Interaction with GUI is a part of our everyday life through phones, computers, gaming devices and other electronic devices. GUIs are simple icons, screen layout, and visual signals that we utilize to control these devices.
What kind of future does everyone prefer to have- Future confined to one planet or a multi-planet species? Our option for being a multi-planet species is MARS where conditions are slightly similar to Earth. When scientists have confirmed the existence of water on Mars, it raised the possibility of Human life moving to the red planet.
The Indian patent act, 1970 (IPA), though has not explicitly defined infringement, any act amounting to violation of the rights of the patentee or encroaching the rights of the patentee, or any act which directly or indirectly aims at attacking the patent or the elements which contributed in the making of the patented product or process may be referred to as an infringement.
The basic anatomy for the enforcement of intellectual property legislations for India and countries across the world was provided by The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs [GATT] of 1995, which gave rise to the Trade related intellectual property rights (TRIPS) regime.
Microfluidics is an interdisciplinary technology that integrates diverse fields such as Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Life sciences. It is the science of flow of fluids in micro or nano liter range through micro-scale channels and the technology of fabrication of devices having such micro-scale channels.
The Artificial Intelligence is progressing rapidly. It has the potential to revolutionize the human civilization that will impact industries, companies and how we live our life. For every couple of weeks, there’s an unexpected development that takes people by surprise. This makes clear that we are near to the start of new era. Artificial Intelligence is gaining incredible power, more than ever before in human history.
A key aspect for granting an application for a patent involves a patent examiner conducting an extensive search to uncover the prior-art references. The identified prior-art references are examined against the claims to determine the patentability of the application i.e., whether the whether the application should be granted or not on the grounds of Novelty, Non-Obviousness/Technical Efficacy and Industrial Applicability.
The European Commission’s antitrust chief, MARGRETHE VESTAGER, is one of the continent’s most powerful women who regulates commercial activity across Europe. Margrethe Vestager believes in free speech, free assembly, free trade- and choices free from undue influence. She is known for both- Niceness and toughness.
Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (PAGE) is widely used in Life Sciences research for separation of biomolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins for further characterization. Under denaturing conditions, where detergents like SDS are employed, the separation is based on size.
Science is reinventing the human body. Scientists are growing novel technologies that are not foreseen or anticipated by the nature. I believe it is the appropriate time to talk about the Prosthetic technology.
Bionics & Prosthetics explore the interplay between biology and design.
A set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to a patentee in lieu of the public disclosure for a certain period are patents. But, when the sovereign state authorizes a third party to make, use, or sell a patented product without obtaining the consent of the patentee, marks the advent of compulsory licensing.
Patents are monopoly rights and intangible by nature. Section 48 of the Indian patents act, 1970 deals exclusively with the rights of patentees which prevents the third parties, who do not have the consent of the patentee, from the act of making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing for those purposes the patented product in India.
Fluopyram, a pyridyl-ethyl benzamide derivative, is a broad spectrum synthetic fungicide developed by the Bayer group. Fluopyram is effective against white mold, gray mold, powdery mildew, apple scab and other fungal diseases. It further exhibits nematicidal properties in various crops.
Interleukins are cytokines that act as immunomodulatory agents and are implicated in a variety of autoimmune inflammatory diseases. Interleukin-23 (IL-23), considered to be involved in the differentiation of T helper type 17 cells, is a principal molecule in autoimmunity and is an important drug target molecule for the treatment of many auto immune inflammatory diseases.
The patent office is the first line of patent information services in India. The office of the Controller general of Patents, Designs and Trademarks falls under the jurisdiction of Department of Industrial policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Collagen, well-known as an anti-aging supplement, is an extracellular structural protein found in the connective tissues of bones, tendons, ligaments, cornea, cartilage, skin, intervertebral disc etc. Collagen fibrils are made up of triple helical units that are assembled together.
Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories has obtained a US patent No. 9504587 for an intravascular stent device on November 29, 2016. The application for this patent was divided out of a main US application No. 11/507,852 which is now a patent No. 8834554.
A patent grant is not an end in itself. To well reap the benefits of the patent grant, a patentee must ensure the following:
a) Payment of patent annuities
b) Filing of statement on working of patents
c) Recordal of assignments etc. with the patent office
Earlier we had dealt with a broader classification of patent claims. It was largely based on dependency where Independent and dependent claims were dealt with. Various schools of thought have classified patent claims based on numerous criteria. The subject matter based classification had been introduced to study the ambit of improvisation and innovation through a meticulous analysis of the patent claims.
Since decades, scientists and entrepreneurs have been trying to invent the imitation meat. The demand for meat is inflating and this demand can’t be reached only by using animals. Countless animals are being slaughtered every single day for consumption.
Over more than three decades of Internet development, it has brought an impact across the man-kind and has become the mode of communication. It is an empowering tool with more potential than any other human civilization has ever developed. Web is remaking our world and our lives. It has brought the beginning of new era called, VIRTUAL REVOLUTION.
Come October and the scientific community will be geared up for the announcement of Nobel Prizes. In the same vein or rather the other way around, is another event that scientists, especially those with a sense of humor, look forward to. It is the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, which is a kind of spoof on Nobel Prizes.
Arbutus Biopharma, formerly Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation was issued a patent numbered US9404127 and titled, “Non-liposomal systems for nucleic acid delivery” on Aug 2, 2016. Arbutus Biopharma with a primary focus on Hepatitis B infection also addresses RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics and lipid nanoparticle technology.
The Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program is a one year program that was implemented on June 29, 2016 by the USPTO for accelerated examination of patent applications directed to cancer immunotherapy. This pilot program is an offshoot of the “National Moonshot Initiative” …
Claim construction is a premier step for securing an invention. They should be constructed with clarity and responsibility to minimize or avoid objections in the examination stage. The exclusive right granted to the patent can only be defined by the patent claims. The patent claims consume the maximum chunk of the time frame allocated for a complete specification.
Microsoft, the American Multinational Technology Company is all in the news for its biggest acquisition of LinkedIn. Microsoft has numerous acquisitions till date with a total of 196 acquisitions. Its first acquisition started in 1987 with an average of six companies per year.
