Canada and European Union (EU) agree on CETA (Comprehensive Economic and trade Agreement)

In order to bring intellectual property protection at Canada more closely to the level of EU both Canada and European commission agreed on CETA (Comprehensive Economic and trade Agreement). CETA is a proposed free trade and copyright agreement between Canada…

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‘Fire In the Blood’ – An Eye Opener for Patent Law Makers in Pharmaceuticals

Fire in the Blood, is a documentary on “medicine, monopoly and malice.” It tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of the global south in the years after…

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China’s New Payment Rules Relaxed Onshore Payors

Earlier completing foreign exchange payments was very time consuming in Chinese banks as a part of intellectual agreement or technology because it required many registrations with Local Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and Patent office or trademark office. This either delayed…

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Patent on Method of Cellular Differentiation Granted to Cellular Dynamics International (CDI)

CDI (Cellular Dynamics International), a leader in developing induced pluripotent stem cell technologies for in vitro drug development, in vivo cellular therapeutic research and stem cell banking was granted patent no. US8557580 on October 15, 2013 entitled “Methods and Compositions…

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Samsung Unable To Block Sanction in Apple patent case

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, California has agreed to US Magistrate Paul S. Grewal’s judgement that stated that Samsung would be required to produce the details about the extent to which it violated the Apple’s patent that would include…

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IPONZ Rejects 6 Label-Trademarks on Antibacterial Properties of Manuka Honey

Intellectual Property Office at New Zealand (IPONZ) rejected Henry Soo Lee’s application that attempted to trademark labels related to six anti-bacterial properties of Honey. The major reason stated for this rejection was that this could mislead consumers and had a…

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Piguet Accuses Tommy Hilfiger for Design Infringements in “Eton” Watch

It is very common in today’s time to notice trade dress infringement and law suits related to trademark between name brands. One such issue that caught media’s attention recently was the lawsuit by Audemars Piguet (a high end watch brand)…

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Patent on new systems and methods for ejecting SIM card in iPhone

Apple filed another patent for the mechanism that would aid in easy ejection of SIM from the phone. Apple Inc. has devised a new ejector mechanism for mobile phones where a magnet in the module would attract a magnet present…

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Patents on Renewable Energy Technologies on Rise: MIT & SFI

Research by MIT and Santa Fe Institute (SFI) has suggested that the number of patents issued for renewable energy technologies has significantly increased on last 10 years. In a keyword based searching done on patents from 100 countries published/ granted…

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Indian Pharma Landscape: Growing Presence in International Market

Indian pharmaceutical companies have increased their expenditure in their research and development section by 19.7%. The purpose of this increment is not to discover new drugs but to create more cost effective generic drugs. More investment may make them a…

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Victory of Generic Companies: Benefit to Consumers

Conflicts between the innovators and generic companies have increased to a great extent and the latest example of the same is the one between Novartis and Merck-Glenmark. These conflicts came into picture when Mylan filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application…

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Impact of IPR on the European Economy: Summary of OHIM’s Report

Brief summary of the report on “Intellectual property rights intensive industries:  contribution to economic performance and employment  in the European Union” published September 2013 by  Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). On 30th September European commission has published first…

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Location Based Security System for Mobile – Google’s new Patent

There are many types of screen lock options such as passwords, pattern unlock, pins or face resemblance available in the phones to prevent everybody’s access to the phone but it becomes difficult when we want to access our device in…

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MSDx Patents on Detection and monitoring of Multiple Sclerosis

Major aim of MSDx, Inc. is to commercialize In vitro Diagnostics (IVD) and Research Use Only (RUO) blood test products used in checking autoimmune and neurological disorders. The company was recently granted patent by United States Patent and Trademark Office…

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Playing with Patent Law: Profit Making Scheme

On June 13, 2013 Supreme Court of US ordered that naturally occurring genes and the information encoded by them will not be patented, though artificially synthesized ones can be. The issue came to picture when patent was filed by Myriad…

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10 of the Most Amusing, Weird and Unbelievable Patents of all time

No. 1. Witch-Faced Playground Climber and Slide – USD213505 – Patented March 11, 1969 No. 2. Amusement device with flexible rubberized pop up figure – US6592426B2 – Patented July 15, 2003 No. 3. Method of Preserving the Dead – US748284…

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Autographing Reader’s eBook using Hot Spot at Signing Events: Apple’s New Patent

Attending book signing events is popular amongst book lovers. Such events are generally organized at a bookstore or library where an author sits and sign books for a period and may also add a short message for the reader and…

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Underdogs are Learning the Importance of being Design Leaders

Nowadays, design patents have been much talked about topic in almost all the manufacturing companies. The number of design patents have increased with an increase in new designs justifiable with the technology of the product. With the dispute between Apple…

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Gasoline produced by KAIST (South Korea) scientists using E. Coli

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a gram negative bacteria which is commonly found in lower intestine and most E. Coli strains are harmless however some strains can cause food poisoning in humans. The organism is a model organism for gram…

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Genzyme files an Infringement Lawsuit against Dr Reddys Laboratories for Mozobil

Genzyme, a fully owned subsidiary of Sanofi Aventis has filled an infringement lawsuit against Dr Reddys Laboratories (DRL), an Indian generic drug manufacturing major and has alleged that Dr. Reddys has infringed patents of its blockbuster cancer drug Mozobil. Mozobil…

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