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IPO notifies Supreme Court’s latest decision on ‘Extension of Limitation’; Monsanto and Nuziveedu settle long standing patent dispute and more

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IPO notifies Supreme Court’s latest decision on ‘Extension of Limitation’; Monsanto and Nuziveedu settle long standing patent dispute; EPO to continue conducting mandatory oral proceedings by video conference; Over 250 European MP’s urge EU to support temporary patent waiver demanded by India and South Africa Indian Patent News IPO notifies Supreme Court’s latest decision on ‘Extension of Limitation’ Last year, the Supreme court of India had taken Suo Motu cognizance of the situation arising out of the challenges faced by the country on account of Covid-19 Virus and the resultant difficulties faced by litigants across the country in filing their petitions/applications/suits/ appeals/all other...

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IPO & JPO to be competent ISA & IPEA to each other under PCT, EPO publishes patent index 2020 and more

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IPO & JPO to be competent ISA & IPEA to each other under PCT; Apple fined $308.5 million for patent infringement, says “will appeal”; EPO publishes patent index 2020 Indian Patent News IPO & JPO to be competent ISA & IPEA to each other under PCT India and Japan have mutually agreed to recognize each other’s offices as be competent International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority (ISA/IPEA) for any international (PCT) patent application filed with them. This decision comes as part of the 4th Review meeting held under Indo-Japan Memorandum of Cooperation on Industrial Property on the 19th of March 2021....

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Draft Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021 published; Bill in parliament to abolish tribunals such as IPAB

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Draft Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021 published; Central Government introduces bill to abolish tribunals such as IPAB and 4 others; EPO Strategic Plan 2023 published; EPO member states agree on common practices under a joint initiative  Patent Office Updates Draft Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021 published The Indian patent office has published the Draft Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021 on the 9th of February 2021. The amended rules propose to reduce the filing fee of educational institutions and make them eligible for expedited examination. The draft rules shall come into effect from the 9th of March 2021 and any objections / suggestions must be submitted to the...

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IBM #1 patent filer in 2020, Samsung at #2, Court rules in favor of Garmin in patent suit involving Philips and more

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In this week’s Patent News – Court rules in favor of Garmin in patent suit involving Philips; USITC steps into the Ericsson versus Samsung dispute; EPO and CIPO make their PPH fast-track programme permanent; EU Parliamentarians back India – South Africa proposal on patent waivers for COVID-Vaccine; IPO’s Top 300 listing ranks International Business Machines (IBM) #1 and Samsung at #2; EPO publishes study on economic benefits of owning intellectual property rights – especially for small businesses; PATENT INFRINGEMENT NEWS Court rules in favor of Garmin in patent suit involving Philips An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled...

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Microsoft accused of infringing patents related to cloud computing, EPO extends closure of offices and more

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In this week’s Patent News – Microsoft Inc accused of infringing patents related to cloud computing; Mad Dogg Athletics institutes patent infringement suit against Peloton Interactive; European Commission and EUIPO announce the official launch of - Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund;  PATENT INFRINGEMENT NEWS Microsoft Inc accused of infringing patents related to cloud computing. A company by the name of Daedalus Blue has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft Inc. for infringing its patents related to cloud computing. Daedulus has named five patents in its lawsuit against the tech-giant, namely – U.S Patent Nos. – 7,177,886; 7,437,730; 8,381,209; 8,572,612 and 8,671,132. The company...

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Changes to UK IP Law from 1st January 2021, Indian Designs added to WIPO Global Design Database, AI related patent applications double and more

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In this week’s Patent News – Indian Designs added to WIPO Global Design Database; EPO invalidates Amgen’s patent claims protecting drug - Praluent, rules in favor of Sanofi and Regeneron; TikTok Inc. files suit for declaratory relief against Triller; Jury verdict directs Apple to pay $500 million to VirnetX by way of damages; UK IPO publishes information on the changes to UK intellectual property law from 1st January 2021; USPTO hosts ID5 6th Annual Meeting, commemorates the 5th anniversary of the ID5 forum; SAIP organizes IP20+ Global Intellectual Property Challenges Forum and other news updates. INDIAN DESIGNS NEWS Indian Designs now added...

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Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2020, LDC’s request WTO to extend transition period and more

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In this week’s Patent News – Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2020 come into force; Nokia seeks injunction against Lenovo for patent infringement; LDC’s request WTO to extend transition period under the TRIP’s for 12 years; CNIPA and EPO to launch pilot program for Chinese Applicants to designate EPO as an additional ISA. INDIA PATENT NEWS UPDATES Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2020 come into force from 20th October 2020 Last year, in the month of May, the Indian Patent Office published the draft Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2019. The Office had invited objections and suggestions from all persons with regard to the proposed amendments. On 22nd...

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Intellectual Property, Accessibility and Public health

Intellectual Property, accessibility and public health

On the 30th of July 2020, the international organizations - WIPO, WTO and WHO jointly published a study report titled "Promoting access to medical technologies and innovation - Intersections between public health, intellectual property and trade". This second edition report records the numerous significant developments that have occurred since 2013, when the first edition was published. The 2013 edition of the report may be accessed by clicking here and the 2020 edition of the report may be accessed by clicking here. The 352 page long report takes stock of a number of issues currently plaguing the world, especially the COVID-19 Pandemic...

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CPI(M) asks Government to issue compulsory license for Remdesivir, EPO creates search strategies to help fight against COVID-19 and more patent news

In this week’s Patent News – CPI(M) asks Government to issue compulsory license for manufacturing generic versions of drug – Remdesivir; EPO creates search strategies to aid scientists distinguish documents relevant to fight the COVID-19 pandemic; EUIPO and EPO to jointly host online conference on Additive Manufacturing INDIA PATENT NEWS UPDATE CPI(M) asks Government to issue compulsory license for manufacturing generic versions of drug - Remdesivir The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has reportedly requested the Central Government to issue a compulsory license to manufactures for the production of generic versions of drug – Remdesivir. Remdesivir, originally an anti-viral, is now being used...

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COVID crisis threatens Gilead’s patent on Remdesvir, EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal issues opinion on plant and animal patentability, India asks G20 to establish agreement enabling use of TRIPS flexibilities and other patent news

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In this week’s Patent News – India asks G20 members to establish an agreement that enables the use of TRIPs flexibilities; EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal issues opinion on plant and animal patentability; China launches IP Law Enforcement Action Plan for 2020;  WHO and Costa Rica to launch COVID-19 technology pooling initiative this month and other news updates. INDIA PATENT NEWS India asks G20 members to establish an agreement that enables the use of TRIPs flexibilities During a recent virtual G20 Trade and Investment Ministers meeting, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, asked G20 members to establish an agreement to enable...

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