24 Oct 2019

To foster innovation and creativity, intellectual property (IP) must be protected. Creations of the mind, such as names, symbols, new technological processes, etc. can be protected through patents, copyrights and trademarks. In an era of start-ups and unconventional career paths, an awareness of laws that protect intellectual property can go a long way in boosting the economy. The IP ind...

12 Sep 2019

Since India is becoming a hot-bed for IoT and 5G based filing, we may soon see a litigation war here too. Internet of Things (IoT) represents a whole world of connected objects that talk to each other at a whirlwind speed that never falters. The applications and benefits of this niche technology are multifold as it has the potential to revolutionise the world that we live in. Amit Agga...

12 Sep 2019

US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is one of the oldest patent offices in the world. For obtaining a Patent, two types of patent applications can be filed: Provisional:- It is a quick and less expensive means of filing application however, it only survives when a regular non-provisional patent application within one year is filed. Non provisional/Complete:- It is the final ...

13 Jun 2019

Canadian Intellectual Property Office, commonly known as CIPO, is the controlling body for Patents and Trademarks in Canada. CIPO has been making a continuous effort to cut down the prosecution time to make the process of getting the Patent Application granted much faster. Currently, it takes nearly around 80 months for a Patent Application to be granted from the date of filing. It is st...

18 Sep 2018

The litigation support experts help attorneys to manage the legal needs and other aspects of large scale litigation and complex litigation. The term large litigation refers to the litigation that has wider scope and therefore it requires the assistance of more legal experts than smaller scale litigation. Talking about complex litigation, it refers to the litigation whose complexity is de...

07 Sep 2018

In recent times section 8 of the Indian Patents Act has raised concerns amongst Patent applicants with regards to foreign applications. This section is about information and undertaking regarding foreign applications. This section states as under: Where an applicant for a patent under this Act is prosecuting either alone or jointly with any other person, an application for a patent in...

29 Aug 2018

The Patents Amendment Act, 2005 provided for an integrated opposition system in India which allows both Pre and Post-grant opposition of a patent so as to ensure the quality and validity of granted patents. Though the grounds for both pre and post-grant opposition are same, there are various differences regarding proceedings between the two systems. While ‘any person’ can represent in w...

29 Aug 2018

A patent issued for an invention allows exclusive rights of the invention. In order to be eligible for a patent, the invention has to possess new characteristics and not be apparent for an average expertise. Patenting your invention prevents other people, your competitors, from producing, utilizing, selling or offering to sell the patented item/method within the boundaries of the country...

29 Aug 2018

It can be very costly to fix errors in issued patents, which are often left over in a patent, during its drafting or prosecution; some errors, for example, incorrect dependencies in claims, might significantly limit even the scope of the patent or lead to its revocation post grant. Sometimes extra fees, delays, denial of patents, or invalidation of awarded patents results due to errors i...

06 Apr 2018

For any company, whether it’s a mid size or a small organization, time is the most valuable thing. This is the reason we are observing that maximum small or mid size businesses make decisions about foreign patent filing at the eleventh hour. There are many such ways, from regional blocs to repetitive text analysis, in which a business can consume your money so, when we talk about patent ...