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BananaIP Counsels > Patents (Page 64)

Re-Classifying Patent Search- Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)

One of the strategies adopted by the examiner/searcher while performing a prior art search is to identify the classification of the invention's subject matter. Patent classification is a way by which a patent office arranges identical or similar patent documents. A patent document can be classified in several classes. There are numerous patent classification systems available across the world such as International Patent Classification (IPC), United States Patent Classification (USPC), European Classification (ECLA), F-term and Derwent classification system. Most of the countries incorporate IPC on their patent documents. The IPC is generated by using a computer concordance and hence, many people...

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ECJ Stems “Stem Cell” Patents

The sticky nature of Biotechnology research has always led to massive debates every time there was path-breaking discovery. It happened with Nucleic acids, amino acids, genetic modifications, transgenic animals and now stem cell research. This has been mainly because of its close and unavoidable link to life. When we came to believe that stem cell therapy for all monstrous ailments is around the corner, the moral police made its presence felt. After the famous WARF patents in US, it is now the turn of University of Bonn in Europe. On 18th of October in the Oliver Brustle v. Green Peace...

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Salient Features of the US Patent Reform Act 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 the inventor would remain in effect. The Act...

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Man Tried To Patent Godly Powers!

Christopher Anthony Roller filed a patent application (11/161,345) entitled “Godly Powers" on July 29th, 2005; he wanted the USPTO to grant him a patent for the same. Chris Roller wanted an exclusive right to the ethical use and financial gain in the use of godly powers on planet Earth. The Abstract of this invention is as mentioned below. “Christopher Anthony Roller is a godly entity. ‘Granters’ had been given my powers (acquired my powers) (via God probably). These ‘granters’ have been receiving financial gain from godly powers. These ‘granters’ may be using their powers without morals. Chris Roller wants an exclusive right...

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