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Patent Fact of the Week

Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose was the first Indian to get a U.S. Patent in 1904 for his ‘galena receiver’. The application was filed on 30th September 1901 and was granted on 29th March 1904 (US patent No. 755,840). However, Bose later refused to accept his rights and allowed the patent to lapse.

Indian Patent Statistics

There has modest increase in the total number of patent applications that have been published this week by the Indian Patent Office. A total of 696 patent applications have been published this week, of which, 40 applications account for early publications and 656 applications are ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 month period. Grants have also increased this week by about 42.51%.

Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 9 10 11.11% increase
Mumbai 0 1 100% increase
Chennai 24 26 8.33% increase
Kolkata 3 3 No change
Total 36 40 11.11% increase

Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 221 344 55.66% increase
Mumbai 86 168 95.35% increase
Chennai 275 128 53.45% decrease
Kolkata 45 16 64.44% decrease
Total 627 656 4.63% increase

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 663


Percentage difference: 4.98% increase


City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 101 147 45.54% increase
Mumbai 16 25 56.25% increase
Chennai 83 126 51.81% increase
Kolkata 47 54 14.89% increase
Total 247 352 42.51% increase

Number of Applications published based on applicant city

Of the total 696 patent applications published this week, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad have contributed merely 77 applications in total. The total applications for each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows –11 from Mumbai, 13 from Bangalore, 23 from Delhi, 20 from Chennai, 6 from Hyderabad and 4 from Kolkata.

List of Cities 1st January 2017 – till date 28th October 2017 to 3rd November 2017
Mumbai 1224 11
Bangalore 1051 13
Delhi 696 23
Chennai 700 20
Hyderabad 362 6
Kolkata 253 4

Total number of applications published by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2017 till 20th October 2017: 27558

  • Early publications: 2498
  • Ordinary Publications: 25060

Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2017 till 20th October 2017: 10878

  • Delhi – 4484
  • Mumbai – 1134
  • Chennai – 3293
  • Kolkata – 1967

First Examination Report (FER) Statistics

A total of 1465 FER’s have been issued this 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 479
Mumbai 220
Chennai 545
Kolkata 221
Total 1465

Indian Industrial Designs Statistics

The designs office at Kolkata has registered a total of 213designs this week; this translates to a decrease of about  5.75% in comparison to the total number of designs registered in the previous week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2017 till date now adds to 8102 applications.

Total designs registered in the previous Week: 226

Total designs registered this Week: 213

Percentage Difference: 5.75% decrease

Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2017 till date: 8102

Interesting Patents

There are a few interesting patent applications that form part of the journal published on 3rd November 2017. Do check them out here below.

Patent Application 1: Healing wounds with placental membranes


Application No. 201741037439


Abstract: “This invention proposes the use of placental membrane in healing open wounds in burns, surgery, gaping wound, infected tissue wound and deep cut wounds. Neural tropic wounds can be treated easily. Use of Placental membrane obviates the need for skin grafting. A costly procedure with hospitalization and treatment can be avoided. Duration of application, thickness, simple or durable pack application, frequency of application all have to be standardized.” (Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)

Patent Application 2: Delicious patents?


Application No. 201611014713


Abstract: “The process for preparation of shredded raw mango chutney, comprising the steps of washing 1 kilogram of raw mango; cutting raw mango in very thinly sliced pieces; sprinkling sea salt and rock salt into the mango pieces with a pinch of Curcuma Longa(Turmeric Powder); leaving the mixture till the water oozes out; mixing 50 grams of grated garlic; mixing 5 to 10 grams of Trachyspermum Ammi (Ajwain) to the mixture at room temperature; and bottling the mango chutney mixture.” (Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)

Patent Application 3: Finally! no more slipping…


Application No. 201727032298

Applicants: GTS GLOBAL CO.LTD.

Abstract: “The present invention relates to a shoe with a superior wearing sensation that is equipped with an anti slip structure to forward comfort and safety in a watery place and more specifically to an aqua shoe including an upper that covers an instep from above an insole part that connects to the lower part of the upper and an outsole part which is integrated by adhesion with the insole part and the upper and which is supported by an outsole surface wherein the outsole part is equipped with an anti slip structure in which a plurality of suction parts are arranged while a suction part includes a cup that tightly contacts along the cup rim to the ground surface to provide by being compressed suction force and a protuberance that protrudes downward from the center of the cup.”(Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)

Patent Office updates

SMS alerts for Patent applications

The Indian Patent Office has now launched a SMS alert facility for patent applicants and agents whereby they will receive alerts informing them the progress of applications at various stages of processing. The alerts will also indicate timelines, non-compliance of which could lead to refusal/abandonment of an application. In order to avail this facility, applicants and agents will have to update their mobile numbers in the address for service for applications where mobile no is not already provided through Comprehensive e-filing portal of IPO.

Patent Conferences, Seminar, Webinars and Conclaves

Webinar on Patent Drafting by LexisNexis

Patent Docs has reported that LexisNexis will be offering a webinar on “Patent Drafting: Trends, Reality and Avoiding Rejections” on November 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm (ET). You may read more about the webinar here.

Patent Licensing, Commercialization and Acquisitions

Broadcom considering acquisition of Qualcomm

Singapore-based semi conductor giant Broadcom is reportedly considering acquiring Qualcomm, the world’s third-largest chipmaker and mobile chip maker. The deal if sealed, is ,likely to have an impact on Korean semiconductor and mobile phone companies such as Samsung Electronics, and LG Electronics. Broadcom is the world’s fourth-largest semiconductor company and Wi-Fi chip maker, and already has a huge patent portfolio. An acquisition of Qulacomm would however bolster Broadcom’s patent portfolio to mammoth proportions.

Patent disputes, infringement and settlements

US ITC launches probes against Samsung

The United States International Trade Commission has launched a probe against Samsung after US semiconductor packaging firm Tessera Advanced Technologies accused Samsung of violating patents regarding wafer level packaging – a technology that simplifies the packaging of wafers and reduces the volume of finished products.

Tessera has asked the ITC to ban the sales of Samsung chips and smartphones, tablet PCs and laptops that use the chips.

BananaIP’s Patent Tip of the Week

Prosecution History Estoppel

Patent prosecution is an iterative process and it is during this process that the applicant often changes the language of their proposed claims. The doctrine of prosecution history estoppel, formerly known as file wrapper estoppel has been defined as an equitable tool for determining the scope of patent claims. Prosecution history estoppel therefore dictates that claims must be interpreted in the light of their rejections, cancellations and amendments.

Author: BIP’s 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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