Category: Patents

Interpretation of Rule 2 f (fa) of the Patent Rules, 2003: Who can avail benefits under the Patent regime?

INTRODUCTION Startups and small entities seeking patent protection for their discoveries are likely to gain greatly from India’s recent series of modifications to its Patent Rules. Overall filing and prosecution fees for startups and small entities have been drastically decreased as a result of these revisions. While the fees for small entities have been eliminated, entrepreneurs can keep … Continue reading Interpretation of Rule 2 f (fa) of the Patent Rules, 2003: Who can avail benefits under the Patent regime?

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SoftBank Acquires Around 200 Patents from Loon, a Subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) has recently reported that it has acquired approximately 200 patents, which includes granted and pending patents, for High Altitude Platform Stations (“HAPS”) from Alphabet Inc.’s Loon LLC. This happened after Alphabet Inc, Loon’s parent company decided to close down its stratospheric communications initiative, Loon. Loon is a nine-year-old project and a two-and-a-half-year-old … Continue reading SoftBank Acquires Around 200 Patents from Loon, a Subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

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Advantages of Patent Valuation

Patents are the core asset generator for various industries. Industries and companies earn a lot through licensing and assigning patents. The license and assignment of patents are common practices in the market which makes the licensor earn millions of royalties. With the rapid technology development and increasing users around the world, the trends of licensing … Continue reading Advantages of Patent Valuation

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Understanding the Relevance of Market Research for Patents

Significance of market research: An overview Understanding market trends and business environments play a crucial role in the development and successfulness of a particular product or service. More specifically, market research that is conducted before filing a patent or after obtaining one may help an inventor scrutinize the market environment for a particular invention. This … Continue reading Understanding the Relevance of Market Research for Patents

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Patent Searches- IIPRD’s Support Services

Significance of patenting and patent searches A patent ensures the protection of an invention for a limited period of time. Upon patenting an invention, a third party will be restricted from commercially exploiting or duplicating the invention in any manner. According to most patent laws around the world, several criteria must be satisfied in order … Continue reading Patent Searches- IIPRD’s Support Services

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Analysing the Legality and Ethical Debates Surrounding Biological Patents

In today’s day and age, scientific innovations are developing at a breakneck speed. A lion’s share of this development is facilitated by the biotechnology sector. In a broad sense, biotechnology can be defined as an area in biology that uses biological elements and living organisms to create products for commercial purposes. Such products may include … Continue reading Analysing the Legality and Ethical Debates Surrounding Biological Patents

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Converse Wins Shoe Design Patent Claim against Steve Madden

Recently, the United States District Court of Massachusetts denied Steve Madden’s petition to dismiss part of the design patent infringement claim raised by Converse Inc. Steve Madden (“Madden”) is a major manufacturer and retailer of apparel, footwear, belts, handbags, and accessories, while Converse Inc., (“Converse”) is a major footwear company. Converse filed a suit complaining … Continue reading Converse Wins Shoe Design Patent Claim against Steve Madden

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Patent Inventorship under Indian Patent Act

The legal standard for inventorship is used to decide who can be identified as an inventor in a patent application. Inventorship is defined differently in different jurisdictions; in this blog, we’ll look at how it’s defined in Indian law. Who qualifies as an inventor? Under Indian law, an inventor is someone who has contributed to … Continue reading Patent Inventorship under Indian Patent Act

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Patentability of Food Recipes and the Section 3(e) Challenge

Introduction Recently, the office of Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks granted a patent to a ragi walnut soup mix prepared by the 52-year old woman, Shubhangi Patil. In terms of preparation, it is similar to other ready-to-eat soup mixes available in the market but what makes it different from the rest is … Continue reading Patentability of Food Recipes and the Section 3(e) Challenge

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Patents and Public Health

Introduction Patents and public health is the most relevant topic of discussion when the whole world is fighting against the global pandemic, Covid-19. It is no doubt that granting patent protection to a drug is important and serves many purposes, but can we put the lives of millions of people at stake in this time … Continue reading Patents and Public Health

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