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Why Do Indian Companies Acquire Patents?

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This post was last published on May 31st, 2012. Most people would assume that the answer to the question is obvious. But it is not. Ideally, patents are acquired to gain competitive advantage and through it, business value. In our quest to learn the answer, we have by virtue of studying about a hundred companies of varied sizes, realized that only twenty percent of them actually acquire patents to gain a business advantage. Why then do others invest in patents? Some of the most common reasons are: To meet the targets met by the senior management About eighty percent among the large companies file...

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Would Licensing a Sound Recording Call For Separate License From the Lyricist and Composer?

This post was last published on May 15th, 2012. The case ruling in IPRS v. Aditya Pandey came as a huge loss to the music composers and lyricists of the industry. It was held that no separate license was required from the copyright owner of literary and musical work (lyricist and composer) that embody a sound recording. A brief overview of the facts are as follows-  The appellant, Indian Performing Right Society Ltd. (IPRS - for short) is a Copyright Society registered under Section 33 of the Copyright Act 1957 and has around 1478 members who are either authors of the lyrics or...

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Patent Trolling : Can’t Live With, Can’t Live Without!

This post was first published on March 9th, 2012. Patent Trolling is indeed a remunerative fad apart from being a 'rage'. It’s also turning out to be the easiest way to make quick bucks, many of those quick bucks rather. For once, it should probably be lauded for they have highlighted the largest of loopholes that companies seem to have over-looked on their march to success. However, what should also be observed in the midst of all of this is that - they also highlighted what a travesty the patent system has become these days. The company that does nothing gets...

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Publicity Rights in India (Part II)

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This post was first published on March 1st, 2012. Some Indian Courts, such as Delhi High Court, have of late been very aggressive in enforcing various IP rights online and in digital media. However, considering the recent development of publicity rights law in India, there has not been an instance of its enforcement online or in computer games. We will, therefore, take a computer game hypothetical to review the applicability of publicity right law. Let us assume that an online cricket game is made in two versions. Version 1 is called world cup, which allows matches between various national teams. It includes...

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Publicity Rights in India (Part I)

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This post was first published on February 28th, 2012. The right of publicity refers to the right to prevent unauthorized commercial use of a person's persona. A person's persona includes his name, photograph, signature, voice or any other identity.   Publicity rights vest only in a celebrity or public figure. In other words, a person must be recognized by the public in order to possess the right of publicity.  The public must identify or associate an identity to a person. If such an association cannot be established, the right of publicity does not come into existence. Use of a person's persona for commercial...

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Weekly Copyright News: Gully Boy Leaked, FFI Wants Piracy Court, Kanye West Sued, REM Gets Trump Tweet Removed, and more

AICWA Bans Pakistani Actors and Artists, Gully Boy Leaked Online Soon After Release, Film Federation Demands Special Court to Control Piracy, Family Sues Kanye West for Copyright Infringement, Twitter Removes Trump Tweet After Copyright Complaint from R.E.M., SCOTUS Declines to Hear ‘Empire’ Lawsuit, YouTube Changes Three-Strike Policy to Tackle Frivolous Claims, British Columbia Man Claims Ownership over People’s Party of Canada Name, McCafé to Sponsor Two SAFTA Categories, Songtradr Acquires Big Sync Music, Mattel Secures Three-Year Licensing Deal for Despicable Me, and more. Copyright Quote “Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere, a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value. For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal...

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Weekly Trademark News: Monte Carlo and Skoda Reach Trademark Settlement, Ironman Product Licensing in India, Kashmir Saffron GI, Kardarshian Trademarks and Other News

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Indian Trademark Statistics for February (Third Week), Trademark Settlement between Breweries, Walmart and Its Happy Face, Keeping Up with Kardashian’s Trademark, Kashmir Saffron Filed for GI and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A brand is a voice and a product is a souvenir.” – Lisa Gansky INTERESTING BRAND NEWS Walmart’s Happy Face Though the smiley face has been around since the 1970s, this didn’t stop the world’s largest retail major Walmart from applying for a trademark for their yellow smiley face in 2006.  However, Walmart was not successful in receiving a registration for...

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Patent statistics, Interesting Inventions, US GIPC’s 7th International IP Index, IPA seeks removal of India from US Priority Watch List and other Weekly Patent News updates

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“Patent statistics, Interesting Inventions, US GIPC’s 7th International IP Index, IPA seeks removal of India from US Priority Watch List and other Weekly Patent News updates” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm. Quote of the Week “I truly put passion and soul into the design to make it feel like a living thing.” – Ikuo Maeda, Design Chief at Mazda Indian Patent Statistics A total of 681 patent applications have been published in the 7th issue of the Patent Journal, 2019. Out of the 681 applications, 56 applications account for early publications while 625 applications account for ordinary...

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Medical Imaging- A Patent Insight

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This post was first published on February 21st, 2012. Medical Imaging is in full flow and offers several advantages for clinicians to diagnose the patient’s health thoroughly.  Medical imaging is the technique and the process to create images of the human body or parts for clinical purposes and is often perceived to designate the set of techniques that noninvasively produce images of internal aspects of the body. The imaging technologies involved in medical imaging are Radiography, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Fiduciary Markers, Nuclear medicine, Photoacoustic imaging, Breast Thermography, Tomography, and Ultrasound. These imaging technologies have their own way of acquiring images....

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Trade Secret Violation – A Hypothetical Indian Case Scenario

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This post was last published on January 23rd, 2012. India has emerged as one of the important markets for information technology services and services involving business processes. With the constant development of industries in India, the growth of intellectual property has been exponential and so with it, the increasing need for providing better enforcement techniques to protect IP. India already has various statutes for the protection of patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs etc. But existing and rising industries/businesses are generating a lot of information which is confidential in nature and processes as well as technical know-how which qualify as trade secrets and...

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