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Sound Sign Posts – Patents for the Blind 2

This image depicts a blind woman holding a stick and walking on a road. This image is relevant as a patent has been awarded for vibrating clothes which will help the blind person to navigate easily. Click on this image for more information

This post was published on August 25, 2014.

 

Last week we discussed the talking walking stick innovation. Today, I am here with another patent, brought to my attention by the reliable, Naveen. Banking on certain patents to navigate your way through the world, is not an uncommon feature in knowledge driven industries and I embark on a mission to learn a few tricks. This patent, filed in 2008, by Universidade Do Porto, Portugal, seems to be an outcome of Academic Research.

The Guidance, navigation and information system especially adapted for blind or partially sighted people (US 20110172907 A1) patent aims to provide sound sign posts for the blind. The Abstract reads as follows:

Salient Features of Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2011

This post was first published on March 15, 2011. The draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2011 have been notified for publication in the Gazette of India. Any objections or suggestions may be sent by email to chandni[dot]raina[at]nic[dot]in within 45 days from the date on which the official gazette, containing the notification, is made available to the public. This amendment rules have made it easier for patent applicants and practitioner by providing for online filing of documents. Following are the salient features of the amended rules. Electronically authenticated documents may be filed online. Individual applicants may file documents online without electronic authentication by duly...

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AI named as inventor in patent, AI to be inducted in Patent Office’s operations, 3M versus Saint-Gobain and more

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“Patent News Bulletin: Indian Patent Statistics, Indian Design Statistics, Interesting Inventions, Artificial Intelligence based automated music composing model, Alert system to prevent smuggling of valuable trees,  IPO clarifies on submission of Declaration under Rule 14.17 via ePCT, AI to be inducted in Patent Office’s operations, 3M settles patent lawsuit with Saint-Gobain, Vodafone faces patent infringement suit in Europe, China to amend patent law, USPTO proposes hike in patent fees, AI named as inventor in patent and more” presented to you by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm. Quote of the Week “Anyone who invents is an...

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Patent: Stem Cell Patent Debate Never Dies

This image depicts the technological advancement that is 'stem cell regeneration'. It depicts the harvesting of stem cells in a perti dish and their development into a human organ. But is this miracle patentable? Click on the image to read the full post.

 This post was published on May 2, 2011.   The debate with respect to genetic and stem cell patents is alive with the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) preliminary opinion in March. As per the opinion, embryonic stem cells are not patentable because use of totipotent stem cells amounts to use of human embryo for industrial or commercial purposes. As totipotent stem cells can develop into a human being and are derived from an embryo, they as per the opinion can be considered to be human embryo or based on manipulation of human embryo. This opinion was an interpretation of Article 6(2)...

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Battle of Instant Photography

This post was published on August 20, 2014.

 

August 19 is celebrated as World Photography Day! Photography, in layman’s language, is an art of producing images using a camera. The history of recording images dates back to the late BC, though this cannot be substantiated. Later, in 1839, Louis Daguerre, a French artist and photographer, introduced Daguerreotype, the first publicly announced photographic process. In 1840, the first American patent (US 1582) was issued in photography to Mr. Alexander Wolcott, for his camera that worked on the Daguerreotype principle. Now, telling you about all patents related to photography would be tedious. So, let me tell you the story of an interesting patent battle that took place between two pioneers in photography in hopes of gaining dominance in the field of instant photography.

A Patently Generic Win

This post was first published on April 23, 2012. In a landmark decision on a generic drug-maker’s ability to introduce a generic drug for uses not indicated on the branded product’s label, the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, a unit of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, in its patent litigation against Novo Nordisk over Caraco’s generic version of Prandin, repaglinide tablets, a blood glucose lowering drug. The drug in question, Prandin, generically known as repaglinide, is used for treatment of Type-2 diabetes. The drug is approved for three different uses, out of which Novo had valid patent on one....

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Role of Third Parties in Patent Grant Process

This post was published on July 21, 2014.

 

The subject of today’s topic would probably leave a patent applicant feeling a bit like the reigns are slipping. A patent is not a piece of cake to acquire. The right owner of the invention be it an inventor or an applicant has to prove themselves beyond any doubt. It is the basic right of every individual to oppose the grant of any patent, in cases where such a grant would seem detrimental to a third party. Hence, it would be a justifiable opportunity for third parties to intervene in the procedure of patent grant.

Opposition

Under the Indian Patent Law, Opposition can be made twice during the life of a patent application. First is the Pre-grant representation under section 25(1) wherein any person may challenge the application for grant of a patent. Pre-grant opposition acts as a defensive shield to confirm the validity of patent applications before patents are granted. Post grant opposition under section 25(2) may be made only by any person interested at any time after the grant of patent but before the expiry of a period of one year from the date of publication of grant of patent.

Abraham Lincoln – the Patent Enthusiast!

This image depicts a portrait of Abraham Lincoln

This post was first published on March 5th, 2014.   Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, well known for his fight against slavery. Before entering into active politics, Mr. Lincoln was a practicing lawyer who tried to defend the rights of slaves. His continued interest and effort in this front probably helped him gain the trust of his countrymen, which in turn helped him build a successful political career and become the President of the United States in the year 1861. Thereafter, his struggle for abolishing slavery ended in success and slavery was abolished across the country. All these chapters of...

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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.

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