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SpicyIP Tidbits: Patent Cause List


Here’s a case involving the “Loins of Punjab”. New Delhi-based Enkay Rubber Co. which manufactures bladder shells for inflatable balls including soccer balls has alleged infringement of its US Patents 6,544,608 B1 and 6,949,276 B2 by Score American Soccer Co., Uniroyal Goodrich and Michelin N.A. According to the former, the defendants imported certain soccer balls, including the Jupiter soccer ball, from Sports Syndicate and Hans Raj Mahajan & Sons from Punjab, which infringe claims of the patents. The case has…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Ranbaxy’s Dutch Challenge “Pfizzes” Out


Taking a cue from the late Saddam Hussain’s (or is it Hossein to faithfully toe CNN’s line?) (in)famous phrase, “the mother of all wars”, it appears that the Lipitor patent challenge is being touted as “the mother of all patent challenges”. Pfizer’s Lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering drug and Ranbaxy’s bid to challenge Pfizer’s Dutch patent on basic lipitor (EP 247633) received a setback with the High Court in the Netherlands, affirming the District Court judgment of 2006, byupholding the validity…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Patent Progress Report


No matter how much we try to extol the virtues of a qualitative analysis, none can deny the relevance and significance of a quantitative evaluation, for numbers speak for themselves or atleast the common man presumes them to do so. The editor of Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM), Joff Wild, has come up with a “Patent Focus Report for 2008” for Thomson’s Knowledge Newsletter. According to this report: “The patent office is struggling to cope as applications rise. Despite the increased…


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Indian Diamond Industry: "Brighter" Times Ahead


To recount the history of Indian diamond industry would be clichéd and to reel out the list of sobriquets that it has earned for itself and for the country may seem redundant. Nevertheless, to understand the industry, its past and present, is a condition precedent if one is to comprehend, prognosticate and chart the way to the future. As is the case with most other aspects of this nation’s history, the lines distinguishing fact from fiction are blurred in the…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Inventor of Indian-origin among NIHF inductees for 2008


Jon Dudas, the Under-Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of USPTO was present during the announcement of inductees into National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) for the year 2008. This year’s list has something India can be proud of, for one of the inductees is Amar Bose a.k.a Amar Gopal Bose, founder of the Bose Corporation.  Bose’s list of achievements is staggering among which his patents in the area of loud speaker design and non-linear, two-state modulated, Class-D,…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: IP Delegation from the Land of Rising Sun


For long India has taken comfort from the fact that its record on counterfeiting of goods and protection of Intellectual Property is better than that of China. It appears that the Indian establishment is in for a surprise. As reported by The Yomiuri Shimbun, a 25-member Japanese delegation with a good sprinkling of government mandarins, including officials from the Japanese Patent Office and private manufacturers from the automobiles, electronics and pharmaceutical industries is in India to present its case on…


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SpicyIP Event: International Conference on IP and Technology Transfer


The Society for Technology Management (STEM), a technology transfer forum, will be hosting its flagship international programme, Graduate Course in IPR and Technology Transfer at Hotel Sullivan Court , Ooty from 13-16 April, 2008. The agenda of the programme is to examine, using case studies, the role of IP as a strategic technology transfer tool. Early bird registrations are available till February 29, 2008. Details are available at http://www.stemglobal.org.


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Indian Gaming Industry and IP creation


The gaming industry is a $10 billion industry in the US and India seems to be the next favourite destination for major players, domestic and international. With the Indian mobile gaming industry, according to NASSCOM, projected to rake in $300 million by 2009, several major players have wisely decided to use IP creation as an effective tool of harnessing the opportunities. DQ entertainment, the Hyderabad-based animation and gaming company has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Japan’s THINK Corporation,…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: “Civil” Scientist


Whoever thought babus could move out of their plush offices to contribute to the development of science and technology, breaking stereotypes in the process? Here’s a civil servant with a difference. Principal Secretary of Civil Aviation Department of Jharkhand, A.K.Pandey has patented a rotary bi-piston internal combustion engine which can be used in automobile, aircraft and railway engines. Instead of a reciprocating movement of the piston in conventional engines, the bi-piston rotates. It comes as no surprise that Pandey holds…


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SpicyIP Tidbit: Reality Check


Is the general level of industrial progress an accurate index of a State’s IP awareness? The answer in the affirmative is not forthcoming on account of facts to the contrary. Gujarat, which has consistently performed well on the economic front, seems to lag behind when it comes to IP protection. An article from sify.com indicates that the rate of patent filing in Gujarat has not increased despite the State government slashing patent filing charges by 50%. In fact, patent applications…


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