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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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Patents for inventions, designs for industrial designs and trademarks for marketing products are collectively known as Industrial Property. Industrial Property plus Copy Right in Literary, Artistic and similar. Works are commonly referred to as Intellectual Property Rights. The provision of Copy Rights has again been in existence as an implied right since printing of course more explicit with the Paris Convention 1883 and the Universal  Copy Rights Treaty under World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO. Among all these rights, patents naturally occupy the premier position since it alone is related to new inventions through the systematic practice of science and technology, whereas others from only additional accessories for systematic spread of public knowledge (copy rights) and saleable products (industrial designs and trade marks).


All the forms of IPRs are regulated by appropriate national laws, generally akin to providing legal protection of other forms of private property rights but fine-tuned to meet their specific requirements.


A trio of biologists – Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies – is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007. (Knockout Win, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

General Musharraf has once again imposed ‘martial law’ in the country and suspended the Constitution of Pakistan. Eight years ago when the elected prime minister had dismissed him from the office of COAS, he had responded by overthrowing . . . . . . (Two Coups In A Row, Dawn, Khalid Jawed Khan, Nov 07, 2007)

The news about food riots in West Bengal is getting alarming by the day. What began as a protest against hoarding by ration shop owners in Bankura and Birbhum districts before the festive season has spread to numerous other districts. (Food Riots In Bengal, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 06, 2007)

The political stalemate in Nepal arising out of the Maoists's demand that the monarchy, which now exists only in name after King Gyanendra was illegitimately stripped of all power, prestige and property by an unelected Parliament and . . . . . (Stalemate In Nepal, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

India has taken up with the US the issue of protecting Indian traditional knowledge from being patented in that country. (Ethnic & Ethics Go Hand In Hand: India Tells Us, The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)

When an individual falls sick, only he and his family are affected. When institutions are affected, the ramifications are much more. (Higher Education: The Quality Issue, Business Line, Bhanoji Rao, Oct 30, 2007)

A legacy of political brashness isn’t the only thing UP CM Mayawati wants to bequeath. The grandoise plans, it seems, extend to her architectural vision. (The New Mughal , The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

Indians are schizophrenic about celebrities. At one level, we worship them as demi-gods, we have an insatiable appetite for information about their private lives while products endorsed by them, be it high-end white goods or . . . . . . (Smoke Sans Fire, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

Downloading pirated songs from the internet is cool. Dying from counterfeit medicine is not. But the pirates and the slack law enforcement that give you the first also give you the second. (You Must Pay To Live, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Oct 29, 2007)

WE are living beyond our means and courting environmental, economic and human disaster. (Do Or Die, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Oct 29, 2007)

These books are handsomely hardbound and easy on the eye, but except 'Train to Pakistan', some of the matter has lost relevance today. (The Best And Worst Of Khushwant Singh , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

Give me the liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” (Mirroring A Democracy, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

The Union Carbide Bhopal gas leak of December 3, 1984, was the largest industrial disaster in terms of its human costs. Between 40,000 and 50,000 people died due to the tragedy, and another 40,000 to 600,000 reportedly suffered adverse health . . . . (1984: The Dow Story, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Oct 27, 2007)

The debate on the EU Reform Treaty in Parliament is expected to be very stormy. But the agonising debate on Europe will not end until Britain is able to shed the historical baggage that fuels so much of the Euro-scepticism in the country. (Britain At Sixes And Sevens Over Eu Treaty, Hindu, Hasan Suroor, Oct 27, 2007)

Union Minister of State for Planning M V Rajashekeran on Thursday asked business and industrial houses to adopt innovations as they alone could help the country to achieve human growth and development. (Industry Innovations Are Need Of The Hour: Minister , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

Is book piracy in India as rampant as in the high-tech world of software, CDs and DVDs? It isn’t simply because the demand for the products of writers and publishers has never been robust enough to generate a major piracy problem. (Pirates Without Profits, Telegraph, RAVI VYAS, Oct 26, 2007)

WHO wants to share confidential information that would enable competitors to compete better? Almost no one, and certainly not Microsoft, which has been resisting attempts by the European Union and earlier by US regulators, to make it part with . . . . (Ec Makes Microsoft Climb Down, Tribune, Roopinder Singh, Oct 25, 2007)

THE first computer hard disk drive (HDD) was introduced by IBM in 1956. Called the 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control), this first data storage system comprised 50 disks, each about 60 metres in diameter, and stored about five . . . (A Disk Revolution, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Oct 25, 2007)

Every year around this time, the awesome figure of a woman, with three piercing eyes and 10 arms splayed, appears in every nook and corner of this city. (A 10-Armed Goddess Charms A Frenetic Megalopolis In India, International Herald Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 23, 2007)

Innocent celebration of creativity? Or culpable breach of copyright? Either way, the Durga Puja Committee of a Kolkata suburb must have felt struck by a stupefying charm. (Pottering About Pandals, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Oct 17, 2007)


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