Evergreening of Patents

Evergreening is any of the various legal, business, and technological ways using which manufacturers extend the lifetime of their patents that are about to expire to retain royalties from them by either taking out new patents (for example, over related delivery systems or new pharmaceutical mixtures) or buying out or frustrating competitors for a longer […]

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All About Provisional Patent Applications

For easing the mode of filing a patent and claiming the subject matter contained therein, there are two basic approaches, namely provisional patent application and complete patent application. It is a crucial choice to opt for the filing of a provisional patent application or not since a provisional patent application is optional while a complete […]

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The Importance of Trademark Clearance Searches for Businesses

Any business owner looking to distinguish himself from others in the market would be wise to safeguard the elements that make his business unique. The same can be possible through trademarking any word, symbol, design, or phrase that the company uses to identify itself in the marketplace. However, the owners must conduct diligent research before […]

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Considering Intellectual Property Rights as a Collateral

In business parlance, assets can be divided into two major classes of tangible and intangible resources. Where tangible resources are constitutive of buildings, machines, and equipment, intangible resources are creations of the mind, which include inventions, literary, artistic, and musical works, labels, designs and symbols, and other goods or services of the like nature. In […]

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Licensing of Trademarks

A trademark is an important business asset that offers protection to a brand. Businesses own valuable trademarks, which, once registered, can be licensed out. The rights that flow from a trademark can be licensed to others to receive royalties for commercialization. Licensing your trademark can be a beneficial business strategy that can not only strengthen […]

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Bombay High Court Rules that Copyright Registration of a Label is not Compulsory

Overview The two parties involved include Sanjay Soya Private Limited (SSPL) and Narayani Trading Company (NTC). Both of them specialize in refined edible oil products. The dispute between the two arose concerning the use of packaging in their respective products. The plaintiff, SSPL, had filed a lawsuit against the defendant NTC in the Bombay High […]

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Copyright Protection for Choreographic Works

Like all other art forms, choreographic works in dance and their steps have been expressly recognized under the Copyright Laws of different jurisdictions. By such virtue, performers can have their rights protected, even though some of the most popular steps have not been claimed. Take the example of the famous ‘moonwalk dance,’ which is often […]

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Can Common Terms Be Trademarked?

A trademark is typically a sign, logo, symbol, word, phrase, design, or combination of them, which identifies the product or service of a particular brand. It recognizes the corporate identity of the brand. To sell the product, using the brand name makes it a trademark. However, one should keep in mind that the Trademark Rights […]

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Traditional Knowledge and Conservation of Biodiversity

The sustainable protection of biodiversity, including natural resources like forests, water, and agro-ecosystems, is recognized as a vital subject matter attracting the provisions of protection through the means of ‘Traditional Knowledge.’ Traditional knowledge plays a significant role in the preservation of biodiversity and the face of contemporary challenges of eroding resources and declining ecosystem service […]

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Limited Edition Products: Can they be Protected under IP Law?

Several times, we see that luxury brands come up with limited edition products, whether it is cars, watches, cosmetics, chocolates, electronics, etc., and enthusiasts do not spare even a moment to get their hands on these products. Limited edition means that the company sells ‘altered’ limited units of an original best-selling product that already exists […]

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