|Country: INDIA||Period of Report: March 2005|
(A) PATENTS – SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS:
In consonance with TRIPS, India has promulgated the Patents Amendments Ordinance, 2004. This Ordinance will be valid for a period of 6 months, within which time both the houses of the Parliament of India will need to pass a bill to confirm the amendment. The Patents Amendments Ordinance will be debated during the Winter Session of the Parliament.
(B) The agenda for patent office modernisation has been made which includes simplification of rules and procedures, preparation of manual for patent office procedure, establishment of ‘virtual’ patent offices, development of information technology strategic plan and development of modified patent examination procedure. The objective of this agenda is to ensure decentralisation of activities, computerisation of patent procedures, networking of offices, improving search facilities and human resources development. [Refer http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=74524]
(C) The dot-in (.IN) domain name was launched on February 16, 2005 by the National Internet Exchange (NIXI). The dot.in registry had a ‘sunrise period’ of until 90 days to enable registered trademark owners, registered companies and owners of intellectual property having a legitimate interest in protecting their brand to secure registration of their domain names. About 75,000 registrations took place in just five days. There are reports of widespread cyber squatting and of concern is that .IN Dispute Resolution Policy (INDRP) is not in place as of now. INDRP is being formulated in line with internationally accepted guidelines and the relevant provisions of the Indian IT Act 2000 and will be published shortly.
(D) The Committee on Sub-ordinate legislation, Rajya Sabha has invited suggestions on possible amendments for The Designs Rules, 2001.
(E) The Committee on Sub-ordinate legislation, Rajya Sabha has invited suggestions on possible amendments for The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Rules, 2002.
(F) International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) in its report to United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the 2005 Special 301 review of copyright piracy and market access problems has retained India on the Priority Watch List.
|Country: PAKISTAN||Period of Report: March 2005|
|Country: BANGLADESH||Period of Report: March 2005|