The Universities Research and Innovation Bill

STRANGELY enough, the more lawyers a government has, the more poor are the draft laws it produces. Apart from the still continuing fiasco of the Lok Pal Bill, we have “The Protection and Utilisation of … Read more

Hounding Aaron Swartz to His Death

AARON Swartz, an activist for free information, a precocious talent who had designed and developed a whole host of tools that we all use today, committed suicide on January 11. He was facing 35 years … Read more

Novartis Must Not Win This Case

  “Capital is as terrified of the absence of profit or a very small profit as nature is of a vacuum. With suitable profits, capital is awakened; with 10 percent, it can be used anywhere; … Read more

Commons as an Active Producer

TODAY, the new digital age is recreating a number of much older ideas. Producing software collaboratively and with various free software licenses is building a new digital commons. This is not all. We also have … Read more

The PMO Dances to theTunes of Pharma MNCs

SEVERAL recent reports in the press indicate that the prime minister’s office had sought the opinion of some ministries regarding issues related to the Indian patents act. In itself, this would pass as a routine … Read more

India’s Patent Law: The Legal Battle Intensifies

FIVE years ago the Indian Patent Act was amended to provide for patenting of medicines. Thanks to the efforts of Left Parties in parliament, supported by several movements and groups in the “access to medicines” … Read more

Oppose this Attempt to Destroy Indian Science

FOR over two years the government has made known its intention to introduce a bill in parliament, titled: “Public Funded Research and Development (Protection, Utilisation and Regulation of Intellectual Property) Bill”. The standing committee on … Read more

The Little Man Who Wasn’t There

If we look at national interest, Indian science has a stake in an open source model of innovation to bring down the cost of products. A knowledge monopoly based system of innovation may end up … Read more

Bayer Sues The Indian Govt To Retain Its Monopoly Right

  Why is the premier drug regulatory authority in India interested in curbing its own powers by becoming subservient to the decisions of the Patent office. Is this a result of influence that is being … Read more

Intellectual Property Rights Or Monopoly Super Profits

The current controversy on the changes to India’s Patent laws, the resistance to Monsanto’s seed trials and Microsoft’s troubles with the antimonopoly authorities are all aspects of the drive of global MNCs to derive monopoly … Read more

Amendment to India’s Patent Act

THE Indian Patents, (Second Amendment) Bill has finally been passed by both houses of parliament. The passage of the Bill brings down the curtain on a long and contentious debate in the country regarding India’s … Read more

The Bt Cotton Controversy A Leap Into the Dark?

SOMETIME in late 1998, Monsanto — the US based multinational corporation — was tipped off by a call to its (now defunct) freephone “sneak” line that Percy Schmeiser, a 68-year-old Canadian farmer was growing Roundup … Read more