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Geographical Indication Registration of Basmati Rice

  Application No 14 for the registration of Geographical Indication (GI) of "Basmati Rice" was filed on 19th August 2004 in Class 30 by M/s Heritage, Haryana under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999. India and Pakistan had agreed to protect the GI of Basmati rice varieties covered by EC Regulation 1549/2004 as detailed in Council decisions 2004/617/EC and 2004/618/EC, when GI application was filled before the Registry. Basmati is the name given for certain varieties of…

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The Case of Indian Intellectual Property – Misplaced Perception

Walking out and looking at yourself is not very easy, but it must be done to understand what is going on with you. That will also give an insight into how people are perceiving you. It seems that India has not been very successful in looking at itself as a third party, and understanding how other countries are perceiving it. Maybe, someone did that and was happy with the impression the country is making. This post is a response to…

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“Digital Content, Intellectual Property and Innovation”- A talk by Prof. David D. Friedman

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) had organized a lecture by Prof. David D. Friedman and Dr. Parth J. Shah on June 24, 2015 for the Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) students as a part of their Emerging Economy course. Prof. David D. Friedman is a Professor at Santa Clara University’s Law School. He is an American economist, physicist, legal scholar, and libertarian theorist. He delivered a lecture on the topic “Digital Content, Intellectual Property and Innovation”. His lecture discusses…

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Get Dressed Up for Yoga Day: Patented Yoga Products

Yoga day is the next cool thing in June this year. How about buying some patented products to celebrate this big day? Here are your options: Yoga meditation/savasana robe (US 20140082818 A1) : This invention is a garment for yoga practitioners during the final relaxation stage and/or during meditation and also for people who do not practice yoga, but, want to begin meditation or meditate more often or more intently and intensely. Yoga pants with padded knees (US 20090293167 A1) : This…

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You (don’t) sow what you reap : Monsanto Corporation and Patent Enforcement

Imagine making a seed which is tolerant to herbicide through genetic engineering? The word ‘making a seed’ itself sounds a bit obscure does it not? But that’s what Monsanto Corporation does. Monsanto Corporation Inc. is a company which only a few have heard of in India, unless you’re in the agriculture & biotechnology field, but this company is one of the largest biotechnology giants in United States and Canada. They are a leading producer in the field of genetically engineered (GE)…

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The Amazing Race: US and India Patent Statistics

The Amazing Race: US and India Patent Statistics

Half the year is gone, and we, as usual, were curious to find out who are all in the race to top the patent charts this year. We found an article that gives a comprehensive view of the US patent statistics and list of top contenders (in terms of number of granted patents and published patents). So, we performed a search to identify details of patent activity of the top 10 in the lists provided by Sqoop. The search methodology…

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Copyright V. Privacy – Flash, Airtel, GitHub and Tejesh

Tejesh, based out of Bangalore, had allegedly discovered that browsing  on Airtel's 3G network was being slowed down by code that helps Airtel generate revenue from data services offered by the telecom service provider. After making the discovery, Tejesh posted the code along with screen shots on Git Hub. In response, Flash Networks, the owner of the code sent a cease and desist notice to Tejesh alleging copyright infringement. It also sent a DMCA take down notice to Git Hub,…

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Copyright Dispute between Music Publishers

  American music publisher, Bourne Co., co-founded in 1919 by songwriter Irving Berlin, has initiated a copyright dispute lawsuit before the New York Supreme County Court against the UK-based Booey & Co. Ltd. alleging conspiracy to deprive Bourne Co. of its share of rights in the highly popular song ‘These Foolish Things’ written by Eric Maschwitz and  Jack Strachey. Released in 1936, renditions of the song were recorded by various artists including Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald as well as…

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Filing a PCT Application in India? Get your FFL ready!

Under Section 39 of the Indian Patents Act, 1970, an Indian resident is required to file his invention first in India, and only after a period of six weeks from the date of filing, a filing could be done for the same invention outside India. Alternatively, the Indian resident could file Form-25 with prescribed fee, requesting the Controller for a Foreign Filing License (FFL), and can go ahead with such filling after obtaining the license . If the invention is proved to be relevant…

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Peps Industries Vs. Shakti Mattresses & Gears

  The Delhi High Court has passed an ex-parte interim injunction against Shakti Mattresses & Gears Pvt. Ltd. on 29th May 2015, to restrain from dealing in the goods and services, under the mark ‘SPINE GUARD’, which is a registered trademark of the plaintiff, Peps Industries Pvt. Ltd. To briefly state the facts, the Plaintiff, Peps Industries Pvt. Ltd., is engaged in the business of manufacturing, marketing and sale of sleep comfort products such as mattresses, pillows, cushions, sofas, beds and…

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