Weekly Patent News: Patent Statistics, Interesting Inventions, New Draft Manual of Patent Office Practice and Procedure, National Policy on Software Products and more
“Patent Statistics, Interesting Inventions, Draft Manual of Patent Office Practice and Procedure 2019 published, National Policy on Software Products – 2019, receives sanction from the Union Cabinet, Huawei and Samsung end patent infringement dispute, Blackberry and Twitter in a tussle, NI – MSME to organize a 5 – day training session on Intellectual Property Rights, RGNIIPM Nagpur to launch an IP Innovation Gallery” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm.
Quote of the Week
“An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started”
Tim O’Reilly, Founder of O’Reilly Media
Indian Patent Statistics
A total of 1029 patent applications have been published in the 9th issue of the Patent Journal, 2019. Out of the 1029 applications, 126 applications account for early publications while 903 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18-month period. A total of 447 applications were granted last week marking an increase of about 10.91% in grants.
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TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 1304
TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (This Week): 1029
Percentage difference: 21.08% decrease
First Examination Report (FER) Statistics
A total 1826 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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PUBLICATIONS UNDER GRANT
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Number of Applications published based on applicant city
Of the total 1029 patent applications published in the journal last week, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have contributed a total of 135 applications. The total applications from each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows – 34 applications from Bangalore and Delhi, 22 applications from Chennai, 24 applications from Mumbai, 5 applications from Hyderabad and 16 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: 7598
- Early publications: 748
- Ordinary Publications: 6850
Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2019 till date: 3201
- Delhi – 1174
- Mumbai – 415
- Chennai – 1074
- Kolkata – 535
Indian Industrial Design Statistics
The designs office has registered a total of 262 designs this week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2019 till date now adds to a total of 2984 applications.
Total designs registered in the previous Week: 310
Total designs registered this Week: 262
Percentage Difference: 15.48% decrease
Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2019 till date: 2984
Interesting Inventions of the Week
Invention 1: I-SPRAY: INTELLIGENT THIEF IDENTIFIER THROUGH UV-GAL SPRAY
Patent Application No.: 201921005024
Applicant: DR. M. NAGABHUSHANA RAO, et al
Abstract: “The Invention is needed in Indian society because of the India is very highly influence in this of any house; object etc so we provide the strongest this identification solution. The invention is given a unique Ultra Violet Gel to provide and identity the thief who is associated with the theft This invention will have a sensor which is attached to the lock and will give signals to the control unit in case of opening it forcefully or with a master key or if the thief tries to break in forcefully or any another way. The invented system received the signal, after receiving the signal from the sensor; the control unit will activate the nozzle through which the Ultra Violet Gel is sprayed to the thief. If a thief gets a spray of the unique UV Gel, the spray will last on his skin for a time period of about 20-month to 34-month. If a theft has happened and the Gel is sprayed to the thief, the invention will generate a unique identity code for the spray which will be used to identify the thief. The unique code is given to the police department so that when the thief is caught, they can identify the thief by putting him under UV light. If the UV Gel matches with the unique code which was generated, then he is the thief which was there at that theft.” (The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)
Invention 2: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING DRONE: FLYING NOSE
Patent Application No.: 201921006273
Applicant: Samarth Chandreshkumar Bhatt
Abstract:“A drone for monitoring environmental parameter and pollutant parameter to analyze the environment. It is built with pollutant measuring sensors mounted on robotic arm under drone, which records the parameters with location and time. It is also having a camera for capturing the current scenario of forest, city or unreachable area while recording parameters. Flying Nose drone records real-time data like SPM, UV intensity, Co gas, Co2 gas, Nox gases, Sox gases Temperature, Humidity, Pressure, Altitude, Location, Time and Picture. Because of these data, Flying Nose is very useful for rendering model of any place and analyzing the environment of specific places. The Flying Nose drone flies near to land. Therefore, Flying Nose drone receives accurate and high-resolution data than satellite. Flying drone data gets plot on map with color code for easiness in analyzing. The Flying Nose drone is having capability to capture sample of air for further laboratory analysis of air. The sensor mounted robotic arm under drone can extend outside the vortex of propeller for accurate readings. All data can be accessed by authorized personnel with help of IOT connectivity.” (The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)
Indian Patent Updates
Latest Draft Manual of Patent Office Practice and Procedure published by IPO
The latest Draft Manual of Patent Office Practice and Procedure, 2019 was published by the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks. Stakeholders may send in their suggestions on or before 21st March 2019. All suggestions may be sent via email to “[email protected]“. The suggestions received will be considered and the final version of the Manual will be published on 01-04-2019.
