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…

Misinterpretation of Brands

Generic terms are common words or terms, often found in the dictionary. It is not possible to register as a trademark as it is a term that is generic for the goods/services identified in the application. A trademark becomes generic, often as a result of improper use and the rights in the mark may no…

Trademark War over Khadi

Following Haldi (Turmeric) and Basmati, the latest instance of violation of Intellectual Property Rights, which is essentially traditional knowledge, is the famous KHADI. The government’s efforts to promote ‘khadi’ are facing a trademark snag with the brand having been registered abroad, in countries such as Germany, as well as in India. ‘Khadi’ being registered in…

iVoice v/s iPhone

Tamil Nadu-based iVoice Enterprises has filed a modification petition with the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), challenging the famous iPhone trademark, belonging to the US-based Apple Inc. A company statement said, that the company which is engaged in Intellectual Property Rights and mobile applications with primary emphasis in the domestic market, seeks to remove “iPhone”…