Trademark Rules 2017- Intellectual Property India

Ministry of commerce and industry has brought significant changes in current trademark rules which have become effective from 6th day of March 2017. The changes are focused on expediting trademark registration process. The significant changes are as follows: Total number of Forms is reduced to Eight (8) from seventy Four (74). The new Trademark forms…

India’s GI List reaches 288 as on December 30th 2016.

The office of the Geographical Indications Registry, Chennai, has registered 288 GI from April 2004, as on December 30th, 2016. Till date, Karnataka has the highest granted GI having 41 GI Registered, followed by Maharashtra with 35, Kerala with 24 GI and Tamil Nadu with 22. Various other states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand and…

USPTO Issues an update on “Subject Matter Eligibility”

The USPTO recently issued new guidance to Patent Examiners regarding the Subject Matter Eligibility. Below are the Highlights of the guidance based on Federal Circuit (FC) Decisions: The update provides discussion of two recent decisions indentifying the eligible subject matter, namely McRO, Inc. dba Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., 120 USPQ2d 1091…

USPTO- Fee Schedule Update

USPTO has updated the fees subject to reduction upon establishment of small entity status (37 CFR 1.27) or micro entity status (37 CFR 1.29) while applying for PCT applications which are effective from 01-01-2016. Note that if applicant qualifies as a small entity under  37 CFR 1.27, applicant may also qualify for “Micro Entity Status” under 35 U.S.C.…

IPO update- New Numbering format for Patent Applications

The Numbering System of patent applications and Request for Examination filed in IPO (Indian Patent Office) has been updated with a view to attain uniformity in accessibility and processing of Patent Applications by all Patent offices in India. The New numbering formal will be implemented w.e.f 1st January 2016. The new number format will have…