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Medical Imaging- A Patent Insight

The image depicts an X-Ray of a person's left hand.

This post was first published on February 21st, 2012. Medical Imaging is in full flow and offers several advantages for clinicians to diagnose the patient’s health thoroughly.  Medical imaging is the technique and the process to create images of the human body or parts for clinical purposes and is often perceived to designate the set of techniques that noninvasively produce images of internal aspects of the body. The imaging technologies involved in medical imaging are Radiography, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Fiduciary Markers, Nuclear medicine, Photoacoustic imaging, Breast Thermography, Tomography, and Ultrasound. These imaging technologies have their own way of acquiring images....

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How Many More Patents Would it Take to Make the World a Better Place to Live in?

This post was first published on July 30th, 2011. In a country like India where the sun is out for the major part of the day, I wonder if we are capitalizing enough on this abundant and sustainable source of energy, especially in a time when we are close to running out of conventional resources such as oil, gas, and coal. Harnessing this energy in order to make the surrounding environment a little more conducive for better living has become imperative. There has been some significant work in the field of green technologies, especially solar energy and wind energy and also subsequent...

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Are Rajinikanth’s Methods Patentable?

This post was first published on July 27th, 2011. Patentability of process inventions has always been interesting and controversial. We have earlier reported that the methods of performing yoga, massaging, walking on water and so on are patentable. After reading some of these posts, one of my colleagues (seemingly a big Rajinikanth fan) was curious about the patentability of Rajinikanth's methods and hence this post. Let us begin with the basics. As per the Indian Patents Act, any process or product is patentable if it meets all patentability requirements. All methods are therefore patentable unless they are expressly excluded under Section 3,...

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Patent Suit over Viagra

This post was first published on June 7, 2011. Pfizer Inc. filed a suit against Watson Laboratories, on June 1, 2011 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking to prevent Watson from commercializing sildenafil citrate tablets prior to the expiration of Pfizer’s Viagra. Watson's sildenafil citrate tablets are a generic version of Pfizer Inc.'s Viagra, which is indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). Sildenafil citrate enhances the effect of nitric oxide, which plays a key role in creating erections, by inhibiting a chemical which can restrict its action. Pfizer's lawsuit was filed...

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Patent Risks in Open Source – Lesson’s from Google’s Story

This post was first published on April 25, 2011. Risks inherent in use of open source software from patents have finally seen the light of the day. Patent risks in use of open source software came to be  a reality with filing of patent suits by companies like Firestar, Microsoft and so on against open source businesses and users. However, none of the cases went the full distance earlier as they were settled out of court. The story is however different in the case filed by Bedrock Technologies against Google.Bedrock sued Google for patent infringement with respect to use of Linux...

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Cricket – 3D Optimised Advertising

This post was first published on April 3, 2011. India is a land of diversity and not many things are common among all Indians. But cricket is surely a  factor that binds the whole of India. Cricket is considered a religion in India and is followed with unquestionable reverence. Indians are emotionally attached to cricket and this attachment encouraged advertising companies to use cricket as a platform for promoting their products. And with India winning the biggest spectacle in the cricket world , advertising companies are using the mega-event to the maximum to make substantial impact on audience. We see so many...

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Patenting Indoor Cricket

This post was first published on March 30, 2011. In this fast moving world, where people hardly find any time to enjoy, cricket was also dying with the reduction in number of spectators. The main reason could have been the length of games where test cricket is played for 5 days and the 50 over version would last for around 8 hours. Introduction of a new variant “twenty-20”made an immediate impact and attracted more people to the ground as well as to the galleries since the game is more of attacking type and last long for just 4 hours. This variant...

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Cricket Pitch Patent

This post was fist published on March 26, 2011. Cricket is a sport which originated in England and slowly spread across the world. At present more than 100 countries play cricket as per ICC rules. This gentlemen's game is most popular among commonwealth nations but it still has to gain popularity in other parts of the world like sports such as football, tennis, etc. Cricket lovers keep organizing cricket matches at different venues to promote the game. In Aug 2009, some players including Kapil Dev played cricket on snow at an altitude of 3,454 meters above sea level on Jungfrau Mountain...

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Patenting Bowling Machines – We are not talking about Anil Kumble or McGrath

This post was first published on March 22, 2011. We are midway through the fascinating Cricket World Cup 2011 now. So far, we witnessed domination of test teams over rookies (Ireland Vs England match was an exception for this). Competition will get tougher as the tournament proceeds. As expected, spinners are dominating batsmen but top class pacers from Australia and South Africa too proved worthy. The factors which will help players keep going is nothing but hard work and practice. The hard core practice sessions in the nets will definitely help improving player’s performances. During practice, players help each other to improve...

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Speed Guns and Fast Bowlers

This post was first published on 19th March, 2011. In earlier days, Cricket was considered a gentlemen's game but not anymore. Nowadays, we see a  lot of rivalry between the teams like India v/s Pakistan, Australia v/s England. To win the match of rivalry, players employ different game strategies such as Bodyline bowling strategy adopted by England against Australia in famous Ashes series 1932-33 series. Fast bowlers were the main part of this strategy to counter exceptional batting skill of Sir Don Bradman. Since then, express bowlers have been holding a special place in cricket. One very important advancement in cricket technology...

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