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Issues relating to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)

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2015

India's Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) which has a database containing formatted information on more than 2 million medicinal formulations is proving a powerful weapon in country's fight against erroneous patents. Discuss the pro and cons of making the database available publicly available under open source licensing.(Q. No. 14, CSE 2015, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


2014

In a globalised world, intellectual property rights assume significance and are a source of litigation. Broadly distinguish between the terms - copyrights, patents and trade secrets.(Q. No. 12, CSE 2014, 200 words, 12.5 Marks)


2013

Bringing out the circumstances in 2005 which forced amendment to the section 3(d) in Indian Patent Law, 1970, discuss how it has been utilized by the Supreme Court in its judgment in rejecting Novartis' patent application for 'Glivec'. Discuss briefly the pros and cons of the decision .(Q. No. 13, CSE 2013, 200 words, 10 Marks)


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