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Fighting Pirates – Copyright v. Privacy

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The conflict between copyright enforcement and privacy has been one of the stumbling blocks in fighting online piracy. While proof of direct infringement by internet users is an essential element for action against online pirates, privacy of user data is an essential mandate to live and transact on the world wide web. Owing to privacy responsibilities of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), copyright holders find it very difficult, or impossible, to acquire details of internet users involved in downloading, uploading and sharing copyrighted content. In the ongoing litigation between BMG and Round Hill (which manage music rights of Katy Perry, The Beatles...

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Rise of the Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)

  Robotics has changed the way we work! A function, which was once done manually, has been replaced with robots working every inch of it. This reduces human error and losses of any form. On the same note, drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are a boon to mankind. Drones have been used by many national organizations to gather such information that is outside the domain of a human being. But nowhere have drones been used to deliver products to customers in and around a specific area. Yes, You heard it right!   Amazon has been awarded a patent for “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Delivery System” which was filed last September,...

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The Chocolate Wars – Wrangle between Nestle & Cadbury on KitKat Shape TM

In this reigning retail world, even minor details of products that may bring major changes in the market, matter. In this current scenario every company wants to protect its identity through trade mark registrations. The whole story started in the year 2010 when Nestle applied to register trademark for its four-fingered chocolate - KitKat. Cadbury clashed with nestle in filing the trade mark for the KitKat shape. UK Registry of trade mark turned down the application by Nestle after hearing opposition from Cadbury in 2013. It is tough to see why Cadbury would want to stop Nestle from trademarking the four...

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Intellectual Property: Section 3(d) and its Application – Are we stretching it too far?

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[slideshare id=48031492&doc=section3dppt-150512061328-lva1-app6891] This presentation by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala in a program organized by MILAT provides an insight into the application of Section 3(d) after the Novartis case. After a quick historical perspective and philosophical background to Section 3(d), Kalyan talks about the parameters for assessing Section 3(d) exclusions. Focussing on the new form exclusion, he points out issues in the efficacy approach followed by the Supreme Court using a salt form of morphine and a genetic invention as examples. Kalyan also brings out examples of the application of Section 3(d) to biotechnology and mechanical inventions, and points out the issues springing...

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Phonetic Justice for Trademark

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  This article was contributed by Swastika Chakravarti. How important are phonetics in trademarks, you ask? The General Court of the European Union has an answer for you. In deciding a matter between Pay TV giant, Sky and Microsoft (owners of Skype), the Court relied on the similarity of signs in terms of concept and phonetics to deny Microsoft a trademark for Skype in Europe. Holding that the pronunciation of ‘y’ in Skype is no shorter than in Sky, the Court seems to feel that ‘Skype’ is most obviously identifiable with the commonly used word 'Sky'. The logo of a cloud helps...

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Nellie Bly – Inventor of the Steel Barrel

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American journalist, Elizabeth Cochrane, better known by her pen name Nellie Bly had her 151st birthday on May 5th, 2015 in celebration of which, Google released a harmonious doodle. Nellie Bly was often looked at as an iconic character who encouraged women to become journalists. It is rumoured that her ground-breaking spirit became more pronounced after the death of her father when she was only 6 years old. Nellie Bly was only 18 when she so overwhelmed a newspaper editor at The Pittsburgh Dispatch that she was asked to begin her journalism career immediately. By the time she was in her...

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Happy Birthday Inventor of Piano

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  Today’s Google doodle celebrates the 360th birthday of Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco, who was credited with inventing the modern piano. Bartolomeo Cristofori was born on May 4, 1655 in Padua, Republic of Venice in Northern Italy. At the age of 33, he was employed by Ferdinando de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany. He was hired not only to be a musical instrument technician, but also possibly as a musical instrument inventor. Cristofori was an expert harpsichord (as piano was known earlier) maker and was familiar with the previous body of knowledge on creating stringed keyboard instruments. In 1690, he invented...

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USTR SPECIAL 301 REPORT (2015) – on Priority Watch List

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USTR has released the 2015 report on the  adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Seventy Two (72) countries were reviewed in this report, and Twenty Four (24) countries have been placed on the Watch List, and Thirteen (13) on the Priority Watch List. Countries in the watch list include Canada, Columbia, Brazil, etc. India, China, Russia, Indonesia, etc., have been placed on the Priority Watch List. Last year, USTR had conducted out of cycle reviews for India, to engage and improve IP protection in the country. This year, no out of cycle review...

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Samsung takes home National Intellectual Property Award 2015

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Samsung R&D Institute India - Bangalore has been honoured with the National Intellectual Property Awards, 2015 in the category - Top Indian Public Limited Company/Private Limited Company/Indian Subsidiary of Transnational Corporation. This annual IP awards event is organized by the Indian Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Through the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, the IPO and CII confer the annual National Intellectual Property Awards on outstanding innovators, organizations and companies in the field of Patents, Designs, Trademarks and Geographical Indications on the occasion...

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OSTP & USPTO give Recognition to Innovators

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  On April 20, the OSTP (Office of Science and Technology Policy) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the 2015 - Patents for Humanity Awards in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The USPTO announced the winners on April 13, 2015. Patents for Humanity is the USPTO's voluntary prize competition for patent owners and licensees. The program was launched at The White House in February, 2012 for promoting businesses of all kinds to apply their innovations to address global challenges in health and standard of living. The award recipients received public recognition in the award ceremony, a certificate...

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