Patent Wars

Redefining Eligibility for Business Method Patents in the US

For those familiar with the patenting of business methods, they know the key role that the case of State Street & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group played in deeming certain business methods patent ineligible. This litigation was heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) where State Street & Trust claimed that their business […]

The Great Indian Reluctance to Patent

The patent system has historically been portrayed by its proponents as neutral and devoid of any moral or ethical values. However, over the years, the arguably neutral patent system has increasingly moral and ethical issues. The idea behind introducing monopoly rights through the patent system was to encourage the inventor to disclose his invention to the public without fear of […]

Universities Tighten IP Leash Around Corporates

Innovation by universities is moving strong and bright under the limelight. This is now empowering universities to exercise their rights to protect their inventions from infringers, and what better way to do so than assert their patent rights. Even since the Bayh-Dole Act came into existence in 1980, universities in the US are on a freedom march, ensuring infringers of […]

Will Digital India Spur Patent Wars?

The Indian government has envisioned a radical departure of taking India from a service-based economy to a product-based economy, with specific focus on connectivity. The Make in India initiative has resulted in garnering huge investments from home-grown companies such as Micromax, Lava, Intex, iBall, Xolo etc. It has also attracted several Chinese manufactures such as Xiaomi to establish production houses […]

Patents Power up Yoga – Part II

India may be considered the home of yoga practice. But did you know that India owns just 1% of the world’s patents in yoga accessories, while USA owns the highest of 30%? Our blogger showcases such interesting information on yoga in this blog. In my previous blog, I discussed how yoga has become a billion dollar industry from the time […]

“You’ve Got Tweet”

Interesting you say, Mr. Icahn. Can you be finally writing about Apple and Nuance opening doors for a future we’ve seen as part of science fiction? Or is the industry going to see the reemergence of the three ‘musk’eteers? It will be fascinating to see Apple, Nuance and Tesla mix their secret ingredients to cook up a perfect “D” we’ve […]

Apple Vs. Samsung – Is it the End?

The four-year raging patent battle between Apple and Samsung seems to be calming down at a very quick pace. Besides closing all non-legal cases in the US, the rivals have foreclosed all their battles in eight other countries including South Korea, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, UK and Australia. The only two battles remaining are being waged in California where, […]

Music Dynasties Build Unbreachable Forts

In the final blog of our five-part series on the music industry, our bloggers showcase the top trademark infringement litigations that found companies fighting tooth and nail to protect their identity. Jabra under a new umbrella Imagine the day when you look up the availability of products that your company manufactures and the search engine pops up a website that […]

Court ‘Likes’ Van Der Meer, Calls FB to Face Jury

For an entire year, when people were busy sharing, befriending and glorifying their emotions on Facebook, the social media company was busy trying to keep a patent lawsuit at bay. An earlier iRunway blog wondered the “Like” button on Facebook was in peril. But now, it’s clear that it’s not just the “Like” button, but the “Share” and other features […]

Samsung Wagers on Damages to Apple

The patent war between Apple and Samsung can put an Indo-Pak cricket match to shame. This week is going to be another interesting period for those closely following the patent battle between the two telecom giants. The giants have kickstarted their second round of wringing necks in a California court – a trial which is expected to determine the final […]