Interesting Inventions, Wrong statistics by Indian Patent office, Huawei fined 10.5 million dollars, USPTO offers refunds and more.

“Interesting Inventions, Self Igniting Incense Sticks, Anti-mosquito paint, Sign language to speech synthesizer, Wrong statistics published by Indian Patent office,  Patent infringement suits, US Court slaps Huawei with $10.5 million, Verizon faces patent infringement suit, USPTO offers refunds for electronic filing outage 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

“Everything that can be associated to ideas, inventions, copyrights, and patents is part of the IP world – at least, that’s my definition. That all starts with people. Education is key.” –  Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations

Indian Patent Statistics

A total of 558 patent applications have been published in the 35th issue of the patent journal. Out of the 558 applications, 79 applications account for early publications while 479 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 month period. A total of 300 applications have been granted this week. The patent office has also published a corrected list of granted applications from the previous week and the stats here have been amended accordingly.

Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 6 6 No change
Mumbai 27 36 33.33% increase
Chennai 22 37 68.18% increase
Kolkata 3 0 100% decrease
Total 58 79 36.21% increase

Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 139 92 33.81% decrease
Mumbai 44 74 68.18% increase
Chennai 235 273 16.17% increase
Kolkata 274 40 85.4% decrease
Total 692 479 30.78% decrease

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 750


Percentage difference: 25.6% decrease

First Examination Report (FER) Statistics

A total of 1355 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 493
Mumbai 191
Chennai 471
Kolkata 200
Total 1355


City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 77
(incorrectly published as 63)
104 35.06% increase
Mumbai 16
(incorrectly published as 22)
30 87.5% increase
Chennai 66
(incorrectly published as 47)
118 42.55% increase
Kolkata 27
(incorrectly published as 44)
48 77.78% increase
Total 186
(incorrectly totaled to 176)
300 61.29% increase


Number of Applications published based on applicant city

Of the total 558 patent applications published in the journal last week, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have contributed a total of 131 applications. The total applications from each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows – 34 applications from Mumbai, 30 applications from Bangalore, 23 applications from Delhi, 22 applications from Chennai, 15 applications from Kolkata and 7 applications from Hyderabad.

List of Cities 1st January 2018 – 31st August 2018 25th August 2018 – 31st August 2018
Delhi 770 23
Mumbai 605 34
Bangalore 751 30
Chennai 442 22
Hyderabad 331 7
Kolkata 170 15

Total number of applications published by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 25920

  • Early publications: 2456
  • Ordinary Publications: 23464

Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 9363

  • Delhi – 3510
  • Mumbai – 1114
  • Chennai – 2912
  • Kolkata – 1827

Indian Industrial Designs Statistics

The designs office has registered a total of 125 designs this week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2018 till date now adds to a total of 5924 applications.

Total designs registered in the previous Week: 102

Total designs registered this Week: 125

Percentage Difference: 22.55% increase

Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2018 till date: 5924

Interesting Inventions of the week

Invention 1 – A Smokin’ hot invention?!

Patent Application No.: IN 201821030355


Title of the Invention: SELF-IGNITABLE AGARBATTI

Abstract: “SELF-IGNITABLE AGARBATTI In India joss stick is known as agarbatti. In India agarbatti is used every day for worship of god. Agarbatti is widely accepted and used in western community and around the world.Typically, a match, a lighter, or some means of providing a flame to the incense is utilized to start burning the incense. A need is to have an ability to light the incense without an external source of a flame. The invention relates to joss stick which is self-ignitable; that can be ignited by striking on rough surface. Accordingly, the self-ignitable agarbatti is provided which comprises an ignitable shaft having a holding end, an ignitable end located opposite to said holding end having flammable glue applied over it and a middle portion rolled over with an incense material. Also, a self-ignitable agarbatti assembly is provided thatwhich include a self-ignitable agarbatti and a striking surface.” (The abstract text has been taken as is and has not been corrected for any errors)

Invention 2 A paint that could create a buzz!

Patent Application No.: IN 201811005499


Title of the Invention: ANTI-MOSQUITO PAINT

Abstract: “AN ANTI MOSQUITO PAINT COMPOSITION AND A PROCESS FOR PREPARATION THEREOF The present disclosure relates to an anti mosquito paint composition and a process for preparation thereof. The anti mosquito paint composition comprises a polymeric emulsion, an insecticide that depolarizes axonal sodium channels of mosquitoes, a biocide, a pigment, a dispersing agent, a filler, and water. the anti mosquito paint composition has pigment volume concentration in the range of 50 to 75%. The insecticide is in an amount in the range of 0.9 to 1.1 mass% of the total mass of the anti mosquito paint composition, which acts on the central nervous system (CNS) of the mosquitoes by affecting the sodium channels in the axonal membranes, thereby paralyzing the mosquito and further leading to its death. The anti mosquito paint composition of the present disclosure is non-toxic to humans.” (The abstract text has been taken as is and has not been corrected for any errors)

Invention 3 – Through this invention, Actions certainly speak louder than words

Patent Application No.: IN 201841031411

Applicant: Mr. Ramesh Mahadev Kagalkar


Abstract: “Present invention provides a vocally impaired/disable individual aid system for real time sign action to speech synthesis. The following invention integrated of three apparatus mainly wearable smart spectacle (WSS) device, pointing finger reader (PFR) device with real time communication and smart phone mobile. It will continuously record the real time visual depth information through video camera mounted on the frame of the glasses and synthesis real time auditory speech, which is fed into the earpiece of the person who is wearing the spectacle device. The system help blind individuals to interactive interaction with system to ask guidance in navigation via mic attached in the device. The pointing finger reader device is to be worn on the index finger of visual impaired individual. It is fit in a ring on the users finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. This system device provides tactile maps of visual spaces and allows users to deduce possible paths for navigating these spaces in order to perform independent, safe and efficient mobility tasks. Following invention is described in detail with the help of Figure 1 of sheet 1 showing the block diagram of proposed invention.” (The abstract text has been taken as is and has not been corrected for any errors)

Patent /Design Infringements, Disputes, Licensing and Settlements

US Court slaps Huawei with $10.5 million fine

A Texas jury last week found Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei guilty of infringing several patents belonging to a Texas based company called PanOptis. In the suit brought about by PanOptis, the company submitted to the jury that it owns several patents related to 4G LTE technology and that Huawei had infringed these patents through manufacture and sale of multiple Huawei smartphones including the Nexus 6P. The jury agreed that Huawei should pay $10.5 million to PanOptis for the violations.

Verizon faces patent infringement suit

In yet another suit file at the Texas federal court last week, an Australian computer security firm called Uniloc Corp. has accused Verizon of infringing four of the company’s patents that deal with wireless technologies and message broadcasting systems. Uniloc has alleged that Verizon Communications Inc.’s mobile hotspots and mobile modems that provide internet access, GPS technology that gives messages to other Verizon devices, streaming service that allows videos to be streamed faster, and network that allows shared access over a common frequency band all infringe its patents.

International Patent Updates

USPTO offers refunds for electronic filing outage

Patent filers who were inconvenienced by the recent outage of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) electronic filing system can now file a form to receive a refund. The USPTO was forced to undertake emergency maintenance to its IT systems after its patent system went offline in mid-August.

It said that the maintenance was due to a problem with its PALM database, which supports systems like the electronic filing system and the patent application information retrieval system.

Source: IPpro

Author: BIP’s Patent Attorneys

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