The unlicensed use of western intellectual property in China has
flown to new heights with the launching of the world's first
life-sized Angry Birds attraction at a theme park located in
Changsha, China (a city of seven million people situated in
south-central China). This recent discovery shows Chinese
entrepreneurs moving up the "proverbial food chain" -
from the discovery of the wholesale counterfeiting of Apple stores
last month to the creation of a real-life version of a computer
game complete with flying birds and sitting pigs.
The incredibly popular and highly addictive (I don't say
that from experience by the way) Angry Birds video game was created
by Finnish computer game developer, Rovio, and allows players to
use a virtual slingshot to launch various colorful and wingless
birds at pigs sitting on or within various structures. The computer
version of the game has the distinction of being one of the most
counterfeited computer games in China.
Now, unlicensed Chinese uses of Angry Birds have reached new
dimensions with the opening of the Angry Birds attraction at the
Window of the World theme park. Visitors taking part in the
attraction pull back on giant slingshots to launch a variety of
plush bird shaped projectiles at balloons shaped like pigs which
are placed on various structures. The game is billed as a way to
release stress and to help create happiness. I think they might be
This of course was a surprise to Rovio who had not licensed use
of Angry Birds to the Window of the World theme park and it is not
clear yet what Rovio's response will be.... Representative of
the Window of the World theme park, however, have already (and this
is a shocker) expressed an interest in discussing a partnership
This article enunciates the recent, much awaited, and landmark judgment delivered on September 16, 2016 by Hon'ble Delhi High Court throwing light on the important provisions of the Copyright Act, 1962.
The Patents Act 1970, along with the Patents Rules 1972, came into force on 20th April 1972, replacing the Indian Patents and Designs Act 1911. The Patents Act was largely based on the recommendations of the Ayyangar Committee Report headed by Justice N. Rajagopala Ayyangar. One of the recommendations was the allowance of only process patents with regard to inventions relating to drugs, medicines, food and chemicals.
The Policy stresses on the need for a holistic approach to be taken on legal, administrative, institutional and enforcement issues related to IP.
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