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Adding Salt Water to Fire Automobiles

First Publication Date: 12th January 2011 This is in furtherance to the post, titled “Driving on Hydrogen”,  on using Hydrogen as a fuel in automobiles. Recently I happened to  come across a video on YouTube titled “Salt water into Fuel”,  which they have mentioned as an accidental invention. I was quite  excited to see this and went in search of more details of this  invention. I found out that the story goes like this. John Kanzius of  Sanibel, Florida was running experiments with a radio frequency  generator he designed to help zap cancer cells. When he trained  radio waves on a...

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Driving on Hydrogen

First Publication Date: 11th January 2011.   It has been reported that Tata Motors has invested $15milliion on the research being conducted at MIT which aims at using water as a fuel to run cars. Every one  is today keen to know about what is the need for this research and how it is possible? The conventional sources of energy for power generation are non-renewable and are depleting fast. As a result, the automobile industry is heading towards a crisis due to running out of these energy resources. In the context, the primary need for this research by Tata Motors is to provide...

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Patent Damages: How Much is Too Much?

First Publication Date: 6th January 2011   When the US sneezes, the world catches cold!   This statement holds absolutely true for debates over patent infringement damages. It has been just two days that United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) pronounced the judgment in the much hyped Uniloc v. Microsoft case and the world is already drooling over the reincarnated debate. The facts, in a nutshell, involve Uniloc suing Microsoft over infringement of their patent related to software registration system (the unique id that you enter when you buy and use a legitimate copy of any  software). During the trial...

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An Incentive to Green Technology Patent Applications

  First Publication Date: 29th December 2010   In an extremely globalized world where we talk of reducing our carbon footprint, it is obvious that the leaders of tomorrow would be those who can use the alternatives to non renewable sources of energy to the fullest. Green technologies like Solar Energy, Hydel Power and Wind energy are being researched upon the world over and the least the governments can do is provide more and more incentives for development of these technologies. The U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a pilot programme last year on 8th December to accelerate the examination of...

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Patentability of Biotech Inventions in USA – Patentable Subject Matter

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First Publication Date: 27th December 2010 To be patentable subject matter in USA, an invention should be a process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter or any improvement thereof. There are three judicially created exclusions to patentable subject matter in USA. They are Laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas. Biotechnology (Biotech) inventions are considered to be eligible subjects as Compositions of matter or manufactures. The exclusion most relevant for biotech inventions is 'Laws of nature' exclusion. US Courts have consistently held that as per the exclusion anything that naturally exists or is a 'product of nature' is not patentable. The...

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Once an Intermediate, Always an Intermediate

  First Publication Date: 22nd December 2010   The other day, while I was having a heated discussion with 2 fellow bloggers about the patentability of repurposed drugs i.e. patenting of new use of a known drug, we hit a road block with regard to patent value of an intermediate. The question raised was "Will a newly found first use of an already known intermediate be patentable in India?" I am rephrasing the question for the purpose of this discussion.  “Will the exclusion criterion elaborated in Section 3 (d) of the Indian Patents Act exclude the patentability of the first known use of the intermediate?” Whenever...

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Biotechnology and Patent Challenge

This image depicts a DNA strand. The DNA forms the basis of all life forma and conquering it is the challenge for biotechnology. This post is about the patentability of biotech inventions. Click on the image to read the full post.

First Publication Date: 19th December 2010. Since inception patent law is being customized and fine tuned by governments to meet the needs of evolving technologies. Strong basic principles have evolved to cater to the needs of traditional fields of science and technology and they have been working well in promoting progress. However, the basic principles have utterly failed in a number of ways, when it comes to their application to Modern Biotechnology. The unique nature of Modern Biotechnology is the main reason for the failure.Why is Biotechnology Unique? Biotechnology promises more efficacious drugs, medical treatment tailored to the individual patient's biological make-up,...

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Indian Patent Statistics, Interesting inventions, IP counterfeiting, International patent news and more

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“Indian patent statistics, Interesting inventions, “Workshop on IP Rights” to be hosted by Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, G.K Law College to organize a National Seminar on IPR, EPO’s first patent publication and other Weekly Patent News updates” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm. Quote of the Week “Owning Intellectual Property is like owning land. You need to keep investing in it again to get a payoff; you can’t simply sit back and collect rent.” – Esther Dyson, a Swiss-born American author, investor and philanthropist. Indian Patent Statistics A total of 832 patent applications have been...

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Decorated Christmas Trees

First Publication Date: 21st December 2010. It is a busy world and a busy life. People are in a hurry to earn their living and achieve some thing in life. During the rush to fulfill their dreams, they hardly find time to catch up with their loved ones and even forget to enjoy life. That is the point where festivals play a significant role. Nowadays festivals are the only occasions during which people reunite with their dear ones and find some time to enjoy regardless of their hectic schedules. One of such a festival - Christmas has come. Christmas is a joyous...

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Shielding Patent Attacks – A Peek at Patent Defenses in India

First Publication Date: 11th December 2010. A person falling within the scope of a defense will not be liable for infringement though his product or process is infringing. Some of the defenses to patent infringement recognized under the Indiann Patent Law are:A. Experiment, Research or Education; B. Bolar Exemption; C. Government use; and D. Parallel Imports. A. Experiment, Research or Education Use of a patented invention for experimentation or research is a defense to patent infringement. The provision relating to experiment and research under the Indian law uses expansive language and can be interpreted to have a very broad scope. Economic objectives of the research or...

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