sectors, Sibal told the valedictory function of the...
  • Maharashtra leads India's patent race August 27, 2006

    New Delhi: Maharashtra topped the nation with 1,093 patent applications in 200405 followed closely by Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. However, India's patent applications at 3,630 contributed around 21 per cent to the total 17,466 applications filed worldwide during 200405. The total number of patent applications...