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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GUIDE FOR INDIA INTRODUCTION: Services Exports Promotion Council (SEPC), set up by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, has brought out the India Intellectual Property (IP) Guide at Cannes in MIPCOM 2019 for the Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry.  GUIDELINES: Catalogue of over 60 Indian IPs, popular in over 160 countries. Tries to break the narrative of only low-end work being done in India and to promote innovation. IP is the

Bangalore Blue for Karnataka’s and GI analysis

Bangalore Blue for Karnataka’s grape farmers Part of: GS-III- Economy-WTO (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Bangalore blue grape, also simply called Bangalore Blue, is a variety of fox grape grown in districts around Bengaluru, Bengaluru rural, Chikkaballapur and Kolar districts. Its cultivation has been going on for the past 150 years in about 5,000 hectares. It has been given the Geographical Indication (GI) status in 2013. The Bangalore Blue got the&

World Trade Organisation-WTO

World Trade Organisation (WTO): The WTO started functioning on 1 January 1995, but its trading system is half a century older. Since 1948, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) had given the rules for the system. (The second WTO ministerial meeting, held in Geneva in May 1998, included a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the system.) It did not take long for the General Agreement to give birth to an unofficial, extant international organization, also known informally as

GI tag to Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta

GI tag to Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta Introduction Both products have been in circulation for centuries and are important sources of income. Chak-Hao, the black rice of Manipur and the Gorakhpur terracotta have bagged the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. Chinnaraja G. Naidu, deputy registrar, Geographical Indications, confirmed that the GI tag had been given for the two products on Thursday. Chak-Hao The application for Chak-Hao was filed by the Consortium o

Downing the shutters: On H1-B visa halt

Downing the shutters: On H1-B visa halt Context # The White House has made a proclamation restricting the issuance of non-immigrant work visas (H1B) across the board, purportedly to clamp down on American jobs going to foreign workers, a consistent policy priority of the Donald Trump administration. Halted Visas # The broad-brush order includes the H-1B visa for skilled workers, which is widely garnered by Indian nationals, the H-2B visa issued to seasonal workers in the landscaping

WTO: Dispute Panels against India

WTO: Dispute Panels against India GS-Paper-3 WTO- Dispute redressal mechanism (MAINS) Recently, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has set up two dispute settlement panels targeting import duties imposed by India on a number of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products including mobile phones. It was done on the request of Japan and Taiwan, taking up the number of panels constituted to exam

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Genetic Resources (MAPGRs)

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Genetic Resources (MAPGRs) National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) and ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) have entered into an MoU to conserve the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Genetic Resources (MAPGRs). The conservation will be done in the long-term storage module in the National Gene bank and/or at Regional Station for the medium-term storage module. The authorized institute NMPB and the ICAR-NBPGR on behalf of the ICAR would develop detail

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the New WTO Head

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the New WTO Head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been appointed the new chief of the World Trade Organization, becoming the first woman to ever lead the institution and the first African citizen to take on the role.   Roles and functions of Director General of WTO: The director-general of the World Trade Organization is the officer of the World Trade Organization responsible for supervising and directing the organization’s administrative operations. The

US Visa regime during Biden era

US Visa regime during the Biden era Introduction Biden shows intent on reworking immigration rules by not extending the H-1B visa ban Details President Joe Biden allowed a ban on the issuance of H-1B visas for skilled workers to lapse at the end of March 2021.. Mr. Biden’s action will have a significant and favourable impact on Indian nationals seeking employment with U.S. tech firms, given that they were the largest demographic to benefit from this visa annually; th

WTO TRIPS and COVID-19 drugs

WTO TRIPS and COVID-19 drugs U.S’s support for TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines The United States has finally relented and declared its support for a temporary waiver of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In October 2020, India and South Africa, at the WTO, proposed waiving Sections 1, 4, 5, and 7 of Part II of the TRIPS agreement (covering copyrights, industrial designs, pat

Copyright issue between Google and Oracle- the copyright case of the century

Copyright issue between Google and Oracle- the copyright case of the century Introduction On April 5, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favour of Alphabet Inc.’s Google in a case where it was accused by Oracle of violating the country’s copyright law. The case, dubbed “the copyright case of the century”, began with Oracle’s charge in the San Francisco federal district court in 2010 that Google’s Android platform infringed upon its copyright in a plat

Intellectual Property rights- a barrier to universal healthcare

Intellectual Property rights- a barrier to universal healthcare Introduction The intellectual property rules have served as a lethal barrier to the right to access healthcare The existing global regime governs the monopoly rights over the production and distribution of life-saving drugs. Request for waiver On October 2 last year, India and South Africa submitted a joint petition to the World Trade Organization (WTO), requesting a temporary suspension of rules under the 199

Covid-19 and the hurdles associated with patent waiver

Covid-19 and the hurdles associated with patent waiver Introduction The decision of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to support the India-South Africa proposal, seeking a waiver of patent protection for technologies needed to combat and contain COVID-19, comes as a shot in the arm for global health. The proposal that was placed before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) had been facing resistance from several high income countries including the U.S. administration. A

WTO - A Complete Overview

  Context: WTO is an important topic for UPSE Prelims and GS Paper2. What is WTO? The World Trade Organisation is an international organisation involved in the supervision and liberalisation of world trade. It is the only international organisation that deals with the rules of international trade. It became operational on January 1, 1995. Unlike its predecessor, GATT (which only focuses on goods), it encompasses goods, services, intellectual property, a


12TH WTO MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE The 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded, recently in Geneva. The main areas of discussion were: WTO’s response to the pandemic.  Fisheries subsidies negotiations. Agriculture issues including Public Stockholding for Food Security. WTO Reforms and Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmission. The 164-member of World Trade Organization held its first ministerial conference in nearl


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