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.…

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…

Aircrafts on a Runway to Generate Electricity

“Boeing use noise produced by an aircraft on a runway to generate electricity. The patent mentions installing multiple acoustic collectors on both sides of a runway” When you hear of scientific innovations at airports, they’re usually trying to offset the environmental cost of such a necessary and long-haul mode of transportation. Airports and air travel…

Public notice allowing other Patent Offices to receive payments and documents on behalf of PO Chennai, due to Floods.

It has been brought to the notice of all the applicants/ agents/ stakeholders that due to the floods in Chennai, the functioning of the Indian Patent Office, Chennai has been affected and the CGPDTM has been requested to make alternative arrangements for Payments of fees and submission of applications/documents and other statutory papers which may…

FRAND Licensing- An Introduction

Most of our daily lives are governed by technological devices – smartphone operating over 3G/4G networks, computers using WiFi, or even the now ubiquitous ear buds playing music from MP3 devices. To function, however, the technology in each component has to work together. That means the devices typically need to comply with standards, i.e., protocols…