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Weekly Copyright News: Draft Intermediary Rules, Japan Extends Copyright Protection, Ubon Collaborates with YoYo Honey Singh and more

Weekly Copyright News Updates - Intellepedia

MEITy Publishes Draft Intermediary Rules, Major Year-end Releases Leaked Online, Amul Allowed to Air Edited Commercials, Japan Extends Copyright Protection to 70 Years, Nirvana Sues Marc Jacobs for Copying ‘Smiley Face’, Netflix Removes Comedy Episode at Saudi Demand, CBS, Showtime Face Copyright Infringement Suit, Soulja Boy Forced to Stop Selling Knock-Off Video Game Consoles, Fox Announces Alita Merchandise, Ubon Collaborates with YoYo Honey Singh for Song ‘Makhna’. COPYRIGHT QUOTE OF THE WEEK The point of copyright law is not to give people absolute control over everything they write. It's to compensate artists and authors for the works that they create. - Jason Schultz INDIAN...

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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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Weekly Trademark News: Simmba Trademark License, Funfine Defeats Freefun, Rajinikanth New Trademarks, Jacket Design as a Trademark, and other news

Recent Indian Trademark Statistics, The Girl Scout vs. The Boy Scout, New Trademarks by Rajinikanth, Simmba Movie Trademark License, Pethapur Blocks Obtains GI Registration and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A brand is a promise. A good brand is a promise kept”-Muhtar Kent INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The Indian Trademark Office has picked up its pace with the upcoming year. The total number of applications published in the Trademark Journal as well as the total number of hearing notices issued has increased by thirteen percent (13%). There has also been an increase...

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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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If I Could Copyright… My Audio: Copyrights and Writers (Part 7)

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

This post deals with filing of copyright registration application for protection of Sound recording. As elaborated in our previous post, audio books are protected under copyright act as sound recordings. With the rise of various platform for audio books, like Audible, Google Play Books, Kobo Books, Bookmobile, etc., the market for audiobooks is growing with tremendous pace. In this scenario, it is recommended that writers should file a copyright registration application for registering their audiobooks under copyright law. Either the writer of the book or the publisher or any other person who has taken rights from the writer or publisher to...

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