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National IPR Policy: Mapping the Stakeholders’ Response

Posted by Akshath Mithal at Nov 24, 2015 03:05 PM |

The first draft of the National IPR Policy was released last December. Following that, a plethora of comments and suggestions was submitted to the DIPP on the same. In this post, I will focus on the comments that were available online and analyse the trends that I was able to find in the same and also highlight the many suggestions put forth by the stakeholders.

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The Procedure of CCI in cases of Anti-Competitive Agreements and Abuse of Dominant Position: A Flow-Chart

Posted by Sarthak Sood at Nov 24, 2015 01:59 PM |
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The Competition Act, 2002 defines and prohibits two things- Anti-Competitive Agreements, and Abuse of Dominant Position. The cases under the Competition Act are adjudicated upon by a special tribunal called the Competition Commission of India. As with any judicial or quasi-judicial authority, the Commission is bound by certain procedures to give effect to its duties. The following flow-chart, then, explains such procedures as followed by the CCI in adjudicating upon matters concerning anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position.

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Summary Report Internet Governance Forum 2015

Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), India participated in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held at Poeta Ronaldo Cunha Lima Conference Center, Joao Pessoa in Brazil from 10 November 2015 to 13 November 2015. The theme of IGF 2015 was ‘Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development’. Sunil Abraham, Pranesh Prakash & Jyoti Panday from CIS actively engaged and made substantive contributions to several key issues affecting internet governance at the IGF 2015. The issue-wise detail of their engagement is set out below.

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A Study of J. Sai Deepak's Comments on Competition Law in India

Posted by Aarushi Bansal at Nov 19, 2015 03:15 AM |

In his blog, 'The Demanding Mistress', J. Sai Deepak has commented on the competition law in India, using provisions of different acts, case judgments and amendments to these acts. He has also included a comment on India’s patent law. This review studies his comments to the Competition Act, 2002 (“Competition Act”) and the Patents Act, 1970 (“Patents Act”).

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Ministry Clearances for the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest 2015

Posted by Swaraj Barooah at Nov 18, 2015 12:50 PM |

This is to declare and share the clearances received from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs for the organisation of the fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest during December 15-17 in Delhi.

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Comments on the Draft Outcome Document of the UN General Assembly’s Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10)

Following the comment-period on the Zero Draft, the Draft Outcome Document of the UN General Assembly's Overall Review of implementation of WSIS Outcomes was released on 4 November 2015. Comments were sought on the Draft Outcome Document from diverse stakeholders. The Centre for Internet & Society's response to the call for comments is below.

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MHRD IPR Chair Series: Information Received from IIT Roorkee

Posted by Karan Tripathi and Nehaa Chaudhari at Nov 17, 2015 03:35 PM |

This post provides a factual description about the operation of Ministry of Human Resource Development IPR Chair’s Intellectual Property Education, Research and Public Outreach (IPERPO) scheme in IIT Roorkee.

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Konkani-language books from Konkani-language culture center Mannd Sobhaann to enrich Konkani Wikipedia

Posted by Rahmanuddin Shaik and Tanveer Hasan at Oct 30, 2015 12:00 AM |

Mangalore based cultural centre Maand Sobhaann has recently relicensed 3 of their publications under a free license so that the books could be digitised on Konkani Wikisource and enrich Konkani Wikipedia.

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ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପାଠାଗାରର ଆବଶ୍ୟକତା (Need for an Odia-language Wikisource)

Posted by Subhashish Panigrahi at Oct 27, 2015 05:00 PM |

This post is about the Odia library movement and the conventional archival, touch-bases on the problems with dissemination of knowledge with more public domain books that are entering into the "rare and perishing" category, a comparative study of the conventional and new medium--like Wikisource--for book archival. It sheds light on how Wikisource functions as a collaborative platform in engaging with readers for digitizing books that are yet to be digitized.

