Interesting Inventions, Coffee Drones, Paper from Cow dung, Blackberry versus Facebook and SnapInc, Design term extension and more.

“Interesting Inventions, IBM patents drones that deliver coffee, Making paper from Cow dung, Blackberry versus Facebook and SnapInc in patent infringement suit, Design term extension in Japan likely and other Weekly Patent News,” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm.

Patent Quote of the Week

“Ideas in your mind have no patent value. They must be expressed or reduced to practice before it is too late” – Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, Author, Professor and Renowned IP Attorney

Indian Patent Statistics

A total of 750 patent applications have been published in the 34th issue of the patent journal. Out of the 750 applications, 58 applications account for early publications while 692 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 month period. A total of 176 applications have been granted this week which is exactly the grants from the previous week. There is therefore no change in the total grant percentage compared to the previous week.

Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 25 6 76% decrease
Mumbai 4 27 575% increase
Chennai 33 22 33.33% decrease
Kolkata 16 3 81.25% decrease
Total 78 58 25.64% decrease

Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 286 139 51.4% decrease
Mumbai 17 44 158.82% increase
Chennai 222 235 5.86% increase
Kolkata 14 274 1857.14% increase
Total 539 692 28.39% increase

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 617


Percentage difference: 21.56% increase

First Examination Report (FER) Statistics

A total of 1054 FER’s have been issued last week. Applicants and their agents can check if any of their patent applications have been examined by referring the journal available here.

City No. of FER Issued
Delhi 361
Mumbai 158
Chennai 397
Kolkata 138
Total 1054


City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 63 63 No change
Mumbai 22 22 No change
Chennai 47 47 No change
Kolkata 44 44 No change
Total 176 176 No change


Number of Applications published based on applicant city

Of the total 750 patent applications published in the journal last week, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have contributed a total of 97 applications. The total applications from each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows –  36 applications from Bangalore, 21 applications from Delhi, 15 applications from Chennai, 10 applications from Mumbai, 9 applications from Hyderabad and 6 applications from Kolkata.

List of Cities 1st January 2018 – 24th August 2018 18th August 2018 – 24th August 2018
Delhi 747 21
Mumbai 571 10
Bangalore 721 36
Chennai 420 15
Hyderabad 324 9
Kolkata 155 6

Total number of applications published by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 25362

  • Early publications: 2377
  • Ordinary Publications: 22985

Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 9053

  • Delhi – 3392
  • Mumbai – 1090
  • Chennai – 2775
  • Kolkata – 1796

Indian Industrial Designs Statistics

The designs office has registered a total of 102 designs this week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2018 till date now adds to a total of 5674 applications.

Total designs registered in the previous Week: 78

Total designs registered this Week: 102

Percentage Difference: 30.77% increase

Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 5674

Interesting Inventions of the week

Where is my Coffee? IBM has the answer

IBM, the tech giant was recently granted a US patent for an invention titled “Drone delivery of coffee based on a cognitive state of an individual”. The invention can allegedly predict when you need a drink and will swoop down to save your day. The coffee carrying drones would use “biometrics, blood pressure, pupil dilation, facial expressions” detect when someone needs a flat white, mocha or any other variation. Using advances in artificial intelligence, the drone may “take advantage of social psychological effects by first providing coffee to a person who is popular, famous or otherwise has a high social status”. The abstract text of this extremely interesting patent is provided below:

“Coffee or other drink, for example a caffeine containing drink, is delivered to individuals that would like the drink, or who have a predetermined cognitive state, using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)/drone. The drink is connected to the UAV, and the UAV flies to an area including people, and uses sensors to scan the people for an individual who has gestured that they would like the drink, or for whom an electronic analysis of sensor data indicates to be in a predetermined cognitive state. The UAV then flies to the individual to deliver the drink. The analysis can include profile data of people, including electronic calendar data, which can be used to determine a potentially predetermined cognitive state.” (The abstract text has been taken as is and has not been corrected for any errors)

A ‘Green’ invention indeed

Patent Application No.: IN 201811005499

Applicant: Bheem Raj Sharma


Abstract: “The present invention belongs to the technical field of papermaking, particularly for producing pulp by using cow dung, cow Urine, turmeric, waste cotton hosiery and Seeds of Indian organic plants, flower, fruits and vegetable. The cow dung pulp suitable for the production of paper, but also created a new use for the development and utilization of farming waste dung, cow dung to solve the environment pollution problem and waste to achieve a low-input, high-use, reducing the cost of pulp products.” (The abstract text has been taken as is and has not been corrected for any errors)

Patent /Design Infringements, Disputes, Licensing and Settlements

Blackberry versus Facebook and SnapInc.

In a case of suits and countersuits U.S District Judge George H. Wu dismissed one of seven patent infringement claims filed by Blackberry against Facebook and Snap Inc. Blackberry had sued the social media companies earlier in March alleging that the companies had infringed Blackberry’s patents covering the timestamp tool, message notification icons, push notifications for ads and mapping media activity by users for their services.

Facebook and Snap Inc. soon after countered the suit with a motion seeking to invalidate and dismiss the seven patent claims cited in Blackberry’s initial complaint, arguing that Blackberry’s patents cover vague concepts or ideas undeserving of protection.

International Patent Updates.

Design Protection for 25 years in Japan?

The Japanese Patent Office has proposed to extend the design patent protection in Japan from 20 years to 25 years with the aim of making Japanese companies more brand-conscious and for enhancing coverage of inventions that combine visual and technical features such as user interfaces. The proposal is likely to be made law only once the Japanese legislature convenes and discusses on the issue in its parliament.

Author: BIP’s Patent Attorneys

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