Everything is digitalized in the present world, so is the brewing process. Home Brewing machines are box full of technology inventions which attract the patent lovers to explore. Everything runs on the app, it discovers the recipes based on the individual’s taste and preference. It also monitors every phase on the smartphone from mashing stage to fermentation stage.
An inventor is the best person to describe one’s disclosure. What matters is how well the disclosure is comprehendible by a person who wants to know and understand the invention in a simple way. A written description of an invention disclosure to explain the invention is needed. The description is to be simple, comprehendible, technical and within the legal framework.
A Picture speaks a thousand words, but Logos do something more, they define the firm better than anything. It is a symbol created for the purpose of identification. These are simple to look at but have a deep hidden meaning in them. These Logos need a lot of creativity and imagination to design them.
General Motors has secured an Indian patent on a hybrid powertrain control system for vehicles. The patent rights are currently assigned to Daimler AG, Chrysler LLC and others. For more information, click here.
Taking into consideration the Delhi High court’s order staying the abandonment orders passed by the Trademarks Office, the Registrar of Trademarks notified that the abandonment orders are being kept in abeyance. The notice can be accessed here.
The order of the Delhi High Court allows the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to attend to complaints on abuse of dominance of patent rights. The court’s order is with reference to a complaint filed by Micromax and Intex with the CCI against Ericsson. For more information, click here.
Google’s new invention might transform emergency medical services in the near future. The patent unveils a drone with medical support implements such as defibrillators, inhalers, life- saving drugs etc. For more information, click here.
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotions (DIPP) Secretary, Mr. Ramesh Abhishek said that the time taken for examining patent applications would be expedited from the current five-to-seven years to 18 months by March 2018. For more on this promising news, please click here.
According to a recent Reuters report, two Indian generic drug manufacturers – BDR Pharma and Lee Pharma have decided to give up on pursuing their compulsory license applications rejected by the Indian patent office “blaming a lack of government support for cheap generics and pressure from Big Pharma”.
Prometheus brings you some freaky patents for the lazybones in continuation of our series on freaky patents. Do you have any ideas like these patented ideas?!?! Come to Prometheus to get them patented. One can never say which idea will be commercially successful.
Tesla Motors is an American gigantic decade old automotive company that designs, manufactures, and sells luxury electric cars. According to the survey done by the American Nation in 2014, Tesla cars are the most appreciated vehicles of America. In the present world of electric cars, the Tesla competitors are BMW, Mercedes BENZ, Toyota, Nissan, GM and Volkswagen, even apple is said to build electric cars and release in 2019.
In the present generation, the language of Emojis has become an easy and entertaining way to communicate with anyone. This fun to use Emojis was created in 1998 by Shigetaka Kurita, a former employee of Japanese Telecom company, NTT DoCoMo. He was working for the first mobile internet platform called “i-mode”.
MediciNova, a US biopharmaceutical company has been granted a US patent for its new drugs targeting hypertriglyceridemia, hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipoproteinemia. FDA’ has granted fast track designation and Orphan-drug designation for one of these new drugs. For more information, click here.
After Indian Government’s clarification last year that Monsanto’s patent rights over non-hybrid Bt cotton seeds no longer exist, public sector institutes and private seed companies are getting ready to launch non-hybrid Bt cotton seeds (as reported here).
The Indian Patent Office has given an opportunity to the Trademark applicants and their agents to submit a representation by 30 Apr 2016 if they consider that their trademark applications have been erroneously treated as abandoned. For more information, please check here.
In its office order dated 31 March 2016, the Indian Patent Office has stated that an auto-allotment system for allotting patent applications to examiners will be implemented. The order further states that FERs for patent applications will be sent to the applicants or their agents through e-mail only. For more information, please check here.
An invention with or without the knowledge of the inventor may be interfering with the already existing invention. There are certain administrative procedures to have a check and balance to prevent the privilege of an inventor being hijacked.
An opposition proceeding can be defined as an administrative procedure under the jurisdiction of the …
In a scenario where the Indian Government is in a hot seat over its so-called “private assurances” to the US authorities on not issuing any more compulsory licenses, the first-of-its-kind agreement between a Canadian Public Hospital and an American Biotechnology Company allowing “not-for-profit” fair use of gene patents benefitting the public is a welcome news.
Winchester native and inventor Dale E. Van Cor’s newly patented nuts and bolts can now be manufactured right in town at Innovative Machine. This can be achieved through software which would be helpful in threading the nuts and bolts. [More]
Doctors without Borders has challenged Pfizer’s application for an Indian patent for its pneumonia vaccine so cheaper versions can be available to children in poor countries and to humanitarian organizations. [More]
MediciNova has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a pending patent application which covers MN-166 (Ibudilast) for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).[More]
Nano pore sequencing an inexpensive and portable approach to DNA has sparked a legal battle between Illumina, Inc.—which dominates the genetic sequencing industry—sued Oxford Nano pore Technologies, the first company to market a commercial Nano pore platform. [More]
The journey of an inventor begins with an idea and is completed when it becomes an invention. Grooming an idea into an invention involves investing time, money and a gamut of emotions. It is the prerogative of the institution dealing with the grant of patents to ensure a smooth ride for an inventor in fortifying the credentials of the idea into an invention.
In our previous article we discussed about some freaky patents for the fashion freaks and now in this article we are discussing about some seriously funny patents. Do you have any ideas like these patented ideas?!?! Come to Prometheus to get them patented. One can never say which idea will be commercially successful.
Samsung Electronics has acquired a large number of graphene patents with more than 490 followed by China’s Ocean’s King Lighting Science & Technology and IBM Corp. Based on the naming of graphene as skinniest and strong material known, researchers believe its future use to make unbreakable screens for mobile devices [more].
Hepatitis C patients have been protesting for past one week outside India’s patent office in Dwarka against Gilead Sciences and the United States government for forcing the Indian government “to blindly and speedily grant patents”. IPO is in the process of hearing the company’s patent claim on the drug Sovaldi, with an astounding price of $84,000 (about Rs.57 … […]
Researchers from the US Army Armament, Research, Development and Engineering center have lately patented a novel type of bullet, which unlike others is specially designed for self destruction after traveling for a definite distance [more].
