Patents

Why Startups need to protect their Intellectual Property before disclosing it

Intellectual Property – Creations of your Mind ‘A hundred and one wonders our mind holds, And out of it rarely a creation unfolds!’ Isn’t that true? Imagine you have created something ingenious, what we formally call “Intellectual Property” or simply IP, like a truly mind-blowing…


Automation of generation and issuance of patent grant e-certificates in India

In lines with the “E-Registration Certification” initiative of Trade Marks Office, the Controller of Patents and Designs recently issued a notice, whereby automating issuance of patent grant e-certificates with effect from July 03, 2017. The notice states that the generation of all patents granted…


Restoration of a lapsed patent in India

Patent protection is granted for a period of twenty years by the Indian patent office. For the patentee to enjoy the benefits of his patent, the renewal fees must be paid on time. Renewal fees are payable before the expiration of the second year from the date of the patent in respect of the third…


Pitfalls to Avoid in Indemnification Clauses in Tech Licensing agreements

Before signing a technology licensing agreement, carefully review all its provisions, including the indemnification clauses. Regrettably, this very important part of a licensing agreement is often treated as a boilerplate provision. Don't make the mistake of waiting till the last minute to review…


Software and Indian Patent Law, a good combination?

Intellectual property is known to be a fundamental pillar for the innovation of technology. Indeed, by granting protection to inventions, this law enhances investments in research and contributes to the increase of innovation. Nowadays, it must be noticed that innovation is not only in the…


Significant changes brought about by the Patent Amendment Rules, 2016

Following the publishing of the Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2015 on October 26, 2015 for public comment and consideration, the Office of the CGPDTM has on May 14, 2016 issued a public notice on the publication of amended Patent Rules, 2003. Accordingly, the Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016 were…


Guidelines for computer related inventions makes IT India happy

On the 19th of February Office of Controller General of Patents, Trademarks and Designs released new Guidelines for the examination of computer related inventions. These new guidelines were welcomed by the people who protested against the guidelines that were issued in 2015 and kept in abeyance due…


Doing research with a patented product? Research Exemption under Patent Law

The Patents Act, 1970 was framed keeping in mind the vulnerable position of an inventor but exemptions are as important as granting exclusive rights to the inventor. Both granting of exclusive rights and exemptions play a significant role in the progress of science and technology; while the former…


Patentability of 3D Printed Human Organs

We would have all come across the concept of organ transplants which has actually become a common phenomenon given the tremendous evolution in science and technology; hold on to that thought, and couple it with the invention of 3D printing, a booming technology that can be used to manufacture…


Patenting Human Genes

Science and technology has witnessed prodigious advancements which have led to modern evolution and discoveries in the field of medicine. One of such revelations would be the discovery of Genes, the basic physical and functional unit of heredity, made up of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Scientist…