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Misunderstood World of Patents!

This post was first published on 26th August, 2014.   The concept of law or the legal system is not new. But when someone says “I work in Intellectual Property Law, as a Patent Advocate,” he is often met with a look of incredulity. The path of Patents is less traveled and it is no surprise that there are several misconceptions regarding Patents in the mind of the layman. Here's unraveling some of the most common myths about Patents. 1. I've got an Idea. I should get a patent. This is a very common misconception about patents. Patents are not granted to merely ideas. To patent an idea, there...

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Apple Pay taking the banking sector by storm

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The world of technology is dominated by Apple through its Macbooks, iPhones, iTunes , iPads and other devices,  and now it is all set to take on the banking sector with its new innovation. The innovation - “Apple Pay”, is basically a person-to-person (P2P) transaction system, used through its Wallet app. Two iPhone users who have a Touch ID can now make a sales transaction with ease. This innovation is the brainchild of Timothy Hurley, currently Senior Director of Apple Pay Engineering, and former employee of CitiBank and Apple engineer Ahmed Khan. The Apple Pay with all its exciting and unique features would...

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Fumbling Flights and Patent Rights!

The featured image is a cartoon of a shocked persons face, in black and white, with big eyes and mouth wide open, as the post is about some of the most shocking patents. To read the post click here.

  History has been replete with some really crazy patents, some that could send you rolling on the floor laughing. Let’s start off with a few, back in March 1995, a patent was issued for “A funnel that helps women urinate accurately!!." In May 2003, a patent was granted for “Pierced Glasses!!”, these glasses were intended for use with the idea that people would never have to lose their glasses again once these glasses were “pierced” to the face. In October 2004, a patent was issued for “A giant pyramid-shaped tomb!” that’s right; someone actually patented one of the Seven Wonders...

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Intellectual Property/Patents for Hospitals and Hospital Management

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This presentation has been made by Nitin Nair. The presentation primarily deals with the importance of intellectual property protection in the hospital management sector. Besides stressing on the importance of protection, the presenter also elucidates the requirements of a successful patent grant, what is patentable subject matter and what are the necessary steps to be taken with respect to safeguarding inventions in the hospital and hospital management sector. The presentation begins with Section 3(k) of the Patents Act, 1970 (“Patents Act” for brevity) which states that an invention which is “a mathematical or business method or a computer programme per se...

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Ready to Pa(y)tent in France?

The featured image is the geographic outline of France with the French Flag's colors-blue, white and red, as the post is about French patent regime. To read the post click here.

Patenting in France has gotten slightly costlier after the National Institute of industrial Property recently revised the tariffs for patent procedures. The rates procedures of INPI were untouched since 2008, and hence a revaluation of the tariffs seemed long overdue. The revaluation of the tariffs was implemented by a ministerial order of June 10, 2015. The new rates are applicable to all applications made on or after July 1, 2015. The ministerial order and the decision of the Director General of the INPI can be accessed here and here. The Decree of 10 June 2015 amending the Decree of 24 April...

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IISc and its Patent Prowess

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On 9th July, 2015, The Hindu reported that Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has made its way into the top five research and academic institutions in BRICS countries. The report mentions that IISc tops the list in terms of the number of research publications from an academic institution. It is noteworthy that seven institutions from China figure in the list. Team SiNApSE has earlier tracked news stories of IISc's  intellectual property progress, and we felt that this would be a good time  to report the institute's patent growth during the last five years. The table below lists number of applications from...

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Patent Infringement Claim on Cancer Treatment Drug

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  “You win some and you lose some”, this is a phrase all too familiar to most people and more specifically to the market of pharmaceuticals. It is perhaps this phrase that most pharmaceutical companies live by during their existence! Patent infringement, claim invalidation, compulsory license and Generic companies are the most clichéd words that one comes across, whenever there is a mention of pharmaceutical patents. Eli Lilly (a cancer treatment drug) happens to be one such entity that has “been there, done that”! Recently on June 25, 2015, Eli Lilly and Company announced that it had won the favor of the...

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Google’s Patent Appeal Rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court

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Google is again in the news for its patents wars. With every leading company wanting to satisfy its customers by providing the best street view mapping software, Google too hasn’t left any stone unturned. Google was sued by Vederi in 2010, alleging that Google’s “Street View” infringed claims of related patents, which concerns ways of creating images of a geographical area that can be navigated by computer. Google Street View has already been the subject of a number of lawsuits.  But now Google faces a lawsuit by Vederi, LLC, a company based in Pasadena, California. Vederi holds three U.S. patents (7,239,760;...

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Get Dressed Up for Yoga Day: Patented Yoga Products

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Yoga day is the next cool thing in June this year. How about buying some patented products to celebrate this big day? Here are your options: Yoga meditation/savasana robe (US 20140082818 A1) : This invention is a garment for yoga practitioners during the final relaxation stage and/or during meditation and also for people who do not practice yoga, but, want to begin meditation or meditate more often or more intently and intensely. Yoga pants with padded knees (US 20090293167 A1) : This invention relates to yoga pants with built in strategically positioned pads to protect the knees while practicing yoga postures (positions) that require...

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You (don’t) sow what you reap : Monsanto Corporation and Patent Enforcement

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Imagine making a seed which is tolerant to herbicide through genetic engineering? The word ‘making a seed’ itself sounds a bit obscure does it not? But that’s what Monsanto Corporation does. Monsanto Corporation Inc. is a company which only a few have heard of in India, unless you’re in the agriculture & biotechnology field, but this company is one of the largest biotechnology giants in United States and Canada. They are a leading producer in the field of genetically engineered (GE) seeds and herbicides in the world. They also hold patents over these genetically modified genes and cells. A bit too much...

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