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Exclusive Marketing Rights and Stronger Patent Regime

This image depicts a signboard having CHANGE written on it. This image is relevant as India's patent Law has changed a lot after it became signatory to TRIPS. Click on this image for more information

This post was first published on 2nd September, 2014.   Trade Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement under the World Trade Organization (WTO) came into effect in 1995 mandating all the developing member countries to bring in TRIPS-compliant national laws within ten years i.e., 2005. India became a party to the TRIPS Agreement in April, 1994. At that time, India's then-current enactment of the Patent Act, 1970 directly contravened Article 27 of the TRIPS Agreement. Upon coming into effect on January 1, 1995, TRIPS set out transitional periods for WTO members to introduce legislation complying with the obligations under TRIPS. For developing...

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Chapter VI. Compulsory Licensing & Local Working – Comprehending Apprehending or Apprehending Comprehension?

This post was first published on 4th July, 2014.   Compulsory Licenses are licenses granted by the government or the patent office, irrespective of whether the patent holder gives consent to such a license. For most types of Compulsory Licenses, the granting authority fixes the royalty payable to the patent holder. Compulsory Licenses, with respect to patents, are of various types: General Compulsory License – Granted for all types of inventions when certain predefined parameters are satisfied; Compulsory License in National Emergency, or Public Health Crisis – Granted when there is a serious health emergency like an epidemic outbreak, or a rampant life threatening...

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Too much Success is Not Always Good: A Look at Genericization of Trademarks

The image depicts a tombstone with the Registered mark on it. This post talks about Trademark death due to genericization. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 10th June, 2014.   Trademarks are vital for the commercialization and growth of an industry. It is a valuable asset for a business entity as it acts as a link between the goods and the producer. It is through trademarks that consumers identify a particular product, as a result of which, it can be rightly said that the reputation of a company is built on trademarks. As a brand gains popularity, it is subject to various attacks in the form of passing off and infringement. Asserting the mark against infringers is crucial for maintaining the reputation of...

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MUCOSOLVIN confusingly similar to MUCOSOLVAN

The image depicts the logo of Mucosolvan. This post describes a recent win for its trademark in a legal tussle. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 5th January, 2014.   The Hon’ble Delhi High Court delivered another thought-provoking judgment on the 16th of December, 2013 related to the pharmaceutical industry. The plaintiff in the present case is Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma Gmbh & Co., a German company with its principal place of business in Germany, whereas the Defendant is IPCA Laboratories Ltd., with its principal place of business in Mumbai. The Plaintiff has been using the trademark MUCOSOLVAN since 1979 in 56 countries including India for pharmaceutical preparations used mainly for the treatment of productive cough. The trademark application filed by the Plaintiff before the Indian Trademark...

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Madrid Protocol- International Trademark Filing Becomes Easier

Trademark Infringement

This post was first published on 11th August, 2013.   India has been officially notified as a member to the Madrid Protocol on 8th July 2013 joining 89 other countries including the USA and European Union. What is Madrid Protocol The Madrid Protocol is an international trademark filing system that provides a cost-effective and efficient way for individuals and entities to secure protection for their marks in multiple countries by filing one application with the Indian Trademark office. At present, there are a total of ninety one Contracting parties that are members of the Protocol. The list of members of the Madrid Protocol may...

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Indian IP Laws to Protect Traditional Culture and Folklore

This image depicts ayurvedic preparations in a crucible. This post talks about the patentability of traditional knowledge. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 8th November, 2014.   Most places in the world, where traditional knowledge and folklore exist, face the challenge of multiculturalism and cultural diversity because they have both indigenous and immigrant communities. A balance has to be struck between the protection and preservation of cultural experience and traditional. Efficient cultural policies are required to meet the above challenges and free exchange of cultural experiences is required to make policies for effective protection of the same. A further challenge is to balance a wish to preserve traditional cultures with a desire to stimulate tradition-based creativity as a contribution to...

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Cross-Border Patent Protection

  This post was first published on July 16th, 2014.   Patent protection is territorial in nature. A patent application filed in a country can entail the enjoyment of patent rights in that country only and thus a patent application has to be filed in countries where the applicant intends to gain protection. Thus in order to seek patent protection in multiple countries, the applicant will have to file the application in each of these countries. There is no limitation on the number of countries where a patent application can be filed. A foreign application can be made in the following ways: Direct...

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“Children, Don’t Just Invent, File Patents!”

The image depicts a robotic child wearing a Graduation Hat. This image is relevant as the article is about Patent. Click on the image for more information

This post was first published on 14th November, 2014.   The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age - Aldous Huxley Every child is a genius. I wish all SiNApSE readers a very Happy Children's Day. This post brings you the knowledge about 4-year-old Sydney Dittman, who invented an aid for using knobs, called Aid for grasping round knobs (US 5231733), an extremely useful invention for the disabled. She invented it while playing with her toys and now you know that inventing is nothing but play and fun. For Patent Geeks, here is the info: Abstract: Apparatus for grasping circular knobs which...

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Batmobile – Supercar or Character?

This image depicts Batman standing on the batmobile.

This post was published on 18th March, 2014.   In a copyright infringement suit between the DC comics (Plaintiff) vs. Mark Towle (Defendant) the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is to decide whether the Batmobile is protectable under copyright laws. Batmobile is a renowned vehicle that the caped crusader a.k.a. Batman uses for fighting crime in the city of Gotham. Known for its aesthetics, aerodynamics, and features such as jet engine afterburner, torpedoes/missile launchers, automatic tire inflator and many more, the Batmobile made its first appearance in 1939 in a comic series called detective comics and was later...

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Patent War: Is the US Arm-twisting India?

This image depicts a man twisting the arm of another person. This image is relevant as the topic itself has the question whether US is arm-twisting India. Click on the image for more information

This post was first published on 4th September, 2014.   India’s domestic Patent Laws have flourished prominently and recent patent rulings have suggested that Indian Patent Laws are consumer friendly. However, recent discussions with the US prompted a need for us to defend our IPR regime. In their view, the underlying Indian Law still tends to favor weaker rather than stronger protection of IP. A number of issues raised in negotiations on TRIPS regime for implementation of Patent Laws in developing countries such as India have been selected to the satisfaction of developed counties such as the US and certain European countries. There are...

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