Vote From Home: A Case for Blockchain Based Digital Elections

Posted on August 30, 2020 Authored by Ritwick Shrivastav*  India is the world’s largest democracy with over 900 million eligible voters. Every few months, a part of the country goes into ‘election mode’. Politicians begin their campaign; public servants assume election duties; and security forces get mobilised across regions. Managing all this is the responsibility […]

Data LegoLand: Text and Data Mining and its Impact on COVID-19

Posted on August 25, 2020 Co-authored by Akshat Agrawal & Manika Dayal* Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has halted the world and has affected almost every aspect of an individual’s livelihood. This has led many academic researchers and pharmaceutical companies relentlessly working towards finding both treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. The need for a solution through […]

New Outlook on Generic Marks: Analysing Justice Breyer’s Dissent in USPTO v. Booking.com

Posted on August 23, 2020 Authored by Joseph Moses Parambi. On June 30th, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) laid down a landmark ruling granting Booking.com BV (Booking.com) trademark registration in United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com BV[i]. The majority 8-1 decision lays down an unusual precedent that provides registration […]

News Corner: Centre Upholds Fundamental Right, Declines SEBI’s Request to Intercept Phone Calls

In 2018, the Securities Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) constructed a panel, headed by T.K. Vishwanathan. The objective of the panel was to recommend changes to the present framework and rules in order to effectively tackle and curb market frauds and insider trading. SEBI had requested the Centre for permission to intercept phone calls, since […]

News Corner: WIPO-CISAC’s Partnership – Paving Way for International Recognition and Information Exchange

On 30 July 2020, World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) in a press release announced an advancement in its partnership with the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (“CISAC”). This new partnership echoes an agreement signed earlier this year on metadata between WIPO and SUISA, the Swiss authors’ Collective Management Organizations (“CMOs”) and a […]

News Corner: Epic Games Fights Antitrust Battle Against Google and Apple for Removal of Fortnite

This week has found Apple in the middle of some contentious disputes as reported here and here. However, the heat continues for Apple as Epic Games filed an antitrust law suit against Google and Apple for removal of the popular gaming application ‘Fortnite’ as Epic includes a direct payment method instead of paying through ‘app […]

Teaming ‘Teams’ with Microsoft Office: Slack Challenges Microsoft’s Anticompetitive Tying Practices

Posted on August 1, 2020 Authored by Tanya Garg Introduction On 22 July 2020, the business-messaging app, Slack Technologies Inc. filed an antitrust complaint (“Complaint”) against Microsoft Corporation with the European Commission (“Commission”), European Union’s (“EU”) apex competition watchdog. “Slack” is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Slack Technologies. Under the European rules, the […]