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Talking Walking Stick – Blind Patents 1

This post was first published on 19th August, 2014.   Every blind person aspires to live a life of independence, a life of freedom and free will, a life free from intrusion, physical and psychological. Some patented inventions have attempted to enhance this very independence, and I will, in my upcoming posts, endeavor to take an unbiased look at some of them. In 1991, Hsieh Chi-Sheng filed a patent for an electronic talking stick for the blind. Before we get into details, one must understand the role of a stick, or cane, in a blind man's life. It is, simply put, the most important tool for...

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Sense your Surroundings – Patents for the Blind 5

This image depicts a person wearing a black glass. This image is relevant as the post is about Wearable navigation assistance for the vision-impaired. Click on the image for more information

This post was first published on 15th September, 2014.   In my earlier posts (Post1, Post2, Post3, Post4), we discussed the mobility of a visually disabled person that is directly proportional to his awareness of the environment. The more he knows about his surroundings, the easier it gets for him to move around. An issue in achieving this, is the extent of the person's sensory involvement. Most blind people use auditory signals to understand the state of the environment and a navigation device is better off leaving sound signals alone. The touch is another sense that is extensively used for mobility. Owing to the human...

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Salient Features of the US Patent Reform Act 2011

This post was first published on 15th September, 2011. The patent reform bill is now awaiting approval from the President to become the law of the land.  The bill proposes many changes to the existing US Patent Act.   Below listed are few important provisions included in the bill: First-Inventor-To-File: US patent system will now operate on first-inventor-to-file instead of its earlier operation system which was first-to-invent. The first-inventor-to file system provides certainty with respect to the invention date thereby enabling the Examiner to select appropriate prior art for judging the patentability of the invention. Further, 1 year grace period for disclosures by...

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What Makes the World’s First Turbo Diesel Motorcycle Vibration Free?

This image depicts Royal Enfield's Turbo model of Bike. This image is relevant as this is the first ever diesel engine powered bike which does not vibrate. Click on this image for more information

This post was first published on 25th August, 2014.   Owing to the ever increasing gas prices, fuel efficiency offered by vehicles has become a strong deciding factor among buyers. Diesel bikes are a great benefit for people obsessed with fuel efficiency but unfortunately diesel bikes are currently not offered by any OEMs for the masses. Royal Enfield’s Taurus was the only diesel motorcycle that was in mass production until some time ago. The vibration produced by diesel engines in a motorcycle, jolts the rider and makes travel tiresome, and eventually the user may even start feeling the strain through pain in his/her elbow...

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Strategy to Patent Jamun

This image depicts a bowl of jamuns. this post explores if jamuns can be patented. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 8th November, 2012. The Jamun patent saga, earlier reported to be the subject of government revocation has spurred discussions and debates across India on various counts, ranging from mode of revocation to CSIR's blind eye to Indian applications. My attempt in this post is not to add another opinion to the existing ones but to bring forth that a composition of Jamun can be susceptible to patent protection.  All of us in India will agree that we have a ton of traditional knowledge  (TK), most of which is either untapped or unused. In fact, at...

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Invention that Revolutionized the Industrial Revolution!

This image depicts the Steam Engine invented by James Watt. This image is relevant as the post is about the invention which has brought the Industrial Revolution. Click on the image for more information

This post was first published on 13th October, 2014.   Most of us have learned about the Industrial Revolution that took place in the 18th and 19th centuries, that ultimately resulted in the transition to the new manufacturing processes found even today. While I was reading about the industrial revolution, the question that flashed in my mind was, "Is there any invention that fueled the revolution?". Well, surprisingly (or not), the answer is a Yes! It's nothing but the Steam Engine. Let me tell the interesting story of the Steam Engine and its world famous inventor for our Readers who have a special...

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Patentability of Higher Life Forms

This image depicts the logo of Onco. This image is relevant as The case was about a patent application filed by the Harvard College for a transgenic mouse. Click on the image for more information

This post was first published on 5th September, 2014.   Today we will be discussing a case where the patent grant was rejected by the Canadian Patent Office as higher life forms are patent ineligible subject matter under the Act. Canada (Commissioner of Patents) (Appellants) vs. President & Fellows of Harvard College (Respondents) Case: The case was about a patent application filed by the Harvard College for a transgenic mouse. In the transgenic mouse, the genome was genetically altered with the insertion of an oncogene. The oncogene was inserted into fertilized mouse eggs which were then implanted into a female host. The off-springs produced with all of...

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Can There be a Patent for a Method of Patent Trolling?

This image depicts a Monkey standing with a stick and trying to describe what Patent Troll is with the basic definitions written in the Background. This image is relevant as USPTO has granted a Patent for a method of Patent Trolling. Click on the image for more information

This post was first published on 11th October, 2014.   How about committing the crime of killing all the criminals so as to prevent crime? Sounds outrageous, doesn't it? Well, then how about patenting the patent troll in order to prevent patent trolling? The USPTO is proof enough for granting some of the weirdest and craziest patents. But this one seems to be the cherry on the icing on the cake. Halliburton Energy Services Inc. has made an Application No. 11/741429 before the USPTO titled Patent Acquisition and Assertion by a (Non-Inventor) First Party against Second Party. Here is how the invention actually works....

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Soggy Pizza? Blame it on the Box!

This post was first published on 2nd April, 2014.   Vinay Mehta ordered pizza one evening. It was soggy from the steam trapped inside the box, a far cry from the crispy, steamy pizza he'd hoped for. Although this dampened the pizza's aroma, it was nowhere near dampening his spirit. Instead, Mr. Mehta resolved to end this problem once and for all. All it took was a little "thinking outside the box". Or was it inside? Here's how it goes: While the food packaging industry had almost entirely stagnated after solving the compression and cushioning problems of packaging boxes, no one had so much as...

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Can Combining Contrivances Give Rise to Inventive Step? – An IPAB Case Note

The image depicts an Hygrometer.

This post was published on 24th January, 2014.   Eaton Electric BV Vs. Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs, Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) Decision - Mp. No. 86/210, Decided on 14th July, 2011. Invention: A hygrometer is used in combination with the arrangement of a moisture absorbing agent, which is provided inside the enclosed housing of a Switch Gear. Prior Art: 1. Switch gear in enveloping housing filled with dry air to control Arc energy. 2. Introduction of moisture absorbing agent to reduce water content in the air. Question: Does the invention possess an inventive step in light of the prior art? The invention is an improvement over existing switch...

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