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Steam Engine – Inventions that revolutionized the world

First Date of Publication: 26th November 2010 In the era, when the Scientific Revolution occurred and mechanics was established as science, Sir Isaac Newton was known as a scientist rather than a natural philosopher, the world took a massive step towards the modern world. The advent of newly invented machines became part of the daily and economic lives. Textile production was the bustling trade in 17th century but geographically it was focused mainly around Greater Manchester, Pennines and Lancashire. Thus it faced the problem of geographical separation. At that time, horses and rivers were used for transporting goods from place to place....

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Electric Bulb – Inventions that revolutionised the world

First Publication Date: 26th November 2010 Mankind moved from dark ages to the ages of candles, oil lanterns and gas lamps. But all these sources of light were a hazard to the user and property and were all dangerous in their own ways. The quest towards creating a better source of light brought about an advancement of the human race towards creating an electrified world. It was as early as 1809 when the foundation of the concept of light bulb was formulated and the light bulb was invented. The light bulb has profoundly changed the human lifestyle by illuminating the darkness...

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Mobile Patent Wars in India

First Publication Date: 20th November 2010   Apple, HTC and RIM have been sued for patent infringement by St Clair Intellectual Property Consultants. The patents in the suit broadly relate to computer function management. The suit is an addition to the numerous patent wars being fought by companies in the mobile space. The large size of the mobile market has encouraged companies to invent and innovate, protect and enforce for competitive advantage. Companies like Apple, Sony, Nokia, HTC, RIM and so on are fighting many patent wars across the world. While patent wars and settlements in the mobile space are numerous in countries...

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Three farm products get GI registration

First Publication Date: 11th November 2010 Three farm products of Kerala, Wayanad Jeerakasala Rice, Wayanad Gandhakasala Rice and Central Travancore Jaggery got the IP protection under the Geographical Indication Act, 1999. This initiative was taken by the Kerala Agricultural University. Wayanad Jeerakasala Rice and Wayanad Gandhakasala Rice are popular traditional aromatic rice cultivar of Wayanad District in Kerala. Both the varieties belong to the same species bearing the botanical name Oryza sativa. They are famous for their fragrance and aroma. The Grains are of medium size and shape which is slightly elongated, with golden yellow colour and partial short awns. This rice...

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Weekly Trademark News: Snapdeal Launches ‘Brand Shield’, Virat Kohli Enters Fragrance Segment, Apple Music for Business, and other news

Indian Trademark Statistics for December (Second Week) 2018, Starbucks to Defend its Products, Rock the Bells in Legal Trouble, Restaurant Chain Barcelos to Expand in India, Passion Fruit GI and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Branding is not just about being seen as better than the competition. It's about being seen as the only solution to your audience's problem”- John Morgan INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The Indian Trademark Office has had a mixed week. The total number of the applications disposed through show cause hearings has decreased by fourteen percent (14%). Similarly,...

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If I Could Copyright… My Art: Copyrights and Writers (Part 6)

If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

This post deals with filing of copyright registration application for protection of Artistic works forming part of a book. As stated in our previous post, text of a book is protected under Literary works, but some part of the book like images, diagrams, cover image, etc., may be protected under Artistic works. In order to ensure better copyright protection in a book it is recommended that a writer should first file for copyright registration for artistic works used in promotion of the book and cover image of the book. As elaborated in the previous post written by my colleague, Ashwini Arun,...

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Inventor recognition irony: Indian Patent Grant Certificate

First Publication Date: 8th November 2010 Why do inventors invent? is an important question for many organizations involved in innovation at some level. There are a lot of incentives which play crucial roles in the inventing progress which have been reported on our blog earlier and a few top voted ones are as follows: Desire to improve    27% Recognition             22% Love for invention   21% Financial Gain         13% As is evident from the survey, 22% of the inventors weigh Recognition amongst the top reasons why inventor(s) love inventing. To encourage inventor(s) to invent, a lot of recognition schemes are generally employed which have...

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Traditional Knowledge Use or Misuse?

This image depicts a toothpaste tube shaped like a banana. It raises the question of such possibility. This post explores how traditional knowledge is used and misused by patents. Click on the image to read the full post.

First Publication Date: 28th October 2010 Misuse of traditional knowledge and measures to prevent the same have been attracting attention since the turmeric patent controversy. After successfully revoking turmeric patent claims that formed part of traditional knowledge, the Indian government has taken numerous initiatives ranging from legislative and policy changes to documentation and creation of a library of information (TKDL). With the press and media joining the effort, the awareness with respect to rights of traditional knowledge holders , actions against traditional knowledge misuse, policy initiatives and so on has been increasing. The TKDL has been playing an important role in...

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Patent Exhaustion in India

First Publication Date: 7th October 2010 A patent grants the Patent holder exclusive rights to prevent others from making, using, selling, offering for sale in the territory of patent grant or importing an invention into the territory of patent grant. Once an unrestricted sale of the patented invention is made, the rights of the patent holder with respect to the product are exhausted and this is called as the Doctrine of Exhaustion or First Sale Doctrine. As per the Doctrine of exhaustion the first unrestricted sale of a patented item exhausts the patentee's control over that particular item. In other words,...

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If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

If I Could Copyright… My Book: Copyrights and Writers (Part 5)

As stated in our earlier posts, copyright registration is not mandatory, as copyright comes into existence the moment a work is expressed in a tangible form. However, writers are generally advised to get copyright registration for the work to make sure that the ownership of the work is duly established and to avoid disputes related to ownership. As copyright registration certificate acts as a proof of ownership right, it is advised that the copyright registration application is filed in the real name of the person/entity having the right in the work. The application process for registering a copyright is simple, and...

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