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Can Sports Moves be Patented under the Indian Patents Act ?

By Abhay Singh (student of OP Jindal Global Law School) and Sakshi Pawar (co-founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“Inventions Change the World, Not Patents” ― Kalyan C. Kankanala

Our Guest Contributor Abhay Singh and Managing Editor Sakshi Pawar contemplate the possibility of patenting sports moves in India. The granting of a patent to any inventive step is contentious because it drives competitors away and competition is the very essence of any riveting gameplay. However, there are rarely unique sports moves created that change the effectiveness of the play, such that it seems unreasonable to deny incentives to those who do. Battling the contentions for and against patenting of sports moves, this article shines a light on the less emphasized but much needed sports IPR debate in India.

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A Primer on Esports in India-Analysis of the Governance Model

By Rishika Mendiratta ( Founder and Managing Editor of KhelAdhikar)

This time the topic is the unexplored domain of Esports. Being a demonstration sports in Asian games 2018, and a potential entrant for Olympics in 2024, it is time we understand the legal and policy framework of this burgeoning phenomenon in the world of sports.

In this article Rishika Mendiratta has explained the governance model of Esports in the country.

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Melville simplified: How a POLICY ANALYSIS swiftly curbs the Blue Whale Challenge in India

By Wilfred Synrem ( Gujarat National Law University)

Suggestions pertaining to the Blue Whale challenge have mostly revolved around developing counter narratives on social media or establishing suicide helplines. However, Maneka Gandhi and advocate Gurmeet Singh recently made headlines when they questioned the policy changes required to battle this social malaise.
It is in light of these considerations, Wilfred Synrem has provided an overview of the changes required to the IT Act and the IPC along with administrative actions that can carry out the same

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The Role of Technology in Sport

By Vinay Narayan (Associate at Khaitan)

Technology has been intrinsic to the development and advancement of Sports, much like it has in other aspects of life. From changing the shape and material used in tennis rackets to make them more effective or developing lighter, more accurate football boots to implementing video referees in various disciplines, technology has changed the dimensions of sport. Sports Engineering is a term that is frequently used to describe the technological advances that have helped facilitate a sport and challenge the limits of human performance. Vinay Narayan’s article discusses technology, which certainly seems to have a cherished place in sports.

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