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Nokia and Lenovo settle patent dispute, Apple wins $506 Million patent-damages appeal and more

Weekly Patent News

In this week’s news: Nokia and Lenovo settle patent dispute over video compression technology; Apple wins appeal against $506 Million patent-damages awarded to it earlier; USPTO announces special Patents for Humanity COVID-19 category; USPTO launches COVID fast-track appeals pilot program Nokia and Lenovo settle patent dispute over video compression technology Nokia and Lenovo have announced a decision to settle a long-standing patent dispute relating to video compression technology. The dispute which began in 2019 with Nokia suing Lenovo across multiple jurisdictions around the world has come to an end after Lenovo agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Nokia. The parties have...

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Vitiation of IPAB and Beyond – Changes to the Indian Patents Act

Turning off the lights on IPAB : Changes to the Patents Act

The President of India on fourth of April 2021 promulgated “The Tribunals Reforms (Rationalization and Conditions of Service) Ordinance 2021”. This Ordinance abolishes the various tribunals set up under the following acts: THE CINEMATOGRAPH ACT, 1952 THE COPYRIGHT ACT, 1957 THE CUSTOMS ACT, 1962 THE PATENTS ACT, 1970 THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY OF INDIA ACT, 1994 THE TRADE MARKS ACT, 1999 THE GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS OF GOODS (REGISTRATION AND PROTECTION) ACT, 1999 THE PROTECTION OF PLANT VARIETIES AND FARMERS’ RIGHTS ACT, 2001 THE CONTROL OF NATIONAL HIGHWAYS (LAND AND TRAFFIC) ACT, 2002 THE FINANCE ACT, 2017 Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) was constituted...

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Tribunals Reforms Ordinance 2021 and amendments to the Patents Act, 1970

Tribunal reforms & Patents Act

The President of India on the 4th of April 2021 promulgated the “THE TRIBUNALS REFORMS (RATIONALISATION AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE) ORDINANCE, 2021”.  With the passing of this ordinance, Tribunals set up under the Cinematograph Act, 1952, the Customs Act, 1962, the Airports Authority of India Act, 1994, the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001 and certain other Acts have now effectively been rendered defunct with immediate effect. Provided below is a table summarizing the changes introduced to the Patents Act, 1970 by virtue of passing of this Ordinance. SECTION CHANGES INTRODUCED BY ORDINANCE OLD...

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President promulgates Tribunals reforms Ordinance, IPAB goes defunct with immediate effect

The featured image shows a closed signboard. Th image has been used in consonance with the closure of the Tribunals through TRIBUNALS REFORMS (RATIONALISATION AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE) ORDINANCE, 2021

The President of India on the 4th of April 2021 promulgated the “THE TRIBUNALS REFORMS (RATIONALISATION AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE) ORDINANCE, 2021”. With the passing of this ordinance, Tribunals set up under the Cinematograph Act, 1952, the Customs Act, 1962, the Airports Authority of India Act, 1994, the Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001 and certain other Acts have now effectively been rendered defunct with immediate effect. The ordinance has also transferred the functions and powers of the tribunals to the High Courts and Commercial Courts depending on the context. For...

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IPO notifies Supreme Court’s latest decision on ‘Extension of Limitation’; Monsanto and Nuziveedu settle long standing patent dispute and more

Weekly Patent News

IPO notifies Supreme Court’s latest decision on ‘Extension of Limitation’; Monsanto and Nuziveedu settle long standing patent dispute; EPO to continue conducting mandatory oral proceedings by video conference; Over 250 European MP’s urge EU to support temporary patent waiver demanded by India and South Africa Indian Patent News IPO notifies Supreme Court’s latest decision on ‘Extension of Limitation’ Last year, the Supreme court of India had taken Suo Motu cognizance of the situation arising out of the challenges faced by the country on account of Covid-19 Virus and the resultant difficulties faced by litigants across the country in filing their petitions/applications/suits/ appeals/all other...

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IPO & JPO to be competent ISA & IPEA to each other under PCT, EPO publishes patent index 2020 and more

Weekly Patent News

IPO & JPO to be competent ISA & IPEA to each other under PCT; Apple fined $308.5 million for patent infringement, says “will appeal”; EPO publishes patent index 2020 Indian Patent News IPO & JPO to be competent ISA & IPEA to each other under PCT India and Japan have mutually agreed to recognize each other’s offices as be competent International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority (ISA/IPEA) for any international (PCT) patent application filed with them. This decision comes as part of the 4th Review meeting held under Indo-Japan Memorandum of Cooperation on Industrial Property on the 19th of March 2021....

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China top patent filer in 2020, India ranks 13th; IPAB’s future in limbo and more

Weekly Patent News

Industry groups urge government to rethink decision on abolishing IPAB; Nokia and Samsung sign a patent licensing agreement; Intel asked to pay $2.18 billion in patent infringement case; China remains top patent filer in 2020, filings grow despite pandemic; Ricoh joins WIPO GREEN Indian Patent News Industry groups urge government to rethink decision on abolishing IPAB According to The Economic Times, a group of industry associations on intellectual property has asked the government to reconsider its proposal to abolish the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) stating that such a move would be prejudicial to India’s credibility as an IP jurisdiction and lower IP...

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IP waiver on Covid-19 vaccine, AI lacks ‘legal personality’ says USPTO to Court and more

Weekly Patent News

Chandigarh to launch special start-up policy soon; 57 countries back India’s proposal for IP waiver on Covid-19 vaccine; Ms. Anjali S delivers a talk on Patent prosecution and Patent Opposition; Mr. Gaurav Mishra delivers talk on Patent infringement and defenses in Biotech research; Solas OLED and LG settle patent dispute; USPTO submits its position on AI inventorship to US District Court; CNIPA extends PPH program with Austria and Germany Indian Patent News Chandigarh to launch special start-up policy soon The Chandigarh administration has announced that it intends to formulate a Startup Policy with special focus on women entrepreneurship soon. The new policy will...

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Over 5000 patents granted in 2 months, will total grants increase this year?

Weekly Patent News - Patent and industrial design statistics

This week’s Patent & Design data has been compiled from the Official Journal of Patents and Designs published by the patent office on the 26th of February 2021. These statistics are presented to you by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Intellectual Property Firm. INDIAN PATENT STATISTICS A total of 1,184 patent applications have been published in the 9th issue of the Patent Journal, 2021. Out of the 1,184 applications published in the journal, 271 applications account for early publications while 913 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 – month period. A total...

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59% Decrease In Patent Publications This Week, Grants also Decrease Slightly

Weekly Patent News - Patent and industrial design statistics

This week’s Patent & Design data has been compiled from the Official Journal of the Patents and Designs Office published by the patent office on the 19th of February 2021. These statistics are presented to you by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Intellectual Property Firm. INDIAN PATENT STATISTICS A total of 743 patent applications have been published in the 8th issue of the Patent Journal, 2021. Out of the 743 applications published in the journal, 176 applications account for early publications while 567 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 – month period....

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