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4th Indo-European Conference on Patents and ICT: Industry 4.0 and its impact on the patent system

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Munich, 9 December 2016

Mr Raimund Lutz, Vice President of the European Patent Office (EPO), and Dr Debashis Dutta, Group Coordinator of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and Mr Sugandh Rajaram, Consul General of India in Munich, inaugurated the 4th Indo-European Conference on Patents and ICT, which held on 9th December 2016 at the EPO’s headquarters in Munich. The objective of this year’s conference was to explore the opportunities and challenges generated by Industry 4.0 for the patent systems in Europe and India with a view to fostering a common understanding of, and approach to, future developments. 

The conference held a special relevance as under the German presidency of the G20 in 2017 industry 4.0 has been identified as a key topic and European ICT industry has sought to play a leading role in shaping future developments in this field. Hence, more than 200 stakeholders from Europe and India exchanged information and views on the latest developments with a special focus on the expected interaction between Industry 4.0 and the patent system. The respective practices in the field of software-related inventions were subjected to comparison, and industry and policy-makers shared their perspectives on the exchange of best practices in patents and standards. The conference discussed pertinent patent-related issues faced by the ICT industry both in Europe and in India. 

On this occasion, the EPO and MeitY also announced the launch of an Indo-European IPR Collaboration Portal in the coming weeks, which will facilitate the registration, protection, and commercialisation of IPRs in the respective jurisdictions, particularly by SMEs, start-ups, universities, single inventors, etc.  

At the sidelines of the conference, the EPO and MeitY organised a round-table for users and industry, which was held on 8 December 2016. Both parties presented the latest results of their bilateral co-operation such as the creation of a virtual EPO-India helpdesk for innovators from both regions, the above-mentioned Indo-European IPR Collaboration Portal, the establishment of a wide network of master trainers in India trained on the European patent system and the use of EPO patent information tools, and increased awareness among Indian stakeholders of the EPO procedures and practice in respect of Computer implemented inventions (CII). European and Indian industry expressed their satisfaction with the bilateral co-operation of the EPO and MeitY, and provided valuable proposals and input for the conceptualisation of new co-operation projects under the bilateral umbrella. Aligning the respective practices and improving consistency and predictability in the examination and grating of software-related patents in India was the foremost request from industry. Improved access to patent information from India, particularly legal status data, came close behind.

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If IPR owner is abroad, its transfer cannot be taxed in India: Delhi HC

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The Delhi high court ruled that transfer of intellectual property rights (IPR) whose owners are not based in India could not be taxed in the country

Last Modified: Tue, Jul 26 2016. 06 24 PM IST

New Delhi: In a significant decision, the Delhi high court on Monday ruled that transfer of intangible assets like intellectual property whose owners were not based in India could not be taxed in the country.

In what would benefit Foster’s Australia, the petitioner (now known as CUB Pty), the high court overturned a decision of the Authority of Advance ruling which said that such transfer would mean that income accrued in India.

A two-judge bench comprising justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva said that the legislature, while clarifying what would mean capital assets, refers to shares and derivatives, but excludes intellectual property.

Sourcehttp://www.livemint.com/Companies/SFk8J7rYF5ep6ewl2jmDCN/If-IPR-owner-is-abroad-its-transfer-cannot-be-taxed-in-Indi.html

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Ease of Doing Biz: Startups can now take care of their IPR assets without bureaucratic red tape

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By PTI | Jul 23, 2016, 05.53 PM IST

NEW DELHI: To improve ease of doing business, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said a start-up would now need only a certificate of recognition from the government to avail IPR-related benefits. 

Earlier, a budding entrepreneur had to go through an elaborate process of approaching an inter-ministerial board to procure the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) benefits. 

"A start-up would now require only a certificate of recognition from the Department .. 

