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Claiming with a Purpose, with the Blessings of the Inventor

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This post was first published on March 1, 2010.   Claims draw the boundary to the invention that is being claimed. The boundary that is being drawn must be carefully done in order to ensure that the claims serve their purpose. The point here is that every claim must have a specific purpose and must be targeted to a potentially infringing product or process, or be targeted to protect a specific implementation (in case of defensive approach). In order for the practitioner to be able to do that, he must have a clear understanding of how a product or process is implemented...

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Story of an Unchallenged Patent: Certainly Uncertain

This post was first published on February 16, 2010. Enabling designing around existing patents to promote progress of Science and technology forms a small but a non trivial part of the rationale behind existence of the patent system. To be able to safely design around patents it is critical to be able to understand the scope of protection rendered to that patent. The best place to start is the claims of patent since it determines the metes and bounds of the patented invention. Traditionally there have been two main approaches to drafting claims. One is the Central claiming approach and the other is...

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How Can We Encourage Inventors to Invent?

Invention Disclosure Development

This post was first published on February 7, 2010.   In one of my earlier posts entitled, 'Why do inventors invent?', I provided the results of a study on inventor incentives carried out by us. It can be noted from the results that a very small percentage of the inventors expressed that financial incentives encourage them to invent. The learning from the study is that an incentive mechanism must include incentives other than financial in order to encourage inventors to invent. Having said that, the issue with respect to it is that incentives that encourage an inventor such as love of invention,...

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What Should I do With My Invention Before I Talk to Venture Capitalists?

  First Publication Date: 9th February 2010   Every now and then I come across this question, and most often it’s asked by individual inventors and start-ups. In most cases, when you invent something, the next logical step would be to raise funds and build a business around it. To raise funds you will have to disclose the idea/invention to several VCs, preferable after signing a non disclosure agreement (NDA). A NDA, in brief, is a legal instrument that binds the parties entering into the agreement to maintain confidentiality of the information that is disclosed. However, from what I have heard, making a...

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Pharmaceutical Business Strategy – A Brand Name Perspective

The featured image shows many strips of tablets and a thermometer on a grey background. The post is regarding the trademark dispute between Cadila health care and Sun Pharma . To know more please click here.

First Publication Date: 9th February 2010. In furtherance to Vikram’s post on Paragraph IV certification and its exploitation by generic pharmaceutical companies (ANDA applicant) to enter the market sooner, here is an insight on the NDA holders’ attempt to exploit the same. Every ANDA application filed by a generic company has to be in a prescribed format and must contain the prescribed content as per 21CFR sec. 314.94 (Contents and Format of an Abbreviated application). Each of these applications will refer to a Reference listed drug (RLD) and the use of such drug by the company in order to get approval for...

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Temporary Injunction Cases

First Publication Date: 15th January 2010 M.C. Jayasingh Vs. Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI), Apollo Hospitals, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and Cancer Institute (W.I.A.), (Regional Cancer Centre) The Appellant, Jayasingh, acquired a patent over a Prosthesis made of Titanium alloy, which is used in bone salvage surgery. On learning that the Respondents were making, selling, distributing and using Prosthesis that was covered by his patent, Jayasingh filed an infringement suit against the Respondents and prayed for an injunction during the pendency of the suit. After hearing the parties and reviewing the facts on record, the Court refused to grant temporary injunction to...

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Patenting Inventions by Researchers in Universities

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First Publication Date: 20th January 2010. This is in response to a question asked by one of the researchers on our website with reference to the patenting of inventions by researchers in the University For all the inventive minds working or studying in different Universities, idea of patenting their invention(s) is quite lucrative. With our experience of dealing with such situation, where a researcher wishes to apply for a patent, a number of issues  should be catered before applying for the patent.  In light of this, following guidelines are provided for the interested researchers. 1. First and foremost step for a researcher who...

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Temporary Injunction – F. Hoffmann-LA Roche Vs. Cipla

First Publication Date: 18th January 2010 The Appellants, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. (“Roche”), the Licensor of a patent relating to the drug Erlotinib used for cancer treatment and OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. (`OSI'), the holder of the patent of the said drug, filed an infringement suit against the Respondent, Cipla Ltd. (“Cipla”). The Appellants filed an application for temporary injunction during the pendency of the suit, which was rejected by the Single Judge and therefore, filed this appeal. After hearing both the parties, the Court upheld the rejection of the temporary injunction based on the following reasons: a. The patent granted to OSI related...

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Patenting a Food Recipe?

  First Publication Date: 14th January 2010   Most of us, when we think about patents, we tend to associate patents with “high-tech” technological innovations. However, truth be told, sometimes patent protection can be easily extended to protect, as many may call, not so high-tech innovations as well. We had blogged earlier about, whether inventions related to method of massaging can be patented. A comment made on that blog post raises an interesting question, and is the focal point of this post. The question is: Can food recipes be patent protected? This question mainly arises because there could be doubt about whether or not, food recipe...

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Temporary Injunction: Mariappan Vs. A.R. Safiullah

Characters are pulling a rope written PATENT on top as this article is about Indian Patent Law Basics

First Publication Date: 9th January 2010 The holder of a patent relating to "food-grade laminated paper and a method and apparatus for manufacturing the laminated paper" filed an infringement action against Mariappan and others and sought an interim injunction to restrain infringing activities during the pendency of the suit. The Court started its analysis by observing that it was a settled position of law for granting an order of ad-interim injunction including the infringement of Designs, Copyrights and Patents that the applicant/plaintiff must prima facie establish that balance of convenience lay clearly in his favour and irreparable loss might be caused to...

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