IP in Action

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, https://www.flickr.com/photos/ryan_fung/2178393412, http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Face-Call-Gesture-Communication-Female-Contact-15924, https://pixabay.com/en/vr-virtual-reality-glasses-911031/ ) *** […]

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) *** […]

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 and importance of “Solid” and “Broken” lines in the design patent… (Featured image source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/silver-iphone-5s-and-white-samsung-android-smartphone-85895/) *** […]

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 […]