Intellectual Property Rights
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This article is written by Sonia Balhara from Sushant University, Gurgaon. This article deals with differences in the rights of Intellectual Property Rights: Copyright and Patent. 


Through the speedy globalization and inaugural up of the Indian economy, “Intellectual Capital” has developed one of the main fortune teamsters in the present-day global trade. Intellectual property rights have developed considerably obvious on the legal prospect of India, both concerning new edicts and judicial statements. India sanctioned the contract for creating the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which holds the settlement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Indian edicts and implementation necessities are the ways of clashing tenacity with esteem to intellectual property (IP) which safeguards TRIPS complaint.

Intellectual property rights (IPR) have been defined as thoughts, innovations, and imaginative terms based on which there is a communal inclination to grant the position of stuff. IPR offers limited rights to the originators or initiators of that property, to permit them to secure profitable welfare from their inspired struggles. There are numerous categories of intellectual property safeguard like patent, copyright, trademark, etc.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) play a key role in all divisions and have become the origin of critical asset resolutions. IPRs are limited rights and consequently, there is continuously a dare to assault stability among the comforts of innovators and the comforts of the culture at large. One more essential element is devising a sufficient legal background to protect the comforts of innovators and motivate assurance that their intellectual property will be sheltered, in turn prompting more improvement.


Copyrights were generated to protect the possession of creative works, containing mythical, harmonious, and dramatic conceptions. Intellectual goods threatened by copyrights comprise rhyme, harmony, tunes, gesture photographs, narratives, structural design, canvases, and even computer software. Thoughts cannot be copyrighted, however, a concrete method of the idea can be. 

By copyrighting original intellectual property, performers are having enough money for public notice and legal suggestion of possession. Encroachment of copyright provides the rights to the right owner of the intellectual property to mitigate the uncertainty in court. The limited rights accessible to copyrighted property’s owner includes the right to copy the work, the right to issue or transmit the work to the public, and the right to impart or rent the work. The vendor of the copyright concludes whether anybody can use their work in any aptitude.

Though, it is quite guided that writers uphold a set of accounts and proof of their intellectual property. This indication is used to display in court through violation statements to verify that the work was in your custody at any given time. Copyright security depends on the national legislature and thus contracts in each country are different.

Sajeev Pillai v. Venu Kunnapalli & Anr.

In Sajeev Pillai vs. Venu Kunnapalli & Anr case, whether the writer of work even after the consignment of work will have extraordinary rights to privilege authorship of his work delivered under Section 57(1) of the Copyright Act


The appellant, Sajeev Pillai, a movie director, and screenplay writer claimed to have investigated the past of the splendid festival Mamankam and set a script for a movie based on the same epic. He met Venukunnapalli and signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kavya Film Company which was linked with Kunnapalli. Sajeev was firstly appointed as the director but then his service was completed and was replaced by somebody else. The shooting of the movie was afterwards finalized which Sajeev purported and this all was done by disfiguring, misleading, and changing his script. Sajeev in light of that filed a suit looking for several reliefs. A provisional ruling claim was also filed to confine the respondents from freeing, publishing, misusing the film and issuing pre-release advertisement without providing suitable composition tributes to Pillai as per film industry criteria.


In deciding the issue, the Kerala High Court provided that Section 57(1) of the Copyright Act offers the author to imprison third parties and sub-Section 57(1)(b) provides the author with the right to claim indemnities from such third party in respect of any alteration, disfigurement or other modifications to his work or any other action, in relation thereto which would be injurious to his respect or status. This delivered the appellant a supreme advantage in the case and that his consignment of the work would not drain the legal right to claim authorship over it.

B.K. Dani And Ors. v. State Of M.P. And Anr.

In the case of B.K. Dani and Ors. v. The State of Madhya Pradesh, applicants are the publishers and book-sellers. In the honour of model questions and answers said to have been issued and sold by the applicants, Secretary Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh, lodged a statement with Maharana Pratap Nagar Police Station claiming that the applicants have performed an offence by violating the copyright in a work which consisted of a book on model questions and answers issued by it.

