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Trademarks: On Your Marks !!!

This image depicts the trademark symbol, which consists of the letters T and M in a circle. This post gives important updates in the filed of trademarks. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 13th January, 2011. Consumer recognition and goodwill derived through trade marks provide great  business and competitive advantage to a company. Trade Marks today occupy a large percentage of the financial value of a company and trade mark value is often much more than a company's tangible asset value. Interbrand valuation results show that Coca Cola is the most valuable trade mark in 2010 and is worth 70,452 million dollars. The top ten brands as per Interbrand are: Top Ten brands of 2010 1. Coca-Cola 70,452 ($m) 2. IBM 64, 727 ($m) 3 Microsoft 60,895 ($m) 4 Google 43,557 ($m) 5 GE 42,808 ($m) 6 McDonald's 33,578 ($m) 7 Intel 32,015 ($m) 8 Nokia 29,495 ($m) 9 Disney 28,731 ($m) 10 Hewlett-Packard 26, 867 ($m) Source: http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Brands-2010.aspx In a...

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Adding Salt Water to Fire Automobiles

First Publication Date: 12th January 2011 This is in furtherance to the post, titled “Driving on Hydrogen”,  on using Hydrogen as a fuel in automobiles. Recently I happened to  come across a video on YouTube titled “Salt water into Fuel”,  which they have mentioned as an accidental invention. I was quite  excited to see this and went in search of more details of this  invention. I found out that the story goes like this. John Kanzius of  Sanibel, Florida was running experiments with a radio frequency  generator he designed to help zap cancer cells. When he trained  radio waves on a...

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Driving on Hydrogen

First Publication Date: 11th January 2011 It has been reported that Tata Motors has invested $15milliion on the research being conducted at MIT which aims at using water as a fuel to run cars. Every one  is today keen to know about what is the need for this research and how it is possible? The conventional sources of energy for power generation are non-renewable and are depleting fast. As a result, the automobile industry is heading towards a crisis due to running out of these energy resources. In the context, the primary need for this research by Tata Motors is to provide...

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History and evolution of trademark system

This image depicts evolution form apes to human beings. This post describes the history and evolution of the trademark system. Click on the image to read the full post.

First Publication Date: 7th January 2011 History of (trade)marks Dating back to those barbarian times where majority of people could not read or write is when symbols became a logical method of letting people know, what belonged to whom? The earliest marks were that of marking of animals, so a farmer, rancher or lord could distinguish what animals belonged to whom.As commerce developed, marks began to serve a number of purposes. ‘Potters mark’ of Greek and Roman times appeared on vessels to indicate the origin, destination along with the identification of the maker. The ancient Egyptian Artifacts embraced various symbols carved...

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Patent Damages- How much is too much?

First Publication Date: 6th January 2011 When the US sneezes, the world catches cold! This statement holds absolutely true for debates over patent infringement damages. It has been just two days that United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) pronounced the judgment in the much hyped Uniloc v. Microsoft case and the world is already drooling over the reincarnated debate. The facts, in a nutshell, involve Uniloc suing Microsoft over infringement of their patent related to software registration system (the unique id that you enter when you buy and use a legitimate copy of any  software). During the trial...

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New Year Patents

First Publication Date: 29th December 2010 “New Year's Day is every man's birthday”   - Charles Lamb December is the month of celebrations. Immediately after Christmas come the New Year celebrations where people reflect on their past and envision the future. New Year embarks the new beginning - new beginning of life, enjoyment, resolutions, etc. New Year celebrations focus mainly on family and friends. The customs of celebrations started in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago though they were modified through the centuries. Everybody greets the New Year in their distinctive style. People celebrate the new year with a lot of fervor and...

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An incentive to Green Technology patent applications

First Publication Date: 29th December 2010 In an extremely globalized world where we talk of reducing our carbon footprint, it is obvious that the leaders of tomorrow would be those who can use the alternatives to non renewable sources of energy to the fullest. Green technologies like Solar Energy, Hydel Power and Wind energy are being researched upon the world over and the least the governments can do is provide more and more incentives for development of these technologies. The U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a pilot programme last year on 8th December to accelerate the examination of...

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IP Policy and Process Set UP- Why wait for a wake up call!

The image depicts a warning sign, that reads' Warning. Authorised Personnel Only'. This depicts the idea behind IP protection that gives exclusive rights over the property. This post talks about the benifits of IP protection. Click on the image to read the full post.

First Publication Date: 27th December 2010 Intellectual Property Policy and Process set up is one branch of IP that has long been neglected by a majority of Indian companies specially the SMEs. Most Indian companies come to realize the importance of an IP Policy when they enter into negotiations/business deals/technology transfers with foreign companies or multinationals where the IP hygiene is relatively high. Such wake up call comes specially when Indian companies deal with companies from countries where the Intellectual Property laws are very well developed such as Europe, US, Japan, Korea and the like. Companies from these countries do not...

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Non-obviousness of Biotech Inventions in USA

First Publication Date: 26th December 2010 The Non-obviousness standards required for biotechnology inventions have been interpreted by courts to be different from the generally accepted principles. In Hybritech v. Monoclonal , a case involving a patent over "Immunometric Assays Using Monoclonal Antibodies", the court held the patent non-obvious despite the existence of twenty prior art references because the prior art as a whole did not make the invention obvious at the time the invention was made. Though some references seemed to anticipate the invention, the Court pointed out that they were made after the date of conception of the invention, thus...

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Patentability of Biotech Inventions in USA – Patentable Subject Matter

First Publication Date: 27th December 2010 To be patentable subject matter in USA, an invention should be a process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter or any improvement thereof. There are three judicially created exclusions to patentable subject matter in USA. They are Laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas. Biotechnology (Biotech) inventions are considered to be eligible subjects as Compositions of matter or manufactures. The exclusion most relevant for biotech inventions is 'Laws of nature' exclusion. US Courts have consistently held that as per the exclusion anything that naturally exists or is a 'product of nature' is not patentable. The...

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