In Nashik, grape growers have presented their demands with stress on the need for Rs 40 crore funds for the purpose of importing patent varieties of table grapes. Also, duty waiver on the import of plastic covers to protect vineyards from unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm has been put on demand [more].
The Federal Circuit asserted the US Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to cancel Mr. Scott White’s patent, who claimed that Heinz stole his patented idea for a flexible condiment package referred to as “CondiCup” [more].
A patent for a “Re-configurable Passenger Bench Seat” with adjustable chairs and seatbelts has been submitted to US patent office along with a range of drawings demonstrating three different configurations. The purpose is to accommodate people of all different shapes and sizes [more].
As per the office order dated 19th Feb 2016 issued by the office of the Controller General of Patents, Trademarks and Designs, after having kept in abeyance the guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions have been finalized after having consulted the stakeholders, experts and academic institutions [More]. Our earlier article on draft guidelines with … […]
Immersion Corporation, one of the leaders in developing the touch feedback technology filed a patent infringement complaint against Apple. Inc with US International Trade Commission. The complaint briefly spoke of Apple Inc.’s latest gadgets iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and Apple Watch which have 3D touch technologies being related to the haptic feedback systems, some of whose patents are held by the complainant.
Proa Medical, Inc., has been granted patents in China and Russia for the company’s first product, the Brella Vaginal Retractor. Generally, the company is involved in development of pioneering and practical medical devices with respect to care-technology for women’s health. Earlier on June 9, 2015 Proa Medical was granted a United States patent covering the Brella Vaginal Retractor from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Patents are not all that serious business. Prometheus will bring out a series of articles on freaky patents for our blog readers. Having offbeat ideas like these patented ideas. Come to Prometheus to get them patented. One can never say which idea will be commercially successful.
India had been maintaining a long tradition of entrepreneurship with great entrepreneurs emerging and being successful over more than 100 years who had made waves across the world having started with nothing to making an empire. They have provided motivation and direction for others to achieve goals. Their goals and achievements have demonstrated qualities to be a great teacher and the best leader that inspire and motivate us.
Architectural engineers astonish us with their innovative skills by creating amazing designs. They not only create magnificent exterior/ interior designs but also develop buildings which could stand irrespective of wind, changing weather conditions, time. These architectural buildings become the nation’s valuable economic asset and are very easy to imitate which in turn reduce the value of the design.
James Wolter, a retired professor from Grand Valley State University and avid inventor is also a manifold patent winner, and recently received a second patent on his invention for creating a sustainable way to use energy. All his work is aimed at creating healthier energy, with efficient employment and making it more accessible to people … […]
The German inventor of the synchronized camera flash, Artur Fischer, who registered more than 1,100 patents in his lifetime thus beating Thomas Edison passed away in Germany on January 27th, 2016 at the age of 96 years. As per The New York Times, Fischer obtained a patent for the synchronized flash system in 1947 that was … […]
Lilly has lost the latest round in an enduring legal fight over patents casing the administration of vitamins in conjunction with its epic lung cancer drug, Alimta (pemexetred). According to UK High Court, Lilly’s Alimta vitamin regimen patent would not be infringed by Allergan marketing its drug in the UK, France, Italy and Spain with … […]
As per the leading international authority on the disease, the involved cost of revolutionary and immensely expensive new cancer drugs could be reduced by governments by lengthening the involved patents. Dr Vishva Dixit stated on a visit to Dublin, that the cost of potentially lifesaving treatments should not be an obstruction to access.[more]
A patent involving CRISPR has been issued to a biotech startup, Caribou Biosciences in Berkeley, which was co-founded by Jennifer Doudna. The University of California, Berkeley, scientist stated that the CRISPR was invented along with French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier, and the claim was disputed by rival researcher, Feng Zhang of the Broad Institute and the … […]
Applied BioCode announced on February 9th, 2016 the grant of US Patent 9255922 from United Stated Patent and Trademark Office. Briefly, the granted patent describes the material and method of a digital barcode, and the specialty of which being 1,000 times smaller than the conventional barcodes. The digital barcode is mainly employed for simultaneous identification of thousands of bacteria, viruses, pathogens, or biomarkers.
On 11th of February 2016, Integral Molecular, Inc. announced the issuance of two key patents in Europe and the U.S, respectively. Integral Molecular, Inc. is a leader in membrane protein antibody discovery and the issuance of patents, EP166038 and US9213027, has further strengthened the company’s rapidly expanding patent portfolio for its Lipoparticle technology.
Are you getting a Tattoo done? Looking for a design? Think before you copy a design for your tattoo, as Tattoos do have copyrights. Yes, you read it right! Copyright issues are present while dealing with Tattoos unless they are custom made exclusively for you by the artist. These custom made Tattoos of yours are the Intellectual Property of the artist.
According to the Law, “Copyright protects original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form of expression” and this also includes SKIN.
Nobilis Therapeutics, a biotechnology company specializing in clinical development involving medical inventions which are noble-gas based filed a patent involving its proprietary drug NDTX-001. The drug is expected to inhibit neuroinflammation. [More]
A divisional patent application filed by GSK at the Kolkata patent office was rejected on the grounds that composition, manufacturing method, its use and method of treatment falls within the definition of single inventive concept. The authority also alleged that the claims of the divisional application were similar to that of the mother application. [More]
A drug named Orfadin® (nitisinone) an oral suspension formulation for the treatment of Hereditary Tyrosinaemia type-1 (HT-1) has been granted a patent by the EPO. Hereditary Tyrosinaemia type-1 (HT-1) is a rare genetic disease affecting children. [More]
A patent application by the Khan Academy in the US has raised serious doubts regarding the patentability of teaching methods. The online education academy has filed an application for patenting their educational videos. [More]
Ace filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has been sued by being accused for stealing the plot of the much acclaimed and one of the highest grosser movies Django Unchained. A father and son duo has sued the filmmaker by accusing of lifting their project “Freedom”. [More]
“Project Wing” announced in August 2014 is Google’s secretive drone delivery project for saving the articles securely. The delivery receptacle is designed to take the package and deposit it into a safe location or a storage area. [More]
Two additional patents US 9,184,463 (Ohlsen et al) and US 9,112,215 (Cross et al) have been awarded to Neah Power Systems, Inc. by USPTO. It’s a proud moment for the company which is a budding leader in the field of fuel cell-based power solutions and rechargeable lithium battery storage solutions for various arenas of defense, commercial, and consumer applications.
