National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Flash Electronics India sues Royal Enfield, Hague Agreement and more

“Niti Aayog proposes ‘National Strategy for AI’, Flash Electronics, India files infringement suit against Royal Enfield, China in talks to join The Hague Agreement, Republic of Estonia celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Estonian Patent Office, Joint study by EPO and EUIPO explains why SME’s who implement IP show better growth and more patent news” presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm.

Quote of the Week

 “Obtaining and maintaining a patent is a lot like playing chess, strategy is often the key” – Gaurav Mishra, BananaIP Counsels

Indian Patent Statistics

A total of 923 patent applications have been published in the 21st issue of the Patent Journal, 2019. Out of the 923 applications published in the journal, 117 applications account for early publications while 806 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 – month period. A total of 221 applications have been granted last week as compared to 279 grants in the week preceding the last.

Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 13 34 161.53 decrease
Mumbai 68 32 52.94% decrease
Chennai 115 47 59.13% decrease
Kolkata 6 4 33.33% decrease
Total 202 117 42.07% decrease

 Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 294 213 27.55% decrease
Mumbai 71 47 33.80% increase
Chennai 431 461 6.96% increase
Kolkata 36 130 261.11% increase
Total 832 806 3.12% decrease

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 1034


Percentage difference: 10.73% decrease

First Examination Report (FER statistics)

A total of 998 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.

City No. of FER Issued
Delhi 405
Mumbai 205
Chennai 289
Kolkata 99
Total 998


City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 89 90 1.12% increase
Mumbai 44 32 27.27% decrease
Chennai 108 45 58.33% decrease
Kolkata 38 54 42.10% increase
Total 279 221 20.78% decrease

Number of Applications published based on applicant city

Of the total 923 patent applications published in the journal last week, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have contributed a total of 105 applications. The total applications from each of the previously mentioned cities are as follows – 31 applications from Delhi, 50 applications from Bangalore, 8 applications from Chennai, 4 applications from Hyderabad and 1 application from Kolkata.

List of Cities 1st January 2019 to 24th May 2019 18th May 2019 – 24th May 2019
Delhi 460 31
Mumbai 282 11
Bangalore 560 50
Chennai 509 8
Hyderabad 179 4
Kolkata 123 1

Total number of applications published by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2019 till date: 17152

  • Early publications: 1837
  • Ordinary Publications: 15315

Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2019 till date: 7901

  • Delhi – 2819
  • Mumbai – 1114
  • Chennai – 2620
  • Kolkata – 1357

Indian Industrial Design Statistics

The designs office has registered a total of 195 designs this week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2019 till date now adds to a total of 5994 applications.

Total designs registered in the previous Week: 393

Total designs registered this Week: 195

Percentage Difference: 50.38% decrease

Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2019 till date: 5994

Indian Patent News

Niti Aayog proposes ‘National Strategy for AI’

Government think tank Niti Aayog has proposed a plan for the development of Artificial Intelligence in India. The proposed plan aims to set up a sound institution framework and draft transparent policies in order to ensure the advancement of AI. India recently emerged as one  of the top patent filers in AI related technology according to a WIPO report. Keeping this in mind, the Niti Aayog has presented a cabinet note in order to provide an amount of 7,500 crores. The funds will be used to establish five Centers of Research Excellence (CORE), twenty International Centers for Transformational Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) and a cloud computing platform called AIRAWAT. It has also recommended to set up a high-level body in order to monitor the implementation of its objectives and responsible allocation of funds.

Patent / Design Infringements, Disputes, Licensing and Settlement

Flash Electronics, India files infringement suit against Royal Enfield

Flash Electronics, a company engaged in the manufacture of electrical auto components has filed a patent infringement suit against Royal Enfield, in the USA. The Indian company has alleged infringement of its patent titled “Regulator Rectifier Device and Method for Regulating an Output Voltage.” A patent for the invention was granted on 20th February, 2018, after which Flash Electronics has been the central manufacturer and supplier of the component. Managing Director of Flash Electronics Sanjeev Vasudev stated that in the year 2018, the company was approached by officials from Royal Enfield in order to settle the issue. The officials also requested the company to refrain from instituting a law suit. He said “Flash waited for the outcome of this meeting but Royal Enfield did not address the issue.” Apart from a patent in the US, Flash has been granted patents in UK, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Italy Austria, Netherlands and Switzerland.

International Patent News

China in talks to join The Hague Agreement

The National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) of China is presently negotiating terms with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in order to join The Hague Agreement. Since 1985, China has observed a considerable rise in the number of applications that provide protection to industrial designs. In the year 2018, 709,000 applications were filed in the country.

The Hague Agreement, first adopted in the year 1925, has over 70 contracting states, it allows industrial designs to be protected in multiple countries and regions with minimal formalities.

Republic of Estonia celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Estonian Patent Office

On May 23rd 2019, the Estonian Patent Office celebrated its 100th Anniversary, at its headquarters. Director General of WIPO, Francis Gurry and the president of the European Patent Office, Antonio Campinos attended a conference that was organized in order to celebrate the milestone. The theme of the conference was – AI and Smart Economy. The Estonian Patent Office was established in the year 1919, with the formation of the Republic of Estonian as a state. Back then, an official overlooking the procedures for patents was appointed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The office now operates under the Ministry of Justice that primarily implements national economic policies in the field of industrial property.

Joint study by EPO and EUIPO explains why SME’s who implement IP show better growth

According to a recent study conducted by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Small and Medium Sized Enterprises who invent in patents, trademarks and designs show high chance of growth when compared to those do not. In the EU, SMEs account for over 99% of businesses and contribute 57% of EU’s GDP. Going by numbers, the majority of income generated by SMEs come from a specific number of High Growth Firms (HGF) that engage in the protecting and using their Intellectual Property. Further, according to the report, SMEs that invest in at least one form on Intellectual Property are 21% likely to show growth in the future. SMEs that file for IP rights at European Union Patent Office have an even greater likelihood of about 17%, with the potential to become an HGF. For information on the official report, click here.

Authored and compiled by Vibha Amarnath & Gaurav Mishra

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Also read: Weekly Patent News – 20 May 2019

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