Patents

Breach of promise on IPR policy?

Print edition : December 12, 2014

Shamnad Basheer, IPR expert: "We only got to know about the formation of the new IPR think tank from press reports. " Photo: afdsffd

The Micromax office in Gurgaon, Haryana. The senior advocate Pratibha M. Singh, one of the members of the new IPR think tank, is listed as one of the lawyers for the Swedish company Ericsson in its patent infringement lawsuit against Micromax. Photo: Adeel Halim/Bloomberg

Gilead's hepatitis C drug. In another potential conflict of interest, Pratibha Singh is claimed to be pushing for a patent for this drug in the Patent Controller's Office in Delhi. Photo: NYT/handout

By constituting a new think tank on intellectual property rights and seemingly sidelining the committee it had set up earlier, the government appears to be going back on its promise of providing corruption-free, transparent governance.
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