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Weekly Patent News Updates: Clock patents, Pizza and Paratha patents, Food patents, Solar wall paper, Terrorism / safety patents, Unique seminar on patents, Haier v. Samsung and LG, Caterpillar patent infringement, Request for examination, Patent Tip of the Week and more.

“World’s ‘first analogue world clock’, a patent on Pizza and Paratha!, Solar wall papers, technology to deter suicide bombers, BIP’s unique seminar on patents, Haier sues Samsung and LG, US ITC to probe Caterpillar for patent infringement, filing a Request for examination along with a patent application, patent tip of the week and more weekly news updates,” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s Premier New Age Patent Firm.

Patent Fact of the Week

In 1955, Jonas Salk chose not to patent his polio vaccine for the sake of humanity. If he had gone ahead and patented it, he would have earned an estimated $7 billion in today’s money.

Indian Patent Statistics

There has been a significant increase in the total number of patent applications that have been published this week by the Indian Patent Office. With a total of 1,214 patent applications being published, the percentage of publications has increased massively by approximately 94.55%. While 62 of these patent applications are early publications, the remaining 1,152 applications are ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 month period. A total of 219 patents have been issued this week, which marks a significant increase of 41.29%.

Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 9 13 44.44% increase
Mumbai 6 2 66.67% decrease
Chennai 13 40 207.69% increase
Kolkata 15 7 53.33% decrease
Total 43 62 44.19% increase

Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 165 148 10.3% decrease
Mumbai 79 22 72.15% decrease
Chennai 209 281 39.8% increase
Kolkata 128 701 447.66% increase
Total 581 1152 98.28% increase

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 624

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (This Week): 1214

Percentage difference: 94.55% increase

PUBLICATIONS UNDER GRANT

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 57 88 54.39% increase
Mumbai 11 24 118.18% increase
Chennai 55 62 12.73% increase
Kolkata 32 45 40.63% increase
Total 155 219 41.29% increase

Number of Applications published based on applicant city

Of the total 1,214 patent applications published this week, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad have contributed 110 applications in total. The total applications for each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows – 51 applications from Bangalore, 17 applications from Hyderabad, 16 applications from Chennai, 11 applications from Delhi, 10 applications from Mumbai and 5 applications from Kolkata.

List of Cities 1st January 2017 – till date 19th August 2017 – 25th August 2017
Mumbai 911 10
Bangalore 822 51
Delhi 579 11
Chennai 470 16
Hyderabad 277 17
Kolkata 100 5

Total number of applications published by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2017 till 25th August 2017:17081

  • Early publications: 1759
  • Ordinary Publications: 16536

Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2017 till 25th August 2017: 7811

  • Delhi – 3363
  • Mumbai – 831
  • Kolkata – 1449
  • Chennai – 2168

Indian Industrial Designs Statistics

The designs office at Kolkata has registered a total of 201 designs this week. This marks a 1.01% increase from the total designs registered in the previous week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2017 till date comes to 5,834 applications.

Total designs registered in the previous Week: 199

Total designs registered this Week: 201

Percentage Difference: 1.01% increase

Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2017 till date: 6035

Patents, Startups, Innovations

World’s ‘first analogue world clock’

Innovations come from the strangest of places and thoughts. They rarely depend on a person’s educational qualifications. A living example to this notion is an inventor by the name Syed Hassan. Syed Hassan, a class seven dropout and a biryani outlet owner has invented what is being claimed as the world’s “first analogue world clock”. The clock works on the principle of the movement of the sun and the moon and gives the exact time of anyplace in the world. Syed Hassan has already filed a patent application for this invention with the Indian Patent Office on the 9th of February 2017. The application numbered 201741004662 was recently published by the IPO on the 11th of August 2017.

The abstract of the patent application reads as follows- “This is an analogue world wall clock which shows the timing of all countries in the world. It also shows the GMT(Greenwich Mean Time) & UTC(coordinated universal time) timings, along with the day and night changes. This clock has 24 hours module and by using this clock we are able to know yearly rotation of the SUN, it also shows the AM(ante meridiem) and PM(post meridiem). This analogue world wall clock was designed using 96 GMT lines and which was represented in four colour lines. The GMT timings represented on the Yellow line in the clock is designed in such a manner that till now no other countries have used this. So the timings of various countries in the world can be easily found. By using this clock they can know their time exactly. There are totally 96 GMT lines in this clock. The difference between the 96 GMT lines in this Analogue world wall clock is 3.75°. Thus 96×3.75° makes 360° of the clock. In this clock to find the timing of the particular location in hours we have to look at the hours hand corresponding to the GMT line passing through the location. In this clock to find the timing of the particular location in minutes, the colour of the GMT line which is passing through the particular location need to be traced. The minutes for the corresponding GMT line colour can be found from the minutes hand having the same colour. ln this clock the seconds hand shows the timing in seconds. This is common for all the countries. This clock is designed in such a manner that it shows the day and night changes and able to know the yearly rotation of sun. Through this Analogue world wall clock we can easily set the true standard time of the countries across the world.” (Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)

Interesting Patents and Designs

A bunch of interesting patent applications made their way into the Official Journal of patents published by the Indian Patent Office on the 25th of August 2017. A few of these interesting patent applications are provided below.

Patent Application 1: A Pizza and Paratha patent?

Title: PARATHZZAA

Application No. 201741029238

Applicants: NIRMAL SANDHU.

