Centre for Internet & Society

Workshop on Competition Law and Policy

by Prasad Krishna

National School of Law India University and the Delegation of European Union to India jointly organized a workshop at Competition Commission of India in New Delhi from October 19 - 21, 2016. Anubha Sinha and Rohini Lakshané participated and made presentations.

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Methodology: Statements of Working (Form 27) of Indian Mobile Device Patents

by Rohini Lakshané

CIS had published a landscape of 23,569 patents and patent applications registered in India and relevant to the domain of mobile technology in April 2016. This paper is an attempt to answer the research questions pertaining to working of mobile technology patents in India using the granted patents from the landscape.

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Sub$-100 Phones: Browser Compatibility Tests

by Rohini Lakshané

This post documents the results of browser compatibility tests conducted on six out of eight specimen mobile phones being studied under the Pervasive Technologies project. These phones are Internet-enabled and cost the equivalent of USD 100 or less in India. Rohini Lakshané and CIS volunteer Dhananjay Balan carried out the tests. Intern Shreshth Wadhwa provided assistance.

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CCI allowed to probe Ericsson: FAQs on Ericsson’s disputes with Micromax and Intex

by Nehaa Chaudhari

The blog post is an analysis of the recent decision of the Delhi High Court, clarifying that the Competition Commission of India could investigate Ericsson for a violation of competition law. A shorter version of this blog post was published in the Quint on April 30, 2016.

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Comments on Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Discussion Paper on Standard Essential Patents and their Availability on Frand Terms

by Anubha Sinha, Nehaa Chaudhari and Rohini Lakshane

The Centre for Internet & Society gave its comments to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. The comments were prepared by Anubha Sinha, Nehaa Chaudhari and Rohini Lakshané.

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Dataset: Patent Landscape of Mobile Device Technologies in India

by Rohini Lakshané

Patent landscape of mobile technology patents and patent applications held by 50 companies operating in India. Licensed CC-BY-SA 4.0.

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Patents and Mobile Devices in India: An Empirical Survey

by Rohini Lakshané

Though India has the second-largest wireless subscriber base in the world, with more than 150 mobile device vendors, it has, until recently, remained relatively unaffected by the global smartphone wars. Over the past three years, however, a growing number of patent enforcement actions have been brought by multinational firms against domestic Indian producers. These actions, which have largely resulted in judgments favoring foreign patent holders, have given rise to a variety of proposals for addressing this situation.

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Fueling the Affordable Smartphone Revolution in India

by Anubha Sinha

Smartphones have emerged as the exemplar of mankind's quest for shrinking technologies. They embody the realization of a simple premise – that computing devices would do more and cost less. This realization has been responsible for modern society's profound transformations in communication, governance, and knowledge distribution.

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2016 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property ("WIPIP") Colloquium

by Prasad Krishna

Prof. Jorge Contreras presented a paper co-authored by Rohini Lakshané on the patent landscape conducted for the Pervasive Technologies project at WPIP. The event was held in Washington D.C. on February 19 and 20, 2016. It was organized by School of Law, University of Washington.

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The two-faced FRAND: Licensing and injunctive relief in ICTs

by Rohini Lakshané

Important takeaways from the Indo-Europe Conference on Building a Sustainable IPR-ICT Ecosystem for Promoting Innovation, held in Bangalore in November 2015. Ericsson and the Indian Cellular Association presented an interesting set of views on FRAND licensing as well as injunctive relief, from seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum.

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