― 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.
― Friday, 30th July 2021 Air Taxi Startup Beats 'Catastrophic' IP Injunction
An air taxi startup avoided a "potentially catastrophic" blow to its $3.8 billion deal with a special purpose acquisition company after a California federal judge refused to grant an injunction in its intellectual property battle with a Boeing-backed rival.
― Friday, 30th July 2021 Fed. Circ. Ruling Breathes New Life Into Fracking Patent
The Federal Circuit on Friday gave a U.S. Silica subsidiary another chance to save claims in a hydraulic fracking technology patent it licenses that had been axed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as obvious.
― Friday, 30th July 2021 Mass. Judge Axes Indefinite Philips Patent In Fitbit Suit
A Massachusetts federal judge invalidated as indefinite a Philips health-monitoring patent challenged by Fitbit Inc., despite finding that "a reasonably bright high-school student" could figure out the patent's bounds.
― Thursday, 29th July 2021 U-blox says Chinese court rules in its favour over navigation chip patent infringement
U‑blox said a Chinese court has ruled in its
favour concerning separate copyright and patent infringement lawsuits it filed
against Techtotop Microelectronic Technology. The rulings by the Hangzhou
Intermediate People's Court found that TTT infringed on u‑blox's intellectual property over navigation
chips and that TTT must pay damages of CNY 11 million (USD 1.7 million)
― Thursday, 29th July 2021 Rosenberger Files Patent Lawsuit Against CommScope
Technologies, a member of the Germany-headquartered Rosenberger Group, filed a
patent lawsuit in Suzhou, China against CommScope entities located in China and
United States for infringement of multiple Rosenberger technology patents
concerning base station antenna design