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Terrafugia gets Flying Car of the Future Patented

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Conventional cars are the ones that are driven on roads. A flying car or an aero-car is one such vehicle that can be driven on the roads as well as flown in skies. Flying cars have been a dream for most people for a long time. Most of us have seen flying cars in many science fiction and fantasy movies like Star wars, Back to the future, Harry Potter, etc. Finally after decades of dreaming and waiting, flying cars have now become a reality. Terrafugia, the developer of a roadable aircraft called the Transition and a flying car called the...

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China Court Likes Facebook and Dislikes Apple.

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You win some, you lose some!! China passed two judgments last week, with respect to trademark involving two of the most famous brands- “iPhone” and “Facebook”. The judgments are very surprising because as we all know that Facebook though blocked in China, was allowed the trademark protection. However, iPhone despite being popular and sold in China lost the trademark battle. The iPhone imbroglio: Xintong Tiandi, a Chinese manufacturer of luxury leather goods has been selling handbags, mobile phone cases and other leather goods branded with the name "IPHONE", which is similar to Apple's iPhone trademark. Xintong Tiandi had applied for trademark registration...

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Sipping on IP – Conversation on Intellectual Property

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  Well I am guessing the title of this post may have piqued your interest. ‘Sipping on IP’ is an initiative taken by BananaIP, where everyone gathers over coffee and lets ideas, discussions and conversations about intellectual property brew. There are no ground rules and the conversation can be about varied topics from more current pressing issues to any IP related concept. It is a great way to connect, take a break and learn from your peers. Let’s see what we sipped on previously.   Date: 26/04/2016 Topics discussed: Start-Ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP) scheme launched by the government of India. Sanjeevani, Anjali, Aniruddha, Gaurav and Subhashree...

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Understanding the PCT

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There are a lot of internationally accepted treaties which govern the Patent Filing process when an applicant wants to file an application outside his own country. One such example is the PATENT COOPERATION TREATY also known as PCT. In this article we attempt to present a brief overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. The Patent Cooperation Treaty was signed on 19th of June, 1970. The PCT is an international treaty which offers a singular unified procedure which eases the process of filing for a particular type of patent in multiple countries. The Patent Cooperation Treaty was initially signed by 18 nations...

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UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.

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IP Kat recently reported a summary judgement granted in a copyright infringement case involving various record companies and music publishers and an in flight entertainment provider. A motion for summary judgment was brought by various record companies and music publishers which included UMG Recordings, Inc. (“UMG”), Capitol Records, LLC (“EMI”) and Universal Music Publishing Group (“UMPG”) alleging copyright infringement of sound recording, copyright infringement of musical compositions, amongst other assertions against the defendant In-flight Productions (IFP) and parent company Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc, a worldwide provider of in-flight entertainment from movies to songs. Plaintiffs, the exclusive copyright owners of works including...

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IP for Start-ups : A Presentation by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at CII Hyderabad

The following presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at the one day Seminar on ‘IPR Management for Startups in Electronics and ICT Sectors’ on 6th May 2016, in Hyderabad, organized by Andhra Pradesh Technology Development & Promotion Centre (APTDC) of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY). Participants of the seminar included Budding Entrepreneurs, Managers/Executives in Startups and Professionals in various functional areas of Startups such as Research & Development, Marketing, Brand Management, Business Development, Directors, Design, Legal and IP departments who seek to integrate IP strategy into the Business Management...

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The invention of the PIN turns 50

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May 2nd, 2016  marked the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Personal Identification Number (PIN) technology for cash machines. James Goodfellow was the man who came up with an idea of designing a system that accepted a machine readable encrypted card to which he added a numerical keypad into which a Personal Identification Number (PIN) had to be entered manually. He was an engineer working in Glasgow in the 1960’s who changed the face of banking industry with his invention that was simple to use for the customers and secure for the banks. The US patent Number 3,905,461 titled ‘Access...

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Louis Vuitton – Food versus Fashion…

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Louis Vuitton is one of the world’s largest fashion brands whose trademark LV is famous across the globe. In a recent event, the fashion brand filed a case against “Louis Vuitton Dak” – a South Korean Fried Chicken Restaurant for trademark infringement on the grounds of confusing similarity in the trademarks. According to the Korean Times - the logo of the chicken restaurant bears a close resemblance to that of original luxury brand - Louis Vuitton’s logo. In September 2015 this case was taken to court alleging the violation of “Unfair competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act”. The subject matter...

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Likelihood of Confusion: Numerals as Trade Marks

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  In this post we will be analyzing whether a numeral Trade mark can be deceptively similar to another mark consisting of different numerals. This issue has recently been dealt with by the Delhi High Court in the case Mona Aggarwal & Anr vs. Glossy & Paints Pvt. Ltd. & Anr. The brief facts of this case are that, the Plaintiff i.e. Glossy Colour Paint Pvt. Ltd is said to have adopted and used over the mark "1001" since 1946. The mark is claimed to be distinct mark where the mark '1001' is represented with the zeroes having eyes and being used...

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Just Launched: Patent Incentives for MSMEs in Haryana

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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises contribute enormously to the socio-economic development of the country and this is not a hidden fact. MSMEs play a crucial role in providing large employment opportunities at comparatively lower capital cost than large industries. They also help in industrialization of rural & backward areas, thereby, reducing regional imbalances and assuring more equitable distribution of national income and wealth. According to the SME chamber of India, the MSME sector consists of 36 million units which provide employment to over 80 million people. The sector through more than 6,000 products contributes about 8% to GDP besides 45% to...

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