National IP Awards 2019 – Date extended
The last date to send in the applications for the 2019 national IP awards has now been extended to the 15th of March 2019. More details on the awards may be found here.
National Policy on Software Products – 2019, receives sanction from the Union Cabinet
The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has sanctioned the National Policy on Software Products, 2019 (NPSP) last week. The NPSP 2019 foresees the establishment of an ecosystem that harbors software products in India. The Policy will stay on par with other initiatives by the government including Digital India, Startup India, Skill India and Make in India – to promote a healthy industry and create employment opportunities. It will have a major impact on innovation by fostering the creation of IP assets thereby boosting development and revenue. Key interests of the Policy, include –
- To promote the creation of a sustainable Indian software product industry
- To nurture tech – startups
- To create a talent pool for upskilling IT Professionals and students in schools and colleges
- To build a cluster based innovation driven ecosystem
The policy further provides for the establishment of the National Software Products Mission which will aid in implementing and assessing these objectives.
NI – MSME to organize a 5 – day training session on Intellectual Property Rights
The National Institute for Micro Small Medium Enterprises has organized an exclusive training session for MSME’s, academic and research institutions, enterprises, IP professionals, technology transfer cells and for anybody involved in innovation. The sessions will begin from 11th March, 2019 at the NI – MSME headquarters in Hyderabad. The 5 – day session aims to foster IP awareness, create interest and discuss upcoming issues in the field on Intellectual Property. The training sessions will include all fields of IP i.e., Trademarks, Industrial Designs, GI’s, Copyrights and Patents. MSME’s will also be made aware of the various schemes and incentives available to them. Attendees will be able to take away knowledge on IP management, commercialization and enforcement.
RGNIIPM Nagpur to launch an IP Innovation Gallery
The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (RGNIIPM), an Institute of the Central Government established under the supervision of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, will launch an IP Gallery to showcase the countries best innovation models and other information related to intellectual property. The Innovation Gallery will be launched on 8th March, 2019 at RGNIIPM, Nagpur. The Gallery intends to exhibit ideas and motivate inventors. In order for the inventors to have their inventions on display, they will have to meet the eligibility criteria, however no fees will be charged for the demonstration. RGNIIPM will continue to accept proposals for the Gallery until 7th march, 2019. For more information, click here.
Patent / Design Infringements, Disputes, Licensing and Settlement
Huawei and Samsung end patent infringement dispute
The two – year battle between Huawei Technologies and Samsung Electronics came to an end on 26th February after the companies filed a motion in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The tech giants filed a joint motion to stay all further proceedings for a period of 30 days, under the Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 27. The parties have reportedly reached a settlement on 25th February, 2019; the intention of the stay is to work out the details of the settlement. Even though the terms of the settlement are unknown, the Appellant, Huawei is expected to file a motion to dismiss the Appeal. Click here to access the joint motion.
Blackberry and Twitter in a tussle
On 27th February, 2019 Blackberry filed a suit on Twitter for infringement of its patent under 35 U.S.C §1 et seq. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California involves 6 patents, namely – U.S Patent No. 8,676,929; 8,296,351; 9,349,120; 9,021,059; 8,286,089 and 8,572,182. Blackberry is now seeking an injunction and has demanded that the Defendant recalls and destroys all of the infringing products and materials. It also seeks the award of damages, Attorney fees and other expenses incurred in the filing of the suit. The official document can be accessed here.
Blackberry had previously filed a similar suit against Facebook, last year, after which Facebook filed a counter suit.
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