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Author: BananaIP Reporter

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Why do Inventors Invent?

First Publication Date: 1st February 2010. Abraham Lincoln said, "Patents add fuel to the fire of genius". The role of the patent system is to encourage inventors by providing them incentives to give life to their ideas. As Lincoln rightly stated, the patent system provides the necessary encouragement to an inventive mind rather than creating one through its incentive system. The nature of the role played by the patent system in setting inventive minds in motion has been the subject of research at various levels. While some scholars concluded that the patent system does not play any role, others stated that...

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Finally, the Paternity of the Radio is Questioned

This post was published on August 06, 2014.

 

“Who invented the Radio?” When this question was asked during my school days, my answer was an immediate, “Marconi”. Since that answer would fetch me my points, I didn’t bother to look beyond. Recently, however, I realized that it has always been a controversial subject and that my answer could have been wrong. The villain… um.. no, the hero of the story is none other than Nikola Tesla, who is regarded as one of the greatest inventors of all time. Curious to know the story? Read on.

Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian inventor who became famous for his contributions towards the growth and development of long distance radio transmission. Marconi was inspired by Hertz’s theory of electromagnetic waves and began his research on Hertz’s work during the 1894-1895 period. He was keen on inventing a wireless telegraph device. On May 13, 1897, Marconi succeeded in sending the world’s first ever wireless signal over open sea and the first message read ‘Are you ready?’ In 1904, the US Patent Office granted Marconi a patent, Apparatus for Wireless Telegraphy (US 763772) for the invention of the Radio.

Let’s Scrutinize Barcodes a Bit

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This post was first published on 29th September, 2014.   When we first go grocery shopping, as a kid, we always wondered what those black and white, think and thin lines indicated. A big puzzle eventually gets answered as we grow up. We now know that they are codes represented in the form of bars, a method for automatic identification and data collection. It has evolved from a punch card system, designed to speed the purchasing process, to the modern barcodes we see on every product imaginable. The rudimentary idea came from the Morse code. The barcodes were first implemented in the year...

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Ideas, Concepts, Scripts & Stories – Protecting Ideas in the Entertainment Industry Part III

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This post was first published on 29th July, 2014.   In continuation to our previous discussion on how to protect ideas in the entertainment industry, the upcoming posts in the series will discuss landmark cases and analyse how Courts consider Breach of Confidentiality claims. Previous posts in the series may be accessed here and here. The first of these cases is Zee Telefilms Limited and Another vs. Sundial Communications Private Limited and Others: This suit was brought by the Plaintiffs alleging Breach of Confidence in the original concept developed by the Plaintiffs and the misuse of confidential information. The Plaintiff's was a company engaged in the business of...

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Foreign Filing Intimation to Indian Patent Office

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This post was first published on July 10, 2012. Given the global nature of businesses today, it is not uncommon for a patent applicant to file patent applications in multiple countries for the same invention. Like many other patent offices, the Indian patent office imposes an obligation on the applicants to update the patent office with respect to foreign filings for substantially the same invention for which an application has been filed in India. The whole idea is to benefit from the opinion of the foreign patent office and to ensure that no frivolous patents are granted in India. Section 8 of...

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The Chemtura Case – Assent from US’ BPAI, but Dissent from India’s IPAB

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This post was first published on 29th October, 2014.   Intellectual Property Appellate Board, ORA/14/2009/PT/MUM ANDORA/14/2009/PT/MUM Decision Date: 24 AUGUST 2012 This post focuses only on the inventive step analysis of IPAB. The question of inventive step arose in a revocation petition before IPAB in which lack of inventive step was one among several grounds. SiNApSE readers will recall this case for its ratio on Section 8 of the Patents Act. Patent: The patent in question relates to a side bearing pad assembly for absorbing and cushioning compression forces and that dampen lateral rolling motions that occur during the movement of railroad cars. Claim 1 reads as...

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United Kingdom Releases Report on Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

This post was first published on 29th May, 2011. Intellectual Property Rights, referred to as IPR, is one of the most upcoming branches of law. It is very dynamic, and laws are being made and changed according to what suits best the current social, economical, and political scenario. The laws are considered as an inevitable part of the modern world, as it ensures an exclusive right to people who discover or invent new appliances and processes. This grant of exclusive right has lead to the realization of the economic importance of IPR, especially to those companies or individuals who are innovative and...

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Chapter II. 301 Report on Indian Patent System – Comprehending Apprehension or Apprehending Comprehension?

This post was first published on 18th May, 2014.   The 25th Special 301 Report of 2014 keeps India on the Priority Watch List and the USTR hopes to run an out-of-cycle review in Fall, after the New Indian Government is formed. After emphasizing on the need to balance Incentives for Innovation and Domestic issues in India, the Report puts forth the various concerns on the Patent System in India: Patent Process Commending the measures taken by the Indian Government, such as Digitization, Online Search & e-Filing upgrades and Initiatives to hire Examiners, the Report focuses on the need for steps to clear the backlog of patent applications through...

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An “Illuminating” Technology Boost to Cricket!

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This post was first published on 8th April, 2014.   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 watched the World Cup matches this time around...

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Statutory Licenses for Broadcasting – Part V: Notes on Copyright Amendment, 2012

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This post was first published on 28th June, 2014.   The 2012 Copyright Amendment codified Statutory Licenses for radio broadcasting and has added television broadcasting to be within the scope of the license. Section 31D deals with statutory licenses for broadcasting. It reads as follows: "31D. Statutory licence for broadcasting of literary and musical works and sound recording. (1) Any broadcasting organisation desirous of communicating to the public by way of a broadcast or by way of performance of a literary or musical work and sound recording which has already been published may do so subject to the provisions of this section. (2) The broadcasting organisation...

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