Intellectual Property Theft: A Menace

With the advancement of technology and the overreaching effect of cyberspace, cyber crimes have also witnessed a surge. Of these crimes, Intellectual Property (IP) theft is one of the many, which involves stealing copyright, patents, industrial designs, etc., by using the internet and computers as a medium. Copyright and trade secrets like software, secret formula/recipes, […]

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Can QR Codes be Trademarked?

Those in the print industry have been eager to adopt quick response codes over the past few years. The relatively new advent allows the marketers to put the barcodes on several different items and allow smartphone users to scan them and discover more information. A QR (shorthand for ‘Quick Response’) code is a machine-readable matrix […]

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Taxation of Intellectual Property: A Comparative Note

Today, companies are increasingly placing a huge amount of enterprise value on Intellectual Property (IP). In a few instances, the value attributed to IP assets by companies is greater than the entire net worth of the corporation itself. In the modern world, things such as overseas inter-company transactions of IP, franchising models, licensing, mergers, and […]

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Can Intellectual Property Rights Safeguard Your Blog?

A blog is like any other creative work of literature manifested in a different form. Due to creative and original use of expressions, blogs are deemed to be counted as private property for which Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) can be sought. A blog may contain an amalgamation of such rights since blogs do not merely […]

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Geographical Indications for Food Products

What are Geographical Indications? Geographical indications (GIs) are place names used to identify products that come from these regions and protect the quality and reputation of a distinctive product originating in a certain region. GI tagging is attributed in such a manner that quality, reputation, and other salient features of the commodity are linked to […]

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Patent Assertion Entities: A Boon or a Bane?

The term ‘Patent Troll’ originated in 1994 in an educational video by Paula Natasha Chavez called the ‘Patents Video.’ A patent troll is a term used for describing a company that uses Patent Infringement claims to win arguments and court judgments for profit or to stifle competition. It is what gets in easy money and […]

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A FOND ADIEU TO THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY APPELLATE BOARD (IPAB)

Behind the establishment of the IPAB The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (hereinafter, the IPAB) was brought into being through a gazetted notification of the Central Government by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on 15th September 2003 to hear appeals against the decisions of the Registrar under the IPR laws, namely, The Trade Marks Act, […]

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Moral Rights under Copyright Law

The Concept of Moral Rights Copyright is a bundle of rights that is primarily an economic right. What happens after you have assigned, either wholly or partially, the copyright in your work to someone else? Does that mean you have lost all your rights in the work that you have created or still have some […]

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Uncovering the Realm of Selection Inventions

What are Selection Inventions? The rationale behind granting monopolistic and exclusive rights over a particular invention is to reward and accredit the inventor for inventing a novel invention that is susceptible to industrial application and is not obvious to the existent state of the art. These rights are, therefore, given instead of the disclosure made […]

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