The basis to the current IP protection lies in the international conventions. The industrial revolution (1760 to around 1840) paved the way for new methodologies and ideas in the industrial sector. This lead to plethora of inventions especially in the field of science and technology. This prompted the need to protect the inventions across the countries.
Cartoons have always been an inspiration for kids. In India, one among the the most watched cartoon series is Chota Bheem, which is used on most of the products used by kids. Chota Bheem has been developed by GreenGold Animations Pvt Ltd. The other characters developed by GreenGold are Mighty Raju, Arjun, Luv Khush, Chorr Police, Krishna and Krishna Balram.
The very novel patent entitled “Athletic performance user interface”, is going to impart a coach under the wearer’s feet in terms of developing a smart shoe by possessing the ability of measuring one’s athletic performance. It is proposed that the shoe will be equipped with sensors to help measure things such as speed, acceleration, direction of … […]
Horizon Pharma has announced receiving of a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for U.S. patent application number 14/816,674 (U.S. publication number 2015-0335605), entitled “Methods of Therapeutic Monitoring of Nitrogen Scavenging Drugs”. The patent covers Horizon’s U.S. approved medicine RAVICTI® (Glycerol Phenylbutyrate) Oral Liquid. The notice states the substantive examination … […]
Earlier this year, Beijing Key Industry IP Operations Fund and Sichuan IP Operations Fund were jointly funded by Chinese central and local governments which will lead to the emergence of new phase of knowledge-based economy seem as beneficial for intellectual property [more].
According to the latest intellectual property rankings, Apple has been awarded 1,938 U.S. patents in 2015 thus placing it at No. 11 with respect to newly earned inventions. In the top was perennial intellectual property leader IBM, which was awarded 7,355 patents in 2015 and the second place holder was Samsung, with 5,072 U.S. patents … […]
Release of suit against AngioDynamics was not declared by a Delaware district court judge over patents for devices installed below the skin for effortlessness drug delivery. C.R. Bard Inc. stated that AngioDynamics had infringed on patents issued in 2013 and 2014 and AngioDynamics further added the claims as ineligible to be patented due to loss of description … […]
IIa Technologies Pte Ltd, a synthetic diamond manufacturing company co-founded by Mumbai-based Vishal Mehta is facing litigation from De Beers subsidiary and accused by Element Six Technologies Ltd, for alleged infringement of its patents for proprietary synthetic diamond products. The infringing company was able to produce purest and rarest form of diamond – called type … […]
Illumina, an American company announced on 7th January 2016 that it has filed two patent infringements lawsuits against five companies in Europe over their use of noninvasive prenatal tests. In the lawsuit, Illumina claims violation of its intellectual property protections.
Illumina’s profile: The American company was founded in April 1998 by David Walt, Larry Bock, John Stuelpnagel, Anthony Czarnik, and Mark Chee with the headquarters located in San Diego, California.
The manhandling of a long piece of cloth draped over a royal lady lead to war in the age old epic Mahabharata. A long fabric made up of cotton, silk, crepe, nylon, chiffon and a whole lot of others; available in various colours when draped artistically in a set pattern is a saree.
The word saree (originated from Sanskrit word sati or sattika meaning a long piece of cloth) is pronounced in many ways all across South Asia where it is primarily used as attire.
It was on January 7th 2016, that Gen9, an established company involved in DNA synthesis and assembly technology announced the issuance of four innovative U.S. patents in the ending of 2015. The patents are related to gene synthesis and synthetic biology technologies. It is quite understandable that the awarded patents have further added feathers of success to Gen9’s already extensive intellectual property portfolio encompassing more than 100 patents and with many patents pending.
The concept of trade dress is in the development stage in India. Its meaning has now begun to expand, beyond the traditional forms of trade dress to the more nontraditional ones like cover design of a magazine, design of a door knob, appearance of a water meter or a lamp, design of a sports shoe, distinctive performing style of a rock music group, etc. As such, it comprises nontraditional trademarks based upon sound, texture, three dimensional shape, taste and smell and the following: color marks, sound marks, smell / scent / olfactory marks, shape marks, moving Image marks, holograms, gesture marks, taste marks / gustatory marks, feel marks / tactile marks, celebrity marks, digital marks. The statute, however, has yet to specifically recognize these forms.
Iowa State University has been granted 31 patents in 2014 and coupled with the University of South Carolina and the University of Arkansas on the list of top 100 universities around the world granted utility patents. As per the president, Steven Leath, an extensive assortment of “technology transfer” is involved in the 31 patents [more].
3M has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Xpel Technologies Corp., a San Antonio-based company that deals with manufacturing of films to protect auto paint and headlights. It has been alleged in the lawsuit that Xpel’s XPF paint protection film infringes on one of the 3M patents [more].
SBFM has obtained all of the outstanding rights, title and interest in entirely all worldwide patents for the Company’s Adva-27a anticancer compound. The Patent Purchase Agreement affords SBFM with direct ownership of all issued and pending Adva-27a related patents [more].
In December 2015, Microsoft sued Corel over infringement of nine of its patents. Some of Corel’s applications such as Corel Write and Corel Calculate are using Microsoft’s patented technologies as per Microsoft. One of the patents was a software slider that enables users to quickly zoom-in and zoom-out [more].
The company has been granted a US patent for its method of detecting fragments of chromosomes, known as nucleosomes, circulating in the blood, which indicates that cancer is present. The patent number is 9222937 for the “Method for Detecting Nucleosomes” and it runs to August 2032 [more].
