The Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2016- Highlights

The Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016 is effective form 16th May, 2016. The following are the Highlights of the changes to be noted. Principle Rules Effect Changes       Rule 2 Inserted (db) After the Clause (da), (db) is inserted “Request for Examination” Means a request for examination, including expedited examination made, under section 11B…

Post-Dating a Patent Application – A Global overview

Post-dating allows the patent application to shift the original application date forward to a later date. Usually, the period to shift the original application date is maximum six months. Some countries such as India, New Zealand and United Kingdom provide an option to extend the period for filing the complete specification up to six months.…

Should I copyright or patent my software?

Most discussions concerning protecting software touches upon this question, one way or the other. Patents and Copyrights are different forms of Intellectual Property, and they protect different aspects of a creation. Patents protect “concrete” ideas, and are intended to protect inventions – specific implementation or set of implementations of ideas. An example for a patentable…

New IP Law in Morocco

A new Industrial Property law (23-13) in place of 17/97 came into force in Morocco recently. Some important changes include: Patents There is a new reach for the divisional patent applications and a provision for compulsory licenses for non- exploitation of an invention. It also confirms that the annuities are only payable once the patent…

Basics of Patents

Objective: To give an insight into analyzing  patentability of an invention, understanding patent process and its concepts, and purpose of doing various types of patent searches before applying for a patent and before commercializing an invention. Outline: Analysis of patentability criteria, Types of patent searches, Types of patent applications, Application for patents, and Patent Process.…

What is a Patentability search?

A patentability search and analysis involves analyzing the invention to understand if the invention is patentable and chances that a patent application will get approved by the patent office. A patentability search report includes analysis of an invention based on the patentability criteria set by the patent law of the relevant country. In general, an…