Patent stats, Industrial designs, Startup innovations, Latest Patent Decisions, Intellectual Property Exchange and NRDC, FTC versus Qualcomm, Computer-related Inventions guidelines, Monsanto, Patent Tip, ISR – PCT and more

Patent stats, Industrial designs, Startup innovations, Latest Patent Decisions, FTC versus Qualcomm, Computer-related Inventions guidelines, Monsanto, Patent Tip, International Search Report – PCT and more weekly news updates,  presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s Premier New Age IP Firm.

Patent Quote of the week

“The art of obtaining a patent is in the language of the draft.” Nisha Kurian, Managing Associate – Patent Portfolio, BananaIP Counsels

Patent Stats from the Indian Patent Office

Early publications and ordinary publications of patent applications are abysmally low this week. While early publications have decreased by 26.09%, ordinary publications have decreased by 25.27%. There is, therefore a dip in the total publication by 25.32%.

Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 11 3 72.73% decrease
Mumbai 11 20 81.82% increase
Chennai 23 11 52.71% decrease
Kolkata 1 0 100% decrease
Total 46 34 26.09% decrease

Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 274 145 47.08% decrease
Mumbai 156 88 43.59% decrease
Chennai 275 301 9.45% increase
Kolkata 23 10 56.2 decrease
Total 728 544 25.27% decrease

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 774


Percentage difference: 25.32% decrease


City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 79 91 2.6% increase
Mumbai 19 24 26.67% increase
Chennai 70 90 100% increase
Kolkata 47 43 104.35% increase
Total 215 248 43.33% increase

Number of Applications published based on applicant city

A total of 12,592 patent publications have been made since the 1st of January this year, of which about 19% come from the major cities of Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The cities mentioned here have contributed a total of 2,442 patent applications till date of which Mumbai has contributed 826 applications which makes it the largest contributor among the mentioned cities. Bangalore comes in second by having contributed 582 applications. Bangalore has contributed a whopping 90 applications this week which has significantly placed Delhi at a distant third position with a total of 460 applications till date. While Chennai and Hyderabad have contributed 273 and 209 applications till date, Kolkata is 8 applications short of reaching the 100 mark.

List of Cities 1st January 2017 – till date 17th June 2017- 23rd June 2017
Mumbai 826 20
Bangalore 582 90
Delhi 460 11
Chennai 273 11
Hyderabad 209 20
Kolkata 92 0

Total number applications published by the Indian Patent Office since the 1st of January 2017 till the 3rd of July 2017: 12592

  • Early publications: 1317
  • Ordinary Publications:11275

Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office since the 1st of January 2017 till 3rd of July 2017: 5629

  • Delhi – 2644
  • Mumbai – 563
  • Kolkata – 1130
  • Chennai –1607

Industrial Designs

Total designs registered this Week: 156

Total designs registered in the previous Week: 154

Percentage Difference: 1.3% increase

Controller’s Decisions

Tencent’s patent application refused by the Chennai Patent Office

Chinese technology major Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company, one of the largest internet companies in the world and owner of instant messenger platforms such as QQ and WeChat has been refused a patent application by the Chennai Patent Office for its invention titled “METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR CHANGING AVATAR IN ONLINE GAME”.

Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs, Kasthuri M refused Tencent’s patent application 6436/CHENP/2009 after it was found that the invention claimed a method of playing a game in the form of a software product which is a Non-patentable subject matter and not allowable u/s 3(k) and 3(m) of the Patents Act

Abstract: A method for changing an avatar in an online game includes: generating an avatar self-defined data packet comprising complete data of an avatar according to an avatar characteristic self-defined data packet from a client corresponding to a logon account. Wherein the avatar characteristic self-defined data packet reflects modification or creation made by a player to the avatar; and transmitting the avatar self-defined data packet to the client corresponding to the logon account providing the avatar characteristic self-defined data packet, and /or a second client participating in the online game. A system and an apparatus for changing an avatar in an online game are also provided.

Patents, Startups, Innovations

Startup files patent for machine that segregates waste in minutes

A startup founded by two Bengaluru-based women has come up with the prototype of a machine that might just resolve the garbage woes of every city and municipal corporation in the country. The startup called Trashcon, founded by RM Nivedha and Aishwarya, has developed a semi-automatic municipal waste segregator that segregates biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste within minutes.

