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Qualcomm Inc. to pay record fine of US$ 975 Mn

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  US chipmaker, Qualcomm Inc., has put an end to the 14-month anti-trust investigation by the Chinese Government by agreeing to pay a record fine of US$ 975 Mn. Qualcomm has also been asked to lower its royalty rates on patents used in China, thereby providing a boost to domestic handset manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei.   Qualcomm Inc. is facing similar charges in the US and Europe as well. South Korea has also started investigating similar monopolistic practices by Qualcomm. The judgment by the Chinese Government is likely to be only a small setback for Qualcomm Inc. as it is required to...

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Electronic Frontier Foundation to preserve Software

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  Since the dawn of internet, the technological development has been exponential, leading to digitisation of almost all possible activities as from tablets and phones to watches, glasses, TVs and even refrigerators become “smarter”. The laws such as Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), enacted to focus on the rise of digital era, are unable to completely match the pace of this development. Recently, the US Copyright Office initiated the sixth triennial rule-making process which has been accepting petitions since then. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has played a key role in past triennial rule-making proceedings and has gotten smartphone jailbreaks and...

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Intellectual Property: EVENT- The Global Fellows Series — Bridging the IP Gap Between the US and Europe

Date                                   March 10-13, 2015 Venue                                Munich, Germany Agenda                             The series will promote a higher level of international IP practice among the next generation of leaders in the global legal community. Link -                                Click here  ...

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E-commerce Retailers face flak over alleged Counterfeits by Vendors

E-retailers have come a long way since the advent of e-commerce in India in the early 2000s. Other than a few cautious buyers, most have become comfortable purchasing an entire range of products online. However, nowadays a lot of e-commerce customers are left fuming because of counterfeit vendors gaining a foothold even in reputed e-commerce sites. In October 2014, the Delhi High Court prohibited Gurgaon-based online marketplace, ShopClues from using, manufacturing, marketing, selling, displaying or advertising the name of L’oreal while selling products. The cosmetic company had filed the civil suit alleging that a vendor named Brandworld was selling fake products...

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Google-Twitter License Deal: Display Tweets in Search Results

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Google has struck a deal with Twitter to acquire full access of the tweets and their indexing in its search results on a real time basis. Although details of the deal have not been disclosed or confirmed by either party, Google has allegedly entered into a data licensing revenue agreement, and will shell out the money to the tune of US$41 million for the tweets. Google had been indexing tweets till 2011, before the launch of Google+, its social networking site which was believed to be in competition with Twitter. After expiration of the deal, Twitter substituted Google with Bing search...

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Xiaomi maintains competitive pricing; Removes onus of Royalties on customers

Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi, suffered a major setback in India toward the end of 2014, as the Delhi High Court asked it to temporarily discontinue the sale of its smartphones in India. Subsequently, the Court decided that Xiaomi could go on with the sale of models that use Qualcomm chips until February 5, when the next hearing for the patent case is scheduled. Xiaomi is facing legal troubles in India since it was sued by Swedish technology company, Ericsson, some time ago, for allegedly infringing eight of its patents. In general, a company is required to pay patent royalties in such...

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Margaret Knight: Most Notable Woman in the World of Patents

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In the late 1860s, Margaret Knight was working in a paper bag plant in Massachusetts, USA. The paper bags of the time were conical in shape, with the bag tapering towards the bottom. She felt that a bag with a rectangular shape and a flat bottom could fit more items. So, she designed a  model of a machine for automatically cutting, folding and gluing paper bags with a rectangular shape and a flat bottom. She approached a machine shop to build a working prototype of the machine, so that she could file a patent for the machine. While the prototype was...

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Technology Transfer boost Entrepreneurship

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  Illinois’ universities in general, have a two tier program - they generate interest through educational programs on applied entrepreneurship and then their technology transfer offices (TTOs) support the development by patenting, licensing and commercializing the invention. The technology transfer programs of universities in Illinois have been conducive for fledgling start-ups as they provide them the necessary help in the form of academic network, idea promotion, mentor-ship and fund securing.   As per the latest Illinois Innovation Index report, the number of start-ups being incubated by Illinois’ universities has increased three-folds in the last five years. The Index, an initiative of Illinois Science...

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Sanjeeth Hegde delivers a lecture on “Leveraging Intellectual Property Rights in Rural Economies” at a International Conference about RUBAN Society

At the recently held international conference on the “Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Sustainable RUBAN Society” on 13th February 2015, organized by the Dayananda Sagar Business Academy in Bangalore, Sanjeeth Hegde, Partner BananaIP, delivered a lecture on how rural communities can leverage IP for development. He also moderated a panel discussion about “Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Sustainable Ruban Society” with esteemed panelist from academia, corporate, and social enterprises. Date : 13/02/2015 [button link="http://www.icdsba.dsba.edu.in/" newwindow="yes"] Read more[/button]...

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Dr. Kalyan presented “Indian Media and Metaphors – A Peek into Copyright Issues” at the 2015 Nova Law Review symposium New Media and Old Metaphors.

Nova Southeastern University’s “Nova Law Review Symposium – New Media and Old Metaphors”, on February 12-13, 2015 in Miami, USA, invited Dr. Kalyan, Managing Partner BananaIP, to deliver a speech on “Indian Media and Metaphor – A Peek into Copyright Issues”. The event was attended by leading legal and business professionals from the Media and Entertainment industries. Date : 12/02/2015 [button link="https://www.nsulaw.nova.edu/students/orgs/lawreview/symposium/index.cfm" newwindow="yes"] Read more[/button]...

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