Swami’s Happiness patent, iPad 4 patent infringement; BananaIP’s upcoming seminar; Start-ups, Inventions and Patents; Traffic patent and more

“More Publications by Patent Office, Patent for happiness, Prevention for fuel theft and patents for solving problems of traffic jams, Mimyk & other start-ups win access to start up incubators, TRAI invites comments- Patent law and FRAND, Apple Vs. MEC Resources LLP, Inter Partes Review, IP Training initiative in Africa by Japan and WIPO, Singapore Courts cant revoke patents, BIP Seminar- Building IP Framework for Corporates and BIP Tip of the week”, presented by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Patent Firm.

Patent Quote of the Week

It is not just about how good your invention is, it is also about how well you draft, manage and prosecute your patent application – Nisha Kurian, Managing Associate.

Indian Patent Statistics

There has been a marginal increase of 7.58% in the total number of applications published this week in comparison to the previous week. However, there has been a sizeable increase of 141 applications in the number of grants this week, which accounts to 100.71% increase in comparison to the statistics of the week prior.
Early Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 11 0 100% decrease
Mumbai 35 14 60% decrease
Chennai 51 30 41.17% decrease
Kolkata 5 1 80% decrease
Total 102 45 55.88% decrease

Ordinary Publications

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 283 274 3.18% decrease
Mumbai 65 145 123.07% increase
Chennai 182 239 31.31% increase
Kolkata 27 6 77.77% decrease
Total 557 664 19.21% increase

TOTAL PUBLICATIONS (Previous Week): 659
Percentage difference: 7.58% increase

City Previous Week This Week Percentage of change
Delhi 46 112 143.47% increase
Mumbai 17 11 35.29% decrease
Chennai 60 109 81.66% increase
Kolkata 17 49 188.23% increase
Total 140 281 100.71% increase

 Number of Applications published based on applicant city
Mumbai is the front runner this week with 22 applications published. Bangalore follows with 17 applications. Together Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad contributed 22 applications, whereas there has been no publication from Kolkata.

List of Cities 1st January 2017 – till date 23rd September 2017 to 29th September 2017
Mumbai 1007 22
Bangalore 920 17
Delhi 637 6
Chennai 602 14
Hyderabad 313 2
Kolkata 105 0

Total number of applications published by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2017 till 29th September 2017: 22968

  • Early publications: 2200
  • Ordinary Publications: 20768

Total number of patents granted by the Indian Patent Office from the 1st of January 2017 till 22nd September 2017: 9053

  • Delhi – 3861
  • Mumbai – 925
  • Kolkata – 1739
  • Chennai – 2528

Indian Industrial Designs Statistics

This week the designs office has published 186 designs, marking a marginal decrease of 2.61% in comparison to the previous week. The total designs registered from the 1st of January 2017 till date now adds to 7017 applications.
Total designs registered in the previous Week: 191
Total designs registered this Week: 186
Percentage Difference: 2.61% decrease
Total designs registered from the 1st of January 2017 till date: 7017

Interesting Patents and Designs

Patents for happiness, Prevention of fuel theft and solution for traffic problems

There are quite a few interesting patent applications that have been published this week in the official journal of patents and designs by the Indian Patent Office. From technology to prevent theft at fuel stations to exercises for happiness formation! The details of the applications have been given below:

Patent Application 1: But can exercise for happiness actually be patented?
Application No.: 201721032700
Applicants: MR. SWAMI HARDAS
Abstract: “The invention proposes the system for formation of happiness in human beings with the help of conceptual creative positive energy. The system works on subtle energy forms and provides selfless services so that anybody in the world can get easy access to this novel system. The system selfless service for happiness formation, termed as S.H.F., mainly includes Universal wellbeing exercise and Self wellbeing exercise.” (Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)
Patent Application 2: Innovative concept to prevent conning of customers at the Petrol Stations!
Application No. 201721032402
Applicants: Shubham Mohite, Prathamesh Kulkarni, Kunal Patil, Nikhil Mohkhedkar, Shubham Patil, Gaffar Momin
Abstract: “This invention deals with providing convenience to all kinds of four wheeler users by terminating misleading while refueling the vehicle by displaying the exact amount of fuel entering into fuel tank while refueling. More importantly this system is simple in construction and solves the problem of misleading in effective manner. In conventional system exact amount of fuel entering in the fuel tank cannot be calculated and displayed. In conventional system analog meter shows the level of fuel present in the tank, but there is no such system to show exact amount of fuel entering into the tank while refueling. This invention solves this problem efficiently by using combination of incremental encoder and Analog dial already present in the vehicle. The output of incremental encoder is given to Arduino/Microcontroller and with the help of Arduino/Microcontroller and incremental encoder the exact amount of fuel entering in the fuel tank is calculated and displayed on LCD screen of vehicle using Arduino/Microcontroller. The objective of this invention is providing convenience to all kinds of four wheeler users by terminating misleading while refuelling the vehicle by displaying the exact amount of fuel entering into fuel tank while refuelling. This invention also indicates the user exact amount of fuel available in the fuel tank of the vehicle.” (Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)
Patent Application 3: Stop, get ready, go transformed to WAIT WATCH AND GO
Application No.: 201621032749
Abstract: “The method is to solve the problem of traffic jams by giving proper direction for vehicles to run on the road to cross the junction easily & smoothly. The idea & innovation is for three ways & four ways road summary:- 1. The three ways & four ways road can easily operated in this concept by blocking the road at the center of the road connecting to road junction so the prevent for cross in at the center of the junction which create big problem for traffic jam & misbehavior of signal jump. 2. Every junction has to be curved corner to make the vehicles move easily in left direction of the junction. 3. At every junction the curve corner have no parking zone for the vehicles to move easily through the corner of the road. 4. There is zebra crossing for the pedestrian to move, while crossing the road pedestrian will have one minute time to cross the road. After then the all roads can be freely continued for vehicles to move at junction. 5. The roads are given a lane for the vehicles to with entry of space only for u-turn for the vehicles. The vehicles have no need to go at the junction for u-turn. 6. Every road has four different lanes on road of every direction and outer lanes are for left & right turn from one to other road. 7. Middle two lanes are to go straight on the road while crossing the junction. 8. The concept idea of the innovation is WAIT WATCH AND GO is while crossing the junction at the center all the vehicles at speed of 10 RMP to wait watch both the side of the lane of crossing and then go smoothly without any obstacles. (Abstract has been taken from the patent application as is and has not been corrected.)