Sourcehttp://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/53353248.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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Start-ups Now Need Only A DIPP Certificate For IPR Benefits: Nirmala Sitharaman

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To improve ease of doing business, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said a start-up would now need only a certificate of recognition from the government to avail Intellectual Property Rights-related benefits

To improve ease of doing business, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday (23 July) said a start-up would now need only a certificate of recognition from the government to avail Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)-related benefits.

Earlier, an entrepreneur had to go through an elaborate process of approaching an inter-ministerial board to procure the IPR benefits…

Sourcehttp://businessworld.in/article/Start-ups-Now-Need-Only-A-DIPP-Certificate-For-IPR-Benefits-Nirmala-Sitharaman/23-07-2016-100759/

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UGC to varsities: Offer study of IPR as elective subject

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UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu said that creations of mind such as inventions, designs for industrial articles, literary, artistic work, symbols, names and images etc are protected by lntellectual Property rights

By: express webdesk | New Delhi | Published:July 18, 2016 3:11 pm

Emphasising on importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked varsities to offer it as a generic elective subject under the Choice Based Credit System.

In a letter to universities, UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu said that creations of mind such as inventions, designs for industrial articles, literary, artistic work, symbols, names and images etc are protected by lntellectual Property rights.

The importance of IPR was first recognised in Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (1883) and the Berne Convention for Protection of Literary and Artistic Work (1886), the UGC official’s letter said…

Sourcehttp://indianexpress.com/article/education/ugc-to-varsities-offer-study-of-ipr-as-elective-subject/

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Samsung granted patent for vertical wireless charger that can charge two devices simultaneously

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Posted: 26 Jul 2016, 08:08, by Milen Y.

A Samsung patent for a wireless charging device surfaced last week at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent describes what seems to be an evolution in wireless charging pads design – a unit that can charge multiple devices at the same time – going over three basic builds, which are for illustrative purposes only, and should not be taken as an indication as to what exactly the final product might end up looking like….

Sourcehttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-granted-patent-for-vertical-wireless-charger-that-can-charge-two-devices-simultaneously_id83534

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Patent office caps fast-track requests

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BUSINESS » INDUSTRY

NEW DELHI, June 18, 2016

Updated: June 18, 2016 23:25 IST 

The government, which opened a ‘tatkal’ window to expedite examination of patent applications in the backdrop of 2.37 lakh pending patent applications, has now set a limit on applications that it will consider under the fast-track clearance mechanism….

Sourcehttp://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/patent-office-caps-fasttrack-requests/article8746303.ece

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IBM patents Google Glass-like night vision eyewear

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IANS | Jun 20, 2016, 11.07 AM IST

NEW YORK: US tech giant IBM has patented an eye wear like Google Glass that will have red-eyed night vision capabilities, a media report said.

Although not promising a true night vision, the device is described in the patent to improve sight under low light by tricking the brain to focus on high-contrast imagery….

Sourcehttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/IBM-patents-Google-Glass-like-night-vision-eyewear/articleshow/52828484.cms

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Australian bitcoin inventor silently building patent empire

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Reuters | Jun 20, 2016, 08.29 PM IST

SYDNEY: Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin, is attempting to build a large patent portfolio around the digital currency and technology underpinning it, according to associates of his and documents reviewed by Reuters.

Since February, Wright has filed more than 50 patent applications in Britain through Antigua-registered EITC Holdings Ltd, which a source close to the company confirmed was connected to Wright, government records show….

Sourcehttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Australian-bitcoin-inventor-silently-building-patent-empire/articleshow/52837277.cms

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Indian Patent office issues guidelines to startups

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PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
13 JUNE 2016

Indian Patent Office at New Delhi has issued guidelines for facilitators and startups with respect to filling and processing of applications for patent, designs and trademarks, in an attempt at encouraging budding entrepreneurs and to boost innovation.

As per the guidelines, a startup willing to file a patent application for an invention will have to select a facilitator who would help in preparing the request and also assess the patentability of the invention as per acts and rules, the Controller General Patents, Designs and Trade Marks said in a public notice…

Source: http://yourstory.com/2016/06/startups-receive-guidelines-ipo/

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