It was moreover claimed that the above-mentioned publication of the applicants was without the consent of the Board. In the above-mentioned report, an offence under Section 63 of the Copyright Act, 1957 has been listed and applicants have been charged-sheeted. On the arrival, the applicants disputed that there has been no breach of copyright as to such they are discharged for an offence under Section 63 of the Copyright Act, 1957. Nevertheless, the Master of Finance & Control (MFC) continued with the framing of charge against the applicants. It has been contested that the respondent-Board of Secondary Education, Bhopal in the Deficiency of registration of copyright cannot insist violation. Even as per the charge-sheet, the publication of the applicants was never matched with the model questions and answers as has been issued by the board.

Concerning the publication of the board, there had been no registration of copyright under Section 45 of the Copyright Act, 1957. A member bench of this court in M/s Mishra Bandhu Karyalaya v. Shivratanial Koshal, held: “there were no terms for registration of copyright under the compilation without registering it. Under the Copyright Act of 1957, the listing of the book with the registrar of copyrights is a situation act of 1957, the listing of the book with the registrar of copyrights is a situation for getting copyright regarding it. Copyright in a book is now secured only if it is a unique collection and has been rightfully registered according to provisions of 1957 Act. Once it is recorded the author is considered to acquire a property right in it. The right deriving from the registration of the book can be the subject-matter of civil or criminal relief, so that, without it, the author can have no rights nor solutions though his work may be the real one.” A single bench of this court in Shiv Lal Agarwals and co. publishers, Indore v. State of Madhya Pradesh also held that registration of copyright is a condition receiving copyright in a book. Hence, in the deficiency of registration, the respondent-board of secondary education, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal never received a copyright in honour of model question and answer said to be published by it.

In the prompt case, as has been pointed out that even as per the charge-sheet filed, the publication of the applicants was never compared with the publication of the Board and, accordingly, there was no basis to claim that there was an unreliable connection among the two publications. In the circumstances, there appear to be no legal grounds to frame a charge for violation of the copyright under Section 63 of the Copyright Act, 1957 against the applicants. Thus, from the charges as levelled and documents are taken at their face value, there being no substance to support the charge against the petitioners. It would be an abuse of the process of the Court to permit the case to proceed further. So far as the applicants are concerned, the charge of breach of copyright was misinterpreted. Accordingly, appeals under Section 482, CrPC succeed and are allowed. Bhopal against the applicants are revoked and they shall stand dismissed. Petitions allowed.

Raj Rewal v Union of India &Ors


The current case revolves around the same Mr Raj Rewal who designed and Mr Mahendra Raj who was the designer of the Hall of Nations building. The building was hailed as a symbol of modern Indian architecture and was erected on the premises of the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. ITPO in 2016, proposed to demolish the Hall of Nations building to create an ‘Integrated Exhibition cum Convention Center’. Despite several attempts by the plaintiff to prevent the building from being demolished, it led to the demands of ITPO. Following the demolition of the building, the Plaintiff filed a complaint against ITPO’s actions alleging that the demolition act undermined the Plaintiff’s exclusive rights under Section 57.


Whether an Engineer, as the creator and legally the ‘author’ of a structure has a right vested in him to oppose such alteration or demolition of their work by the landlord of the building?


The plaintiff’s claim that the Court constructed the case as a conflict of two different rights, namely – the rights of the designer under Section 57, and the rights of the landowner to act on their property.

The court found that the plaintiff, in this case, would not be allowed to prevent the demolition of the property by the defendant as it would be a limitation of the defendant’s right to control his property and land granted under Article 300A.

The court further states that the writer’s right under Section 57 to prohibit the ‘distortion, cut or modification’ of his work does not permit the author to prevent the destruction of his work because “what cannot be seen, seen, heard or heard, cannot be imperfect and ”Therefore, the standard is the right granted to the designer to further protect the property owner from ceasing to make changes to the architectural design and to convey it as if the design was made by the architect. The Court further relied on Section 52 (1)(x) which serves as a separate copyright holder. The court ruled that the ‘reconstruction’ contemplated under Section 52 (1)(x) is possible only if the building has already been demolished. Recognizing that the Copyright law must be read in conjunction, therefore the court, said Section 57 could not consider the right to object to the demolition of a building.

