IP in Action

Mathematics can reduce crowd deaths

Reading Time: 3 minutes Stampedes and claustrophobia in crowded places leading to injuries and deaths has become quite the norm over the years. Be it a musical concert or a religious gathering, a sports event or a shopping fest, or even a local train, overly crowded places are quite popular for the disasters that come packaged with it. In a fervent bid to prevent […]

Most Iconic Patent Judgments of 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutes 2018 witnessed some of the most impactful IP moments that changed the patent landscape of the United States of America. In this blog post, I discuss the most iconic IP judgments which will shape the future of our perspective of patent litigation. On February 8, 2018… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://pixabay.com/en/hammer-horizontal-court-justice-802301/)   *** […]

Housing Industry set to Turn Turtle

Reading Time: 4 minutes Imagine shifting to some place not just with your luggage, but your entire house. Well, actually, it would rather mean shifting your house in whole rather than just moving from one house to another. Doesn’t that sound quixotic? A UK-based company has developed a technology… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://www.flickr.com/photos/kecko/35151034473) *** […]

Semiconductor Process/Device Structure Inventions – to patent or to keep it a trade secret?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Semiconductor patents, especially those related to process or device structure technology, are not easy to enforce or monetize. Does this mean companies will be better of terming such inventions as trade secrets? Patents, by nature, are in the public domain, though they can be legally enforced… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been created by iRunway) *** […]

4D Printed Furniture Can Change Shape As You Like

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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… (Featured image is intended for representational purpose alone and has been sourced from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:4d_printing_-_Mobile.gif) *** […]

FIFA Gets VAR to Handle Hand of God

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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’

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

Reading Time: 6 minutes 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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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) *** […]