A bag of municipal waste, including degradable and non-biodegradable waste, is dumped into the machine, which looks like a flour mill. After being segregated and crushed in different chambers, the degradable waste and biodegradable waste is pumped out separately on the ground. The segregator has a capacity of 20-30 kilos and completes the entire exercise in 10 minutes. The invention has been applied a patent for.

IPO Updates

Patent office publishes “Revised Guidelines for Examination of Computer-related Inventions (CRIs)”

In an order dated June 30, the Office of the Controller General Of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks (CGPDTM) issued the revised guidelines for Computer Related Inventions (CRI).

The revised guidelines clearly state that a mathematical or business method or algorithms or a computer programme per se are not patentable. The revised guidelines have also added more clarity to the issues related to hardware/ software relation. For instance the revised guidelines clearly state that a method claim should focus on the underlying substance of the invention and not the particular form in which it is being claimed and that ‘mere manipulations of abstract idea or solving purely mathematical problem/equations without specifying a practical application’ can attract the exclusion under the category of the mathematical method claims which are not patentable.

Government Updates

Intellectual Property Exchange for India soon

NRDC (National Research Development Corporation) chairman and managing director H. Purushotham has said that India will soon have an Intellectual Property (IP) Exchange concept which would allow individuals and commercial entities both in India and overseas to buy and sell intellectual property rights across various sectors. The exchange will be developed under the ministry of science and technology through the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC).

The director also added that the idea of the exchange is to exploit the commercial viability of patents in India which issues over 2 lakh patents every year that have potential for commercialization.

Patent disputes

U.S. antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm to proceed

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California in San Jose has denied Qualcomm’s motion to dismiss the antitrust lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission against it. This adds to Qualcomm’s kitty of troubles as it continues to contest separate law suits filed against it by Apple and antitrust law suits filed elsewhere around the world, including one in China and South Korea.

Intel Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. which are not parties to the case, filed briefs opposing Qualcomm’s attempt to have the case dismissed.

The FTC sued Qualcomm in January, alleging the company engaged in anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly on the chips that let cell phones connect to mobile data networks.

Case reference: No. 5:17-cv-00220 in the Northern District of California.

Plant Varieties News

PPVFRA’s notice to dispense with requirement of NOC’s objected to by Hybrid seed manufacturers

As speculated ast week, Hybrid seed manufacturers have opposed the decision of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPVFRA) to dispense with the requirement of the no-objection certificate (NoC) from the trait developer for breeding Bt cotton varieties with genetically modified (GM) traits.

Companies such as Monsanto, Mahyco, and others have said that the decision of the PPVFR authority to dispense with NOC’s will create a major hurdle to fresh investment in agricultural research.

BananaIP’s Patent Tip of the Week

International Search Reports – the way forward.

Applicants are often confused as to what they ought to do once an International Search Report (ISR) has been issued by the International Search Authority (ISA) in respect of their PCT application. To answer this briefly, the Applicant normally has the following options and can choose one of them.

  1. The applicant can submit an “informal response”, without amending the patent specification. This informal response must be submitted to the IB within 30 months from the priority date, but preferably before expiry of 28 months from the priority date.
  2. The applicant can submit an “informal response”, with amendment to the specification (claims). The amendment in such a case, must be submitted to the IB within 2 months from the date of transmittal of the ISR to the Applicant or 16 months from the priority date, whichever time limit expires later.
  3. The applicant need not respond to the International Bureau if the ISR is “positive”, and may decide on filing one or more national phase patent applications within 30/31 months. If the ISR is negative the Applicant should consider filing a response to decrease the cost of prosecuting national phase application(s)
  4. The applicants can file a demand for International Preliminary Examination (IPE). An Applicant may choose this option if the ISR was “negative”, and the Applicant chooses to submit a response and/or amend the patent specification to pursue the IPEA to provide a “positive” International Preliminary Examination Report (IPER). The deadline for filing the demand is 3 months from the date of transmittal of the ISR or 22 months from the priority date, whichever expires later.

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