In conclusion, the court dismissed the case on the grounds that there was no reason for the demolition of the United Nations.


Patents are intellectual property rights contracted to discoveries. Resources that are patentable contain industrialized methods, types of machinery, biological structures, and factory-made possessions and artefacts. Patents belong to the originator, or else, to the singular or association, he provides the rights to. Patent holders may permit it, permitting others to make usage of their innovation, or they may trade it.

Patentable developments are mandatory to come across certain circumstances. They must be exclusively new and not issued by anybody else beforehand. Moreover, to be patentable, the invention must be practical by any kind of business. Hence, the invention must be an artefact, a tool, or an industrialized process, relatively than a technical theory, a work of fine art, or a carefully worked-out design.

Patents can be characterized as strategy patents and plant patents. Plan patents safeguard go on 15 years beginning from submission issuance. On the contrary, convenience and plant patents latter maximum 20 years ensuing a trooping of the patent claim. There is a probability of spreading or regulating patent positions. 


A patent defends a discovery from others who may use it without the consent of the creator. This includes rights to avoid the usage, trade, proposal for sale, and import of said creation. The patentee (owner of the patent) has the right to take legal action in contradiction of those using the origination without his/her approval. To gain a patent, applicants must relate to the intellectual property bureau, which chooses whether the innovation is patentable or not. Nevertheless, originators don’t need a patent to make use of their creation, providing that no one else has attained patent rights to it. It is recommended to save a patent as otherwise, it is approximately unbearable to avoid others from stealing or stealing the use of your origination. Some of the landmark cases for patent law are:

Mylan Laboratories Limited vs Union Of India & Ors

In Mylan Laboratories v. Union of India, the case contracts with the plea filed by Mylan Labs requesting for a stay on the instructions ‘methods of evaluating peptide mixtures’ passed by the Deputy Controller of Patents and Design in contradiction of the Petitioner.


The petitioner had to approach the High Court of Delhi as the seats of suitable officers at the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) were available and hence the task filed by the petitioner in contrast to the order of the Deputy Controller of Patents and Design might not be overheard. The petitioner obtained that Technical Members of Plant Varieties Protection have a responsibility to get the pending patent matters along with the chairman of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB)and it was held that the Chairman, Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) should be able to resolve all the incomplete reasons along with the relevant appointed scientific advisor. Although the respondents submitted that the chairman is not entitled to hear pleadings along with a technical colleague.


The court ordered the Chairman, Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), and Technical Member (Plant Varieties Protection) to listen to the stay request filed by the petitioner and place it off within six 6 weeks. The court also cleared up that the Chairman, Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), and Technical Member are at the right to get urgent problems under Trademarks, Patents, and Copyright.

F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, … v. Cipla Ltd., Mumbai Central

In this case, there were two petitioners, namely, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. and OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc., have filed the litigation for permanent writ restricting violation of patent, version of accounts, injuries and delivery against Cipla Ltd. Mumbai. Indian Generic producer Cipla has won the landmark Roche v. Cipla Patent Infringement case in the Delhi High Court over Cipla’s Generic version of Anti-cancer Drug Erlotinib. The case is the first Patent Prosecution in India post India’s 2005 Product Patent Management which involved public interest and pricing matters in addition to India’s Section 3(d) that restricts evergreening. The case was followed by Pharma Giants worldwide.

Roche sued Cipla in 2008 before Delhi High Court alleging that Cipla’s generic product Erlocip infringes the former’s Indian ‘774 patent claiming “Erlotinib Hydrochloride”. The trial Magistrate denied Roche’s request to give an interim writ restricting Cipla from selling a generic version of Tarceva on the areas of public interest and the fact that there was an ongoing patent repeal measures against ‘774 patent. Cipla’s generic version takes about 1/3rd of Roche’s patented drug. Roche’s following appeal to Division Bench also failed when not only did the bench sustain the conclusions of the trial Judge but also commanded costs on Roche for the abolition of material patent information about Roche’s later-filed application in India.

