03 Apr 2020

Indian Patent Office had come up with a special provision of the Expedited Examination” procedure for patent applications with Amendment Rules 2016 which got revised last year. The provision has allowed limited number of patent applications for examination and processing within an expedited period, which is roughly less than 12 months. Under the normal examination procedure, once a RFE (...

03 Apr 2020

COVID-19 has created critical situation for global economy and business. India is also not an exception to this world’s health crisis, which is arising economic, health and business crisis. In order to minimize spread of novel Corono virus, the Government of India, various State Governments Bodies and Judicial Authorities are stepping in and are recommending important regulatory guidelin...

23 Mar 2020

“E-cigarette”, the term that epitomizes the anti-hero of the smoke world, revolutionized the tobacco business when it entered the market in 2005. The idea of quitting tobacco by blowing aerosol filled clouds ringed like music to the ear of smokers across the world and the song has gained a lot of traction since then. But, the road for these battery-operated cigarettes has hit a speed-bre...

17 Mar 2020

Blockchain, in simple words, is an anonymous online ledger, which keeps a growing list of records, called blocks, linked using cryptography where each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data. It was invented back in 2008, as a Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System by an inventor with the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. It is a concept, si...

05 Mar 2020

Every type of intellectual property – whether in the form of a patent, published patent application or a trade secret – is a valuable asset. A portfolio that contains strong assets is an important indicator of a company’s worth, making it crucial to emphasise quality over quantity. Once a patent is granted it may have to undergo litigation, post-grant review or other challenges in court....

27 Feb 2020

At its core, AI is a computer that has been programmed to mimic the natural intelligence of human beings by learning, reasoning and making decisions. Given the pace at which machine learning and AI is accelerating, there are questions that the patent system must answer: are current patent laws adequate for AI-related intellectual property? Are we ready for patents filed by AI? How can AI...

20 Feb 2020

Thanks to the millions of documents that need to be analysed, AI can supplement human intelligence to analyse patent and market data. Using AI will involve a shift from keyword-based searches and conventional Boolean operators for patent discovery to AI-enhanced semantic searches using neural networks for high retrieval efficiency and accuracy. Assistance provided by AI The significant...

03 Feb 2020

In EPO opposition proceedings, even holding a winning prior-art is not the end of story. We all know that a Post-grant opposition may be filed against any patent within nine months of the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent [Art. 99(1)]. But let us highlight one recent opposition case before you, where even a Category-X prior-art wasn’t able to kill the t...

15 Jan 2020

Introduction Over the past few years, the term ‘Start-up’ is doing the rounds around us. With ‘Start-up India Scheme’ being introduced by the Government of India in the year 2016, many young entrepreneurs have been encouraged to set off their businesses. However, in order to gain market presence and flourish in the commerce, protection of Intellectual Property becomes crucial for star...

14 Jan 2020

The term “Revocation” means Cancellation of the patent rights acquired to patentee. The revocation of patent can be applied by making a petition by any person interested or it can be also applied by the Central Government. In most of the cases revocation are filed on a counter claim against patent infringement suits in High Court or in IPAB (the Intellectual Property Appellate Board). Th...