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Technology and copyright protection

8th November, 2011 A recent case regarding telecast rights and copyright protection has thrown up new questions on how far technology can be used to protect or circumvent copyright provisions. The issue involved is the broadcast of the English Premier League matches by the landlady of a pub in Portsmouth. Instead of subscribing to Sky/ESPN which has the telecast rights for the matches in the ...

Biotechnology Bill likely to be introduced soon

8th November, 2011 The New Biotechnology Bill, in the offing since 2008 in India, is likely to be introduced in the winter session of the Parliament. The Bill aims at consolidation of regulatory policies, rules and services under a single biotechnology regulatory authority. It will facilitate a more uniform and consistent approach to address the safety of biotechnology products and processes ...

Darjeeling gets GI protection in Europe

The application from India to register ‘Darjeeling’ as a protected geographical indication has been allowed by the European Union, vide Regulation EU No. 1050/2011.   The European Union found that the product is specific and further found that the savoir-faire as well as the pedo-climatic features and geographical environment of the specified geographical area significantly affect the produc...

India liberalises food imports from EU

India has adopted guidelines which effectively relax food imports from the European Union. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has adopted ad-hoc guidelines consequent to meetings held by EU’s representatives with Indian officials. Imported food items with a very short shelf life of less than 7 days can now be conditionally released by Customs. This will reduce the time t...

E-filing of Service Tax Returns - Due date extended

Online filing of Central Excise and Service Tax returns was made mandatory from 1st of October 2011. Before this change, only assessees paying more than Rs. 10 lakhs as Central Excise duty or Service Tax were required to file the returns electronically. The next due date for filing the Service Tax Return is 25th of October 2011 for the period from 1st April to 30th September 2011. But, to pro...

Mining Bill, 2011 – Coal miners to share profits

The new Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011 may become law soon. The Union Cabinet, on 30th September, 2011, approved its introduction in the Parliament. The bill will replace the present Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. The new Bill will implement National Mineral Policy, 2008. The new Bill requires lease holder for mining coal and lignite to ...

New policy regime for telecom sector soon

The Indian Department of Telecommunications has asked companies to file a status report, by 30th of October, 2011, on compliance with the security rules notified in June. As per the new rules, the telecom companies have to ensure that the mobile network is free of bugs or spyware, software updates are intimated and requirements on call interception and monitoring are complied with. A National T...

New Banking Licenses - RBI issues draft guidelines

The Reserve Bank of India has issued draft guidelines for grant of license to new banks in private sector. In line with the note of caution exercised by RBI in earlier years, entities with over 10% of income or assets from or in activities such as real estate construction or capital market activities like broking will not be eligible to promote banks. The draft guidelines stress on proven tra...

WTO Public Forum debates Doha Round and multilateralism

The WTO Public Forum sessions were held in Geneva from 19th to 21st September, 2011. The last day was devoted to debates on development, environment, patents and the internet. In the 33rd Session on ‘The Doha Round and Multilateralism: Stakes for LDCs and SVEs”, the panelists agreed that the failures of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) cannot dominate the whole multilateral trading system, and...

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) – Dilly-dallying continues

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been in the making for over five years and the date of signing ceremony - 27th September, 2011 did not see much headway in the proceedings. As per reports, on 1st October, 2011, eight countries including U.S. and Japan, signed ACTA. Australia, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Korea and Singapore are the other nations to ink the agreement in Tokyo....

Australia’s health policy runs into IP roughweather

The Australian government’s move to impose plain packaging of tobacco products is being challenged under Intellectual Property laws. The industry led by tobacco majors has initiated legal action claiming denial of protection of trademarks and also seeking damages for losing the right to use trademarks. The effectiveness of packaging in dissuading people from smoking and also the fear of cheap c...

D.P. Vaidya addresses IP Management Conference

Mr. D.P.Vaidya, Director and Head, Engineering, Lakshmi Kumaran and Sridharan, was among the distinguished speakers at the conference on Intellectual Property (IP) management held at Hyderabad, India on 15th and 16th of July, 2011. The conference was organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) along with APTDC. Senior representatives from the industry and IP professionals attended the c...

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