3D Shape Trademark on Cars

Trademarks indicate the origin of a product. While they commonly consist of a brand name or logo, the shape of a product may also be an indication of its origin. However, shape marks are not easy to register. For being registered as a trademark, the 3D shape of a product must be shown to have […]

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Can You Seek a Patent on Life Forms?

Claiming Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) over a subject matter as debatable as life forms has created diverse opinions since the day such a claim application was first made. It is very important to assess the same, morally, ethically, and legally, in the light of accepted norms laid by the Patent Laws in different major jurisdictions. A life […]

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Protecting your Trademark from Non-Use Cancellation

It is becoming increasingly vital that Registered Trademarks are used to maintain their validity and their ability to be enforced against third parties. The removal of any registered trademark from the register of trademarks based on the non-use of the trademark during a specified period concerning the goods or products specified in the Trademark Application is termed as trademark […]

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The Infamous Defense of Inequitable Conduct

What is Inequitable Conduct? Obtaining a patent is an uphill battle. Even after a patent is secured, it is not the end of all battles. There are instances where a patent holder may be deterred from enforcing his patent against an act of infringement on account of equitable defenses like unclean hands, estoppel, or laches. […]

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Understanding Assignment of Copyright

Copyright is a bundle of rights and can be exploited in several ways independently from each other. Each work has various rights, such as theatrical rights, distribution rights, rental rights, broadcasting rights, rights related to adoption and translation, rights to prepare derivative works, and so on, each of which can be exploited separately. These rights […]

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Understanding Compulsory Licensing and Access to Essentials

The domain of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), especially after the adoption of the Uruguay Round’s resultant, the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), has led to the adoption of an expanded understanding of IPRs in contemporary fields to strengthen the legal position of the rights holders. Such extension of rights has given […]

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Saving your Mark from Trademark Genericide

Today, several generic terms that we use, such as ‘escalator,’ ‘xerox,’ ‘cellophane,’ sound common but were once protected as trademarks. How have then they become generic terms? In the Trademark Law context, genericide, or the conversion of a trademark into a generic phrase, occurs when a trademark becomes the generic word for the product or […]

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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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