Misc. Petition seeking stay on appointment of IPAB Vice Chairperson

Prof (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer has filed a Miscellaneous Petition before Hon’ble Madras High Court seeking a stay on appointment of Vice-Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board. This Petition is in continuation to the Public Interest Litigation filed by Prof. Basheer in 2011 challenging the constitutional validity of Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) in 2011…

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RTI Act v. Patents Act

The PIL essentially argues that the RTI Act trumps all other information dispensation mechanisms under other specific legislations (such as the Patents Act). In particular, patent information is vital information that should be made available in an easy and affordable manner to the public. A patent is a twenty year monopoly and this monopoly is…

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