The biopharmaceutical company has attained an elite worldwide license to several patents from the nonprofit Research Development Foundation (RDF), and the company develops gene therapy treatments for congestive heart failure and other chronic diseases. Along with group of patents, Renova Therapeutics’ has expanded its portfolio in the cardiovascular and metabolic disease space, thus imparting future … […]
The granted US patents defend the company’s own 4D respiratory tracking technology, which permits its SPiN Thoracic Navigation System in efficiently tracking a patient’s respiration during navigational procedures. Veran CEO Jason Pesterfield stated that the patented technology (new software) will fundamentally assist lung specialists in targeting solitary pulmonary nodules (SPN’s) and more quickly diagnose patients with … […]
The Indian Patent Office issued an order notifying changes in the numbering system of patent applications and Request for examinations with effect from the newyear. This change is to streamline and standardise the extant numbering system. A copy of the notice can be accessed here.
Pinnacle Spine Group received a patent entitled “Intervertebral Implants and Related Tools,” which is third in the series casing the company’s InFill fusion technology on 22nd December 2015. On an introductory note, Pinnacle Spine Group was established with the “goal of developing innovative medical devices, conceived in the operating room, for surgical procedures of the spine”.
Two United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patents have been granted to AlloSource on Dec. 29th 2015 for cartilage repair allografts. AlloSource is one of the principal providers of cartilage, cellular, bone, skin and soft-tissue allografts, which are importantly employed in surgical procedures and for wound care to advance the process of healing in patients.
India based Natco Pharma Ltd. and its US partner, Allergan, Plc, on 23 Dec 2015, announced the out-of-court settlement of the ongoing patent litigation in US courts with Celgene, an American biotechnology company, over generic Lenalidomide (Brand name- Revlimid).
USPTO had issued Patent 5,718,632 in 1998, on a method for avoiding “unnecessary wastage of time” in video games. The patent expired on November 27, which has finally generated immense excitement for the game players and has left inspiration for Loading Screen Jam, the place where developers craft their own loading screen games [more].
As per Google’s patent statement, the device possesses the ability to send an abrupt surge of gas that will provide enough momentum to pierce leading to ‘micro-emergence’ of blood into the barrel [more].
The merger, announced in early December, union between two of America’s largest, oldest and most research-oriented organizations and they are set to make huge waves in agriculture, materials and plastics sectors. Before the developments start to happen, DowDuPont will be for a succinct moment be one of the world’s intellectual property powerhouses with respect to … […]
Nobel Biocare had filed a patent infringement lawsuit, claiming that the implants which were imported from Brazil possessed “striking similarities” to the design of its NobelActive implants, which it launched in 2008 and in March 2014, Neodent had launched its line of Drive CM dental implants in the U.S [more].
Drug firm Suven Life Sciences has been granted a patent each by Eurasia, Europe, Israel and Macau for a drug used in the treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases. As of now, with the new patents, Suven has a total of 15 granted patents from Eurasia, 18 from Europe, 8 from Israel and 5 from Macau [more].
Natco Pharma Ltd and its partner Alvogen Inc. have settled a patent infringement case with US drug maker Gilead Sciences Inc., and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd and Genentech Inc., thus clearing the way into the world’s largest pharmaceutical market for the Indian drug maker in terms of launching generic versions of anti-influenza … […]
A Canadian patent has been granted to Regenerative medicine company, Orthocell Limited for Canadian Patent Application No. 2685146 entitled “Tenocyte containing bioscaffolds and treatments using the same” and the announcement was made on 9th Dec. 2015, Perth, Australia. The patent granted covers the combination of bio-scaffolds and tenocytes, the cells that make up healthy tendons for tendon regeneration.
Scientists including Lanying Du, Ph.D.; Francesca Curreli, Ph.D.; Beth Shaz, M.D.; Christopher D. Hillyer, M.D.; Asim K. Debnath, Ph.D.; Sara Lustigman, Ph.D. from the New York Blood Center (NYBC) have been honored with several new patents in 2014 / 15 for numerous projects that are intended to preserve the U.S. blood supply and advance vaccine therapies …
Property emanates from the concept of ownership and possession. It is important as it has a great value. Property is also referred to as a bundle of legal rights but does not have any specific definition. Many versions are there from scientists, lawyers, philosophers, academicians etc for defining the term.
Bacteria of the genus Methylobacterium are, in general, pink-pigmented and are also known as pink-pigmented facultative methylotrophs (PPFM). They utilize reduced one-carbon compounds, such as methanol or methane, as their carbon source. PPFM found on plant leaf surfaces utilize the methanol released by the growing plant cells.
The concept of commercial courts – a dedicated fora aimed at resolving complex commercial disputes between parties – is an idea that has merit in its own right. This can be seen from the fact that around the world, many nations have adopted commercial courts as a means to ensure speedy delivery of justice in commercial cases.
Imagine a world where we had to share our cup with others in public, like, at office, theatre. This was exactly the thought of a man named Lawrence Luellen, a boston lawyer and inventor. In the beginning of 20th century, people drinking water from a fountain, barrel, or well, passed around a cup of metal, wood, or ceramic. Luellen, one among them, was bothered about the health hazards resulting from the usage of common cup by everyone.
Coffee is the most popular beverage consumed around the world. It was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th century and spread to the other countries eventually. Though it was high at its popularity in the 19th century, the brewing of coffee was however a very time consuming process.
Subsequently, it was Pier Teresio Arduino who had found a method for brewing which did not depend on steam. He was a smart businessman…
OptiBiotix Health plc, a life sciences business, which develops compounds to tackle obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes, has proclaimed filing of two new patents covering its cholesterol reducing product thus making a hike in the number of patents from nine to eleven.
A deal in the form of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Pakistan Customs and Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) has been made to permit IPO acquire online data for execution of actions taken by the Pakistan Customs against illegal movement of goods imported or exported.
