This week, Google surprised its followers by making one of its most awaited gadget Google Glass (G-Glass) available for purchase for a limited period of time only. This move is believed to be part of Google’s Explorer program which is intended to collect feedback from customers so as to improve the product, before the actual product launch. That means every customer who purchased G-Glass this week, is actually an explorer who will try out the features of the gadget to help the tech giant improve its product. Another tech […]
Beginning with the inception of an idea through to the development, protection and commercialization of the idea, investments are needed at every step. The huge costs...
About a week ago, nine of Kingfisher’s trademarks were put on the market with the intention of recovering dues that ran into crores of Rupees. The trademarks...
IPAB has allowed the rectification petition filed by S Sudhakar (Applicant) by passing an order against GRB Dairy Food Pvt. Ltd. (Respondent) for removal of its trademarks...
This week’s open source news is about a small, but significant victory of open source software over closed software giant, Microsoft. As a result of Microsoft’s decision to draw the curtains on all technical and security support for Windows XP and Office 2003 operating system users, the colours of open source software fly high once again! On its website, Microsoft explained the phasing out of support for Windows XP and encouraged customers to move to the modern, Windows 8.1 for better support. Microsoft also announced that it […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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, […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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, […]Read more ›
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. […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›