The Central Government last week unveiled the long due National Intellectual Property Rights Policy after its approval by the Cabinet. The Policy, among other things, seeks to promote entrepreneurship and stimulate innovation & creativity. Pravin Anand, Managing Partner at Anand & Anand says, “This is a far reaching document which promises to pave the way to making India an Intellectual Property super-power.“ The Policy has made Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy (DIPP) the nodal point department for all IPR-related developments in India, while respective ministries or departments will be responsible for actual implementation. The need for this Policy is evinced […]

Last month, a group of protestors, including lawyers and family members of victims of manual scavenging, gathered outside the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) in the heart of Bangalore city. The protest, organised by the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), is not without justification. Holding up placards and demanding action, the group are terming the recent death of two contract “sanitary workers” as a murder. As extreme a view as that may be, the fact that the administrative authorities have done precious little to eradicate manual scavenging in the state is undebatable. In the past eight years, […]

Bamboo Boat, a pan-Asian takeaway joint in Gurgaon is the brainchild of two law graduates, Prerna Kundalia and Yangchen Bhutia. Both are graduates of the National University of Juridical Sciences,  Prerna litigated in Delhi before deciding to start this venture. Yangchen, on the other hand, was preparing for the civil services when she decided to follow her passion for food. In this e-mail interview, the two talk about what got them to make the move, the utility of a law degree, and the dishes one should not miss. Bar & Bench: When did you decide to head this venture? Could you share […]

India’s insolvency and bankruptcy regime is rapidly shaping up to become one of the most comprehensive legislations in the recent past. But is there more to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bill of 2015 than meets the eye? Earlier this week, the Rajya Sabha passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bill, 2015 (IBC) following Lok Sabha’s approval last week. The final draft comes after incorporating the recommendations made by the Joint Committee (Committee). All that is left is Presidential assent. The IBC seeks to create a unified framework for resolving insolvency and bankruptcy in India by implementing an insolvency resolution process which may be initiated by either the debtor or the […]

By Rajneesh Singh The Common Law Admission Test of 2016 has been conducted very well by RGNUL Patiala, so far. After last year’s fiasco, this has been a big relief. The 2016 paper was good overall, but a more difficult section of legal and logic would have been even better. As a pleasant surprise, the CLAT Committee announced the provision of raising objections by the students and acceptance of errors if any. And RGNUL deserves much more than thanks. This year, RGNUL also ensured that there are no glitches by taking demos themselves before the exam. I am sure the result and […]

The people of Maharashtra can now consume beef, provided it is slaughtered outside the state. That is the major takeaway from Friday’s judgement of the Bombay High Court. But is that all the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976, and the amendments that followed was about? The answer is an unequivocal “No!” The preamble to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976 reads as, An Act to provide for the prohibition of slaughter of cows and for preservation of certain other animals suitable for milch, breeding, draught or agricultural purposes. (Emphasis supplied) However, this protection has now been extended to even those animals that may not […]

Lawyers in Supreme Court were in for a surprise today morning; Senior Advocate and former ASG L Nageswara Rao’s name was amongst those recommended by the Chief Justice Thakur-led collegium. The surprise was not without reason. Rao, till as late as yesterday evening, had made his presence felt in Supreme Court. He had appeared and argued for Tamil Nadu and Christian Medical College in the NEET case yesterday. After he quit as Additional Solicitor General in 2014, Rao had returned to a flourishing private practice and had since then appeared in many high profile cases. Rao’s name has now been […]

I know that NLUs as a rule are situated in areas far flung from the city, but this is pushing it. Having travelled more than 25 km from the city of Raipur, there are precious little signs of civilization. Judging by the arid, treeless surroundings, I might as well be on Mars. This area, I’m told, is being prepared as part of the state government’s pet project to transform the new capital, Naya Raipur, to a smart city. Activists in the state will tell you that the land acquired to this end has been done illegally, much to the detriment […]

Chief Justice of India TS Thakur’s teary eyed speech got a great deal of media attention. And the reactions on social media and elsewhere pointed towards general sympathy for the overburdened judiciary. However, whether the Bar views pendency of cases and inadequacy of judges as a serious problem or not remains a moot question. If the unlisted mentioning that happens before the Chief Justice of India at ten-thirty in the morning is anything to go by, then it could very well be time for some introspection by the Bar (and perhaps the Bench too). Yesterday, the unlisted mentioning went on for a good thirty-five minutes […]

Payal Chawla Earlier this month, we woke up to the news of the leak of the Panama Papers involving 11.5 million documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm headquartered in Panama. Classified information was obtained by a German newspaper from an anonymous source, who in turn took the assistance of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to investigate, analyze the documents. Over 400 journalists spread over 76 countries were involved in this mammoth task. The story grabbed eye-balls and was front page news. It had all the elements that made it newsworthy – world famous politicians, actors, sportsmen, […]