United Cannabis Corporation has pushed provisional patent application to the next phase in terms of filing a utility patent application and PCT application with the USPTO with respect to unique combinations of pharmaceutically active cannabinoids employed for the treatment of disorders of the nervous system, immune system and cancer
Cancer Genetics Inc., a budding leader in DNA-based cancer diagnostics, proclaimed receiving a third US patent covering FHACT (US patent number 9,157,129), its proprietary FISH (fluorescent in situ hybridization) based HPV associated cancer test and the granted patent is part of a sequence of patents received for FHACT that provide protections for CGI’s proprietary capabilities … […]
Rubicon Genomics Inc. has emerged as a world leader with respect to preparation and selling of kits and reagents that speed up genomic analysis, including DNA sequencing, with applications for gene-based research, drug development and diagnostics after going through a tough time in the recent past.
An USPTO patent has been granted to Regulus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company which leads the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs (miR) on 12 November 2015. The patent is related to Regulus’ most advanced two microRNA therapeutics, RG-101(GalNAc-conjugated anti-miR-122 being developed to treat HCV…
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a key patent to Mesoblast Limited (ASX:MSB) (USOTC:MBLTY) casing employment of the Company’s proprietary adult Mesenchymal Precursor Cells (MPCs) for the formation and repair of blood vessels in ischemic tissues. The announcement about the recent patent grant was made on Oct. 27th 2015.
Google has filed a patent application with USPTO for microelectrode arrays that have applications in the field of Optogenetics. Optogenetics combines the use of optics and genetics to control and monitor well-defined events within living cells. It involves the use of light to stimulate light responsive proteins that are expressed in specific cells. Optogenetics was hailed as the “method of the year” …
Patent filing by research institutes promotes their research works actively to the public domain. Since the patents can be licensed, it is therefore possible to derive financial value from them for conducting further researches. As the innovations evolving from institutes come out of strong fundamental knowledge, it is highly recommended to secure the same.
The most important entry that a startup needs to add to its to-do list is “File Patents”. Patents are very important for individual inventors and startups, since they play a key role when it comes to aiming at a large recognition in initial stages.
In another perspective, patent is also an additional tool in order to set up a business based around the invention…
A Patent drawing should be able to disclose the invention unambiguously. Not all inventors are good illustrators, so it’s necessary to hire an illustrator for the Patent drawings who have an expertise. A Good Illustrator is as much required as a well depicted drawing for a Patent Application.
Prometheus is benefited with a team of illustrators who have an expertise over the years.
As part of the agreement, Ranbaxy along with its partners Cipher Pharm and Galephar Pharma, has entered into a non-exclusive license agreement with Actavis under the Dublin-headquartered company may start selling its generic version of Absorica in the US on 27 December 2020 (nine months before the expiration of the patents in September 2021) or … […]
In a relief for US drug major Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), Delhi High Court restrained Indian firm Glenmark Pharmaceuticals from manufacturing and selling its anti-diabetes drugs Zita and Zita-Met, saying it has infringed patent of the American company.
Apple Inc could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury on Tuesday found the iPhone maker used technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s licensing arm without permission in chips found in many of its most popular devices.
The Open Invention Network – led by IBM, Google and 5 others – seeks a patent “no-fly zone” for open-source software. The consortium, known as the Open Invention Network, is dedicated to protecting a mode of collaborative invention. Specifically, it tries to safeguard the Linux open-source software ecosystem—software that’s written collaboratively and distributed for free—from … […]
A $600 million patent licensing dispute over the use of Botox to treat migraine headaches has been resolved in Allergan PLC’s favor with a U.S. judge scolding Miotox LLC for making “tedious and convoluted” arguments to prove its case.
Inform Genomics, Inc., a privately held company that utilizes a proprietary analytic platform to develop genomic-based, precision medicine products announced that the Company has filed a patent for systems and methods for predicting treatment outcomes from chemotherapy.
One of the world’s leading aeroplane manufacturers has come up with a radical new seat design -with split-level seating inside the cabin. The arrangement proposed by Airbus designers would be used in a premium cabin such as business class with rows in the middle section alternating between floor level and an elevated level that is … […]
Almac Discovery, a research driven oncology company that is dedicated to the discovery and development of novel and innovative approaches to the treatment of cancer, has announced that it has been granted patent protection (Patent Number 2040728) for its novel therapeutic drug, ALM201, in Europe, one of the largest Biopharmaceutical markets in the world. This … […]
Sandoz, a Novartis company and the global leader in biosimilars, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted its Biologics License Application (BLA) under the 351 (k) pathway for its proposed biosimilar to Amgen’s US-licensed Enbrel® (etanercept) – a tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) inhibitor.
“Can the genes be patented or not has been pondered since the commencement of the Human Genome Project. Numerous questions about whether discovery of a gene is sufficient to claim an invention and whether gene patents promote or asphyxiate research and the clinical use of genomics have been lifted up since then. In a landmark … […]
Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) withdrew its opposition to the patent application for Gilead Pharmasset’s Hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir, marketed as Sovaldi, after the latter entered into a voluntary licensing agreement with 11 companies to sell the generic version at a lower price.
The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2015, released yesterday, saw India ranked a disappointing 81 out of the 141 countries surveyed. Topping the list for the 5th year running is Switzerland, followed by UK and Sweden.
Tara Alvarez, a professor of biomedical engineering at NJIT, will receive an Edison Patent Award later this year from the Research & Development Council of New Jersey for a novel test she and a colleague designed to help eye doctors predict how well their patients will adapt to progressive lenses.
The USPTO has launched two new programs aimed at improving patent quality by joining forces with the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) or the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) at the initial stages of the patent examination process.
