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Industrial Designs -Design Protection & Originality

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When it comes to registering industrial designs there is a lot of confusion as to what can be registered, and what cannot. Although it is clear that industrial design covers the aesthetic appearance of an article, there are certain standards that the article must qualify to be registerable subject matter. Section 4 of the Designs Act, 2000, already lists out the basic requirements for a design to be registered. In addition to this there are also a catena of common law judgments that further clarify the standards and scope of originality, and this was further clarified in the recent Crocs...

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Differentiating Patents and Industrial Designs

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Patents and Industrial Designs are both subsets of Intellectual Property Rights, along with Trademarks, Copyrights, Geographical Indicators, etc. Although these two types of Intellectual Property Rights are very distinct in nature, many tend to confuse the two. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), patents are an “exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.” Patent rights are granted to an inventor, by the government, and it permits such inventor to exclude others from making,...

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Patent and Design statistics in India : Recap 2018

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What happened to patent filings in India in 2018? Did they increase? Or did they decrease? How many patents were granted and how did they compare with the previous years? Which city filed the most patents in 2018 and how did the other cities fare? In this post, we bring to you a recap of the patent statistics from 2018 and a comparison of these numbers with the stats of 2017. Publications A total of 37554 applications were published between January 2017 and December 2017, while a total of 39123 patent applications have been published between the 1st of January 2018 and...

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Designing Around Designs

This post was first published on February 14, 2010. In furtherance of our posts with respect to patent infringement analysis, I would like to hereby write a note on analysis of design infringement and steps to be taken for designing around designs. Design infringement analysis and strategy for designing around registered designs assumes importance in the light of an increase in design protection in fashion, furniture, toys and other industries. While it is important for a designer to protect his designs, it is also equally important for him to ensure that his designs do not infringe on designs protected by others. Rights...

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Filing Design Applications in India

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Design can be broadly described as the outer appearance or the shape of an article visible to the naked eye. In India and in most other parts of the world, a new and distinct design can be conferred Intellectual property protection as an Industrial design, provided it fulfills the parameters that have been laid down by the law for such protection.  Industrial Design protection is limited to only the aesthetic appearance of an article and does not extend to its functionality. Design is defined under Section 2(d) of Indian Designs Act, 2000 as "features of shape and configuration, ornamentation, pattern or...

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Weekly Patent News: Ford patents round car, Smart wheelchair patents, BlackBerry sues Snapchat, USPTO issues notice on patent subject matter eligibility, Patent tip of the Week and other news

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“Ford’s Round Car, Smart wheelchair for differently abled people, BlackBerry sues Snapchat, FRAND case against Huawei and ZTE to proceed in UK, USPTO Issues Notice of Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility, UK ratifies Hague Agreement, Mexican Design Law amended, to take effect from 27thApril, 2018, Patent Tip of the week and other Weekly Patent News,” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm. Design Quote of the Week “In an action of infringement of design, it is not necessary that the two designs must be identical on all points and they should be exactly the same.”  -...

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Building an Intellectual Property Framework for your Organization

There is no doubt in the minds of most business leaders that intellectual property (IP) provides great business and competitive advantage.  However, deriving value from their IP creations and investments is for most companies an unsolved puzzle.  With the increase in emphasis on IP in various business transactions ranging from selling products to providing services, organizations in India are now focusing on building IP portfolios that provide direct business value. Every company aspiring to make IP count for its business must put its IP strategy in the right direction.  With this as the premise, Intellepedia – IP News Center (India’s leading...

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Why the Name BananaIP? Why Not?

Are You Banana's? Why name the firm BananaIP Counsels

"Are you the Bananas?" the client asked, laughing loudly when we entered. "Yes, we are," I said, laughing with her. Almost every one laughs when we introduce ourselves for the first time. "Hi, I am from BananaIP." "Where did you say you are from? Ha Ha Ha" They can't help laughing. One even went to the extent of proclaiming, "Who in the right frame of mind calls an IP firm Banana!" "Me," I said instantly, summoning all my energies to put up a poker face. Laughter again. They laugh, and keep laughing, but never forget. BananaIP is engraved in their memories forever. "Why did a person like you call...

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National Intellectual Property Awards, 2017 – Applications invited!

The featured image shows a cartoon character holding a golden trophy. This post is in relation to the National Intellectual Property (IP) Awards being conferred by the Office of Controller General of Patents and Trademarks in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). To read more click here.

The Office of Controller General of Patents and Trademarks in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will be conferring the National Intellectual Property (IP) Awards on the 26th April 2017, coinciding with the World IP day. The National IP awards are conferred each year on individuals and enterprises who have achieved something great in the field of IPRs in terms of creation and commercialization of IP. The awards will be presented this year to the awardees at an event to be organized in Delhi. Ten categories have been identified to be included in the National Intellectual Property Awards programme...

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World’s Best IP Blogs – 2016

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Last year in 2015, we ran a series on the world’s best IP blogs where we featured Intellectual Property blogs who have carved a niche for themselves in the world of IP. The series that we ran last year received immense appreciation and support from our readers and we remain thankful to them for the same. We also thank the IP blogs featured in this post and the series last year, for it is they who have taken it upon themselves the extremely arduous task of bringing to the public, their share of knowledge on IP. Inspired from what we pulled...

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