01 Sep 2016

This morning, when I opened my inbox, one email in particular surprised me. The email contained our first ever “e-certificate” for a trademark application filed just about one year ago! In the past, such prompt action by Indian IP Offices was almost unheard of. But clearly, the technology-enabled procedural changes introduced over the past year or so have begun to bear fruit.>>

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31 May 2016

There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur in India than in the past three or four years. Thousands of start-ups are burgeoning, offering solutions that help improve different facets of life. It is perhaps natural for entrepreneurs to marshal their limited resources (both money and people) and focus on solution creation, business development and securing funding. But it is important for them to realize that in a hyper-competitive environment, others may come up with their own solution ideas and unless the first-mover acts quickly to protect its IP, the risk always exists that their innovation may be deliberately or unwittingly copied, thereby compromising the entire business.>>

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30 May 2016

The Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) vide its notification dated 16th May 2016 has published the Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016 (hereafter the Rules) and the same has been made effective from the date of publication. The amendments have overhauled the existing Rules, mostly to push forward the Patent Office as well as Applicants, for reducing the time taken for examination of patent applications and overall time consumed in granting of a Patent in India. The Rules have also introduced special provisions for facilitating startups, which are in tune with the new National IPR policy.>>

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17 May 2016

With the objective of stimulating India’s intellectual property rights (IPR) system to make it more dynamic, vibrant and responsive to the growing push being given to innovation and entrepreneurship, the Union Cabinet has approved the National IPR Policy on 12th May 2016. This was announced via a press release dated 13th May 2016.  >>

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07 Apr 2016

The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademark of India (CG) vide its notification dated 4th April 2016 has given an opportunity to all Applicants and authorised Agents of Trademark Applications which were recently abandoned by the Indian Trademark (TM) Registry to (re)submit their responses or make submissions (where response was not submitted earlier) by 30th April 2016.>>

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28 Oct 2015

Software Patenting has always been somewhat of a mystery in India. Confusion and misunderstanding have prevailed across not only Indian software experts but also amongst Indian Patent Attorneys and Indian Patent Examiners. There have been some guidelines for examination of Software patents in the past; however, they did not help much because those guidelines did not provide explicit criteria to identify and distinguish what did not fall under the ambit of “software patent”.>>

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10 Aug 2015

Recently, while speaking at the convocation ceremony at Indian Institute of Science, (IISc) Bangalore, unarguably one of India’s most prestigious institutions, Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys, touched upon something that made many people uncomfortable. He asked if India’s premier academic institutions (specifically the IISc and IITs) had contributed in making our society and the world a better place? He did not shy away from asking directly if there was one invention from India that had become a household name across the globe.>>

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08 Jul 2015

Why organisations & celebrities are afraid of this domain!                                                                                                               During a recent trip to San Diego for one of the world’s biggest IP conferences, I, alongside of over 10k IP lawyers from over 100 countries, came across a newly launched gTLD (generic top level domain) named .sucks. The unique launch campaign which involved mainly students who stood around the city holding banners with just .sucks written on it and giving away condoms in nicely wrapped packets with .sucks printed on the wrapper. Mobile signage vans making the rounds across the city captured people’s attention and the curiosity grew because all the signage said was .sucks>>

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