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Existing Trademark blocks Apple Watch sale in Switzerland

In latest news, Apple has been banned from launching its new Watch in Switzerland as in other European countries, scheduled to be on April 24, 2015, because of an Intellectual Property Rights issue. They cannot use the image of an apple or the word 'apple' to launch their product in Switzerland because of a trademark from 1985. The trademark currently belongs to William Longe, who owns watch brand, Leonard, that first filed the trademark application. He applied to the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property to register the trademark on December 5, 1985 which was approved and registered on February 28, 1986...

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Congratulations to Rajiv Aggarwal, India’s New Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks

Intellectual Property

Sinapse congratulates Rajiv Aggarwal, IAS officer and Joint Secretary of DIPP - Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, for being appointed as the new Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) of the Indian IP Office. He assumed charge on March 18, 2015. Rajiv Aggarwal will be the third IAS officer who will be heading the Indian IP Office. Previously, Mr. Chaitanya Prasad and his predecessor Mr. P H Kurian held the position. These appointments gesture a change in trend from such positions being held only by Examiners or Patent Specialists. The tenure of the earlier CGPDTM, Chaitanya Prasad, lasted 3 years. Mr. Prasad’s...

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Case Brief: Shamnad Basheer v. Union of India & Others

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Article contributed by Heema Shirvaikar, Intern at BananaIP Counsels, 3rd-year Law Student at Symbiosis, Pune. Facts and brief history of case: In 2011, a Writ Petition was filed before the Madras High Court by Mr. Shamnad Basheer, seeking a Writ of Declaration, to declare the establishment of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) under the Trade Marks Act, 1999, and the Patents Act, 1970 as violative of the basic structure of the Constitution of India. Shamnad Basheer, founder of SpicyIP, an Intellectual Property law blog, was a Professor of Law, who holds the Intellectual Property Rights Chair at the Ministry of Human Resources and...

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InterDigital Loses Patent Infringement Suits against Microsoft & ZTE

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In a recent patent battle, InterDigital, the patent licensing company, lost its appeal to revive patent infringement suits against Microsoft and ZTE’s phone unit (previously NOKIA). InterDigital had been fighting with Nokia over royalties for over 7 years before Microsoft inherited the fight when it purchased Nokia’s mobile device business. After the ruling, InterDigital’s share price came down by 3.4% to US$ 49.14. InterDigital had filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and ZTE claiming they had infringed on 5 of its mobile phone technology patents and had requested that the sale of phones, using this technology, be blocked. The US Court of Appeals for the...

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Hedy Lamarr – Much more than what meets the eye

This image depicts Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. This image is relevant because it talks about her contribution to wireless communication. Click on the image to view full post.

As a world of glamour, Hollywood has given us some of the most brilliant people that have been an inspiration. Today, we will see an inspiration of another kind. We will see a new side to someone considered one of the most beautiful and talented women in Hollywood. Someone who moonlighted as an inventor! She is Hedy Lamarr! Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler popularly known as Hedy Lamarr, was an Austrian-American actress and inventor. At the age of 19, she was married to Friedrich Mandl, whom she left before fleeing to Paris. In Paris, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie...

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FTC Gives Conditional Approval to the Microsoft-Nokia Deal

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The Fair Trade Commission (FTC), South Korea's antitrust authority, conditionally approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business earlier this month. The conditions attached to the merger state that Microsoft will put a ceiling on the royalties paid by major Korean handset manufacturers like Samsung and LG for Nokia patents.  The agreement between Microsoft and Nokia will allow Microsoft to directly manufacture handsets and tablets based on its broad patent portfolio. Microsoft had submitted its request for the acquisition of Nokia’s mobile division in November, 2013. The regulator accepted the request to begin the official settlement process to review the merger, anticipate any...

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Qualcomm Inc. to pay record fine of US$ 975 Mn

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  US chipmaker, Qualcomm Inc., has put an end to the 14-month anti-trust investigation by the Chinese Government by agreeing to pay a record fine of US$ 975 Mn. Qualcomm has also been asked to lower its royalty rates on patents used in China, thereby providing a boost to domestic handset manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei.   Qualcomm Inc. is facing similar charges in the US and Europe as well. South Korea has also started investigating similar monopolistic practices by Qualcomm. The judgment by the Chinese Government is likely to be only a small setback for Qualcomm Inc. as it is required to...

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Google-Twitter License Deal: Display Tweets in Search Results

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Google has struck a deal with Twitter to acquire full access of the tweets and their indexing in its search results on a real time basis. Although details of the deal have not been disclosed or confirmed by either party, Google has allegedly entered into a data licensing revenue agreement, and will shell out the money to the tune of US$41 million for the tweets. Google had been indexing tweets till 2011, before the launch of Google+, its social networking site which was believed to be in competition with Twitter. After expiration of the deal, Twitter substituted Google with Bing search...

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Kingsoft, Xiaomi Establish New IP Investment Fund

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Chinese security software developer, Kingsoft, together in the partnership with the mobile phone maker, Xiaomi, Beijing Zhigu Technology Consulting Services (an entity controlled by Xiaomi’s founder Lei Jun) and a few others, has launched a USD 35 Mn fund to support Intellectual Property related investments. Kingsoft announced that the investment vehicle managed by Beijing Zhigu Technology Consulting Services will have a 10-year term, without disclosing other specific details. It is widely speculated that the fund has been formed as an aftermath of the Qualcomm antitrust investigation by China and its subsequent order to make Qualcomm surrender its “reverse patent license.” Reverse...

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Copyright Blockbuster 2014

The featured image shows the symbol of copyright in purple colour on a white background.The post is about the recent allegation of copyright infringement against the short movie 'kriti'. To know more, please click here.

Dear Readers, The information age brought with it mounds of new perspectives and facts. But is it enough that it's all out there! We do want to be able to know a whole lot by reading very little. So, we bring you a quick look at all the major IP-related happenings of 2014. Copyright Law: 1. CJEU rules – ISP’s can be made to block Illegal Download access As an endorsement to European Union’s anti-piracy policies, the European Court of Justice ruled on March 27th, 2014, that EU Internet Service Providers (ISP) can be forced to block access to copyright infringing websites. The CJEU answered...

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