Indian patent statistics, Interesting inventions, Nestle’s Patent Infringement Dispute, Apple versus Qualcomm and more

“Indian patent statistics, Interesting inventions, Patent infringement disputes, Nestlé’s Skin Health accused of patent infringement, Teva and Eagle Pharma file patent infringement suit against Mylan and Fresenius, Qualcomm versus Apple – setback for Qualcomm and other Weekly Patent News updates,” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm.

Design Quote of the Week

“Design helps shape our everyday interactions through products, furniture, objects, or experiences.” – Co-founder and chief product officer of Airbnb

Indian Patent Statistics

There has been a massive drop in the total number of applications published last week. A total of mere 403 patent applications have been published in the 41st issue of the patent journal. Out of the 403 applications, 42 applications account for early publications while 361 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 month period. A total of 186 applications have been granted this week thereby marking a decrease of about 42.24% in total grants as compared to the preceding week.

Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 18 4 77.78% decrease
Mumbai 60 2 96.67% decrease
Chennai 40 35 12.5% decrease
Kolkata 0 1 —–
Total 118 42 64.41% decrease

Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 321 165 48.6% decrease
Mumbai 153 49 67.97% decrease
Chennai 344 140 59.3% decrease
Kolkata 28 7 75% decrease
Total 846 361 57.33% decrease

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 964


Percentage difference: 58.2% decrease

First Examination Report (FER) Statistics

A total of 1094 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 443
Mumbai 151
Chennai 352
Kolkata 148
Total 1094


City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 122 49 59.84% decrease
Mumbai 52 26 50% decrease
Chennai 85 73 14.12% decrease
Kolkata 63 38 39.68% decrease
Total 322 186 42.24% decrease

 Number of Applications published based on applicant city

Of the total 403 patent applications published in the journal last week, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have contributed a total of 48 applications. The total applications from each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows – 14 applications from Bangalore, 12 applications from Chennai, 10 applications from Mumbai, 9 applications from Hyderabad and 3 applications from Delhi.

List of Cities 1st January 2018 – 12th October 2018 6th October 2018 – 12th October 2018
Delhi 892 3
Mumbai 774 10
Bangalore 952 14
Chennai 556 12
Hyderabad 404 9
Kolkata 223 0

Total number of applications published by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 30460

  • Early publications: 2879
  • Ordinary Publications: 27699

Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 10896

  • Delhi – 4040
  • Mumbai – 1343
  • Chennai – 3398
  • Kolkata – 2121

Indian Industrial Designs Statistics

The designs office has registered a total of 110 designs this week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2018 till date now adds to a total of 6761 applications.

Total designs registered in the previous Week: 144

Total designs registered this Week: 110

Percentage Difference: 23.61% decrease

Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 6761

Interesting Inventions of the Week


Patent Application No.: 201841037699


Abstract: “In recent days, the rate of theft has increased drastically to a very high alarming amount. Though there are many systems of security that exists today, most of them are outsmarted by the intruders. The CCTV cameras are capable of recording everything that happens in a place 24 x 7 and stores everything in a backup memory (hard disk). But it is unable to alert the owner at the time of intrusion. Also, the present-day CCTV system cannot prevent the theft. This proposed project is to provide a smart security system to the society by interfacing a large number of electrical and electronic gadgets. This product makes use of a motion sensor interfaced with a microcontroller chip and some additional devices to alert the owner of the Shop/ House/ Building to be secured. When the thief enters into the Shop/House/Building where the product is installed, Phone call is made to the owner whose number is initially coded in the microcontroller. Video of the intruder is taken at the time of intrusion and these videos are sent to the cloud server and it can be viewed using our own mobile App. Provisions are made to control the equipment such as Lights (ON and OFF) and Siren (ON and OFF) that are connected to the product by the Mobile App by means of cloud. When this product becomespopular and is used by many customers all these products can be connected to a web server and can be connected to the police data base. This can be monitored by the police department. This present product competes with the existing high cost security systems on cost, performance and reliability” (The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)


Patent Application No.: 201841037693


Abstract:  “The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that there are 285 million visually-impaired people worldwide. Among these individuals, there are 39 million who are totally blind. The inability to identify people during group meetings,is a disadvantage for blind people in many professional and educational situations. There have been several systems designed to support visually-impaired people and to improve the quality of their lives. Unfortunately, most of these systems are limited in their capabilities. The purpose of the device to make blind interact with the society. The smart device incorporates facial recognition technology to alert the user when they are approaching a relative or friend. The device recognizes the face of the people by capturing images and compared it with the previously stored images and indicates their names to the blind through ear piece.” (The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)


Patent Application No.: 201841037545

Applicant: SUHAS H.G

Abstract:  “Phones falling from a height are a huge problem in the modern electronic world, to prevent this from taking pace ample protection is needed for the phone therefore, the following custom phone case breaks upon impact into small pieces/ segments, thereby absorbing the impact force and helping the phone prevent the worst of the damage caused to it during the drop.” (The abstract has been provided as is and has not been corrected for errors)

Indian Patent Updates

Patents to be granted faster says DIPP Secretary

Ramesh Abhishek, the Secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) while speaking at the International Conference on IPR held by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi on the 8th and 9th of October expressed that the Indian Patent Office is taking several steps in order to aid quick patent grant. The Secretary also added that the patent office intends to bring down the examination of applications to 18 months by the end of next year or definitely by March 2020 as opposed to the current examination period of 5-7 years.

Patent /Design Infringements, Disputes, Licensing and Settlements

Nestlé’s Skin Health accused of patent infringement

Truinject, a Delaware-based developer of injection technologies  has filed a complaint against Nestlé’s Skin Health unit accusing the unit of infringing patents and misappropriating trade secrets relating to Botox (botulinum toxin) injections. According to the suit, Nestlé Skin Health arranged for Truinject to demonstrate its technology in 2014 and the companies allegedly signed a number of confidential disclosure agreements, which stated that Nestlé could only use Truinject’s confidential information to evaluate a potential deal with Truinject.

However, Nestlé allegedly  started to develop its own injection training technology in 2015. The Delaware company is seeking a disgorgement of Nestlé’s profits, triple damages for wilful infringement, and an order preventing further acts of infringement.

Teva and Eagle Pharma file patent infringement suit against Mylan and Fresenius

 Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Eagle Pharmaceuticals have reportedly filed a lawsuit in Delaware aimed at stopping the market entry of a generic version of blood cancer drug called BENDEKA (bendamustine HCl) proposed by Mylan and Fresenius.  Teve and Eagle have claimed that Mylan and Fresenius’ marketing applications infringe on two new U.S. patents issued this past summer to Teva and Eagle.

Qualcomm versus Apple – setback for Qualcomm

In a first anywhere for the ongoing legal fight between Qualcomm and Apple, a Munich regional court has rendered a final judgment in a Qualcomm patent complaint against Apple, awarding victory to Apple. A three-judge panel has ruled that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus do not violate Qualcomm’s European patent, EP1199750, which covers a “post-passivation interconnection scheme on top of an IC chip. The decision comes just one week after a trial, which may suggest that even if Qualcomm files an appeal with the Munich Higher Regional Court, it could face an uphill battle.

Source: Apple insider

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