07 Sep 2018

The Ministry of Civil Aviation of Government of India on 27th August 2018 issued Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for drones announced as Drone Regulations 1.0.  This Requirements would be effective from 1st December 2018.  The purpose of this regulation is to enable safe and commercial usage of civil drones, and is titled “Requirements for operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).  The erstwhile position of the Government by a notice dated 7th October 2014 was that Drones were banned.  Thereafter, draft of the drone Requirements was issued by DGCA on 21/04/2016 and thereafter on 01/11/2017.  With this Civil Aviation Requirements, private and commercial operation of drones are legal with a “No permission, no take off” policy.>>

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27 Nov 2015

Women form a significant portion of the workforce, especially in IT/ITES and BT companies. This is undoubtedly a good thing, as it allows skilled talent to be productive and contribute to India’s GDP. To retain women employees, companies in these industries offer flexible work hours and various other amenities such as crèches and on-campus supermarkets. To facilitate the growth of these industries in Bangalore and elsewhere in the state, the Government of Karnataka exempted companies in these sectors from the generally-applicable restrictions on employing women in night shifts so long as the companies provide transport to women employees and take other measures to protect women’s safety.>>

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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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