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4D Printed Furniture Can Change Shape As You Like

Imagine buying a furniture from an Ikea store and watch it assemble all by itself! This the future of 3D printing with a ‘D’. While researchers are yet to fully utilize the potential of 3D printing technology, they are inventing novice applications and manufacturing 3D printers. Science has come up with another interesting technology – 4D printing. 4D printing is […]

FIFA Gets VAR to Handle Hand of God

Champions League, Premier League, FIFA… the excitement is endless with football. And along with it come packaged infamous incidents such as controversial goals such as the Hand of God. With the FIFA World Cup 2018 round the corner, the FIFA council has enhanced its fairplay technology a step… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Match_Analysis_Portable_K2_Panoramic_Video_Camera_System.jpg) *** […]

Muggles now get Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak

Invisibility has captured the human imagination for a long time. Stories and movies such as Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak and the Romulans’ starships in Star Trek have inspired scientists to make invisibility a possibility. In 2003, scientists at the University of Tokyo developed optical camouflage technology…  (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:An_invisibility_cloak_using_optical_camouflage_by_Susumu_Tachi.jpg) *** […]

EU Trademark Regulations – Unconventional Trademarks

On October 1, 2017, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) announced major amendments to EU trademark regulations. One of the talking points and the most awaited feature was the ability to register unconventional trademarks. Now, what exactly is an unconventional trademark? Trademark is the face … (Featured image source is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from http://alphastockimages.com/) *** […]

You don’t always ‘Google It’

The word “google” is no more a brand name. It’s become quite popular as a synonym for search or look for information. Maggi, Xerox, and Aspirin have struggled with the problem of genericide. Will Google walk the same talk or will it battle it out? It was …(Featured image source is for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/121483302@N02/14253849274)  *** […]

Carbon ‘dating’ with Smog-made Diamonds

Diamond forever and smog – never. Who would have imagined that thoughts so extremely opposite could be blended into one fantastic, futuristic invention that can keep everyone in awe. Over the last couple of years, social media has been flooded with the video of China’s machine that… Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black_Diamond.JPG *** […]

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… (The featured image  is a collage created from images that were sourced in clockwise from top left order from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Glasses_for_the_blind.jpg, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2005_091112-28rim0051_compressed.JPG, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sleeping_pods_Helsinki-Vantaa_Airport.JPG, Read more […]

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 was to simplify the trademark registration process, it has introduced drastic changes in the trademark filing and… (Featured image is for representational purpose and has been sourced from http://creative-commons-images.com/handwriting/t/trademark.html) *** […]

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) *** […]