“Well, You have not made out prima facie case for Compulsory License”: Notifies Rajiv Agarwal, Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, to Lee Pharma!

In a major update for the patent circle (and of course Pharma industry), reportedly, Lee Pharma, a Hyderabad based Indian pharma company, which had filed a Compulsory Licensing (CL) Application on June 29, 2015 in India, against one of the patented drug Saxagliptin of AstraZeneca (used for treating Diabetes Mellitus), has failed to make out prima facie case for the same.  Cognizance of the same has already been taken by Economic times and SpicyIP.  This is the second blog written on the CL filed by Lee Pharma by IIPRD, earlier blog which discusses patent details, grounds of application can be... Read More

Yippee..here comes the ‘Trade Marks Agent Exam’

Yes, you all read it right. Long waiting has come to an ending. Here is the link for the notification dated August 20th, which was published at the Indian Patent Office (IPO). Long (in fact too long) wait for the Trade Mark Agent Exam since 2010 (when it was held last) has come to an end with the announcement for the Trade Mark Agent Exam-2015 from the IPO. The notification gives details regarding who can apply, how to apply, form to be used for applying purpose, and nature of exam. Last date for applying is September 07th, 2015. List of... Read More

Denial of Injunction on the grounds of Acquiescence and Delay by Plaintiffs: SRF Foundation v. Ram Education Society

Devina Choubal, an intern at Khurana & Khurana looks into grounds of denial of injunction by analyzing the recent case of SRF Foundation v. Ram Education Society. FACTS: ‘SRF Foundation’ plaintiff no.1 is a registered non-profit society engaged in several social and community work including running schools such as “The Shri Ram School”. The name/mark “Shri Ram” is used by the Plaintiff No.1 since 1988 having a good reputation. While plaintiffs No.2 is engaged in setting up schools in India and abroad. With this goodwill, the plaintiffs fulfilled its objective to meet the shortage of good schools by entering into... Read More

OMG! Over 2.26 lakh patent applications pending with Patent offices in India for approval…Why? Shortage of professionals says Commerce and Industry Minister!

In worrying statistics, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, as reported in a news article dated 31st July 2015, informed parliament in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that as many as 2, 26, 339 patent applications are pending for approval with various Patent offices in India due to shortage of professionals. She also said that pending requests of examinations which are awaiting disposal at different stages of processing in patent offices is used to measure the pendency of application. Therefore numbers of pending patent applications must be much higher than the reported figures. Based on statistics provided, Delhi patent... Read More

Revocation of Valganciclovir patent by Controller of Patents, Chennai

Recently in a matter remanded from IPAB to Controller of Patents, Chennai, a decision of revoking Roche's patent IN207232 for Valganciclovir was delivered after hearing both the parties. The subject patent was granted on January, 2009 followed which post grant oppositions were separately filed by CIPLA, Matrix, Ranbaxy and Bakul Pharma along with two NGOs Delhi Network of Positive People and lndian Network for People living with HIV/AIDS & The Tamil Nadu Networking People with HIV/AIDS (hereinafter INP+ and TNNP+), wherein INP+ and TNNP+ were allowed by the Apex court to raise all contentions in the form of an intervention... Read More