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IPO of Singapore brings positive changes to the Patent Examination process

April 9, 2014 6:21 pm0 comments
IPO of Singapore brings positive changes to the Patent Examination process

The Patents (Amendments) Act, 2012, came into force on the 14th of February, 2014, bringing in some fundamental changes to the patent practices of the Singapore Patent System. The changes are intended to support and assist in positioning Singapore as an Intellectual Property (IP) focus throughout Asia. The amendment aims at setting Singapore’s Intellectual Property (IP) system apart, expand it to develop its reputation as a leading IP focus in the Asian region and support its patent prosecution processes to get aligned with those of established […]

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An “Illuminating” technology boost to Cricket!

April 8, 2014 4:40 pm0 comments
An “Illuminating” technology boost to Cricket!

The 2014 T20 World Cup has finally concluded and a new cricket champion is born – Sri Lanka. This edition was thrilling and we witnessed a lot of close contests and nail biting finishes. Well, if you’re wondering about the relevance of this category of post on an IP blog, the fact is, this edition of the T20 World Cup was especial not just for ardent cricket fans but for technology enthusiasts too, bringing us to the relevance of this post on this blog. Those who […]

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Google puts up a fierce fight for “Glass” Trademark

April 7, 2014 4:08 pm0 comments
Google puts up a fierce fight for “Glass” Trademark

One of the biggest software giants and undoubtedly the most popular search engine, Google, has suffered a setback in its attempt to get a trademark registered for its newly launched product, Google Glass. As per the latest from Zee News, Google has been trying to get hold of the trademark for the word “Glass” written in the Google stylized manner, to restrain other companies from copying their computer enabled eyeglasses. According to the report, the term “Google Glass” has already been trademarked by Google, however an […]

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IPAB removes “Tiger” mark from Register of Trademarks

April 4, 2014 5:40 pm0 comments
IPAB removes “Tiger” mark from Register of Trademarks

In a recent Rectification Petition, the IPAB passed an order for the removal of the Trademark Tiger Brand label (application no. 1330146 under class 34) from the Register of Trademarks. The order was passed mainly on the grounds of wrongly claimed date of first use of the trademark. The Applicant (Shiv Prasad Aggarwal) claimed that, in the year 1955, the Applicant’s predecessor, M/s. Jagan Nath & Sons had adopted the trademarks Tiger (label) and Tiger (device) for its products. Subsequently, the marks were registered and since then, […]

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Marketing & Business Development Internship

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Marketing & Business Development Internship

Dear Reader, BananaIP once again opens its doors to spirited, enthusiastic candidates for a fulfilling internship opportunity in IP Market Research and Application. Here are the details: Qualifications: BCom or BBM Location: Kanakapura Road, Bangalore Internship Term: 3 months Summary: BananaIP’s Client Engagement Division is looking to engage 2 IP Market Research/Marketing and Business Development interns. This is an unpaid internship but the candidates who successfully complete the internship will be given an experience letter and a letter of recommendation from the top personnel in […]

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Ferrari fights its own Fan over Facebook fan-page!

April 3, 2014 11:02 pm0 comments
Ferrari fights its own Fan over Facebook fan-page!

This week’s IP legal action is between the famous carmaker and brand, Ferrari and a passionate Ferrari fan. Before Facebook became a big deal and turned into a giant online social networking service, business organizations/companies did not pay much heed to their brand presence on this platform. It was in these early days that highly passionate fans chose to set up their own Facebook fan pages showing solidarity to the brands they loved. Going by that trend, a young fan of the world-famous Ferrari brand, […]

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Even Bhoot(nath) can get dragged to Court!

April 2, 2014 4:28 pm0 comments
Even Bhoot(nath) can get dragged to Court!

After the recent copyright scandals involving writers and producers in Bollywood, it looks like writers have become extra pro-active in enforcing their rights. I, more often than not, end up reading about a legal tiff or two between authors and film producers, owing solely to my being more of a movie buff than a copyright lawyer. When I was skimming through the newspaper this morning, chewing on my masala omelette, I found myself wondering if I added extra masala to the omelette!? But it wasn’t so. […]

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Soggy Pizza? Blame it on the box!

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Soggy Pizza? Blame it on the box!

Vinay Mehta ordered pizza one evening. It was soggy from the steam trapped inside the box, a far cry from the crispy, steamy pizza he’d hoped for. Although this dampened the pizza’s aroma, it was nowhere near dampening his spirit. Instead, Mr. Mehta resolved to end this problem once and for all. All it took was a little “thinking outside the box”. Or was it inside? Here’s how it goes: While the food packaging industry had almost entirely stagnated after solving the compression and cushioning problems […]

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CJEU rules – ISP’s can be made to block Illegal Download access

April 1, 2014 10:37 pm0 comments
CJEU rules – ISP’s can be made to block Illegal Download access

As an endorsement to European Union’s anti-piracy policies, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday, March 27th, 2014, that EU Internet Service Providers (ISP) can be forced to block access to copyright infringing websites. The CJEU answered questions placed by the Commercial Court of Vienna, in an application for ordering the Austrian telecommunication company, UPC Telekebel, to block website www.kino.to, which streams and/or makes available to the public, films of the German film production company, Constantin Film Veleih. Although the Austrian court, while deciding the dispute […]

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Delhi HC denies interim injunction filed by India Today against Nation Today

March 28, 2014 7:33 pm0 comments
Delhi HC denies interim injunction filed by India Today against Nation Today

The Delhi High Court rejected the interim injunction filed by the India Today Group (Plaintiff) against the TV channel Nation Today (Defendant) for their use of Trademark ‘Today’. The court observed that, in the reply filed by India Today to the Examination Report issued by the Trademark Registry, it had submitted that the conflicting mark ‘Punjab Today’ was visually, structurally and phonetically dissimilar to their mark ‘India Today’. The Plaintiff was disqualified by their own submissions with regard to Punjab Today, for making such a […]

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