BLACKBERRY SUES NOKIA FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT: AN OVERVIEW

The once powerful mobile phone companies BlackBerry and Nokia are in the headlines again, not for their new technological developments but because of their legal battle. The Valentine’s Day card for Nokia was in the form of complaint entailing 11 items that Blackberry did not like about it. The complaint listed out the 11 patents of Blackberry infringed by Nokia. The company has not commanded an injunctive relief, i.e. asking Nokia to stop using the patents; instead it has asked for compensation for the unauthorized usage of the said patents. Let’s have a brief overview of the case. Blackberry: Headquartered... Read More

FRAND-ING PATENT LICENSES AND ITS IMPLICATION IN LANDMARK CASES IN INDIA

Everyday, a number of products are being invented all over the world, some cascading over the improvement of existing inventions, and the others, portraying a unique set of methods and products unknown to man at large. Simultaneously, there is an eruption of infringements that remain unnoticed or noticed following an incredulous load of proceedings and exorbitant costs. It is essential to protect the rightful rights of these owners against such infringements and unlawful interference to avoid any possible losses or damages in their peaceful functioning of their entities. In the field of protection of inventions, the adoption of Agreement of... Read More

Expedited examination and non-expedited (normal) examination: Who can file request for examination?

With effect from May 16, 2016 (effective date for Patent (amendment) rules, 2016), provision of expedited examination was introduced in the Patent system of India. This article does not intend to discuss the different timelines within which request for examination has to be filed in different situations, rather article is restricted to the eligibility of person who can file such requests. Specifically, article intends to highlight the difference between person who is eligible for non-expedited examination and expedited examination. Section 11B (1) of the Patent Act, 1970 provides that no application for a patent shall be examined unless the applicant... Read More

Teva held responsible for Induced Infringement of Eli Lilly’s Blockbuster drug ALITMA

In Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc.; APP Pharmaceuticals LLC; Pliva Hrvatska D.O.O.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; and Barr Laboratories, Inc. (hereinafter referred to be as Defendants/Appellants/Teva) Vs. Eli Lilly & Co. (hereinafter referred to as Plaintiff/Appelle/Eli Lilly) decided by United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) on January 12, 2017, Plaintiff had filed Hatch Waxman suit against defendant to prevent them from launching generic version of the lung cancer drug whose rights are reserved with the plaintiff. The decision from CAFC came after an appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in... Read More

Obtaining a Certificate of Recognition from DIPP for IPR benefits

“A start-up would now require only a certificate of recognition from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and would not be required to be examined by the inter-ministerial board, as was being done earlier. This is one rapid change that we have brought in,” said  Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi at the ‘Start-up India States’ Conference’ in  2016. This has been done to improve the ease of doing business by entrepreneurs, when earlier there was a complex and elaborate process of approaching the inter-ministerial board to procure the IPR benefits. After May 16,... Read More

NEPAL’S IP LAW: AN ENCAPSULATION

Intellectual property law in Nepal is comparatively new and it enjoys the extension provided for under the TRIPS agreement to the least developed country. The Patents, Designs and Trademarks are protected under one head, and the governing act/ legislation is known as “The Patent, Design and Trade Mark Act, 2022 (1965)” (hereinafter referred to as “Act”). Trademarks Section 2: Definitions: Unless the subject or the context otherwise requires in this Act: "Trade-mark" means word, symbol, or picture or a combination thereof to be used by any firm, company or individual in its products or services to distinguish them with the... Read More

Effect of Union Budget, 2017 on the R&D/ Intellectual Property Practices in India

Union budget that was highly waited for (after demonetization) had gained more attention also due to preponing to February 01, 2017. As a matter of fact, every year budget has certain impact on various industries including IP industry and R&D sectors. In this article, we will try to analyze possible effects of 2017 budget on R&D/Intellectual Property (IP) Practices in India. Though there were no special funds/incentives proposed for R&D, budget did have certain announcements for indirect effect on the IP practices. With intent made clear in budget 2015 itself, in 2017 Hon’ble Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed that corporate... Read More

Comparative Advertisement: A Perspective

Ms. Sakshi Jhalani, Intern, Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys looks into the fundamentals of Comparative Advertisement vis-avis Trade Mark Rights in India. Advertising is indeed a crucial step in determining future of any product. It is the most successful and proven way to attract the attention of the potential consumers in the market. Since, the consumers have a wide variety of products to choose from, often the advertisers resort to a practice of comparing their products from that of the competitors. While this is an acceptable practice, many times in order to gain more pecuniary benefits and mileage,... Read More

REVOCATION OF PATENTS ACCORDING TO INDIAN PATENT ACT, 1970: INSIGHT

This article focuses on the revocation proceedings which is one of the mechanisms available for annulations of Patents in India. What is revocation of a patent? When a patent has been sealed or granted, it is not always the case that the patent shall stay unhindered by any third party till the life of the patent. The patent can be challenged by certain people on different grounds, and a method to cause the same is by filing a revocation petition/ post-grant opposition proceedings. This article focuses on the revocation proceedings. Why does one file a revocation petition? As the Patent... Read More

Section 3 (K) of Indian Patent Act: Case Study

Ms. Anjana Mohan, intern at Khurana and Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys attempts to analyze case study related to section 3 (k) of Patent Act, 1970. ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICE GMBH (Appellants) V ASSISTANT CONTROLLER OF PATENTS & DESIGN AND THE EXAMINER OF PATENTS (Respondents) CITATION- OA/22/2009/PT/DEL and Miscellaneous Petition No. 118/2012 in OA/22/2009/PT/DEL HON'BLE JUDGES/CORAM: Prabha Sridevan, J. (Chairman) and D.P.S. Parmar, Member (T) Bibliographic Details: Patent Application number 01398/DELNP/2003 Title Distributed Development Environment For Building Internet Applications By Developers At Remote Locations. Applicant Accenture global services limited Date of filing 01/09/2003 Date of publication of application 27/05/2005 Date of... Read More