Term of Patent in India: What’s with date 20th May 2003?

Section 53 of the Patents Act, 1970 deals with the determination of term of patent in India.  Subsection 1 of section 53 provides that the term of every patent granted, after 20th May 2003, and the term of every patent which is not expired and is not ceased to have effect, on 20th May 2003, under this Act, shall be twenty years from the date of filing of the application for the patent. Rules applying to the calculation of the term of every patent granted before 20th May 2003 i.e. commencement of the Patents (Amendment) Act, 2002, are based on... Read More

Germany’s Boehringer Repudiated Patent on HIV Drug- Nevirapine

The Indian Patent Office has repudiated Germany's Boehringer Ingelheim patent on its key HIV drug- Nevirapine, Patent Application Number: 4724/DELNP/2009 entitled “Extended release formulation of Nevirapine”, for a version sold as Viramune XR (extended release), once again forestalling attempts by Big Pharma for "exclusivity" extension on their patented drugs to reportedly block entry of reasonably priced generics. Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the few family-owned pharma company globally, is working on biosimilars, immuno-oncology and, new treatment options for psychiatric disorders like forms of depression or schizophrenia etc. Globally, it has a strong pipeline in oncology, respiratory, stroke and diabetes prescription medicines... Read More

Extension of Time to submit the objections or suggestions to the Proposed Draft of Amendment of Trade Marks Rules, 2002

This post comes as an update to the previous one in context of the Proposed Draft Trade Mark Rules by the Central Government, which has been dealt few days back. The proposed draft rules were published on 17th November 2015 for information of all persons likely to be affected, inviting objections or suggestions, if any, with an indication that the said draft rules shall be taken into consideration after the expiry of a period of thirty days from the date of publication. It has been notified that the last date for consideration of objections or suggestions on the draft Rules... Read More

Proposed Trademark Amendment Rules 2015

Recently, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)) issued out Draft of proposed Rules for Trade Marks. The proposed draft rules are open as of now to receive objections and comments from the concerned person, which shall be taken into Consideration by the Central Government. The draft rules proposed significant changes in the Government Filing fees and the Format of Forms for Trade Mark Prosecution. The Draft Rules proposes to increase the fees through Schedule 1, to mention a few, Trademark filing fees for each class is proposed be Rs. 8000/-, renewal charges to be... Read More