“Indian Patent Statistics, Interesting Inventions, Over 500 patent applications withdrawn, 120 startups receive patents in 101 days says DPIIT, USITC to begin investigation into alleged patent infringement by Jinko Solar, Longi Solar and another, EPO and Jordon begin negotiations on possible validation agreement, Alibaba wins award for IPR and Technology at the Luxury Law Summit in London” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm.
Quote of the Week
“Intellectual Property is a key aspect of economic development.” – John Craig Venter, an American biotechnologist, biochemist and businessman.
Indian Patent Statistics
A total of 583 patent applications have been published in the 14th issue of the Patent Journal, 2019. Out of the 583 applications, 93 applications account for early publications while 490 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 – month period. A total of 656 applications were granted last week marking an increase of about 11.94% in grants.
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Total Publications (Previous Week): 986
Total Publications (This Week): 583
Percentage difference: 40.87% decrease
First Examination Report (FER) Statistics
A total 3086 FER’s have been issued last week. Applicants and their agents can check if any of their patent applications have been examined by referring to the journal available here.
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Number of Applications published based on applicant city
Of the total 583 patent applications published in the journal last week, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have contributed a total of 87 applications. The total applications from each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows – 45 applications from Bangalore, 19 from Delhi, 6 applications from Chennai, 10 applications from Mumbai 5 applications from Hyderabad and 2 applications from Kolkata
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Total number of applications published by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2019 till date: 12052
- Early publications: 1140
- Ordinary Publications: 10912
Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2019 till date: 5629
- Delhi – 2054
- Mumbai – 795
- Chennai – 1851
- Kolkata – 965
Indian Industrial Design Statistics
The designs office has registered a total of 156 designs this week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2019 till date now adds to a total of 4345 applications.
Total designs registered in the previous Week: 409
Total designs registered this Week: 156
Percentage Difference: 162.17% increase
Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2019 till date: 4345
Interesting Inventions of the Week
Invention 1: AUTOMATED SOLAR POWERED WHEELCHAIR
Patent Application No.: 201921007693
Applicant: CHAFLE, Srushti R.
Abstract: “The present disclosure relates to an automated solar powered wheelchair for a disabled user, said wheelchair comprising: a solar panel configured to generate electricity for operating a circuit configured in said wheelchair, said solar panel also being configured to charge a rechargeable battery; one or more sensors configured to, in real-time, monitor health of said disabled user; and a touch-enabled display configured on handle of said wheelchair, said touch-enabled display, through its operative coupling with a microcontroller and with a motor, enabling movement and control of said wheelchair, wherein any or both of the microcontroller and the motor are at least powered by said rechargeable battery.”(The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)
Invention 2: PEE-TEST
Patent Application No.: 201921011263
Applicant: ASHISH RAWANDALE-PATIL
Abstract: Urine tests are tests done on the urine in order to diagnose disease of the kidneys and the urinary tract. There are various tests that are routinely done on the urine like Urine routine, Urine culture, Three part urine test, Uroflowmetry and urine macroscopy to look for particulate matter/excreta. Conventionally each test needs collection of the urine samples separately for each test; resulting in the patient to pass urine five times. Each time the patient™s bladder needs to be full. So effectively the patient has to drink a lot of water, wait in the hospital and pass urine four times. This is a time consuming and cumbersome process. The patient has to wait for long times to provide the sample and the hospital has to wait for long times to collect samples from the patient. The present invention relates to an embodiment which can measure various parameters of the urine at the same time. This results in a convenient one-time urine passage for the patient to help the doctor conduct the above tests. The present embodiment also allows the sample to be consistently reliable, hygienic, cost effective and the same can be done at home or in an inaccessible area also. None of the systems available today satisfy all the mentioned advantages. (The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)
Indian Patent Updates
IPO issues notification containing list of withdrawn patent applications
On 4th April, 2019 the Indian Patent Office published a notification consisting of all patent applications that have been withdrawn between the period of January and March, 2019. According to the notice, over 500 applications have been with withdrawn in the aforementioned period. Click here to access the same.
120 startups receive patents in 101 days, according to DPIIT
According to the data generated by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), earlier known as Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), 120 startups have received patents for their inventions in 101 days. Representatives of the Department indicated that the breakthrough is likely the result of Startup India action plan, launched in the year 2016. The data from DPIIT shows that about 450 applications have been filed since 2016 under the expedited examination facility until the 31st of March 2019.
Patent / Design Infringement, Dispute, Licensing and Settlement
USITC to begin investigation into alleged patent infringement by famed solar giants
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has announced that it will begin investigation into a complaint filed with it by South Korea based Hanwha Business Group accusing three Chinese companies of unlawful import and sale of the company’s patented PV cells and modules. The infringing companies namely, JinkoSolar, Longi Solar and REC Group have suits instituted against them in other countries including Germany and Australia. The Chief Administrative Law Judge of USITC is expected to assign the case to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who will in turn hold an evidentiary hearing. The investigation is expected to be completed within 45 days from the date of first instituting the investigation. USITC has recognized certain specific units of the infringing companies in order to initiate investigation. Currently, three units of REC, six units of Jinko and eight units of Longi have been identified as respondents for the investigation.
International Patent News
EPO and Jordon begin negotiations on possible validation agreement
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Jordanian Industrial Property Protection (IPPD) Directorate have begun negotiations to institute a validation agreement. The negotiations conducted in Munich were held in order to provide applicants with a simple, timely and fair system of obtaining patents in Jordan based on a patent application filed with the EPO. The EPO currently has an active validation agreement with Morocco, Republic of Moldova, Tunisia and Cambodia. When an Applicant from any of the contracting countries submits a request for validation and pays the requisite fee, the European patent application may be extended in these countries. The applications will primarily have the same effect as that of a national application and will continue to receive patent protection that the EPO grants for EPC contracting states.
The agreement with Jordan will be supplemented with an advanced technical cooperation program between the two patent offices. The EPO intends to offer training to improve and support the functioning of the IPPD.
Authored & Compiled by Vibha Amarnath
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