This was the Patent Application which was really on Polymorph Form B of Erlotinib Hydrochloride but was repudiated in 2008 following the opposition filed by Cipla originally on Section 3(d). Cipla disputed that Tarceva corresponds to Polymorphic Form B and that it is Form B which is also strong and fit for solid verbal dosage form than the composite exposed in ‘774 patent comprising a mixture of Forms A and B. Roche’s consequent appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the order passed by the division bench got rejected due to the continuous trial at the Delhi High Court.

Novartis Ag vs Union Of India & Ors.

In this case, Novartis challenged the rejection of its application by Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) for Beta Crystalline sort of “Imatinib mesylate” wherein such challenge was rejected by the Supreme Court of India on the bottom that the said drug didn’t produce an enhanced or superior therapeutic efficacy as compared to the known substance i.e., “Imatinib mesylate” means the said drug didn’t involve an ingenious step. One of the most important reasons for rejecting the application of Novartis was to avoid ever-greening of already patented products by introducing minor changes.


In 1998, one of the largest international pharmaceutical companies, Novartis International AG, applied for a TRIPS agreement before the Chennai Indian patent office was granted patents for anticancer ‘Glivec’ used to treat Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) and Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) was developed in the Beta crystalline form of “Imatinib mesylate”. The drug is commonly used in the treatment of cancer and is patented in more than 35 countries.

At the time of Novartis’ application for its patent, the grant was used to limit the methods or processes and not the products in India, as defined under Section 5 of the Patent Act, 1970. After the Amendment Act, 2005 Section 5 is repealed and the copyright is granted to methods or processes but not to products.

In 2005 the use of the Novartis patent for the drug, given was considered and similarly rejected by the madras patent office because the drug was awaited before publication and failed to meet the need for professionalism and invisibility, and said the alleged invention was professionalism and invisibility and said the alleged invention was invincible under the provisions of Section 3 (d) of the Patent Act 1970 as the aforementioned drug did not show significant changes in medical efficacy due to its pre-existing condition which means Zimmerman patent. Novartis then filed two petitions in the supreme court of madras in 2006 under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. The petition subsequently stated that Section 3(d) of the patent act, 1970 is unconstitutional because it is inconsistent with the trips agreement and is contrary to Article 14 of the Indian Constitution and other contravention of an order passed by the madras patent office. The madras supreme court referred the case to the IPAB (Intellectual Property Appellate Tribunal) in 2007. The complaint was heard and dismissed by IPAB, alleging that the invention was tested on visibility and transparency but that product visibility was violated by Section 3(d) of the patent act, 1970. The decision made by IPAB to protect the suspicion of the fruits of the patented product by informing them of minor changes and to provide easy access for Indian citizens to life-saving drugs. Novartis then filed a complaint with the SLP (special leave petition) in 2009 before the supreme court of India challenging the order passed by IPAB under Article136 of the Constitution of India.


As per the terms of Section 3(d) of Patent Act, 1970 what is a known object?

  • As per Section 3(d) of Patent Act, 1970 what is the definition of Efficacy?
  • As per Section 3(d) of Patent Act, 1970 whether a rise in bioavailability restrains as a rise in therapeutic efficacy?
  • Whether the discovery “Beta crystalline form of imatinib mesylate” alleged by Novartis is more effective than the object that it was received from i.e. “Imatinib mesylate”?


In April 2013, a two-judge panel of the Supreme Court of India rejected an application by Novartis and insisted that the beta crystalline form of imatinib mesylate was a new type of known substance i.e., imatinib mesylate, where efficacy was well known. The supreme court has made it clear that in the case of a drug “effective” in Section 3(d) it only means “effective therapy” and states that all drug properties are incompatible, properties directly related to efficiency in the absence of medication are its therapeutic efficacy the supreme court in the third case has ruled that approximately 30% increase in bioavailability as a result of increased effective medical performance under Section 3(d) of the Patent Act, 1970 if the evidence is provided in the same manner. The supreme court compared the performance of the “beta crystalline form of Imatinib mesylate” with “imatinib mesylate” in terms of its flow, improved thermodynamic stability and low hygroscopicity, and held that none of these structures contributes to increased clinical efficacy in terms of Section 3(d) of the Patent Act, 1970 and Novartis did not provide any document indicating that the effectiveness of the “beta crystalline form of imatinib mesylate” is comparable to the effectiveness of “imatinib mesylate”.

