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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The Best Mode of Software Protection – Copyright or Patent?

Historically, Intellectual Property (IP) laws have influenced the success of the software industry by giving software developers a statutory mechanism from which they can earn at least some of their innovation’s market value. Until now, the software industry has been dependent upon distinct IP protection regimes: copyright and Patent Law. The scope of protection offered […]

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Exhaustion of Intellectual Property Rights and Fair Competition

Where did Exhaustion of Rights Come from? The idea of enforcing a uniform regime with minimum standards of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) was to ensure that such rights do not act as a hurdle in the furtherance of international trade. It is for this reason that when the World Trade Organization (WTO) was formed and […]

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