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Author: BananaIP Reporter

BananaIP Counsels > Articles posted by BananaIP Reporter (Page 29)

Patent Risks in Open Source – Lesson’s from Google’s Story

This post was first published on April 25, 2011. Risks inherent in use of open source software from patents have finally seen the light of the day. Patent risks in use of open source software came to be  a reality with filing of patent suits by companies like Firestar, Microsoft and so on against open source businesses and users. However, none of the cases went the full distance earlier as they were settled out of court. The story is however different in the case filed by Bedrock Technologies against Google.Bedrock sued Google for patent infringement with respect to use of Linux...

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Cricket – 3D Optimised Advertising

This post was first published on April 3, 2011. India is a land of diversity and not many things are common among all Indians. But cricket is surely a  factor that binds the whole of India. Cricket is considered a religion in India and is followed with unquestionable reverence. Indians are emotionally attached to cricket and this attachment encouraged advertising companies to use cricket as a platform for promoting their products. And with India winning the biggest spectacle in the cricket world , advertising companies are using the mega-event to the maximum to make substantial impact on audience. We see so many...

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Patenting Indoor Cricket

This post was first published on March 30, 2011.   In this fast moving world, where people hardly find any time to enjoy, cricket was also dying with the reduction in number of spectators. The main reason could have been the length of games where test cricket is played for 5 days and the 50 over version would last for around 8 hours. Introduction of a new variant “twenty-20”made an immediate impact and attracted more people to the ground as well as to the galleries since the game is more of attacking type and last long for just 4 hours. This variant...

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Cricket Pitch Patent

This post was fist published on March 26, 2011. Cricket is a sport which originated in England and slowly spread across the world. At present more than 100 countries play cricket as per ICC rules. This gentlemen's game is most popular among commonwealth nations but it still has to gain popularity in other parts of the world like sports such as football, tennis, etc. Cricket lovers keep organizing cricket matches at different venues to promote the game. In Aug 2009, some players including Kapil Dev played cricket on snow at an altitude of 3,454 meters above sea level on Jungfrau Mountain...

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Doctrine of unclean hands- Now a defense in trademark infringement!

The image depicts a pack of cards by the mark 555. The court in a infringement case over the mark 555 held that the principle of unclean hands will apply to trademark cases. Click on the image to read the full post.

  This post was first published on March 22, 2011.   The Indian Courts, in the recent past have continuously surprised us by pulling one trick after the other when it comes to dealing with Intellectual Property cases. This time around it is the Bombay High Court while dealing with a trademark infringement matter in the recent case of M/S.J.K. Sons vs M/S.Parksons Games & Sports (decided on March 18, 2011).The facts involve M/S Parksons Games & Sports (respondents) being the owners of the trademark '555' for playing card. The respondents have used the mark 555 in conjunction with other marks such as...

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Patenting Bowling Machines – We are not talking about Anil Kumble or McGrath

This post was first published on March 22, 2011. We are midway through the fascinating Cricket World Cup 2011 now. So far, we witnessed domination of test teams over rookies (Ireland Vs England match was an exception for this). Competition will get tougher as the tournament proceeds. As expected, spinners are dominating batsmen but top class pacers from Australia and South Africa too proved worthy. The factors which will help players keep going is nothing but hard work and practice. The hard core practice sessions in the nets will definitely help improving player’s performances. During practice, players help each other to improve...

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Is GPL so Viral? – The New Phase of OSS License Enforcement and Compliance

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  This post was first published on 20th March, 2011.   General Public License (GPL) is one of the most stringent open source licenses. Being a license created by Free Software Foundation, it may be termed as a strong copyleft license. One of the primary objectives of the license is to spread the philosophy of free software foundation to make source code available for copying, use, modification and distribution. Any derivative work of a software governed by GPL will also be governed by GPL and source code must be made available during distribution. Programs that are integrated with software governed by GPL are...

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Speed Guns and Fast Bowlers

This post was first published on 19th March, 2011. In earlier days, Cricket was considered a gentlemen's game but not anymore. Nowadays, we see a  lot of rivalry between the teams like India v/s Pakistan, Australia v/s England. To win the match of rivalry, players employ different game strategies such as Bodyline bowling strategy adopted by England against Australia in famous Ashes series 1932-33 series. Fast bowlers were the main part of this strategy to counter exceptional batting skill of Sir Don Bradman. Since then, express bowlers have been holding a special place in cricket. One very important advancement in cricket technology...

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Pharma Patent Search – A Challenging Task

This image depicts Tablets and Capsules of various colors. This image is relevant as the topic is about Final Guidelines for Examination of Pharmaceuticals Published. Click on the image for more information

This post was first published on 15th March 2011. It is beyond contention that prior art search is an absolutely critical step in acquiring a patent, irrespective of the technology domain the invention relates to. Although considerable amount of time and effort needs to be spent for conducting a comprehensive patent search or any invention, in case of inventions pertaining to the pharmaceutical technology, the time and efforts triplicate. Here is why. The technology space in the pharmaceutical sector is extremely crowded which in turn crowds the patent space. Although this is very encouraging for researchers, it is a nightmare for patent...

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Patent Publication In India

  This post was first published on 14th March, 2011.   In India, just like in other jurisdiction once an application for filing the patent has been made, the application shall be published for public inspection by 18 months from date of filing or priority date. Indian Patent Act 1970 makes it mandatory to publish the patent applications for Public inspection in the official gazette. Such publications in official gazette shall be issued every Friday by patent office.   Indian Patent office provides publication of official gazette in their website mentioned below: http://ipindia.nic.in/. This is a very progressive step taken by the Patent office which...

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