― 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.
― Thursday, 14th October 2021 Peugeot Motocycles fined 1,500,000 euros for patent infringement
automotive major the Piaggio Group (PIA.MI) recently found announcing
that they have received rulings in their favor. The rulings were issued at
the Tribunal Judiciaire of Paris and the Court of Milan where Peugeot
Motocycles was declared guilty of infringing a European
― Thursday, 14th October 2021 Seoul Semiconductor Files Filament LED Patent Lawsuit Against Feit Electric’s Distributor for Infringement of 16 LED Patents
Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (“Seoul”) (KOSDAQ 046890), a leading global innovator
of LED products and technology, announced that it has filed a patent infringement
lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
against Ace Hardware, a global retail company, for selling filament LED bulbs
and other LED products manufactured by Feit Electric.
― Wednesday, 13th October 2021 Snyders Heart Valve LLC v. St. Jude Medical, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2021)
The Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Arthrex, Inc., 141 S. Ct. 1970 (2021), at the end of its last term resulted in many cases with pending certiorari petitions that were based on Appointment Clause challenges to be remanded to the Federal Circuit, and many (if not most) of those were remanded back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The decision handed down by the Federal Circuit on Tuesday in Snyders Heart Valve LLC v. St. Jude Medical, LLC is an exception, the Court considering the appeal on the merits and reversing the Board's determination that St. Jude had shown by a preponderance of the evidence that challenged claims 1–3, 8, 9, 22, 23, 31–35, 37–39, and 45 of U.S. Patent No. 6,821,297 were invalid as being either anticipated by U.S. Patent No. 5,855,601 to Bessler or obvious over the '601 patent "in combination with other prior art references."
― Wednesday, 13th October 2021 ToolGen Reply to Broad Opposition to ToolGen Preliminary Motion No. 1
n May 20th, Senior Party ToolGen filed its Substantive Motion No. 1 for benefit of priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/837,481, filed June 20, 2013 ("P3" or "ToolGen 5 P3"), or alternatively, International Application No. PCT/KR2013/009488, filed October 23, 2013 ("PCT"). Junior Party the Broad Institute, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (collectively, "Broad") filed its Opposition to this motion, and on September 24th ToolGen filed its reply.