In a commendable initiative, world’s first comprehensive open database on curcumin has been created by Indian scientists from Kolkata with an aim to create substitutional innovation strategy and generate public awareness. The Curcumin Resource Database (CRDB) or portal is a collaborative effort of the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G), Institute of Advanced Study on Science … […]
Software patentability and the rules associated with it suffer from the lack of uniformity and subsequent ambiguity across the globe. The USA, Singapore and Australia to name a few have encouraged software patentability by granting liberal patents, Europe in general has been opposing on the ground that they are based on established mathematical formulas and … […]
The emblematic, soft hearted-cheesy-sugar syrupy filled rasgulla has again become a victim of a bitter debate with respect to its origin and continues to bamboozle its admirers. Both Odisha and West Bengal have been making claims over the origin of the delicacy and attempting to get the geographical indication tag for this mouthwatering sweet. The … […]
The Delhi high court issued notice to the Government of India on Sep 1st 2015, in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) on working of patents filed by eminent IP professional, Shamnad Basheer and the matter is now listed for November 17th. The PIL was filed based on the outcome of a survey undertaken … […]
India denied the patent for Pfizer on tofacitinib (a rheumatoid arthritis drug). The reason cited was the inability of the company to establish a more active therapeutic efficacy than the active compound.
The patent office guidelines issued have divided the software industry. Some say since the software as in algorithms and computer programmes are protected under copyright it is not essential to patent them whereas the other group says patents are necessary to deter the clone companies.
Suven Life Sciences had announced the grant of five patents in various countries. These patents include the class of selective 5 HT (Hydroxytryptamine) compounds relating to the treatment of cognitive impairment leading to neurodegenerative diseases
Forum shopping in a legal context refers to the strategy of a plaintiff to have his suit filed in a particular court or jurisdiction where he feels that he will receive the most favorable judgment or order. Forum shopping occurs when a plaintiff seeks to bypass the natural forum for a dispute, and is motivated … […]
Patent can be defined as a right granted to the owner of an invention that prevents others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without his permission. Such a privilege is granted as a reward for giving a technical solution to a problem. Grant of a patent involves a huge task for the inventor … […]
A recently published report in Azonano.com dated 13th September 2015, states development of a breakthrough device that can significantly reduce the cost of sophisticated lab tests for medical disorders and diseases and glorified credit goes to engineers from Rutgers School of Engineering, New Jersey. As proposed, the medical device could reduce cost of sophisticated tests … […]
The much awaited patent from Google about the self-driving car has been published today. This talks about the driving control that shuttles between the self-driving car and the drivers. The Google’s Self-Driving car, a project by GOOGLE X involves the technology which aids in developing autonomous cars and the software instigated is called “Google Chauffeur”. … […]
Daniel Gurney has done it again. The former racing car driver who has won at Sports car, Formula one, NASCAR and Indy car is also a car manufacturer and team owner. He was the one who started the tradition of spraying champagne while celebrating at the podium and also who placed a simple right angle … […]
In one of the most high profile celebrity cases filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma and his production house have been fined a sum of INR 10 lakhs for remaking the blockbuster “SHOLAY” thus mounting to copyright violation.
The Indian Patent Office has invited applications for the Trade Marks Agent Examination 2015 to be held shortly. The last date for receipt of the applications is 7th Sep 2015. After scrutiny of the applications, the IPO would post the list of eligible candidates and the date of the written exam and interview on or … […]
The Controller General has issued an order affirming that for examination of patent applications relating to the field of computer related inventions (CRIs), under Section 3(k) of the Patents Act, the provisions of Guidelines for examination of CRIs are applicable with immediate effect.
The Indian Patent Office has recently issued a clarification on the Designs Act, 2000. The circular states that for registration of designs, one application would suffice for any one or all of the articles that are categorised under the same class, irrespective of the sub classes. For more information, please check out the circular in … […]
Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued to the Company patent 9,096,827 titled “Adherent Cells From Placenta Tissue and Use Thereof in Therapy”. The patent protects specific methods of culturing placental adherent stromal cells, and use of these cells for … […]
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has recently granted US Patent No. 9080184 entitled “Transgenic Therapeutic Stem Cells and Methods for Their Use and Manufacture” to Stemedica Cell Technologies Inc. This patent contains extra amount of human granulyotic colony thus offering neuroprotection as well as neurogenesis.
The company claims that the claimed water soluble fertilizer which being a clean technology addresses the concerns about the toxicity, safety and the environment issues facing the world and thus is a decent replacement to the synthetic fertilizers.
The FDA has finally approved the little pink pill to help women boost their sex drive. The approval came on the 18th of August. Flibanserin with a dosage of 100mg developed by Sprout pharmaceuticals Inc. will be sold as Addyi. It is intended for the treatment of women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, HSDD. … […]
The successful transition into the post TRIPS era led to the mushrooming of ideas into business models thus creating a whole lot of opportunities and also wealth. The term Business Methods can be defined as an abstract representation of an organization as it involves whole gamut of activities in a commercial or industrial enterprise relating … […]
It was on August 20, 2015, that Caprotec Bioanalytics, GmbH proclaimed issue of patent by United States Patent Office (No. US 9,034,789) entitled “Capture Compounds, Collections Thereof and Methods for Analyzing the Proteome and Complex Compositions” on ground-breaking Capture Compound Mass Spectrometry (CCMS) technology. Caprotec, founded in 2007 by serial entrepreneur Prof. Hubert Koester is … […]
India’s compulsory licensing policy, though TRIPS compliant, has come under scathing attack from many quarters of developed countries, mainly attributed to the pressure from big pharma lobbies based in those countries. India granted its first compulsory license in Mar 2012 to NATCO Pharma Ltd., a generic drug manufacturer, to produce Nexaver, an anticancer drug patented … […]
Apple is always ahead with new design patents. This time it’s for the exclusive Apple Watch Presentation tables. This includes two varieties of tables for displaying the Apple watches to the customers.
The FDA has approved the world’s first 3D printed drug for the treatment of epilepsy. The new drug, Spritam, was developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals to control seizures brought on by epilepsy. The 3D technology allows Spritam (levetiracetam) to have higher manufacturing precision thus accommodating a higher dose almost upto 1000 mg in each tablet. As … […]
India successfully protected its traditional knowledge by stalling a leading UK-based laboratory’s move to patent a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss.
The UK-based company – Pangaea Laboratories Limited – had filed the patent application in February, 2011. The Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) could manage to prove the European Patent Office (EPO) that turmeric, pine bark and green tea have been used since time immemorial as an effective treatment for hair loss in the indigenous systems like Ayurveda and Unani.
