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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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…
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…
“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 … […]
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 … […]
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”. … […]
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.
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 … […]
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. … […]
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 … […]
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 … […]