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Intellectual Property News and Analysis – Intellepedia

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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Introduction to Well-Known Trademarks and Trademark Dilution

This image depicts several well known brand logos such as McDonald's and Coca-Cola. This post is about the transborder reputation of well known marks. Click on the image to read the full post.

    This post was first published on June 30th, 2014.   Generally, trademark protection is limited to the protection against unauthorized use of a trademark on identical or similar goods or services. The deceptive similarity and likelihood of confusing elements are not applicable in cases where an alleged conflicting mark is used in respect of dissimilar and/or unrelated goods and services. For example, the use of the mark KODAK for hotels or catering services would not amount to trademark infringement under the provisions of Trademark law. However, this is not the case in all situations. Article 6 Bis of the Paris Convention for protection...

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Why do Inventors Invent?

First Publication Date: 1st February 2010. Abraham Lincoln said, "Patents add fuel to the fire of genius". The role of the patent system is to encourage inventors by providing them incentives to give life to their ideas. As Lincoln rightly stated, the patent system provides the necessary encouragement to an inventive mind rather than creating one through its incentive system. The nature of the role played by the patent system in setting inventive minds in motion has been the subject of research at various levels. While some scholars concluded that the patent system does not play any role, others stated that...

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Finally, the Paternity of the Radio is Questioned

This post was published on August 06, 2014.

 

“Who invented the Radio?” When this question was asked during my school days, my answer was an immediate, “Marconi”. Since that answer would fetch me my points, I didn’t bother to look beyond. Recently, however, I realized that it has always been a controversial subject and that my answer could have been wrong. The villain… um.. no, the hero of the story is none other than Nikola Tesla, who is regarded as one of the greatest inventors of all time. Curious to know the story? Read on.

Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian inventor who became famous for his contributions towards the growth and development of long distance radio transmission. Marconi was inspired by Hertz’s theory of electromagnetic waves and began his research on Hertz’s work during the 1894-1895 period. He was keen on inventing a wireless telegraph device. On May 13, 1897, Marconi succeeded in sending the world’s first ever wireless signal over open sea and the first message read ‘Are you ready?’ In 1904, the US Patent Office granted Marconi a patent, Apparatus for Wireless Telegraphy (US 763772) for the invention of the Radio.

India up five spots in GII 2019, Vodafone joins LTE patent pool, Natco Pharma in Delhi High Court and more

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  “Patent News Bulletin: Indian Patent Statistics, Indian Industrial Design Statistics, Interesting Inventions, Highlights of the 12th Edition of the Global Innovation Index 2019, Delhi High Court grants interim relief to Natco Pharma Ltd; Vodafone joins LTE patent pool of Via Licensing Corporation; KIPO observes filings of 16,991 PCT Applications, in 2018, China launches the establishment of a National Centre that offers guidance on IP related disputes and other news updates”, presented to you by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm. INDIAN PATENT STATISTICS A total of 1136 patent applications have been published in the 30th issue of...

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Let’s Scrutinize Barcodes a Bit

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This post was first published on 29th September, 2014.   When we first go grocery shopping, as a kid, we always wondered what those black and white, think and thin lines indicated. A big puzzle eventually gets answered as we grow up. We now know that they are codes represented in the form of bars, a method for automatic identification and data collection. It has evolved from a punch card system, designed to speed the purchasing process, to the modern barcodes we see on every product imaginable. The rudimentary idea came from the Morse code. The barcodes were first implemented in the year...

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

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This post was first published on 29th July, 2014.   In continuation to our previous discussion on how to protect ideas in the entertainment industry, the upcoming posts in the series will discuss landmark cases and analyse how Courts consider Breach of Confidentiality claims. Previous posts in the series may be accessed here and here. The first of these cases is Zee Telefilms Limited and Another vs. Sundial Communications Private Limited and Others: This suit was brought by the Plaintiffs alleging Breach of Confidence in the original concept developed by the Plaintiffs and the misuse of confidential information. The Plaintiff's was a company engaged in the business of...

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Foreign Filing Intimation to Indian Patent Office

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This post was first published on July 10, 2012. Given the global nature of businesses today, it is not uncommon for a patent applicant to file patent applications in multiple countries for the same invention. Like many other patent offices, the Indian patent office imposes an obligation on the applicants to update the patent office with respect to foreign filings for substantially the same invention for which an application has been filed in India. The whole idea is to benefit from the opinion of the foreign patent office and to ensure that no frivolous patents are granted in India. Section 8 of...

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The Chemtura Case – Assent from US’ BPAI, but Dissent from India’s IPAB

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This post was first published on 29th October, 2014.   Intellectual Property Appellate Board, ORA/14/2009/PT/MUM ANDORA/14/2009/PT/MUM Decision Date: 24 AUGUST 2012 This post focuses only on the inventive step analysis of IPAB. The question of inventive step arose in a revocation petition before IPAB in which lack of inventive step was one among several grounds. SiNApSE readers will recall this case for its ratio on Section 8 of the Patents Act. Patent: The patent in question relates to a side bearing pad assembly for absorbing and cushioning compression forces and that dampen lateral rolling motions that occur during the movement of railroad cars. Claim 1 reads as...

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United Kingdom Releases Report on Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

This post was first published on 29th May, 2011. Intellectual Property Rights, referred to as IPR, is one of the most upcoming branches of law. It is very dynamic, and laws are being made and changed according to what suits best the current social, economical, and political scenario. The laws are considered as an inevitable part of the modern world, as it ensures an exclusive right to people who discover or invent new appliances and processes. This grant of exclusive right has lead to the realization of the economic importance of IPR, especially to those companies or individuals who are innovative and...

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