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Court favors Core, leaves LG Electronics sore

The timing of what has just happened in the world of patents cannot get better than this news. On the 1st of March 2016, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) published a discussion paper on standard essential patents (SEPs) and their availability on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. The paper invites views from the concerned stakeholders regarding Standard Essential Patents and the issues surrounding them until the 31st of March, 2016. In our previous post on SEPs,…

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Make in India and the untapped potential of Geographical Indications

  The Make in India program was launched by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, in September 2014 as part of a wider set of nation-building initiatives. These initiatives were aimed at encouraging multi-national, as well as national companies to manufacture their products in India. Last year in July, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) had come up with various strategies, keeping “Make in India” as the backdrop to encourage innovation and creativity, further boosting the intellectual property rights (IPR) regime. Some…

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Standard Essential Patents : Fair? Reasonable? Non-Discriminatory? (II)

This post is in continuation to Standard Essential Patents : Fair? Reasonable? Non-Discriminatory? (I). In this post we will discuss the state of FRAND based litigation in other countries and look at how the Courts moved to interpret the law. The first of the cases to be discussed are as follows: Apple Inc. v. Motorola, Inc. and Motorola Mobility, Inc Apple filed two complaints in the Western District of Wisconsin for patent infringement against Motorola, Inc. and Motorola Mobility, Inc., seeking…

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Standard Essential Patents : Fair? Reasonable? Non-Discriminatory? (I)

Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs) set standards and essential features that must be fulfilled by specific essential items, materials, components, systems or services. Few examples of such SSOs in India are Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI), Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC), The Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI) and Development Organization of Standards for Telecommunications in India (DOSTI). When such specific essential item, material, component, system or service is in conformity with the set…

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Providers of free Wi-Fi free from copyright liability

  Last Wednesday, IP Kat had reported about an interesting opinion given by the Advocate General Szpunar in the case of Tobias Mc Fadden v Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH, C-484/14 which states that the Operator of a shop, hotel or bar who offers a password free Wi-Fi network are not liable for copyright infringement committed by users of that network. In the instant case Tobias Mc Fadden operated a business of lights and sound systems near Munich that provides a…

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Lionsgate v. Ameritrade: A classic case of copyright claims dressed in TM claims’ clothing

Spoofs have had a long history of getting into trouble. So it’s no surprise that when brokerage giant TD Ameritrade tried to put a cheeky spin on the iconic line “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”, Lionsgate was not so forgiving. We had initially covered the matter , back in July, 2015 when Lionsgate filed an infringement suit against Ameritrade in Los Angeles. Just to jog your memory and for our younger readers, who might not be familiar with the film…

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From OHIM to EUIPO – OHIM’s New Trademark Reform

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the office for registering Trade Marks and Designs in the European Union, will undergo major changes including change in the name of the office to “European Union Intellectual Property Office” (EUIPO) and the name of the Community Trade Marks (CTM) to “European Union Trade Marks” (EUTM). The OHIM website, from 22nd to 23rd March 2016, will be updating its online application system to implement the changes in the legal process as…

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Do Patents motivate Inventors? A TED Talk by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala

Do Patents motivate Inventors? A TED Talk by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala

Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, the founder of SiNApSE Blog, and a renowned IP Attorney and author, recently delivered a TEDX talk on 'What Motivates Inventors? Patents, or Passion? This is the first ever TED Talk on patents from India. You can view the talk on YouTube at this link. In his talk, Dr. Kalyan talks about the role patents play in incentivizing inventors. He concludes that patents do not motivate inventors directly, but bring patrons  in the form of investors.…

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India Drives into Driver-Less Car Technology

The world has seen a great leap in the field of automobile industry in the recent years. While several automobile giants are spending money like water for the research and development of the self driving cars with advanced control systems, India has achieved a milestone by inventing a driverless car with low cost. An autonomous car / driverless car /self-driving car /robotic car is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. An Indian…

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Business of IP & Start-ups – A presentation by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B)

The following presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, Managing Partner BananaIP Counsels, at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B), for their workshop titled ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Bengaluru’ as part of the Global Network of Advanced Management (GNAM) program . The workshop was attended by students from prestigious universities such as Yale, Hong Kong University etc. The presentation is titled Business of IP & Start-ups and covers the following topics: Nature of IP and Forms Startups and IP…

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