Yoga is an ancient Hindu philosophical, spiritual and physical practice which combines body movements and fixed postures with meditation, spiritual, and holistic exercises was developed nearly 5000 years ago in India. The Indian government has decided to shortlist around 1500 asanas creating a digital video database of the poses in an effort to thwart copyright … […]
Once again in the successful row of winning patent battles based on traditional knowledge, India has attained global attention as an Indian public sector laboratory from Bhavnagar has gained victory over an exceptional patent battle on a method of producing iodized salt against a huge multi-national company, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL). Both in a humble … […]
Patient organizations gained a victory in their fight for access to medicines as Roche’s patent on Valganciclovir, an antiviral medication was revoked by the Chennai Patent Office. But this long drawn fight is not a clear victory since the patent term expired almost simultaneously. Background: Roche filed a patent application (959/MAS/1995) with the Indian Patent … […]
The Indian Patent Office in a verdict on July 1, 2015, for the second time, rejected Swiss drug maker Roche’s patent claims on Valganciclovir or Valcyte, used to treat an eye infection, which commonly affects patients suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The decision was made mainly on grounds of “obviousness” and Sec 3(d) … […]
Indian medical innovation is over again in glare of publicity in biotechnology sector as a leader in stem cell therapy and the credit goes to Dr Geeta Shroff, Founder and Medical Director, Nutech Mediworld in being granted 66th patent on ground breaking human embryonic stem cell technology to treat incurable diseases in Malaysia. Earlier in … […]
Gaining an insight into Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) database will make one realize the magnitude and significance of Indian traditional medicinal system and heritage. Since primeval time, India has possessed an affluent traditional knowledge, which refers to knowledge inherent in aboriginal communities on diverse ways and means practiced to treat diseases, which have distressed … […]
The Delhi High Court in its interim order dated 17th July 2015, disposed off the appeal filed by Glenmark against the interim injunction awarded by a single judge of the Delhi High Court on 19th Jan 2015. The 19th Jan 2015 interim injunction restrained Glenmark from making linezolid on the ground that it violated Symed’s … […]
As per Thomson Reuter’s analysis of global patents, the life sciences industry is attaining increasing succession over technology-based sectors in terms of driving global innovation. The year 2014 has been full of patents application and successful grants than any other year in the history. This reflects the ingenious nature of civilization with relevance to few … […]
Suven Life Sciences Ltd. from Hyderabad had announced the grant of one product patent from Mexico (No: 325948 and Title: Bicyclic compounds as ligands of the nicotinic receptor beta 2 acetylcholine alpha 4) and one product patent from Singapore (No: 180674 and Title: Bicyclic compounds as alpha-4-beta-2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor ligands) that cover New Chemical … […]
Genome editing, also referred to as genome editing with engineered nucleases (GEEN) is a category of genetic engineering, in which DNA is inserted, replaced, or removed from a genome using artificially engineered nucleases, or “molecular scissors.” The nucleases create specific double-stranded break (DSBs) at desired locations in the genome, and harness the cell’s endogenous mechanisms … […]
In a case reflecting the sorry state of affairs with respect to patent prosecution in India, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) had set aside the order passed by the Delhi Patent Office refusing patent to Pfizer’s anti-psychotic drug. Pfizer’s patent application (No. 1154/DEL/1997) was directed to Ziprasidone mesylate trihydrate for treatment of psychotic disorders. … […]
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson, has announced an expanded policy on improved accessibility of medicines in which the geographic scope of its earlier 2012 policy of waiving enforcement of patent rights for pediatric formulations of Darunavir, is expanded. This expansion includes many low and middle income countries including India, Pakistan and … […]
Indus Foundation, a registered non-profit trust for promoting healthcare in India is organizing three summits viz. Indo-Global Pharma Expo and Summit 2015, Indo-Global Medical Expo and Summit 2015 and Indo-Global Healthcare Expo and Summit 2015, from July 23 to July 26, 2015 at Hyderabad. Indus Foundation is organizing this summit in association with Federation of … […]
COEO Labs, a medical technology startup, based in Bangalore has filed patent application for protecting an automated tracheal secretion management device, VAPCare that is developed by the company. The medical device is designed to prevent ventilation associated pneumonia in patients under critical care.
Suven Life Sciences Ltd., from Hyderabad, specializing in research on new drug candidates for central nervous system (CNS) disorders had procured two new product patents – one from the European patent office (EPO) and another from Hongkong. Both the patents claim drug compounds (New Chemical Entities- NCEs) targeting a serotonin receptor that modulates the release … […]
The Indian Patent Office has refused patent to Wyeth, a group company of Pfizer Inc., in response to representation for Pre-grant opposition filed by Fresenius Kabi (formerly Dabur Pharma Ltd.). The pre-grant opposition is against a divisional patent application filed by Wyeth (1155/KOLNP/2007) claiming stable parenteral formulations having a rapamycin hydroxyester (CCI-779). The grounds for … […]
In response to clubbing India with other countries in the “Priority watch list” of special 301 report released by USTR, the Commerce and Industry Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman stated that India will keep its national interest in mind while framing the new IPR policy and will not respond to outside pressure. She also stated that the … […]
Google has announced a “Patent purchase promotion” initiative that is an experimental marketplace for patents. Google would open a streamlined portal from May 8, 2015 to May 22, 2015 through which patent holders can submit offers for selling their patents to google. The patent holders can set the price and by June 26, 2015, google … […]
GVK Biosciences, a contract research organization that conducts clinical trials for many reputed generic manufacturers in India and foreign countries is facing rough weather following the harsh recommendations made by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The trouble started for GVK last May when ANSM, the French drug regulatory agency alleged data manipulation of “check-out ECGs” … […]
Stempeutics Research, a stem cell research company having facilities in India as well as in Malaysia has obtained a Chinese patent (Chinese Application No. CN 201080053627) for its lead product-Stempeucel. The company has obtained patent rights in US as well (US 8956862) for the same technology. Stempeutics Research is the first company in the world … […]