In continuation to my previous blog entry, this blog is about an article published by the Times of India according to which, this time India has taken a step forward and has decided to block investigations by the US into its trade policies and patent laws and prepare for a battle at the World Trade Organization (WTO), which could be considered a move that could escalate already overwrought tension between the two countries. […]
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The year 2014 has witnessed a surge in the costs of patent application filing. USPTO, WIPO (PCT applications), EPO (in April) and finally IPO have all significantly increased...
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A cursory check of the Indian Patent Office (IPO) showed that the IPO has been publishing a slew of circulars/notices over Friday (February 28) and Monday (March 03). The list of the circulars and notices are as listed below: 1. In the first notice, the IPO has requested patent grant holders/licensees to submit the information on the working of patents (Form 27) for the calendar year 2013 before March 31, […]
Last week, there was an advertisement for Lazyboys in the newspaper. I noticed a patent marking (as seen in the attached picture). The patent marking merely said “US Patented mechanism”. There are a few points raised by this: Is this the correct format: We had earlier covered the correct format for mentioning a patent number related to the product/process (articles can be read here and here). The Indian Patent Act, […]
This presentation gives an overview of intellectual property and its various species. It discusses some important types of IP such as patents, copyrights, designs, trademarks, trade secrets and so on, in the light of their relevance to business. Then, the presentation moves onto IP licensing, taking music licensing as an example. The nuances of music licensing are explained during the rest of the presentation. The talk, unfortunately, not a part […]
Vehicles are a form of convenience in our daily life. However, while they bring with them an ease of commute, they also play a significant role in contributing to the pollution of atmosphere, leading to a phenomenon like Ozone layer depletion posing a threat to the existence of life on the only habitable planet known to man. Another concern mankind has had is about the depleting fuel resources. These factors, […]
The patent infringement suit between Magnetar Technologies Corp., G&T Conveyor Corp. (Plaintiffs) and Six Flags theme parks, Busch Entertainment Corp., Cedar Fair (Defendants) has finally come to an end. It all began when the Plaintiffs accused the Defendants of infringing on two of their patents, US5277125 (’125) and US6659237 (’237), relating to magnetic brakes in roller coasters. The initial lawsuit filed on March 1st, 2007 included the notable theme park operators Walt Disney and NBC […]
The presentation on IP Licensing by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala at IIMB, gives an insight into the basics of licensing intellectual property. Beginning with a short introduction to the rights granted by IP, the presentation moves to some types of licenses based on the nature of transaction, field, type etc. Kalyan then delves into the process of licensing and various steps involved in it, by taking patent licensing as an example. […]
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the validity of the patents on Pfizer’s Lyrica and issued an order preventing the manufacture of generic versions till December 30, 2018. Pfizer and Northern University, which own the patents covering the active ingredient Pregabalin, filed a lawsuit in 2009 against generic companies. The generic drug makers argued that the patents were not novel and were obvious variations of existing compounds. […]
WIPO has been prompt in issuing serious warnings against sham notifications that various PCT applicants have been receiving. These non-WIPO solicitations are drafted in the format adopted by WIPO and usually state a request to the applicant for the payment of additional fees. On close scrutiny, it is clear that these notifications are not issued by WIPO. There are numerous agencies that are unaffiliated with WIPO and quote a fee […]
It has been reported by Reuters that in all likelihood the US trade representative will soon announce a trade enforcement sanction tied to India, potentially dealing with another blow to the diplomatic relations between the countries after involving the issue of arrest and strip-search of an Indian consul. US Trade Representative Michael Froman discussed this issue at a news conference, last week. The US Chamber of Commerce has come under heavy […]
The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) has issued a public notice on 5th February 2014, informing the public that the Trademark Registry has further developed the online trademark filing system to include all subsequent filings along with online filing of new trademark applications. The comprehensive e-filing services for Trademarks were launched as part of offering Indian applicants the facility to file Madrid Applications. The newly launched services would include […]