Abstract: “The PARATHZZAA of the present invention is prepared through a specific process, which involves a unique set of ingredients and a systematic flow of events. The unique set of ingredients comprising Salt, Water, Wheat flour, Edible Oil, Base sauce, Vegetables, Mushrooms, Chopped Onion, Oregano, Mozzarella cheese. The first step is the preparation of PARATHZZAA Base. After preparation of the base, this base is now rolled out evenly, followed by the application of 30 grams of Base sauce, upon which 60 grams of either vegetables or mushrooms or any other prepared filling is spread. Further, 10 grams of chopped onion and 10 grams of oregano is spread after adding 50 grams of mozzarella cheese. The oven is pre-heated at 180 – 250 degree Celsius temperature, to which the prepared base with the toppings is now transferred to and removed after 3-5 minutes” (Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)

Patent Application 2: Beauty with a sense of technology

Title: SOLAR WALL PAPER

Application No. 201741028775

Applicants: AMET UNIVERSITY

Abstract: “A flexible and thin solar strip made from copper and graphene based solar material is disclosed. This solar strip in the form of a tape is very thin and is capable of being pasted on the walls of a building. These strips generate power when light falls on these solar strips, which can be stored in a rechargeable battery and used later” (Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)

Patent Application 3: A patent way to deal with terrorists?

Title: TECHNOLOGY TO DETER SUICIDE BOMBER

Application No. 201731006065

Applicants: INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING & MANAGEMENT

Abstract: “A terrorist, camouflaging his bomb by wearing a jacket or hidden weapon covered by his/her clothing comes for security check and when got detected, push the button for blast which in turn will kill the security personnel and people around security check post. In a crowded market/cinema hall the suicide bomber enters through hall gate and if detected by security person, detonate the body bomb and kills many people. Our simple two suggestions which is described below, if implemented, can save many lives. (A) The idea is to use a wide entry gate and engage a similar X-ray machine that is used in airport for online baggage screening. If any doubtful scan result gets detected on screen, the X-ray scanning gate will close. The security person sitting at a distant location if detects any doubtful scan will ask the doubtful person to open up his clothing for thorough check. This little machine scanner can save disaster happening due to suicide bomb. (B) Here, we will also use dual frequency ultrasonic beam to an approaching person from a distance (say 50 ft). The high frequency will penetrate the body covered with clothes, low frequency will reflect from any hidden metal or bomb which is fastened on the surface of the body skin. If we use Colour Doppler ultrasonic beam, the remotely stationed security personnel can observe the details of arms or bomb that a suicide bomber/ terrorist might be carrying.” (Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)

Patent Seminars, Conferences, Conclaves

Unique seminar on patents to be held on September 22, 2017 at Bangalore

BananaIP (BIP) Counsels is organizing a unique seminar on patents for corporate inventors on 22nd September, 2017, at Bangalore, India. Unlike the traditional patent seminars, the program intends to do away with lectures and talks and instead focuses on participative teaching and learning methods such as story weaving, role plays, narratives and simple problem solving techniques. You may learn more about the event on: https://www.bananaip.com/the-strategic-inventor/

Patent disputes, infringement and settlements

Haier sues Samsung and LG

Chinese electronics manufacturer Haier has filed a lawsuit with a New York Court against South Korean rivals Samsung, LG Electronics and others including Zenith Electronics, Philips and Panasonic over their monopoly on patents related to the production of televisions.

Haier has claimed that the Korean TV makers and others pay a patent licensing company named MPEG LA way too much royalties for patents required by the US Federal Communications Commission for manufacturing digital TVs. Haier has also claimed that the patents, chosen as standards by the Advanced Television Systems Committee and adopted as requirements by the FCC, are sold at a fixed price of $7 per digital TV, which makes it unfair for companies like low-end product makers to pay the same amount of royalties as those by large premium TV makers like Samsung, whose products are priced in the range upwards of 2,000 dollars.

US ITC to probe Caterpillar for patent infringement

The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced that it will probe some of Caterpillar Inc’s. machinery after receiving a patent infringement complaint from Wirtgen America Inc., the American subsidiary of a German equipment manufacturer. The US ITC has said that it will investigate products of Caterpillar used to mill asphalt and concrete pavement that creates an even surface for road construction.

BananaIP Patent Updates

BananaIP announces a Unique Seminar on Patents for Corporate Inventors

BananaIP (BIP) Counsels is organizing a unique seminar on patents for corporate inventors on September 22, 2017 at ITC Gardenia in Bangalore. The seminar titled “The Strategic Inventor,” is a first of its kind program to help companies generate business and competitive value driven Patents from their inventors. The program is aimed at helping corporate inventors create patentable and risk free inventions that address a company’s business goals, and further its competitive value in the marketplace.

You may learn more about the event on BananaIP’s website: https://www.bananaip.com/the-strategic-inventor/

For more information on the seminar, you may write to Ms. Ragini, [email protected]

BananaIP’s Patent Tip of the Week

File a Request for examination along with a patent application

Though the Indian Patent Office offers a period of 48 months from the date of priority to applicants for filing a request for examination, it is a good idea to file the request along with the complete specification as it is likely to reduce the number of years it would normally take for the application to be taken up for examination. The patent office follows a queue system or first come first serve approach and reviews applications for which request for examination is filed first. For example, if a patent application is filed in 2012 and a RFE for the same is filed in 2015, it will be examined later than an application filed in 2013 for which  RFE is filed in 2014.

 Author: BIP Patent Attorneys

Led by Senior Partners, Somashekar Ramakrishna, Nitin Nair and Vinita Radhakrishnan, BIP’s Patent Attorneys are among the leading patent practitioners in the country. They work with clients such as Mahindra and Mahindra, Samsung, HCL, Eureka Forbes, and Titan. They specialize in IT/Software, Electronics/Telecom, Mechanical, Automotive, and Bio/Pharma domains, and help clients with patent filing, prosecution, management and strategy in India, and across the world.

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