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Odia Wikisource to Celebrate Its First Anniversary in Bhubaneswar

Odia Wikisource to Celebrate Its First Anniversary in Bhubaneswar

Posted by Subhashish Panigrahi at Oct 25, 2015 05:00 PM |

Odia Wikisource, a sister project of Odia Wikipedia and a free online Odia-language library is celebrating its first anniversary in Bhubaneswar tomorrow i.e., 25th October, 2015.

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National IPR Policy Series: Quick Observations on the Leaked Draft of the National IPR Policy

Earlier this week, the “Don’t Trade Our Lives Away” blog leaked the supposed final draft of India’s National IPR Policy (“leaked draft”). This article presents quick comments on this leaked draft.

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Comparison of National IPR Strategy September 2012, National IPR Strategy July 2014 and Draft National IP Policy, December 2014

Posted by Amulya Purushothama at Oct 15, 2015 04:00 PM |

This is an analysis of the first draft of India's National IPR Policy with an earlier document "India's National IPR Strategy".

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Contestations of Data, ECJ Safe Harbor Ruling and Lessons for India

The European Court of Justice has invalidated a European Commission decision, which had previously concluded that the 'Safe Harbour Privacy Principles' provide adequate protections for European citizens’ privacy rights for the transfer of personal data between European Union and United States. The inadequacies of the framework is not news for the European Commission and action by ECJ has been a long time coming. The ruling raises important questions about how the claims of citizenship are being negotiated in the context of the internet, and how increasingly the contestations of personal data are being employed in the discourse.

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CIS-India Projects: Overlaps with Digital India

Posted by Anubha Sinha at Oct 11, 2015 05:19 AM |
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This post documents the overlap of CIS India's work with the nine pillars of the Digital India campaign. The list reflects work completed/underway as of September 2015.

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WikipediansSpeak: Telugu Language Library Catalog Project Helps Wikipedia Grow

WikipediansSpeak: Telugu Language Library Catalog Project Helps Wikipedia Grow

Posted by Subhashish Panigrahi at Oct 11, 2015 04:35 AM |

In 2013, the interview project “WikipediansSpeak” was launched in response to observations that many noteworthy Wikimedians were being underrepresented both locally and globally. Not just them personally—their work, and the communities they represent, were also unknown to the Wikimedia community and the outside world.

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Pervasive Technologies: Working Document Series – Updated Research Methodology – Applying the Actor Network Theory to Competition Law and Standard Essential Patent Litigation in India

Posted by Nehaa Chaudhari at Oct 04, 2015 03:40 AM |

This document lays out the updated research methodology for the paper on competition law issues around standard essential patent litigation in India.

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Wikimedia contributor shares his Linux story

Posted by Subhashish Panigrahi at Sep 27, 2015 11:30 AM |

Computers have fascinated me since childhood, but my first encounter—like many others—was not with Linux. For me, it was with Microsoft Paint. Then, many years later in 2011, it was my Wikipedia mentor, Shiju Alex, who introduced me to Linux. Since then, it's been my life!

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Google's Optical Character Recognition Software Now Works with All South Asian Languages

Posted by Subhashish Panigrahi at Sep 26, 2015 02:31 PM |

The Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software by Google now works for more than 248 world languages, including all the major South Asian languages, and it's easy to use and works with over 90 percent accuracy for most languages.

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As Odia Wikipedia turns 13, what happens next?

Posted by Subhashish Panigrahi and Sailesh Patnaik at Sep 26, 2015 10:50 AM |

Odia Wikipedia, one of several Indian-language Wikipedia projects, celebrated thirteen years of free knowledge contribution on June 3.

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OCR and OER – update

Posted by Subhashish Panigrahi at Sep 25, 2015 09:00 PM |

We welcome this short posting from Subhashish Panigrahi which updates a 2014 posting of his on Indic Language Wikipedias as Open Educational Resources at http://education.okfn.org/indic-language-wikipedias-as-open-educational-resources/

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