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7 Best Inventions of 2017

As the world took another 365 days journey to come out better and smarter, here’s a look at some of the top inventions that soared high and made it to the list of best inventions of 2017: VR That Can Be Tasted From audio-visual experiences, VR goes beyond and is soon to touch other senses, including taste. You read that […]

Trade Marks Rules, 2017: A friendly initiative by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

In March 2017, The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in India brought into force the much awaited Trade Marks Rules, 2017 overhauling the 2002 rules. While the primary purpose of the modification… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from http://creative-commons-images.com/handwriting/t/trademark.html) *** In March 2017, The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in India brought into force the much awaited […]

TTAB Shows Red Light To Yellow Color As Trademark

Could Pablo Picasso sue Claude Monet for using his signature melancholy blue color? Colors can make people think or feel in a certain way about a product. They can be associated with products in a literal or an abstract way to produce certain psychological effects. Most of us… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/p-497004/?no_redirect) *** […]

Trademark Win for Taj Mahal Hotel over Copyright

The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai earned its trademark in June 2017, making the 114-year-old building the first in India to earn such a registration. The hotel has been a defining structure of Mumbai’s skyline and has now joined the elite and small club of trademarked properties in the… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taj_Mahal_Hotel_Mumbai_Bombay.jpg) *** […]

Finding Prior Art in the Most Unusual Places

Searching perfect prior art for a patent is an art. A prior art that can invalidate an issued patent or render a patent application not novel is what every prior art searcher aims to find. Searching for prior art not only requires knowledge of the claimed technology but also… Featured image is for representation purpose only. (Featured image source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/Sandro_Botticelli_-_La_Carte_de_l’Enfer.jpg) *** […]

Apple-Samsung war may power Design Patents

For the first time in its history spanning over 120 years, the US Supreme Court is hearing a design patent case of Apple vs. Samsung.  It is a well-known fact that Apple’s design patents have revolutionized the design patent industry and proved the impact and importance of “Solid” and “Broken” lines in the design patent of an article of manufacture. […]

Why Should You Kill Patents?

Renewing a patent is a major decision that individual patent assignees and companies need to make. Generally, utility patents expire after 20 years from the application filing date if the maintenance fee is not paid, thus no longer protecting it from enforcement. Nearly all patent application owners have limited budgets for patent validations and renewals. Hence, their primary consideration is […]

Cyclists, Bikers get Airbag Protection

An increase in carbon emissions from vehicles is driving several companies and residential colonies to promote cycling for shorter distances. However, the sheer lack of safety measures when riding on busy roads is deterring cycling enthusiasts from taking up the two-wheeler. Only 1% of all trips in the US are by bicycle. Statistics show that in 2014 more than 50,000 […]

Patenting Business & Software Methods: The Beginning

Until 1998, software related business methods could not foresee a future and were considered as un-patentable subjects. Inventors had to rely on copyrights and trademarks to protect their software related business methods. However, (thankfully!) this belief was laid to rest by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s (CAFC) 1998 decision on State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. […]

A Backpack that helps you Jump to Safety

Are you working or living in a skyscraper? Then this is a technology you should considering owning in close quarters to help you in emergencies such as fire accidents. There may be situations when not everyone in a building can exit through the fire-exit stairway. At times, the only option could be jumping out of a window, which is not […]