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BananaIP Counsels > Posts tagged "Intellectual Property" (Page 11)

Informed Prior Art Analysis for Traditional Knowledge Based Inventions

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This post was first published on November 26th, 2012. Prior art forms the core of novelty and inventive step analysis and also plays an important role in the assessment of other requirements. For negating novelty, the basic principle is: all elements of an invention must be present in a single prior art, expressly or inherently, supplemented by knowledge of a skilled artisan. For making an invention obvious, a combination of prior art elements that form part of the invention must be obvious to a person skilled in the art. The role of prior art is quite straight forward, it must directly,...

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Trademark Violations in Comparative Advertising

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This post was first published on December 2nd, 2012. Comparative Advertising is, as the name suggests, advertising that compares one product or service with another. Comparison is made with the intention of increasing the sales of the advertiser either by suggesting that the advertiser’s product is of the same or better quality to that of the compared product. The aim of such advertisement is to bring to public knowledge an honest comparison of one’s products with those of competitors.  Promotion of market transparency is intended but has other advantages such as regulation of prices and stimulating competition for improvement in products. Comparative...

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Value of IP for Small and Medium Enterprises

This image depicts the available areas for SMEs with regard to IP. The major areas are Cardiovascular, Antinoplastic and Neurological. The remaining form the grey areas for SMEs. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on March 14th, 2013.   Contrary to popular belief in India, Intellectual Property (IP) is neither a boon nor a curse for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Just like other business tools, it is a tool that can provide business and competitive advantage, provided an SME wishes to gain such an advantage. The wish must obviously be backed by appropriate steps in the right direction, in the light of the SMEs business goals. While the overarching objective of this series is to indicate various elements of the path to gaining business value, this article will focus only...

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Overlapping IP Protection: Call for Caution

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This post was first published on September 11th, 2012. Rights and protection are both victim and villain in overlapping. Overlapping and provision of simultaneous or sequential protection for some inventive and creative works have become a part of the expansive Intellectual property law regime. For example, both copyright law and trademark law now protect ‘Angry Birds’ and ‘Miley Cyrus’. Overlapping copyright and trademark protection for these two characters not only means that their creators receive all the benefits flowing from both the copyright regime and the trademark system, but it also means that many of the benefits that would otherwise flow to...

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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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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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