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May 2012: Controller’s decision at the patent office


The month of May was sizzling like the weather in Delhi, at the Controller’s offices.  In total, approximately 140 decisions were issued!!  Compare this with March, in which a total of eight decisions were issued.  Because of the large list, individual decisions are not discussed in detail in this post.  Separate posts would follow for analysis of individual cases, and our readers are welcome to ask for analysis of ones in which they are interested in the comments section.  There are ~35 cases where no file has been uploaded and I expect them to be uploaded as and when the respective Controller’s make them available for uploading.  All files that I was able to download are made available here.
Apart from the large number of decisions, there is an unwelcome trend in the decisions from a few Assistant Controllers, where a mere single operative paragraphs decides the fate of the applicant with minimal comments on the real grounds.  In one glaring instance, a total of three sentences (~15 words in total) have been used to grant an application.  In other cases, the contents of the FER and /or claims are reproduced verbatim.  I have highlighted these “pithy” decisions in the table below with an asterisk in the section/issue column. Where decisions are short because certain formal objections have been met, the same have been indicated. 

There are multiple reasons why the unwelcome trend should stop.  First and foremost is the doctrine of prosecution history estoppel.  Under the doctrine, the applicant’s statements and the reasons for allowance become part of the patent and it provides immense help in future litigation, if any, that might arise from the grant of the patent. See related article.  Second, not only does this trend run afoul of our patent office’s quality policy, it is a dis-incentive to all the hard work and effort put in by the remaining large majority of Assistant Controllers.  Third, there is no reason that stops anyone from assuming that extraneous factors helped in the grant of a patent even when the Controller had issued the decision in utmost good faith and considered the case on merits.   Finally, those cases where the Controller is just agreeing to formal objections raised during the FER by Examiners, should be considered by the Examiners only.  There is no value addition by Controllers spending time on those cases.  Formal objections are allowed except when made after the stipulated time. 

APPLICATION NUMBER 

APPLICANT 

Decision 

Section/Issue 

CONTROLLER 

PPG-SIPSY 

Granted 

Dr.S.S.Singh 

PPG INDUSTRIES OHIO, INC. 

Granted 

Dr.S.S.Singh 

DURA-LINE INDIA PVT. LIMITED 

Refused 

Time extension 

Sh.S.N.Sav 

WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECH CORP. 

Refused 

2(1)(j) 

P S Rao 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Granted 

3(k) 

N.K.MOHANTY 

EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL PATENTS, INC. 

Granted 

2(1)(j) 

Dr.Rajesh Dixit 

MERCK & DOHME CORP. 

Refused 

3(d,e), 2(1)(j) 

Dr.Rajesh Dixit 

VALOIS SAS 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

P S Rao 

RIETER PERFOJET 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

P S Rao 

AREVA T&D SA 

Granted
137 

P S Rao 

MAP PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Dr.Rajesh Dixit 

ALBEMARLE CORPORATION 

Granted 

S.K.Roy 

BAYER SCHERING 

Refused 

3(d), 3(e) 

N.R.Meena 

COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY 

Granted 

2(1)(j) 

Dr.Rajesh Dixit 

GIST-BROCADES B.V. 

Refused 

Divisional 

N.R.Meena 

MERCK FROSST CANADA LTD. 

Abandoned 

Abandoned 

S.K.Roy 

PALADIN LABS INC. 

Granted 

3(i), 2(1)(j) 

Dr.Rajesh Dixit 

S.S GANDHINATHAN, & Others 

Refused 

2(1)(j) 

P.K. Baig 

PALADIN LABS INC. 

NO File uploaded 

Dr.Rajesh Dixit 

PAWAN SAHARAN 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Dr. Dinesh P. Patil 

INVITROGEN DYNAL AS 

Granted 

*, 2(1)(j) 

Dr.S.S.Singh 

HINDUSTAN UNILEVER LIMITED 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

INVITROGEN DYNAL AS 

NO File uploaded 

Dr.S.S.Singh 

INDIAN COUNCIL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH 

Refused 

2(1)(j) 

Monika Yadav 

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. 

Granted 

Vinod Kumar 

COSMO FILMS LTD 

Abandoned 

Abandoned 

S.K.Roy 

RENAISSANCE HERBS, INC. 

Granted 

2(1)(j) 

Dr.Rajesh Dixit 

MERCK & CO. INC. 

Refused 

Abandoned, 

N.R.Meena 

SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF ATOMIC ENERGY 

Granted 

Dr. Dinesh P. Patil 

KEIPER GMBH & CO. KG 

Granted 

Santanu Dey 

HEMOTEQ AG 

Granted 

Dr. Dinesh P. Patil 

SANYANG INDUSTRY CO. LTD. 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Pankaj Borkar 

CUREDM INC. 

