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No Deal Overall, But TPP Ministers Agreed Some IPR Issues In Hawaii, US Says

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01/08/2015 by WilliamNew, Intellectual Property Watch

While the ministers of the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) acknowledged they are still far apart on certain issues such as dairy, there were some areas of agreement in this week’s negotiation in Hawaii, they said. Some of them appear to have been related to intellectual property rights, with particular mention of geographical indications.

In answer to a question at the closing press conference on what was agreed since the start of the week, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman said an example would be intellectual property rights, specifically geographical indications. He gave no further details.

GIs have been an area of significant debate globally, as Europe and some other regions generally use a different system of protection for such products than countries that tend to use trademarks for this purpose…

Read more at Source: http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/08/01/no-deal-overall-but-tpp-ministers-agreed-some-ipr-issues-in-hawaii-us-says/

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Swipe To Patent: Design Patents In The Age Of User Interfaces

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by Beth Ferrill, Lauren Dreyer, Erik Dreyer, John Sanchez

User experience and user-interface design is an emerging field in the technology industry, even more so in the legal world of patents. (Sometimes this field is known by the shorthand UX/UI.) It might surprise you to know that the fastest growing segment of design patent filings is in the UX/UI space.

In the past, companies that manufactured a physical object, like a sneaker, often protected their designs with design patents. For a company like Nike, design-patent protection is important to preventing competitors from copying their shoe designs. But, the same is true for companies invested in UX/UI.

The surge in UX/UI design has created iconic features that cause consumers to immediately associate a design with a particular brand. From cell phones to remote controls, gaming devices to virtual reality headsets, modern products are carefully designed with the user in mind…

Read more at Source: http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/03/swipe-to-patent-design-patents-in-the-age-of-user-interfaces/

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Airbus Patented a Jet Capable of Flying 4 Times the Speed of Sound

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Jack Linshi @jacklinshi   4:54 PM ET

Airbus has won a patent for an “ultra-rapid air vehicle” that the aircraft maker says could travel over four times the speed of sound, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent, which was approved last month, details a hypersonic jet twice as fast as the Concorde, a supersonic jet that had previously been in commercial service. The Concorde, which was developed partly by a company now owned by Airbus, was capable of flying at about 1,300 mph (2,100 km/h), or twice the speed of sound — a feat the new invention can beat with new turbojets and a hydrogen power system, according to the patent.

Read more at Source: http://time.com/3982901/airbus-patent-supersonic-jet/

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IPAB sets aside order denying trademark to Rasi Seeds

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Trademark application was for its word mark 'Breeding Excellence'

BS Reporter  |  Chennai  August 2, 2015 Last Updated at 17:00 IST

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has set aside an order of the Trade Mark authority for a trade mark application filed by Rasi Seeds Pvt Ltd for its word mark "Breeding Excellence".
Issuing an order on an appeal filed by Rasi Seeds, the board said that the order of Assistant Registrar of Trade Mark was not a speaking order.

The order was issued in an appeal filed by Rasi Seeds against an order passed by the Assistant Registrar of Trade Mark in December, 2014, refusing its application for the registration of the trade mark for the word mark "Breeding Excellence".

Read more at source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/ipab-sets-aside-order-denying-trademark-to-rasi-seeds-115080200450_1.html

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Settlement With Bata Reached Over Trademark: Relaxo

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Press Trust of India | Last Updated: August 01, 2015 17:21 (IST)

New Delhi: Relaxo Footwears on Saturday said it has reached a settlement with competitor Bata India over the use of trademark 'SPARX' in favour of Relaxo Footwears.

"The company has executed a deed of settlement with Bata India for assignment of trademark 'SPARX' in favour of Relaxo Footwears Ltd," Relaxo Footwears said in a filing to the BSE.

"Both companies have agreed to file necessary consent terms before the Hon'ble Delhi High Court in due course, for withdrawal/settlement of all pending litigations filed by/against Bata India Ltd and the company," it added.

Relaxo Footwears said the benefit on account of this assignment of trademark along with saving in cost of litigation is considered to be materially beneficial to the company in the long term.

In 2009, Bata dragged Relaxo Footwear before the Delhi High Court alleging infringement of one of its popular brand Sparx.

Source: http://profit.ndtv.com/news/corporates/article-settlement-with-bata-reached-over-trademark-relaxo-1202826

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Microsoft beats Google in patent case appeal

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By Blair Hanley Frank

IDG News Service | Aug 2, 2015 4:02 PM PT

A federal appeals court has handed Microsoft a win against Google in a long-running lawsuit over patent licensing that was originally filed against Motorola in 2010.

A panel of three judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a lower court ruling that set a licensing rate for some patents owned by Motorola that was significantly lower than the company had originally asked for.

The dispute began after Motorola sent a letter to Microsoft asking it to pay as much as $4 billion per year to license patents relating to the 802.11 standard that underpins Wi-Fi and the H.264 video encoding standard. Since then, Google purchased Motorola Mobility and its patent portfolio, including the patents at issue in this case. It then sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo while retaining ownership of the patents.

Read more at source: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2955773/it-industry/microsoft-bests-google-in-patent-case-appeal.html

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India foils UK dermaceutical company's bid to patent ayurvedic mix for hair loss

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By PTI | 2 Aug, 2015, 11.26PM IST

NEW DELHI: India has once again successfully foiled an attempt by a major European major dermaceutical company to take patent on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss.

"India once again has been successful in protecting its traditional knowledge by preventing an attempt made by Europe's leading dermaceutical laboratory -- Pangaea Laboratories Limited, to take patent on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green  tea for treating hair loss," an official statement issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology said.

Read more at source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48321089.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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Startups, SMEs tardy in protecting patents

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LUBNA KABLY, TNN | Aug 3, 2015, 03.50AM IST

MUMBAI: A startup recently found to its dismay that the patent created by its employee was not owned by it. The founders were unaware that under the Indian Patent Act, 1970, the inventor of the patent is the 'first owner'.

Additional heartburn was caused as the employee was quitting to join a competitor. Fortunately, a counter-offer helped retain him. Patents fetch a higher valuation and now this startup, which is yet to access venture capital funding, is conducting a legal audit and strengthening agreements with its employees.

Under the Indian Copyright Act, 1957, the employer owns the copyright to material created by an employee during his employment (unless otherwise specified in the employment contract). However, the legal position is quite different under the patent laws.

Read more at source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Startups-SMEs-tardy-in-protecting-patents/articleshow/48322777.cms

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Google gets Indian patent

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Google has secured an Indian patent for an invention regarding a method and system for transferring annotations associated with video files.

By: SajanC Kumar | Chennai | July 31, 2015 12:28 AM

Google has secured an Indian patent for an invention regarding a method and system for transferring annotations associated with video files. Annotations provide a mechanism for supplementing video with useful information and can contain, for example, metadata describing content of the video, subtitles, or additional audio tracks…

For more information read source: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/companies/google-gets-indian-patent/111220/

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Apple patents stylus tech that recreates physical surfaces of objects

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MarkSullivan July 30, 2015 1:03 PM

The Patent Office published a couple of new Apple patents today for a hand-held stylus that can accurately scan and recreate physical surfaces, and even allow the user to “feel” the texture…

For more information read source: http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/30/apple-patents-stylus-tech-that-recreates-physical-surfaces-of-objects/

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