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Battle of Instant Photography

This post was published on August 20, 2014.

 

August 19 is celebrated as World Photography Day! Photography, in layman’s language, is an art of producing images using a camera. The history of recording images dates back to the late BC, though this cannot be substantiated. Later, in 1839, Louis Daguerre, a French artist and photographer, introduced Daguerreotype, the first publicly announced photographic process. In 1840, the first American patent (US 1582) was issued in photography to Mr. Alexander Wolcott, for his camera that worked on the Daguerreotype principle. Now, telling you about all patents related to photography would be tedious. So, let me tell you the story of an interesting patent battle that took place between two pioneers in photography in hopes of gaining dominance in the field of instant photography.

Court Re-Emphasizes the Exclusion of Generic Terms from Registration

The image depicts the Madras HC.

This post was first published on March 30, 2012. Recently Madras High Court has delivered a very interesting judgment on trademark infringement and passing off in the case of Rhizome Distilleries Pvt. Ltd Vs. Union Of India & Others on 16 February, 2012. The suit has been filed by Rhizome Distilleries Pvt. Ltd against four different Respondents. They are- 1. Union of India,  2. Intellectual Property Appellate Board,  3. The Registrar of Trade Marks,  4. Pernod Richard S.A. The petitioner company is a bottling and blending unit, which possesses recognized liquor brands in the market capturing middle and lower segments in the name...

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Netflix Finances Mumbai Based Digital Studio, Katy Perry Loses Copyright Battle, ByteDance to Launch its Search Engine in China and more.

Copyright and Entertainment Laws News

COPYRIGHT STATISTICS There is a decrease of 1% in the total number of copyright applications filed for the month of July as compared to the month of June. A total of 1893 applications were filed in the month of July, 2019. The majority of applications were filed for literary works and artistic works.   Sl. No Type of Work Number of Application Filed in the Month of June 2019 Number of Application Filed in the Month of July 2019 Change Percentage Change 1 Literary/ Dramatic Work 1000 1099 99 Increase of 9% 2 Musical Work 607 0 607 Decrease of 100% 3 Artistic Work 604 498 106 Decrease of 17% 4 Cinematograph Work 47 17 30 Decrease of 63% 5 Sound Recording 111 154 43 Increase of 38% 6 Software 152 125 27 Decrease of 17 %   Total 1917 1893 24 Decrease of 1% ‘Judgementall Hain Kya’ Makers Accused of Copyright...

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Technology Transfer – The Indian Perspective!

This image depicts a transfer taking place between two people. This image is relevant because this post talks about the Indian perspective of technology transfer. Click on the image to view full post.

This post was published on September 15, 2014.

 

We hear a lot about technology transfer these days, particularly with Prime Minister Modi’s recent visits to Japan, with whom India is negotiating collaboration opportunities in the area of infrastructure, defense and energy. Technology transfer refers to the transfer, assignment or licensing of various forms of Intellectual Property developed by one person, organization, university or even a country to another. The reason for transfer is to promote public good through the development of IP into useful and usable goods or services that in turn, promote economic growth.

Leading universities, primarily from industrialized countries, generate rich IP which then is disseminated to society through private partnerships. The United States, being the primary example of an economy investing significantly into university based research and development, provides incentives to the university and to inventor(s) to jointly benefit from the commercialization of such innovations. The US passed the Bayh Dole Act in 1980 to speed up the process of commercializing federally funded university research. The Act fostered greater collaboration between universities and the private sector, leading to significant industrial growth.

A Patently Generic Win

This post was first published on April 23, 2012. In a landmark decision on a generic drug-maker’s ability to introduce a generic drug for uses not indicated on the branded product’s label, the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, a unit of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, in its patent litigation against Novo Nordisk over Caraco’s generic version of Prandin, repaglinide tablets, a blood glucose lowering drug. The drug in question, Prandin, generically known as repaglinide, is used for treatment of Type-2 diabetes. The drug is approved for three different uses, out of which Novo had valid patent on one....