Startups, Inventions, Innovations

Bangalore based Start-up “Mimyk” won the Start JLM (Jerusalem) and has been awarded access to start up incubators in India.
The Start-up Mimyk which started out of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) – Bengaluru, and incubated at the Society for Innovation and Development (SID) won the Start JLM (Jerusalem) competition held in New Delhi last week. This competition was organized by the Embassy of Israel with the support of the Department of Science & Technology (Government of India), TiE and YES Bank. This start up focuses on combining haptics, design, virtual reality (VR), and internet-based content delivery model for training healthcare practitioners with interactive medical simulations, which offers a flexible and cost-effective method for training doctors in endoscopy procedures. The team is associated with IISc research labs from where the core technology was conceived and intend to provide an affordable and immersive endoscopy training device. They will be taking part in a week-long innovation ‘boost camp’ for early stage start-ups at the “Start JLM Jerusalem competition”. In addition, Mimyk and the four other finalists in the competition have been awarded access to start-up incubators in India by the DST in association with the Zone Incubator.

Government news and updates

TRAI invites comments on Patent Law and on standard essential patents
A Consultation paper has been issued on promoting local telecom equipment manufacturing in India by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and all stakeholders are invited to submit their comments by 16 October 2017. The paper discusses the background of the Telecommunication industry and existing Concerns of the Local Telecom Manufacturing and all Government Initiatives to boost Local Telecom Manufacturing. Comments have been invited on whether the existing patent laws sufficiently address the concerns of local manufacturers and measures for supporting local telecom manufacturing industry. Suggestions for dispute resolution mechanism for determination of Royalty distribution on FRAND are also invited. The consultation paper is available on the TRAI site (at publications / consultation papers).

Patent disputes, infringement and settlements

Apple Inc. sued by a MEC Resources LLC, owned by a Native American tribe.
A Patent Infringement lawsuit has been filed by MEC resources LLC, a company wholly owned by a Native American Tribe. MEC resources LLC is seeking royalty payments with respect to revenues from sales of iPad 4. In March this year, a Texas company named Prowire LLC filed a Lawsuit against pple in Delaware federal court claiming that the iPad 4 infringes its US Patent No. 6,137,390. The case was later taken up by MEC Resources LLC.
The patent in the case relates to inductors with minimized lector magnetic inductance effect and the method of manufacturing the same.

International News

IP Training in Africa by ARIPO and Japan Government.
The government of Japan, in partnership with the African Region Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), has begun implementation of a project meant to train 1,000 people across Africa in intellectual property systems. Also partnering in the initiative is the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which will help ARIPO design the course curriculum targeting government officials and private sector representatives, mainly local manufacturers and innovators. WIPO will administer the funds under its Africa bureau. Subjects covered under the IP course for agents include drafting patent applications, ARIPO patent systems and procedures, filing patents under the PCT and theory of patent claims and protection of inventive concepts.
Singapore Courts have no jurisdiction to revoke Patents, Says Judge
Sun Electric, which sells solar energy sued Sunseap, a licensed electricity retailer and developer of rooftop photovoltaic systems. Sun Electric claimed that the Sunseap breached Sun’s patent, which was for a power grid system and a method of determining power consumption at building connections in the system. Sunseap made a counterclaim to have the patent revoked. When Sunseap made a claim for patent revocation, the Singapore high court stated  that it does not have the jurisdiction to revoke patents.

BananaIP Patent Updates

Seminar on Building IP Framework for Corporates – 6th October 2017
On 6th October 2017, BananaIP is organizing a seminar in Bangalore entitled Building IP Framework for corporates. The seminar is aimed at helping companies understand, build, manage and commercialize valuable IP. The seminar will discuss the dynamics of Intellectual property Driven Business, evolving IP framework for organizations, Organizational IP process and management and leveraging IP for success. The seminar is targeted at organizations in the IT, Electronics, Electrical, Telecom and affiliated industries.  Key executive decision makers of such organizations responsible for business growth, strategy and competitiveness are invited to attend. Any person interested may register for the seminar at this link.

BananaIP’s Patent Tip of the Week

Patent policy/process for business success: A company seeking to create value out of its patents for business benefit must have a well defined and systematic approach towards generating, protecting, managing and commercializing its invention/patent. A well thought out patent policy/process can go a long way in helping companies maximize value out of their patents.
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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