Granted 

Dr. Dinesh P. Patil 

BREIZHTECH SAS 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

N.K.MOHANTY 

INDIAN COUNCIL OF MEDICAL RESEARCH 

Refused 

2(1)(j) 

Monika Yadav 

VIPIN BHANDARI 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Mr. Naveen Mathur 

CHEVRON U.S.A., INC. 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

SUEDZUCKER 

Granted 

Dr. Dinesh P. Patil 

KEIPER GMBH & CO. KG 

Granted 

Santanu Dey 

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC. 

Granted 

Santanu Dey 

SHELAR ASHOK RANGANATH 

Granted 

Dr. Amarendra Samal 

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LIMITED 

Granted 

Dr. Amarendra Samal 

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, BOMAY 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

Dr. Amarendra Samal 

CSIR 

Granted 

N.R.Meena 

CSIR 

Granted 

N.R.Meena 

MUL-T-LOCK TECHNOLOGIES, LTD 

Granted 

Vinod Kumar 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Granted 

2(1)(j), 

Pinkesh Jain 

KRONOS INTERNATIONAL, INC. 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY 

Refused 

Abandoned 

N.R.Meena 

RENK AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

Pinkesh Jain 

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD 

Granted 

Dr. Amarendra Samal 

CHARAK PHARMA PRIVATE LIMITED 

Granted 

Dr. Amarendra Samal 

ENDRESS + HAUSER GMBH + CO. KG 

Granted 

2(1)(j) 

Pinkesh Jain 

SYMBIOTEC GMBH 

Refused 

2(1)(j), 3(d) 

Dr. Dinesh P. Patil 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

N.K.MOHANTY 

OMYA DEVELOPMENT AG 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Granted 

2(1)(j) 

Pinkesh Jain 

SHANGHAI INSTITUTE OF MATERIA MEDICA, 

Granted 

Dr. Amarendra Samal 

BEIJING YUANDE BIO-MEDICAL ENGG. CO.  LTD. 

Granted 

2(1)(j) 

Dr. Dinesh P. Patil 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Granted 

3(k) 

N.K.MOHANTY 

MOMENTIVE PERFORMANCE MATERIALS, INC. 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

MAHESH SHARMA 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

JOHNSON AND JOHNSON VISION CARE, INC. 

Granted 

***** 

Parijat Sourav 

VOLTEA LIMITED 

Refused 

*. 2(1)(j) 

A.T.Patre 

RESEARCH FOUNDATION, OSAKA UNIVERSITY 

Refused 

Divisional 

Monika Yadav 

FDC LTD 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Dr. Amarendra Samal 

INDIAN OIL CORPORATION LIMITED 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Dr. Amarendra Samal 

VERENIUM CORPORATION 

Refused 

Divisional 

Monika Yadav 

GODAVARI BIOREFINERIES LTD 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

RPG LIFE SCIENCES LIMITED 

Granted 

25(1) 

DR.RUCHI TIWARI 

MERIAL LIMITED 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Monika Yadav 

TEIKOKU PRINTING INKS MFG CO., LTD. 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

RPG LIFE SCIENCES LIMITED 

Granted 

25(1) 

DR.RUCHI TIWARI 

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA 

Granted 

***** 

Parijat Sourav 

PHARMACIA CORPORATION 

Refused 

Divisional 

Monika Yadav 

CHANAYIL CLEETUS ANIL 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

M Ajith 

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

M Ajith 

TVS MOTOR COMPANY LTD 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

M Ajith 

SIEMAG GMBH 

Granted 

Formal obj. 

M Ajith 

TRANSASIA BIO-MEDICALS LTD 

NO File uploaded 

Dr. Dinesh P. Patil 

TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (publ) 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Pinkesh Jain 

ILLUMIGEN BIOSCIENCES, INC 

NO File uploaded 

Monika Yadav 

VERENIGING VOOR 

NO File uploaded 

Monika Yadav 

INVENTO SPOLKA Z O.O. 

NO File uploaded 

Pankaj P Borkar 

YAMASA CORPORATION 

NO File uploaded 

Monika Yadav 

BIOMERIEUX SA 

NO File uploaded 

Monika Yadav 

CONCENTRATE MFG. IRELAND 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

THE QUAKER OATS COMPANY 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS IP B.V 

Granted 

S.K.Roy 

MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC. 

NO File uploaded 

Shah Alam 

SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS IP B.V 

NO File uploaded 

S.K.Roy 

BIOPROJECT 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

ELI LILLY AND COMPANY 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

A.T.Patre 

BP CORPOTATION NORTH AMERICA INC. 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

BOREALIS TECHNOLOGY OY 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC. 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

CONCENTRATE MFG. IRELAND 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

CONCENTRATE MFG. IRELAND 

Granted 

A.T.Patre 

VOLTEA LIMITED 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

FRIWO GERAETEBAU GMBH 

NO File uploaded 

N.K.MOHANTY 

MAHESH SHARMA 

Refused 

Abandoned 

A.T.Patre 

RENAISSANCE HERBS, INC. 