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Role of Third Parties in Patent Grant Process

This post was published on July 21, 2014.

 

The subject of today’s topic would probably leave a patent applicant feeling a bit like the reigns are slipping. A patent is not a piece of cake to acquire. The right owner of the invention be it an inventor or an applicant has to prove themselves beyond any doubt. It is the basic right of every individual to oppose the grant of any patent, in cases where such a grant would seem detrimental to a third party. Hence, it would be a justifiable opportunity for third parties to intervene in the procedure of patent grant.

Opposition

Under the Indian Patent Law, Opposition can be made twice during the life of a patent application. First is the Pre-grant representation under section 25(1) wherein any person may challenge the application for grant of a patent. Pre-grant opposition acts as a defensive shield to confirm the validity of patent applications before patents are granted. Post grant opposition under section 25(2) may be made only by any person interested at any time after the grant of patent but before the expiry of a period of one year from the date of publication of grant of patent.

Exxon Mobil’s Trademark Win, Brazil Joins Madrid Protocol, Subway Surfers Surfs to India and Other News

Weekly Trademark News

Indian Trademark Statistics for July (Fourth Week), Odisha Rasagola Gets GI Tag, Kanye West Trademarks Sunday Service, New York Fries to be opened in India and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A product can be quickly outdated, but a successful brand is timeless" - Stephen King INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS Last week, the Indian Trademark Office have had a slow work pace. The total number of applications disposed through show cause hearings has decreased by eight percent (8%). Similarly, the total hearing notices issued in the trademark journal has decreased by twenty three...

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Abraham Lincoln – the Patent Enthusiast!

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This post was first published on March 5th, 2014.   Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, well known for his fight against slavery. Before entering into active politics, Mr. Lincoln was a practicing lawyer who tried to defend the rights of slaves. His continued interest and effort in this front probably helped him gain the trust of his countrymen, which in turn helped him build a successful political career and become the President of the United States in the year 1861. Thereafter, his struggle for abolishing slavery ended in success and slavery was abolished across the country. All these chapters of...

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Ideas, Concepts, Scripts & Stories – Protecting Ideas in the Entertainment Industry Part IV

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This post was published on August 08, 2014.

 

In this article we will discuss another case about how to protect ideas in the Entertainment Industry. Just to recap the previous posts in this series can be found here, here and here.

Urmi Juvekar Chiang, Indian Inhabitant, Mumbai vs. (1) Global Broadcast News Limited, Uttar Pradesh; (2) Network 18 Fincap Private Limited, Uttar Pradesh

The Plaintiff, in this case, was a scriptwriter and she had written a concept for reality television for solving civic problems. She asserted that the programme would follow the chosen protagonists through the quagmire of bureaucracy and conflicting interests and destructive attitudes as they tried to solve a civic problem of their choice.

The Plaintiff sent her concept to a certain Mrs. Rasika Tyagi (one of the Defendants). She and a person who agreed to act as her producer, Mr. Arjun Gauirsaria, had a detailed discussion with the Defendants about the concept that the Plaintiff had written. The Defendants, after some discussion did not follow up on the negotiations. Soon enough, the Plaintiff was in for a shock to see that a television programme with a concept very similar to theirs, was being telecast by the Defendants’ channel.

Pepsodent’s Attaaaack on Colgate Continues

First Publication Date: 18th September, 2009.   In furtherance to our earlier blog here relating to the advertisement war between Colgate and Pepsodent and comparative advertising, the Delhi High Court recently, on 21st August 2013, denied grant of interim injunction against Hindustan Unilever Limited ('HUL'/Pepsodent) and held that Court was not persuaded at this stage to hold the impugned TV advertisement or the impugned printed advertisement by HUL to be disparaging of or denigrating the product ‘Colgate Dental Cream Strong Teeth’ of Colgate-Palmolive. Colgate-Palmolive (“Colgate”) brought an action against HUL relating to the advertisements published by HUL regarding Colgate’s toothpaste Colgate Dental Cream...

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