Saturday, 22 January, 2022
TopicIntellectual Property

Topic: Intellectual Property

Will look at any text presented at WTO on vaccines IP waiver, says UK vaccines minister

The minister's comments came as the NHS launched plans for vaccines booster jabs as part of a two-stage programme alongside the annual flu vaccination programme from September.

WTO meet today could take up India-South Africa proposal to waive IP rights on Covid vaccines

As India reels under a massive second wave of Covid, US President Joe Biden has come under pressure domestically to support the move.

Reforms in tribunals necessary but Modi govt isn’t helping judiciary by scrapping them

The ordinance scraping intellectual property and film certification tribunals is yet another case of the Modi government using a sledgehammer to crack open a difficult nut.

Why India’s patent waiver demand is putting pressure on Covid vaccine producers

India's proposal would require patent waiver remain in place until there’s widespread vaccination & majority of world's population has developed immunity.

India, South Africa move WTO, want Covid drugs, vaccines freed of IPR, patent rules

The proposal was presented last week at WTO and will require the assent of all 164 member states. The matter will be discussed on 15-16 October.

US puts India on ‘Priority Watch List’ for IP rights violations

The US trade body said that American businesses in India have been facing IP challenges that make it difficult for innovators to receive and maintain patents.

India’s IP regime continues to remain a serious concern: US industry body report

Despite India’s improved ranking in an annual report, US firms say still wary of investing due to measures such as drug price control.

The importance of GI tags: Why Bengal is celebrating its rasogulla victory

The two-and-a-half year battle for custody of the rasogulla saw West Bengal finally defeat Odisha Tuesday. The state was awarded the geographical indication (GI) tag for the ‘Banglar rasogulla’.

On Camera

YourTurn

File photo of students protesting against the reservation in Bandra | Representational image | ANI Photo

Indian drawing room talk on ‘merit’ stands demolished by Supreme Court NEET ruling

Supreme Court's explanation on the constitutional validity of OBC quota in NEET rejects commonly held views of dominant castes who are blind to India's social realities.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.

Defence

German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach was speaking at Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies, having come to India with warship Bayern, which made a port call Friday in Mumbai.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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