IP in Action

Apple-Samsung war may power Design Patents

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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?

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

Rio Olympics 2016: A Parade of Exciting Tech Innovations

Reading Time: 9 minutes The Rio Olympics is considered the most technologically advanced Olympic games till date. The entire globe turned its focus to this fortnight’s event that not just celebrated fantastic athletic competition, but also gave innovators an opportunity to showcase brilliant technologies that enhanced the experience of players, spectators and refereeing officials like never before. From Virtual Reality, Video Reviews, GPS, Underwater […]

Spray Strength On Everything

Reading Time: 3 minutes The age of shiny, smooth, sparkling vehicles is slowly giving way to rugged, tough looks – at least in the category of heavy vehicles and SUVs. It’s the matt and sturdy finish that these vehicle owners are calling for. And it’s come as no surprise to the once insignificant bedliner service of the automotive industry. This was bound to happen […]

Oracle v. Google – A Struggle between Copyright & Fair Use

Reading Time: 5 minutes Over the past few years leading up to the trial last week, and even during the trial, several journalists, technologists and IP experts have opined on this case and what’s at stake. The opinions ranged from claiming open source software to be dead to calling the American judicial system of ‘trial by jury’ as stupid. Sarah Jeong, who authored the […]

The Boon & Bane of India’s Ban on Software Patents

Reading Time: 5 minutes The United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) has yet again awarded a dismal rank to the Indian IP Regime, and made sharp criticism of the IP policies of the Modi Government. The 4th Global IP Index, prepared by the Global IP Chamber of the USCC, ranks India’s IP environment second. In this report, the US Chamber of Commerce recommends that ‘the […]

Wear Future on your Shoes

Reading Time: 4 minutes Those light-emanating kids shoes have been amusing kids and adult onlookers alike for over two decades now. Onlookers, that’s no more  the scenario. You can now flaunt canvas shoes with your favorite character moving around animatedly, magical moving pictures, or custom designs that change while you get heads to bow to look while you walk past. Even better, all you need is […]

Will Google Repeat an Android in Artificial Intelligence?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Artificial Intelligence is making headway in more ways than one, entering into mainstream everyday life across quarters. As we near the end of 2015, I can look back to find three very prominent applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that have been implemented by three industry giants. • In Jan-Feb 2015, Facebook open sourced its optimized deep-learning modules for Torch which […]

Need a Diamond? Q-Carbon Can Make One in 15 Minutes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Diamonds are not just a woman’s best friend, but an intriguing aspect for scientists too. For decades now, scientists have tried to synthesize artificial diamonds in the lab by recreating the environment of high heat and pressure found in the bowels of the Earth which crushes graphite into sparkling gems. Some have also experimented with a method called chemical vapor […]

On-Demand Music Streaming to battle Piracy

Reading Time: 7 minutes On-demand music streaming services is creating a paradigm shift in the music industry. The revenue from the worldwide retail sales of recorded music was just shy of $22 billion, with the revenue from digital platforms roughly a billion more than that from physical platforms. On-demand music streaming services have been gaining popularity owing to the fact that smartphone penetration has […]

Blinded by the Spot

Reading Time: 5 minutes Each time you drive if you dread the “blind spot” you are not being unnecessarily dreadful. The blind spot causes accidents routinely, all over the world, and is a nightmare for both new and veteran drivers. In the US, approximately 9% of crash scenarios involve changing lanes or merging. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington […]