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Patenting Inventions by Researchers in Universities

First Publication Date: 20th January 2010 This is in response to a question asked by one of the researchers on our website with reference to the patenting of inventions by researchers in the University For all the inventive minds working or studying in different Universities, idea of patenting their invention(s) is quite lucrative. With our experience of dealing with such situation, where a researcher wishes to apply for a patent, a number of issues  should be catered before applying for the patent.  In light of this, following guidelines are provided for the interested researchers. 1. First and foremost step for a researcher who...

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Temporary Injunction – F. Hoffmann-LA Roche Vs. Cipla

First Publication Date: 18th January 2010 The Appellants, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. (“Roche”), the Licensor of a patent relating to the drug Erlotinib used for cancer treatment and OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (`OSI'), the holder of the patent of the said drug, filed an infringement suit against the Respondent, Cipla Ltd. (“Cipla”). The Appellants filed an application for temporary injunction during the pendency of the suit, which was rejected by the Single Judge and therefore, filed this appeal. After hearing both the parties, the Court upheld the rejection of the temporary injunction based on the following reasons: a. The patent granted to OSI related...

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Public Access to TKDL under an Open Source Model

First Publication Date: 16th January 2010 This is in furtherance of the post on opening the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) for public access in order to further research and development of traditional knowledge. As I had stated in my post, making TKDL available under an open source model would enable the development of traditional knowledge and also safeguard the interests of traditional knowledge holders ("Holders"). The model I am proposing hereunder is based on the success of the Open Source Software (OSS) model. To give a quick overview, the OSS model is based on OSS licenses that grant rights to copy,...

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Weekly Patent News: First IP dialogue between India and US, Broadcom versus Volkswagen, Sony and Lenovo patent licensing deal, EPO Joins WIPO’s Digital Access Service and more

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“Indian patent statistics, Interesting inventions, Smart Streetlight with notifier, India and US engage in first ever dialogue on IP, Broadcom files patent infringement suit against Volkswagen, Sony and Lenovo sign design patent license agreement, EPO Joins WIPO's Digital Access Service (DAS) and other Weekly Patent News updates,” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm. Design Quote of the Week "Design has allowed us to stand out; to look different and show that difference boldly" - Joseph D Mansueto, American billionaire entrepreneur. Indian Patent Statistics A total of 716 patent applications have been published in the 44th issue of...

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Patenting a food recipe?

First Publication Date: 14th January 2010 Most of us, when we think about patents, we tend to associate patents with “high-tech” technological innovations. However, truth be told, sometimes patent protection can be easily extended to protect, as many may call, not so high-tech innovations as well. We had blogged earlier about, whether inventions related to method of massaging can be patented. A comment made on that blog post raises an interesting question, and is the focal point of this post. The question is: Can food recipes be patent protected? This question mainly arises because there could be doubt about whether or not, food recipe...

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Is a method of massaging patentable subject matter?

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First Publication Date: 12th January 2010 This post is in furtherance of a question posed by one of my students at NLSIU. The question was - "Can a method of massaging be patentable in India?". He apparently saw a massage centre stating that they have patented their massage methods. In my opinion, a process of performing a massage that is not related to treatment of a disease or disorder is patentable in India provided it satisfies the industrial applicability, novelty, inventive step and specification requirements. There is no provision under the Patents Act that prohibits patentability of a massage method that does...

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WAIVING MORAL RIGHTS CAN BE MORAL

First Publication Date: 13th January 2010 Professor Anil's post inspired me to research into alienability and waivability of moral rights under national laws. I noted that national laws of civil law countries such as France, Spain, Italy and Germany expressly restrict transfer and waiver of moral rights and national laws of common law countries such as UK and Canada permit their transfer and Waiver. If we look at the international instruments such as Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works which under Article 6Bis also recognizes the moral rights of an author but is silent on the right...

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VALUE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR MUSIC BANDS

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First Publication Date: 6th January 2010 The potential Intellectual property usually goes unnoticed by the Band itself and the impact of the same is generally realized only when the same is infringed. Hence, the protection of various intellectual properties becomes quintessential for the development and revenue generation of the Band. Some of the basic types of Intellectual Property that must be protected by a band that will be dealt in this post include: A. Trade Marks; and B. Copyrights. A. Trade Marks The first intellectual property of a Band is born with naming the Band. The name of a band is very important because people will...

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Weekly Copyright News: TRAI Act Prevails over Copyright, Netflix sued for copyright infringement, ToH deal with Google and more.

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Supreme Court: TRAI Act Prevails over Copyright Law, No Winners in I&B Plan for DD Broadcast, Satanic Temple Sues Netflix for Copyright Infringement, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley Top Dead Celebrity Earners, Thugs of Hindostan Strike Innovative Deal with Google Maps. COPYRIGHT QUOTE OF THE WEEK “The beauty of Copyright law is it protects you and it provides you the opportunity to honour others” - Peter Smith INDIAN COPYRIGHT STATISTICS There is an increase of 24% in the total number of copyright applications filed last week as compared to the previous week. A total of 281 applications were filed for copyright registration during the last...

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Temporary Injunction: Mariappan Vs. A.R. Safiullah

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First Publication Date: 9th January 2010 The holder of a patent relating to "food-grade laminated paper and a method and apparatus for manufacturing the laminated paper" filed an infringement action against Mariappan and others and sought an interim injunction to restrain infringing activities during the pendency of the suit. The Court started its analysis by observing that it was a settled position of law for granting an order of ad-interim injunction including the infringement of Designs, Copyrights and Patents that the applicant/plaintiff must prima facie establish that balance of convenience lay clearly in his favour and irreparable loss might be caused to...

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