Mint has newly launched a blog titled Vanishing Point which will focus “on intellectual property law to analyse issues that come up at the point where law converges with technology”. Srividhya Raghavan who is a Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law and is specializing in intellectual property and C.H Unnikrishnan, a national writer with Mint who has been consistently covering intellectual property news will be writing on the blog.
The first piece on the blog titled “Fanning winds of change at the IP Office” brought out the influential role of the media in reforming the Intellectual Property Office. The national campaign for transparency was carried out by SpicyIP & Mint. The government appointed a civil servant as the Controller General for the first time. The piece notes the numerous reforms initiated by Mr. Kurian in the IPO after his appointment.
Reforms introduced by Mr. Kurian include the introduction of a fresh system of assigning patent examination to expert groups and revamping the online database of the IPO (Click here for a previous post on the reforms). In addition to this he has also struck down strongly on corruption at the patent office (Click here for a post on the same). The piece concludes by noting that these reforms should be accompanied by the grant of increased financial and operational autonomy to the IPO.
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