NO File uploaded 

Dr.Rajesh Dixit 

SIEMENS WATER TECH 

Granted 

Dr.S.S.Singh 

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY 

NO File uploaded 

M Ajith 

THE MEDICAL HOUSE PLC 

Granted 

Vikash Sharma 

SIERRA WIRELESS, INC. 

NO File uploaded 

V Palaniswamy 

DUKE UNIVERSITY 

Granted 

2(1)(j), 3(d,e,i) 

Dr.Rajesh Dixit 

THIRUMALAI ANANDAMPILLAI ANAND VISHNU 

NO File uploaded 

Parveen Kausar Baig 

IHI CORPORATION 

NO File uploaded 

Parveen Kausar Baig 

ETHICON ENDO SURGERY INC 

Granted 

***** 

Soumen Ghosh 

SIEMENS INDUSTRY INC. 

Granted 

Dr.S.S.Singh 

ETHICON ENDO SURGERY INC 

NO File uploaded 

Soumen Ghosh 

DELAVAU L.L.C 

Granted 

*, 3(d) 

S.K.Roy 

923/MUMNP/2007 

CO2PAC LIMITED 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

Vikash Sharma 

CARL STRUTZ & CO. INC. 

Granted 

Santanu Dey 

EISAI CO.,LTD 

NO File uploaded 

Dr Nilanjana Mukherjee 

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

GALLIUM ENTERPRISES PTY LTD 

NO File uploaded 

Dr SP Subramaniyan 

BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

NOVARTIS AG 

NO File uploaded 

Dr SP Subramaniyan 

TROY GROUP INC. 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

CHIESI FARMACEUTICI S.P.A 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

Dr.S.S.Singh 

AORTECH BIOMATERIALS PTY LTD. 

NO File uploaded 

Soumen Ghosh 

CADILA HEALTHCARE LIMITED 

Refused 

2(1)(j) 

A.T.Patre 

CADILA HEALTHCARE LIMITED 

Refused 

2(1)(j) 

A.T.Patre 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Granted 

Support/Clarity 

Pinkesh Jain 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

Pinkesh Jain 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Refused 

Abandoned 

N.K.MOHANTY 

ASTRAZENECA AB 

NO File uploaded 

Dr.S.S.Singh 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Granted 

*. 3(k) Formal obj 

Pinkesh Jain 

TATA MOTORS LIMITED 

Granted 

*. Formal obj 

Vikash Sharma 

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED 

Granted 

*, Formal obj. 

Pinkesh Jain 

MOMENTIVE PERFORMANCE MATERIALS, INC. 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

HINDUSTAN UNILEVER LIMITED 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Vikash Sharma 

MOMENTIVE PERFORMANCE MATERIALS, INC. 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

SHENZHEN BAK BATTERY CO. LTD. 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 

NO File uploaded 

A.T.Patre 

EFI ELECTRONICS CORPORATION 

Granted 

2(1)(j), Formal 

N.K.MOHANTY 

SHYAM SINGH THAKUR 

Refused 

Abandoned 

Pinkesh Jain 

Rajiv Kr. Choudhry

Rajiv Kr. Choudhry

Rajiv did his engineering from Nagpur University in 2000 in electronics design technology. He has completed his LL.B. from Delhi University, Law Center II in 2006, while working as an engineer at ST Microelectronics in NOIDA. After his LL.B., he went on to The George Washington Univeristy, Washington DC to do his LL.M. in 2007. After his LL.M., he has worked in the US at a prestigious IP law firm based out of Philadelphia. Till 2014, he was Of-Counsel to a Noida based IP law firm where he specialized in advising clients on wireless, telecommunication, and high technology. Rajiv is the founder of Tech Law Associates, a New Delhi based law firm specializing in IP law, with a focus on high - technology, and patent law. His core IP interest areas are the intersection of technology and IP, Indian IP policy, innovation, and telecommunications patents. He is also an inventor with pending applications in machine-to-machine communications domain (WO2015029061).

2 comments.

  1. AvatarAnonymous

    Thanks for this update and the attached files. It is very useful. Will be great if someone can also highlight that cases rejected on the basis of 3-d belong to which drugs/products in other countries?

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  2. AvatarAnonymous

    Ha..ha…ROTFL…
    1. Hearing held on 16/12/2011.
    2. All the three (03) formal objections are met.
    3. Decision to grant the patent.
    ———-Ha..ehee.ROTFL.

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