Types of Patent

Utility patent 

It safeguards the establishments of a new or developed artefact, procedure, or machine which is also known as a “patent for innovation”. It bars new beings or enterprises from constructing, consuming, or retailing the conception without approval. Utility patents are virtuous for up to 20 years after the patent requests are filed, but it requires the owner to wage regularly organized prevention charges. Although most individuals are minor patents with types of machinery and appliances, which they can also relate to the software, occupational procedures, and chemical creations such as in pharmacological products.

Design patent

On the other hand, it applies to the exclusive appearances of an industrial thing. For instance, an automobile company with a unique cover or headlight profile. These graphic features are part of the car’s distinctiveness and might add to its significance. Though, without defending these types of machinery with a patent, contenders could hypothetically copy them without legal concerns. Design patents allotted since May 2015 last for 15 years from the period that patent is contracted and doesn’t necessitate upkeep charges. Patent distributed earlier to May 2015 last for 14 years.

Plant patent

It defends a new and exclusive plant’s vital individualities from being hacked, traded, or used by anyone else. It lasts for 20 years after the claim is filed. The plant essentially is an asexually reproductive living thing with the limitation being heritable identical to the new and accomplished over methods such as root carvings, partition, or embedding and burgeoning. 

Major differences

While a patient, with the omission of a design planet, defends discoveries of new procedures, copyright look after issued and unpublished original works, containing works in literature, song, fine, art, structural design, software, and composition. Similar to a patient owner, the copyright owner has limited rights, including the rights to make a replica, make an end product, allot copies, exhibit the work in public, or implement the work in public.

In some circumstances, a claimant can acquire both a copyright and a patent, overlay, for example, it can happen between a design patent and copyright in conditions where the patterned design succeeds both for a patent and as an exertion of fine art theme to copyright safeguard.


Governing Acts


  • Copyrights: Global protection for the lifetime of the creator plus 60 years.
  • Patents: 20 years protection in the country of filing, with no extension after 20 years.

Protection requirements

  • Copyrights: Any literary object namely artwork, poetry, films, books, music, photography, etc.
  • Patents: A Technical enhancement that is novel, unique, and useful.

Maintenance of the Rights

  • Copyrights: No charges are required, as well as registration is not obligatory.
  • Patents: There is an annual fee for 20 years. 

When to apply

  • Copyrights: It can be applied at any time.
  • Patents: It can be applied only before launching a product into the market.

Right comes into Existence

  • Copyrights: Exclusive rights over the copyright are created the moment, the authorship, and creates the work.
  • Patents: Its registration takes about 2-3 years in all. But the owner can stop anyone else from claiming the rights over a particular patent the moment he applies for a provisional patent.

Provisional Application Requirement

  • Copyrights: There is no need for the provisional application.
  • Patents: A provisional application gives you 1 year to file a complete specification and a priority date claim.


Indian has prepared several alterations in its IPR rule to upturn proficiency and has bowdlerized down the phrase required to issue patents. The philosophy of invention is taking the middle stage in the country. India is sound and graceful to concentrate on R&D. This has been reproduced in its enriched status in the world-wide innovation catalogue over the years. The government’s struggle to support national IPR rule, IP appellate court, e-governance, and assurance to accept by the TRIPS contract of WTO in note and split will support in refining perception of India universally. A well-organized and justifiable intellectual property scheme can help all nations to apprehend intellectual property perspective as a facilitator for financial development and public and ethnic well-being.

Over the years a harsh increase has been witnessed in the attentiveness of intellectual property laws among the people. Almost every commercial touch IP rights and needs its security as it safeguards the appreciated resources of a company. From the company’s not only safe rights, but they also attest as an incentive for enhanced ingenious appearance and are a major motivation for inspiring people to finance research and improvement projects globally.



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