― Friday, 12th June 2020 Availing Patent Benefits – A ‘Status’ Check!
Every patent office provides certain benefits to Patent Applicants if they meet certain criteria (with respect to entity size, gross income and others). These benefits may be patent fee discounts or speedy examination processes.
This article touches upon the benefits extended by IPO, USPTO and EPO to entities based on their status.
― Wednesday, 27th May 2020 Not an Equal world for AI - No Inventorship for them!
With Artificial intelligence (AI) replacing humans in myriad sectors and operational aspects, it is not surprising that AI is able to concoct its own inventions. AI-generated inventions are (and may become) the norm, however, awarding inventorship to AI under the current patent system is far-fetched. So, is it justifiable denying patent rights to the actual inventor for inventions created by AI or does the patent system merely operate on the fact that AI is a machinewith no capability to exercise legal rights even if given any, and therefore unfit to hold inventorship for its creations.
― Wednesday, 27th May 2020 First Filing in India: A Requirement or a Choice?
Indian resident inventors may decide to file patent applications in multiple countries including India or entirely disregard India and go international! This may be due to weak market strength/poor demand for the product/invention in the country.
As per Indian Patents Act, it is mandatory to obtain an Foreign Filing License (FFL) if an Indian resident inventor decides to first file in a foreign country bypassing Indian Patent Office(IPO) . As per the rules, within 21 days of requesting for an FFL, the IPO, usually, either issues the FFL certificate or rejects the FFL request.
Another option is to first file in India and then wait for a cooling-off period (six weeks!) before attempting to file in a foreign country. In this case, an FFL is not required.
― Friday, 22nd May 2020 The Missing Link - IT Act and IPR Laws
Cyber laws are defined under the Information Technology (IT) Act of 2000 encompassing legal and regulatory aspects of the internet and the world wide web. However, certain entities/intermediaries such as e-commerce websites, search engines, and data aggregators sometimes come under scrutiny for violation of IPR laws when seen under the light of IT Act. Hence, protection to intermediaries from liability, arising out of content posted by users, needs be addressed by creating nexus between IT Act and IPR laws.
― Wednesday, 20th May 2020 Keeping an Eye on India - USA’s IP Priority Watch List
India has been grappling with big IP giants such as the US to establish its stance on the IP front. Owing to a fallible IP regime, India has yet again come under the US’s Priority Watch List and is required to meet certain expectations of the US in terms of trade and other IPR related policies. However, the question still remains whether India, being a sovereign nation, should let itself be subdued by the US or have its own say in IP matters concerning the nation.
― Monday, 16th May 2022 Garmin's new patent could change the future of fitness wearables
Garmin is working on bringing new tech to its smartwatches. The company could add OLED displays to its future smartwatches. But these could include the ability to be charged using solar energy too. According to a report, the company has filed a patent that aims to include an OLED display with a solar charging panel below the display.
― Monday, 16th May 2022 Apple Patents an iPad Keyboard Accessory to Make It More like a Mac
Apple often files unusual and kind of over-the-top patents for products that could expand the capabilities of its existing products. While many of the patent ideas remain limited to Apple’s offices, some of them make their way to the commercial market. Today, we have one such patent that describes a full-fledged keyboard accessory for iPads that can turn your tablet into a Mac-like device.
― Monday, 16th May 2022 Tautachrome (OTC:TTCM) Issues First Patent Infringer
The Company has sent a patent infringement Notice to Truepic LLC of La Jolla, CA, requesting that Truepic immediately cease any ongoing infringement of its trusted imaging patents and compensate the Company for damages resulting from the infringement.
― Monday, 16th May 2022 Patent Applications for Biodegradable Plastic Jump
The number of patent applications in the area of biodegradable plastic is growing at a rapid pace with plastic waste emerging as a major social issue in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, data showed Sunday.The number of biodegradable plastic-related patent applications stood at 190 in 2020, double the 97 filed in 2016, according to the Korea Intellectual Property Office.