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Case Brief: Shamnad Basheer v. Union of India & Others

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Article contributed by Heema Shirvaikar, Intern at BananaIP Counsels, 3rd-year Law Student at Symbiosis, Pune. Facts and brief history of case: In 2011, a Writ Petition was filed before the Madras High Court by Mr. Shamnad Basheer, seeking a Writ of Declaration, to declare the establishment of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) under the Trade Marks Act, 1999, and the Patents Act, 1970 as violative of the basic structure of the Constitution of India. Shamnad Basheer, founder of SpicyIP, an Intellectual Property law blog, was a Professor of Law, who holds the Intellectual Property Rights Chair at the Ministry of Human Resources and...

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Smartflash takes a $ 532.9 Mn worth bite of Apple

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Apple, known for suing other high profile companies, gets a taste of its own medicine. Apple Inc. has been ordered to pay US$ 532.9 Mn after a federal jury in Texas found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by patent licensing firm, Smartflash LLC. To market and commoditize his patents, Patrick Racz, in the early 2000s established Smartflash. As a non-practicing entity, the firm operates solely through patent licensing and litigation. Smartflash, a Texas-based patent licensing company, sued Apple in May, 2013, alleging that iTunes software infringed its patents related to accessing and storing downloaded songs, videos and games. After...

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Hedy Lamarr – Much more than what meets the eye

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As a world of glamour, Hollywood has given us some of the most brilliant people that have been an inspiration. Today, we will see an inspiration of another kind. We will see a new side to someone considered one of the most beautiful and talented women in Hollywood. Someone who moonlighted as an inventor! She is Hedy Lamarr! Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler popularly known as Hedy Lamarr, was an Austrian-American actress and inventor. At the age of 19, she was married to Friedrich Mandl, whom she left before fleeing to Paris. In Paris, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie...

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Patent: Basics of Specification Drafting – Presentation by Somashekar Ramakrishna

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[slideshare id=45409802&doc=basicsofspecificationdrafting-150304014411-conversion-gate01] The presentation herein, on Basics of Specification Drafting, was delivered by Mr. Somashekar Ramakrishna at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, for Senior Officials of the Ministry of MSME, Government of India. Starting with specification contents, the presentation covers drafting guidelines, claim drafting basics and examples. For more information about the presentation or the event, you may contact the Sinapse team at [email protected]

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IBM sues Priceline and subsidiaries for Patent Infringement

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International Business Machine Corp. (IBM) has filed a lawsuit against online travel leader, Priceline and its associated websites for infringing on 5 of IBM’s patents to build its own business model. IBM has made allegations that Priceline has constantly refused to discuss a license to the patented inventions of IBM and should pay royalties on the billions of dollars of revenue it generated using them. Priceline declined to comment on the issue. Two of the patents Priceline allegedly infringed on are from the late 1990s, the third one is from 2006 and a fourth one is from 2009. These patents include technologies...

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InPASS: New Patent Full-Text Search Tool from IPO

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The CGPDTM (Controller General of Patents Designs and Trade Marks) has been instrumental in stepping up the efforts of the IPO in making more patent information available online, with the introduction of a new search tool named InPASS (Indian Patent Advanced Search System), in February, 2015. The Indian Patent Office is showing its commitment to providing transparency to the public about patents. In 2010, the CGPDTM office launched IPAIRS, Indian Patent Information Retrieval System. Subsequently, the CGPDTM has constantly been improving IPAIRS, offering new search fields such as Applicant Address and PCT Number in 2012, and introduced Stock and Flow Based Dynamic Patent Utility in 2014...

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Patent Acquisition and Guess Work

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  Whenever an organization acquires any patent there is a whole lot of speculation that hits the market along with the product. Let us now see some of these acquisitions that made highlights in February, 2015.   (1) Google acquires Odysee. Google has purchased Odysee, an iOS and Android app concerned with the backing up and sharing of photos. Why would Google need this? It has Google+ photos! Odysee’s capabilities are slightly different. It allows for full quality photos to be automatically backed up, via the cloud, to your computer. At the same time, Odysee concerns itself with seamless private sharing of these high quality images. What's the speculation about? It has...

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