News Corner: US Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Decade-Long Google & Oracle Copyright Dispute

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Google v. Oracle as the decade-long dispute between tech giants finally reached the Apex Court after multiple trials and delay. At the heart of this copyright litigation which was initiated in 2010, is the copyrightability of application programming interfaces (APIs), which are intermediary software […]

CCI’s Investigation of the Indian Smartphone Industry – Licensing of Standard Essential Patents

Posted on September 19, 2020 Authored by Tanya Varshney* Acknowledgement: Thanks to Prof. (Dr.) Manveen Singh* for sharing his inputs and reviewing this article. In simple terms, Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”) are the patents that have been declared as “essential” to implement the industry or technology standards and ensure uniformity and compatibility in the technology […]

News Corner: Apple’s South Korea Faces Antitrust Probe: Proposes USD 84 Million to Support Small Businesses

Apple Korea has been under investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (“KFTC”) over allegations it abused its dominant position by forcing mobile carriers to pay for advertising and warranty repairs. Apple has agreed to fix “unfair” terms with mobile carriers as part of its proposal. This is not the first-time apple is facing allegations for abuse of […]

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: 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 […]