Steaming Basmati Rice…

Recently, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has approached the IP Board against the GI Registry, requesting them to amend the GI Registration of Basmati Rice. Now it seems Pakistan has approached the IP Board. Lahore-based Basmati Growers’ Association (BGA) has moved the Chennai-based Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) in appeal…

Singapore now to be the International Search Authority

Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the recent 54th WIPO Assemblies appointed, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA). The appointment is to become effective from early 2015. IPOS, working together with the Singapore Permanent Mission in Geneva, was successful in its bid…

India and US- IP team

India and the US have come up with a plan to set up a high-level working group on intellectual property to solve the contentious issues which have been hampering investments. The group will be constituted as part of the Trade Policy Forum (TPF). The US-India TPF is the principal trade dialogue body between the countries.…

European Union- Protection Scheme

The following EU schemes encourage diverse agricultural production, protect product names from misuse and imitation and help consumers by giving them information concerning the specific character of the products: Three EU schemes known as PDO (protected designation of origin): covers agricultural products and foodstuffs which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area…

IP Trends at IPO

Patent Trends: The Indian patent office granted 295 Patents for the month of September, 2014. The Top three consisted of GM Global Technology Operations, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research with a count of 14, 8 and 6 patents respectively. The table below shows the top five Companies that received the…