Protecting Recipes through Intellectual Property Rights

With the emergence of a cosmopolitan touch in the food and beverage industry through the introduction of celebrity chefs and mixologists as well as experimental, custom-made, creative dining experiences all over the world, culinary creations, including drinks and food, have become a crucial and valuable business asset. Like any other asset, the question of protecting […]

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Trade Secrets over Patents? What is the Right Choice for You?

When we talk about safeguarding some specific piece of information that adds to the commercial value of the goods, two obvious options come to our minds. The first is trade secrets, and the second is patents. The choice between the two options widely depends on the type of enterprise, the nature of operations undertaken by […]

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Modularity and Intellectual Property Rights: A Strategic Consideration

What is Modularity? The concept of modularity has become a common debate due to the vast outreach of consumers and industrial growth. The concept focuses on the notion of distributed innovation in the contemporary global economy. Modularity allows firms and companies with complex technical systems to divide the components therein, called the modules, which are […]

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The Interplay of Big Data and Intellectual Property Rights

What is Big Data? Big data is a relatively new concept that has created a greater conundrum in the realm of Intellectual Property (IP) laws. Big data refers to the large and diverse sets of information that can grow at an ever-increasing rate. Such collection of massive structured, unstructured, and multi-structured data is due to […]

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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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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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