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JC BOSE, WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY AND PATENTS


I’d blogged earlier on India’s contributions to mathematics. As some of us are aware, it wasn’t just in mathematics, but in several other areas of technology that Indian accomplishments are overlooked in standard text books and literature. In fact, in ancient India, scientific breakthroughs range from references to astronomy in the Rig Veda to Shushruta’s trysts with plastic surgery. This note captures Shushruta’s brilliance: “The practice of surgery has been recorded in India around 800 B.C. This need not come…


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Emerging Issues in G.I:Muga [email protected] Assam


Emerging Issues IN G.I: Muga [email protected] Assam. Environmental Concerns cloud the Muga Silk Industry of Assam. ‘Round and round the mulberry bush’, sing children in praise of the fine art of silk weaving. If only it were so simple to weave silk by going round the mulberry bush, we would all be clad in the finest of silks fit for the king. And if royalty were to indulge their tastes, it would be nothing less than the Muga Silk of…


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Ancient India and Maths


Something that we in India already knew about. Naomi Canton from the Hindustan Times writes: “Indians’ contribution to the development of mathematics has largely been swept under the carpet in global history books. But a BBC crew, led by an Oxford professor, was in the country last week to film a documentary revealing Indians created some of the most fundamental mathematical theories. The West has always believed that Sir Isaac Newton, famous for developing the laws of gravity and motion,…


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Gizmo Talk:Apple Iphone


Gizmo Talk: Apple Iphone A treat for all the music buffs and Apple aficionados___ a new blockbuster gizmo to get you in the mood. The new Apple Iphone, ,a music playing and web browsing device that was launched last Friday has created a mass hysteria of sorts. Reuter reports Crowds lined up at some of Apple outlets cheered as their doors opened at 6pm local time while smaller groups waited outside At&Tstores.The Iphone melds a phone , We b browser…


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"CHEMICAL" OBVIOUSNESS: HAL WEGNER’S NOTE


I’d referred to Hal Wegner’s note on chemical obviousness in the last post. For those interested, the Patent Prospector provides an excellent summary of this note and also links to the note. The summary is as below: Hal Wegner has analyzed the current status of case law regarding chemical compound obviousness, and holds that “KSR and Pfizer v. Apotex manifest fundamental misunderstandings of chemical practice case law.” Selective excerpts from the summary of this exceptional research and analysis:The law of…


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TRAINING PATENT EXAMINERS


For those of you interested in spending a good Sunday pondering what the training program of a typical US examiner looks like, here’s a wonderful blog that is interestingly titled “Patently Academic: The Saga of a Patent Examiner in the Patent Training Academy”. For a delicious sampler, see below: “Anyway, back to search strategies. I’m pretty impressed by the wide array of search tools available to examiners now, and somewhat amazed about how difficult things must’ve been even a few…


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ALLEGATIONS OF BIAS IN THE NOVARTIS PATENT LITIGATION


Whilst most of us await the Madras High Court judgment on the constitutionality of section 3(d) of the Indian Patents Act, here’s an update on what’s going on at the IPAB (Intellectual Property Appellate Board), the specialized IP tribunal in India. As mentioned in an earlier post, the Novartis litigation was split up—the patentability issue was referred to the IPAB and the constitutionality issue was to continue with the Chennai High Court. Before the IPAB could even begin to wade…


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Protecting Wal-Mart’s Trademark in India


India’s first Wal-Mart store isn’t slated to open until next August. Yet the battle lines for protecting intellectual capital are already being drawn. The Delhi High court has injuncted a Delhi based Indian firm from using Wal-Mart as either their trademark or trade name on the ground that the same infringes the trademark of Wal-Mart. The Delhi based Indian firm used Wal-Mart as their trademark in the Indian market. Aggrieved by this, Wal-Mart filed an injunction petition before the Delhi…


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Patenting Slokas:Offbeat Chants!


The Yoga- Patent imbroglio effectively fueled by media hyperbole and rhetoric continues unabated albeit with a small detour. After doing the wrong stretch on yoga, this time around it’s a wrong chant of the Slokas The debate has progressed (or should I say regressed) to patenting of Slokas.Slokas are traditional Sanskrit Verses that are found in ancient Vedic texts. As such the term ‘sloka’ could be used to broadly mean and include verses from ayurvedic texts; verses that are chanted…


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谷歌贏爭端 – I meant "Google wins dispute"


What does Chen Zhaoyang have in common with gmail? Forget it, don’t rack your brains as the answer is “nothing”. He is a cybersquatter who registered the domain name gmail.co.in in 2005. Google filed a complaint with the National Internet Exchange of India under the INDRP (.in Dispute Resolution Policy) seeking a transfer of the domain name in their favour. Today’s Hindu Business Line reports that the sole arbitrator Mr. A K Singh who was appointed by NIXI has passed…


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