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OSTP & USPTO give Recognition to Innovators

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  On April 20, the OSTP (Office of Science and Technology Policy) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the 2015 - Patents for Humanity Awards in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The USPTO announced the winners on April 13, 2015. Patents for Humanity is the USPTO's voluntary prize competition for patent owners and licensees. The program was launched at The White House in February, 2012 for promoting businesses of all kinds to apply their innovations to address global challenges in health and standard of living. The award recipients received public recognition in the award ceremony, a certificate...

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Mylan settles Patent Litigation with Pfizer

After Teva, Mylan has recently settled its patent litigation with Pfizer. After the settlement, a generic version of the drug is expected to hit the market in 2017, instead of 2020, the year of patent expiry in USA. The early release of the drug is expected to reduce the cost of the drug, benefiting millions of users as it happened in Europe and Canada in 2013/2014. The drug, Sildenafil, expired in Europe in 2013, and was the subject of patent term extension in USA by 8 years. Two patents protect its release in the USA, one expiring in 2019, and another in...

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Predicting Technological Growth using Patents

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  Engineers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have developed a technique for forecasting technological advancement. Researchers successfully determined the improvement rates of 28 different technologies, including solar photovoltaic, 3-D printing, fuel-cell technology, and genome sequencing. They started by scanning approximately 500,000 technology related patents using a new method for selecting the patents that suit each technology. By analysing metrics of patents in each domain they found that some forward citations predict technological growth more than others. They devised an equation using those metrics and using the equation, figured out the rate of improvement for 28 technologies. They say their method is...

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Introduction to Pre-grant & Post-grant Oppositions to Patent Applications

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Chapter VI of the Patent Rules, 2003 deals with Opposition proceedings. Rule 55 states that opposition by representation against the grant of a patent be duly field via Form 7 and sent to the Controller in duplicate. Rule 57 lays down rule regarding filing of a written statement of opposition and evidence. By the Patents (Amendment) Act, 2005 a dichotomy was inserted for the first time in the Patents Act with effect from January 1, 2005 by providing for “opposition to pre-grant” of Patent vide section 25(1) and for "opposition to post-grant" of patent vide section 25(2). By reason of the Patents...

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Role of Intellectual Property in Promoting Creativity

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Does the Intellectual Property Regime play a role in promoting creativity? As stated by most governments, the objective of patent, copyright, design and other laws is to promote the progress of inventive activity and creativity. Are these laws actually achieving their stated objective? While most of us would like to believe that they are, no empirical study has been able to conclusively prove so far that IP laws actually promote creativity. The logical question that follows would be whether we actually need an IP Regime? The answer is not easy because no study has been able to conclusively prove the...

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Nanoparticle Phoresis, Immense Potential

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  Calico, an independent R&D Biotech company established by Google Inc. and Arthur in 2013, is looking for ways to cure cancer, stop ageing and potentially make humans immortal. Google has been awarded a patent for ‘Nanoparticle Phoresis’ on March 5, 2015. The patent was filed in September, 2013 by Andrew Conrad, Head of Google’s Life Sciences division. The patent talks about Nanoparticle Phoresis which is a device that is able to transmit energy into a person’s body by radio frequencies, magnetic fields, acoustic pulses, infrared and many other means. This technology automatically modifies or destroys targets in the blood that have an...

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Burger King and McDonald’s: Can Taste be Patented?

Burger King v. McDonalds

Here is the next post in the series of Student Blog Contest. This post is authored by Neerja Gurnani. I recently went to the Burger King outlet that has been causing immense amounts of hype in Indian teenagers, stood in queue, got a burger, and eagerly bit into it, expecting my mind to be blown. Instead, I was greeted with a very familiar taste – that of a McDonald’s burger. This led me to ask, can taste be patented? Recipes have been famously protected as trade secrets – for example, Coca-Cola protects its Classic beverage formula by avoiding disclosure and keeping a...

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OCR: Credibility of India’s Intellectual Property Enforcement in Question

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United States Trade Representative (USTR) ordered an Out of Cycle Review (OCR) for India in October. While the USTR insists that the aim of this exercise is to provide constructive feedback to India in order to improve its IP protection and enforcement, many in India are not happy about this move. Not only has the government criticized this move, but also refused to participate in it arguing that the US laws are not applicable to India. Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s Commerce Minister, had informed the Parliament, “The Special 301 process is a unilateral measure taken by the United States under their...

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IP Event held in honor of Late Hitesh Barot

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I-HIPP (In-House Intellectual Property Professionals Forum), an IP Think Tank and advocacy group, had conducted a conference and moot court in memory of Hitesh Barot, a leading in-house IP counsel, on March 6, 2015 at ABB campus, Bangalore. Hitesh Barot, Senior IP counsel and Former Vice President of Technology Policy at General Electric (GE), was in a tragic accident that claimed his life on May 21, 2015. In a very unusual occurrence, Hitesh Barot was dragged by a crocodile into the River Narmada near Bhalod, his native village in Gujarat. Mr. Barot's illustrious career began at McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen in California...

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