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Generication of Public Interest

This post was first published on 18th February, 2011. Public Interest today is a potent weapon of generic companies to safeguard their interests in the changing patent landscape in India. India's membership to WTO required implementation of the product patent regime for drugs by 2005 and implementation of the obligation was opposed by generic companies in the name of public interest. It was argued that the introduction of such a regime would impede access to medicines and health care. The public consciousness and media's highlighting of the importance of access to AIDS and cancer drugs pushed the contention of Innovator companies...

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Marrying Open Standards and Open Source

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This post was first published on 16th February, 2011. Standards can either be open or closed based on the manner of their creation and their accessibility to the public. A standard that is created through public or community participation without any restrictions and can be used or implemented by any one are called open standards. A standard that is developed by and limited to one or more persons is a closed standard. All proprietary standards are closed standards. The basic tenets of open source software are availability of source code, rights to copy, modify and distribute the software, movement of license along...

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Literary Works to Braille – Which Exclusive Right?

I write in response to Dr. Sunanda Bharti's post on Spicy IP, which talks about rights granted to copyright owners of literary works, and which right is involved in converting a literary work to Braille. In  my opinion, the answer is not so complex as it seems. Braille is not a  language, it is a form of expression of a language. It has the same alphabets as the language and nothing changes except the way in which letters are represented. So, converting a work into Braille does not amount to translation or even transliteration. By writing a literary work in Braille, one is making an...

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Trademark Filing Requirements in India

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This post was fist published on 16th February, 2011. A trade mark is a representation for a trade or business of a person. Though registration of a trade mark is not mandatory, registering a mark provides many benefits for enforcing trade mark rights. In order to register a trade mark in India, an application must be filed at any of the five trade mark offices in India.. Where to file a Trade Mark application? The trade mark offices in India are located at Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennai Different states in the Union of India have been divided amongst these offices. Below...

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AvishCar – the flying Maruti 800

This post was first published on 14th February, 2011. In the just concluded AeroIndia 2011, I had a chance to walk up close with the flying machines. Hidden among the multi-million supersonic fighter and bombers  was an ordinary looking Maruti 800 with a few extra appendages, as seen here. This is a product from a Bangalore based company called the B’Lorean (the name seems to be a combination of Bangalore and DeLorean, the car made famous by the Back to Future Series) headed by K. Vishwanath. While I am not aware of the technical details and working of the flying car,...

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Weekly Patent News: Interesting inventions, National Intellectual Property Awards 2019, Patent Infringement news, USPTO shutdown and more

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“Indian patent statistics, Interesting Inventions, Invitations for National Intellectual Property Awards 2019, SEVEN Networks and Google settle a patent infringement suit, out of court, Apple accused of infringing Bluetooth related patents, Problems galore for USPTO, Japanese Patent Law may allow Plaintiff to cease infringed goods and other Weekly Patent News updates” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm. Quote of the Week “Understanding the important issues and working out how best to communicate them to clients, is the key to IP due diligence.” – Justin Watts, Distinguished Patent Litigator. Indian Patent Statistics A total of 649 patent...

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Patents Enabling Stealthy Attack

This post was first published on 12th February, 2011. The prestigious Aero-India show 2011 has already taken off in Airbase Yelahanka. I wanted to watch the show on the opening day itself but unfortunately missed it. Aircrafts always has been a passion for me. So I thought of sharing some interesting facts about aircrafts, which are mentioned below.    A fighter aircraft is primarily designed for air to air combat with other aircraft. Many of them are provided with ground attacking capabilities. The ultimate aim of using a fighter aircraft is to gain air superiority over the enemies during the battle. The...

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History of Copyright Law in India

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This post was first published on 3rd February, 2011. Today almost every nation has a copyright law in place and is mostly standardized to some extent through international and regional agreements such as the Berne Convention and the European copyright directives. But when we look back, we realise that the Copyright law has a very unique history. The earliest copyright case is traced back to Ireland, where there was a dispute over the ownership of the Irish manuscript Cathach. The Cathach is the oldest extant Irish manuscript of the Psalter. It contains a Vulgate version of Psalms XXX (10) to CV (13)...

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Accessibility of Science to Persons with Blindness: Miles and Miles To Go

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In my earlier post, I spoke about the legal framework for access of information and data to persons with blindness and other disabilities from the copyright and disabilities statute perspectives. In the article, I pointed out that access has been placed at less than one (1) percent and that the proportion of access is diminishing as the universe of information is expanding at a rapid rate. Sources and forms of information are changing so fast that   that accessibility is finding it impossible to catch up for various reasons. Publications, data and materials   are some of the basic elements of scientific...

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Trademark and Copyright Statistics in India: Recap 2018

In this post, we bring to you a recap of the Trademark and Copyright statistics from 2018 and a comparison of these numbers with the statistics of 2017. COPYRIGHT YEAR IN REVIEW 2018 Copyright Applications Filed in 2018   Work   No. of Applications in 2018 Literary/Dramatic 9,652 Artistic 4,698 Music 323 Cinematograph 306 Sound Recording 710 Computer Software 2,143 Total 17,832 Copyright Applications Filed Monthly in 2018                           Month Literary/Dramatic Artistic Music Cinematograph Sound Recording Computer Software January 949 387 39 28 45 152 February 756 339 35 11 70 101 March 898 346 31 51 42 153 April 840 404 17 14 35 587 May 778 390 31 27 142 157 June 710 410 26 21 87 215 July 837 305 28 43 60 124 August 737 433 30 42 37 121 September 770 410 23 42 52 90 October 688 437 23 4 37 145 November 864 406 20 14 67 153 December 825 431 20 9 36 145 Total 9,652 4,698 323 306 710 2,143 Total Registered Applications Between 2017 & 2018 Year (2017) Year (2018) Change Percentage Change 16,603 16,717 114 Increase of 0.7% Total Filed Applications Between 2017 & 2018 Year (2017) August - December Year (2018) August - December 7951 7141  *Data Provided for 2017 is August 2017 onwards as information before then is not available.  Judicial Precedents Dealing with Copyright Law during the Year 2018 Court/Tribunal No. of Orders Supreme Court...

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