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USPTO Announces Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3)

The featured image shows the seal of the USPTO. ( United States Patent and Trademark Office). The post is about the Post -Prosecution Pilot program announced by the USPTO. To know more, please click here.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  has recently announced a new Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) program to intensify prosecution during the time period after a final rejection and prior to the filing of a notice of appeal. This is a new alternative to the existing options that are available for responding to the final rejections. The P3 program was announced in a Federal Register Notice which was published on July 11, 2016.The main aim of this program is to reduce the number of appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as reduce the number of requests for continued examination....

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Amendments to a PCT Application under Article 19 and Article 34

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In an event where an applicant wishes to make certain changes in only the claims of a direct PCT application, the applicant can invoke the procedure under Article 19. The applicant can only amend the claims under Article 19. The applicant cannot amend the description or the  drawings. There are certain conditions for filing an amendment under this Article. The application must be filed within 2 months from the issuance of the International Search Report and no new matter can be added.  No demand or fees is required to be filed under this Article for the amendments in the claims. It...

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Apple’s Latest Patent to Curb Copyright Infringement

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Apple has been granted a new patent for a technology that will block the phone’s camera feature. Apple had sought for a patent for this technology in 2011.The technology allows phone cameras to be disabled through infrared sensors. An infrared emitter can be located in areas where capturing of pictures and videos are prohibited. The technology for which the patent has been granted involves infrared single detection technique. An electronic device can receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the recording function. There was a growing frustration amongst performers who had been complaining about their performances being recorded...

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UNDP Issues Guidelines For Pharmaceutical Patent Examination

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has recently published guidelines for examination of patent applications relating to pharmaceuticals.The guidelines have highlighted the need for examining pharmaceutical patents from the perspective of public health.The guidelines set by Prof. Carlos M Correa strongly recommend nations to set out specific and more stringent standards for pharmaceutical patents. The guidelines also encourage patent offices to exploit the flexibilities allowed by the TRIPS Agreement with regard to the aforementioned guidelines. In his foreword, Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director HIV, Health and Development Group, UNDP stated, “Recognizing the key role that patent offices and patent examiners play in...

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Celebrating the International Yoga day, the Patent way.

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The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world. Yoga may be one route to distance children and teenagers from external distractions of today's world, leading to more focus, and more healthy body and mind. Today on, International day of Yoga, let us take a look at few patents describing the method of Yoga. An invention as disclosed in US20070257432A1 titled “Yoga board game and methods of...

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Admission Notice for Post Graduate Diploma in Patent Informatics by CSIR-URDIP

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Patent Informatics has been described as the science of analysing patent information which supports decision making in research, technology and business planning. Taking into consideration the importance of patent informatics in today’s day and age, CSIR – URDIP has launched a one year full time post-graduate diploma course in the field of Patent informatics. The course has been designed to train candidates in the field of patent searching, reading and analysis for the purpose of creating patent landscapes, identifying research gaps, competitive intelligence, new venture evaluation, patent portfolio management and techno-legal studies (Patentability, Validity, Infringement and freedom to operate). The...

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Patent Amendment Rules 2016 – Courting Controversy and Confusion

The featured image shows a confused man holding a long roll of paper and the following words are written on the roll " What should i do?" The post is about the confusions present in the Patent amendment rules 2016. To know more, please click here.

The Patent Amendment Rules of 2016 came in as a much needed respite for many startups. It calls for appreciation of the government and the patent office for introducing several amendments to the Patent Rules which seek to enhance the efficiency of the IPR regime in India and more particularly of the Indian patent law. However, every change brings with it a short phase of chaos and confusion. The Patent Amendment Rules, 2016 brought into effect from the 16th of May, 2016 also witnessed this phenomenon as it created chaos and confusion among the IP community on the very day...

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Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corporation : A Victory For Software Patents

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There is now a ray of hope for computer and software based patents. The case which is  discussed below is the second one post Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International case. In Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a California district court’s summary judgment that two software patents were directed to an “abstract idea” without “significantly more” and therefore were not eligible for patent. The facts of the case are stated below. Enfish owned two patents namely, US6,151,604 and US6,163,775 that described and claimed a logical model for a computer database. A logical model...

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Youth is elusive or Is It?

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For centuries, people have tried searching for ways to stay ‘forever young’. In keeping with this tradition, a team of chemical engineers and medical researchers at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a product that removes all the skin defects and makes you look younger. This is nothing but an invisible silicone- based film that can serve as a waterproof, sweat-proof and wear-proof sunscreen by creating a protective barrier from the sun. This product is described as a “second skin” that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars and under-eye bags. Further, it can even be used to...

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Patent Amendment Rules 2016

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  In furtherance to the National IPR Policy released on the 13th of May 2016, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has issued a notification bringing the Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016 into effect from 16th May 2016. Much of the content of the Draft Patent Rules has been maintained in the Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016 with some further additions. Our post on the salient features of the Draft Patent Rules issued in 2015 can be accessed here. Some of the important changes and the salient features of the 2016 Rules are discussed below: Changes in Definitions: In Rule 2 of the Patents Rule, 2003 two...

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