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Fumbling Flights and Patent Rights!

The featured image is a cartoon of a shocked persons face, in black and white, with big eyes and mouth wide open, as the post is about some of the most shocking patents. To read the post click here.

History has been replete with some really crazy patents, some that could send you rolling on the floor laughing. Let’s start off with a few, back in March 1995, a patent was issued for “A funnel that helps women urinate accurately!!." In May 2003, a patent was granted for “Pierced Glasses!!”, these glasses were intended for use with the idea that people would never have to lose their glasses again once these glasses were “pierced” to the face. In October 2004, a patent was issued for “A giant pyramid-shaped tomb!” that’s right; someone actually patented one of the Seven Wonders...

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Patents : Ready to Pa(y)tent in France?

The featured image is the geographic outline of France with the French Flag's colors-blue, white and red, as the post is about French patent regime. To read the post click here.

Patenting in France has gotten slightly costlier after the National Institute of industrial Property recently revised the tariffs for patent procedures. The rates procedures of INPI were untouched since 2008, and hence a revaluation of the tariffs seemed long overdue. The revaluation of the tariffs was implemented by a ministerial order of June 10, 2015. The new rates are applicable to all applications made on or after July 1, 2015. The ministerial order and the decision of the Director General of the INPI can be accessed here and here. The Decree of 10 June 2015 amending the Decree of 24 April...

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IISc and its IP/Patent Prowess

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On 9th July, 2015, The Hindu reported that Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has made its way into the top five research and academic institutions in BRICS countries. The report mentions that IISc tops the list in terms of the number of research publications from an academic institution. It is noteworthy that seven institutions from China figure in the list. Team SiNApSE has earlier tracked news stories of IISc's  intellectual property progress, and we felt that this would be a good time  to report the institute's patent growth during the last five years. The table below lists number of applications from...

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Patents : The Curious Case of Eli Lilly

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“You win some and you lose some”, this is a phrase all too familiar to most people and more specifically to the market of pharmaceuticals. It is perhaps this phrase that most pharmaceutical companies live by during their existence! Patent infringement, claim invalidation, compulsory license and Generic companies are the most clichéd words that one comes across, whenever there is a mention of pharmaceutical patents. Eli Lilly happens to be one such entity that has “been there, done that”! Recently on June 25, 2015, Eli Lilly and Company announced that it had won the favor of the London court of appeals...

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Google’s patent appeal rejected by US Supreme Court

Featured image is of the Google maps logo, as the post is about Google street view feature and Google's patent appeal which was rejected by the US Supreme Court. To read the post click here.

Google is again in the news for its patents wars. With every leading company wanting to satisfy its customers by providing the best street view mapping software, Google too hasn’t left any stone unturned. Google was sued by Vederi in 2010, alleging that Google’s “Street View” infringed claims of related patents, which concerns ways of creating images of a geographical area that can be navigated by computer. Google Street View has already been the subject of a number of lawsuits.  But now Google faces a lawsuit by Vederi, LLC, a company based in Pasadena, California. Vederi holds three U.S. patents (7,239,760;...

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Get dressed up for Yoga Day: Patented Yoga Products

Featured image is of the silhouette of a woman doing yoga which is part of yoga logo, as the post is about Yoga related patents. To read the post click here.

Yoga day is the next cool thing in June this year. How about buying some patented products to celebrate this big day? Here are your options: Yoga meditation/savasana robe (US 20140082818 A1) : This invention is a garment for yoga practitioners during the final relaxation stage and/or during meditation and also for people who do not practice yoga, but, want to begin meditation or meditate more often or more intently and intensely. Yoga pants with padded knees (US 20090293167 A1) : This invention relates to yoga pants with built in strategically positioned pads to protect the knees while practicing yoga postures (positions) that require...

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You (don’t) sow what you reap : Monsanto Corporation and Patent Enforcement

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Imagine making a seed which is tolerant to herbicide through genetic engineering? The word ‘making a seed’ itself sounds a bit obscure does it not? But that’s what Monsanto Corporation does. Monsanto Corporation Inc. is a company which only a few have heard of in India, unless you’re in the agriculture & biotechnology field, but this company is one of the largest biotechnology giants in United States and Canada. They are a leading producer in the field of genetically engineered (GE) seeds and herbicides in the world. They also hold patents over these genetically modified genes and cells. A bit too much...

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The Amazing Race: US and India Patent Statistics

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Half the year is gone, and we, as usual, were curious to find out who are all in the race to top the patent charts this year. We found an article that gives a comprehensive view of the US patent statistics and list of top contenders (in terms of number of granted patents and published patents). So, we performed a search to identify details of patent activity of the top 10 in the lists provided by Sqoop. The search methodology adopted was to find out number of published applications, and number of granted patents in India, between 1st January and...

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Filing a PCT Application in India? Get your FFL ready!

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Under Section 39 of the Indian Patents Act, 1970, an Indian resident is required to file his invention first in India, and only after a period of six weeks from the date of filing, a filing could be done for the same invention outside India. Alternatively, the Indian resident could file Form-25 with prescribed fee, requesting the Controller for a Foreign Filing License (FFL), and can go ahead with such filling after obtaining the license . If the invention is proved to be relevant for defence purpose or atomic energy, either from the ordinary application or from the details of the specification attached with...

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Intellectual Property: Weekly Warm up with Sinapse!

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Hello there folks! There is a whole bunch of IP trivia and news coming your way this week. But before that let's recapture what happened in the past few days (a little over a week), with this Weekly Warm up with Sinapse! Insight into Regulation of Resources: Endeavours of National Biodiversity Authority The post summed up the importance of protecting bio-diversity and how it surged with the advent of globalization. It traces the roots of the National Biodiversity Act (NBA), 2002 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 1993. The primary goal of the NBA is to limit the access of our resources to...

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