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Hedy Lamarr and the Secret Communication System

  Google Doodle paid tribute to a special lady on the 9th of November, 2015, on the eve of her 101st birth anniversary. It was none other than Hedy Lamarr, who is remembered for her on-screen as well as off-screen contributions. Hedy became famous for her controversial love-making scene in the Czech film Ecstasy, before becoming a Hollywood star, a successful career that extents from late 1930s to 1950s. I don’t really know how many of you have watched her movies, but am sure you would thank her for her contributions to the tech world.   Hedy, at the age of 19, married...

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Let’s keep that a secret, shall we?

Trade secrets have been in practice since long and are very different from patents. While patents require you to disclose your information in the application process that eventually becomes public, trade secrets allow you to actively keep the information secret. The protection from patents is limited (20 years) and demands a considerable budget to maintain the patent. However, after 20 years the invention is open to public use. Trade secret protection can potentially last longer, as long as you are able to maintain the secrecy or till someone with independent research or reverse engineering comes up with the same thing. However, patents...

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Social Media and Intellectual Property (IP): Part I- Protection and Ownership

Social Media comes with a bundle of tools that differentiate it from traditional print and electronic media. Among others, two unique elements of Social Media are: Tools for sharing and dissemination of content and information across the world; and tools to communicate and exchange information. These two elements make Social Media a much more powerful weapon than traditional media. Access to most social media platforms requires internet, of which there is no dearth in today's context. It is estimated that 3.2 billion people have access to internet as of 2015. Out of these 3.2 billion, 2 billion people access internet on...

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Cracker these Patents and have a Happy Diwali!

Diwali - the festival of lights, is one of the most brightest and sacred festivals in India. The festival transcends religion, especially when it comes to crackers and lamps! This day symbolizes the victory of spiritual goodness over darkness. There are many theories associated with Diwali such as the rising of Goddess Lakshmi from the sea, the happy return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, killing of Narkasura by Lord Vishnu, birth of Goddess Kali and many more. As part of festivities firecrackers are set off to drive away evil, oil lamps are lit, flower garlands...

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VPATAPP – An Android based app for patent professionals

An android based mobile application called “VPATAPP” was launched in the third week of October. The app aggregates patent-related information and can be downloaded free of cost from the Android Playstore About the app: VPATAPP is a simple tool, which acts as a repository of all patents-related links and information, from around the world. Currently the app has only patent related resources. However, subsequent version may feature other forms of IP. This app has been designed primarily for patent professionals, across various industries and the academia. This app currently has seven different features: Patent Blogs: The app provides links to various IP blogs...

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Simple Strategies to Fight your Filing Blues

We all know one can never enjoy something that one does not have. It is literally true in case of patents. Patent rights are territorial in nature and can only be enjoyed in countries where one has filed an application for patent protection. The most common question that floods any patent applicants mind is whether they should file for patent protection outside the native country. If the answer is yes, how should they do it and where should they do it! Some key parameters that every applicant must consider while grappling with this question are: Budgetary constraints: A factor that...

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Erotic Patents – Sex Patents II

Following the earlier post in the series - Sex Patents 1, we bring to our readers a series of patents applied and granted, primarily in USA, with respect to love making, sex and eroticism. Please do not try them without appropriate research. All patents are not necessarily workable without due experimentation. Sex, Consent, Patents Consent is everything in sex. Here is a patent that enables one to capture consent before having sex. A device to record evidence of consent given by a person consenting to engage in a sexual act. - WO 2002015785 ABSTRACT An evidence of consent device being configured for use by a...

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The times, they are a-changin’

In a previous post, we informed our readers about the new, draft patent rules that have been proposed by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India. The preceding post by Ms. Nisha Kurian presented an analysis of the proposed rules and sought to answer the question, if all measures to accelerate the patent registration process had been explored by the DIPP through these rules. While the proposed draft patent rules are likely to become effective from the 26th of November, 2015 in India, the USPTO also seems to have introduced some new rules that have become effective...

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DIPP Draft Patent Rules

  There has been a lot of commotion and discussion regarding the recent DIPP proposed amendment to the Patent Rules, 2003. To any agonized patent applicant, these suggested amendments are a relief from the tardy process of awaiting examination and grant for an application which in toto approximately takes 6-7 years. The entire process delays the enjoyment of the monopolistic right offered by a patent. Thus, the number of years that an applicant enjoys his patent right gets significantly reduced and for many applicants, this becomes the root cause of several monetary losses. On the other hand, when there is no...

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DIPP Draft Patent Rules – Salient Features

The DIPP recently issued new draft rules in a notification dated 26th October, 2015. The new draft rules propose several amendments to the ‘The Patents Rule, 2003’. Some of the key changes proposed are summarized herein. Changes related to communication with the Patent office: The Indian Patent Office as of date accepts patent applications filed physically and any communications made to the Patent office through postal or courier services. However, according to the new proposed draft rules the words “or courier service” wherever they may occur in sub-rule (1) of rule 6 will be omitted. Similarly, the draft rules propose the...

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