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BananaIP Counsels > Patents (Page 15)

Prosecution History E’stop’pel!

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This post was first published on 3rd September, 2014.   All of us have experienced times when things don’t work the way we want them to when we really need them to. Exactly the same way, extended protection given to the patentee under the Doctrine of Equivalents (DOE) doesn’t always help you when you need it the most. Many a time, the application has to be amended in order to accommodate the Patent Law requirements, which is called the Prosecution History or File-Wrapper. Prosecution History Estoppel is an exception to the general rule of DOE (after the Festo case) which says that "where...

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Dr. Jonas Salk – The True Humanitarian

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This post was first published on 31st October, 2014.   Some people work towards finding solutions to a better way of life, round the clock. The youth of today is independent, confident and progressive. The world feels like a wonderful place to live in. But we wouldn’t have been able to “stand on our own legs”, literally, if not for a wonderful human being called Dr. Jonas Salk. October 28, 2014, on the day we celebrate as the birth centenary of the man who made billions of kids stand on their own legs, a small tribute to the great soul will be...

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Tesla’s Open Source Patent Saga

  This post was first published on 1st July, 2014.   After the recent, almost philanthropic action of Tesla's, there seem to be several nagging unanswered questions looming in our heads. Here are a few that we have addressed for you, Dear Reader.   Who is Tesla? Tesla Motors is the name of a Californian Automobile Company founded in 2003 by a group of Silicon Valley Engineers who set out to prove that electric vehicles could be awesome. Their sports car Tesla Roadster hit the roads in early 2008, the car that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and travel for 245 miles per...

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Panacea of the People for More than Two Centuries

  This post was first published on 20th June, 2014.   Have you ever heard about 'Patent Medicines?' While not confusing the term with patented drugs, we should note that this term was associated with drug compounds in the 18th and the 19th century. They were not patented but Trademarked Medicines and were termed Nostrum Remedium in Latin. These medicines were sold with interesting names and tall claims of curing a long list of illnesses! Originally, patent medicines were named after the 'Letters Patent' granted by the English Crown. The first letters patent given to an inventor of a secret remedy, was issued during the late 17th century. The patent granted...

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Exclusive Marketing Rights and Stronger Patent Regime

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This post was first published on 2nd September, 2014.   Trade Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement under the World Trade Organization (WTO) came into effect in 1995 mandating all the developing member countries to bring in TRIPS-compliant national laws within ten years i.e., 2005. India became a party to the TRIPS Agreement in April, 1994. At that time, India's then-current enactment of the Patent Act, 1970 directly contravened Article 27 of the TRIPS Agreement. Upon coming into effect on January 1, 1995, TRIPS set out transitional periods for WTO members to introduce legislation complying with the obligations under TRIPS. For developing...

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Chapter VI. Compulsory Licensing & Local Working – Comprehending Apprehending or Apprehending Comprehension?

This post was first published on 4th July, 2014.   Compulsory Licenses are licenses granted by the government or the patent office, irrespective of whether the patent holder gives consent to such a license. For most types of Compulsory Licenses, the granting authority fixes the royalty payable to the patent holder. Compulsory Licenses, with respect to patents, are of various types: General Compulsory License – Granted for all types of inventions when certain predefined parameters are satisfied; Compulsory License in National Emergency, or Public Health Crisis – Granted when there is a serious health emergency like an epidemic outbreak, or a rampant life threatening...

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Cross-Border Patent Protection

  This post was first published on July 16th, 2014.   Patent protection is territorial in nature. A patent application filed in a country can entail the enjoyment of patent rights in that country only and thus a patent application has to be filed in countries where the applicant intends to gain protection. Thus in order to seek patent protection in multiple countries, the applicant will have to file the application in each of these countries. There is no limitation on the number of countries where a patent application can be filed. A foreign application can be made in the following ways: Direct...

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The Right Time and Means to Publish a Patent Application

This post was first published on 18th July, 2014.   If an invention has been published or publicly displayed, it will not be eligible for patenting except for in certain cases. As part of this post, we will look at an essential stage in the patenting process called Publication. We will also discuss the exceptions, where prior publication may not hinder the patenting of an invention. In India, once an application for a patent has been made, the application shall be published by the Patent Office for public inspection, before the expiry of 18 months from filing or priority date. Under Section 11A of the Indian Patent...

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Denial of Opportunity to be Heard Violates Principle of Natural Justice

This post was first published on 16th July, 2014.   Today, we will take a look at a case where the IPAB ruled in favor of the appellant, remanding the case back to the Controller on the principle of natural justice! Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson (Publ) (Appellant) v/s Controller General of Patents and The Assistant Controller of Patents (Respondents) Case: This particular order is in response to an appeal filed by Ericsson against the order passed by The Assistant Controller of Patents rejecting the Indian application (5294/DELNP/2005) filed by them for an invention titled Secure Traffic Redirection in a Mobile Communication System, based on a corresponding...

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“Children, Don’t Just Invent, File Patents!”

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This post was first published on 14th November, 2014.   The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age - Aldous Huxley Every child is a genius. I wish all SiNApSE readers a very Happy Children's Day. This post brings you the knowledge about 4-year-old Sydney Dittman, who invented an aid for using knobs, called Aid for grasping round knobs (US 5231733), an extremely useful invention for the disabled. She invented it while playing with her toys and now you know that inventing is nothing but play and fun. For Patent Geeks, here is the info: Abstract: Apparatus for grasping circular knobs which...

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