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Friday, June 24, 2011

House of Representatives in US are debating a patent reform, H.R. 1249 aka America Invents Act

House of Representatives in US are debating a patent reform, H.R. 1249 aka America Invents Act. This legislation intends to change US’s, “First-to-Invent” system to globally prevailing “First-to-File” regime. Provision for Post-Grant opposition is to be allowed under the draft bill This Bill will allow a Post-Grant opposition before a judge. US already have two post grant patent re-examination procedures. This additional procedure may be used by Big Boys to bully small inventors and businesses by enhancing cost of retaining a patent sizeably.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ASWAL ASSOCIATES- Patent and Trademark Attorneys: Rwanda and Qatar became PCT Contracting states, PC...

ASWAL ASSOCIATES- Patent and Trademark Attorneys: Rwanda and Qatar became PCT Contracting states, PC...: "On May 31, 2011 Rwanda (RW) became the 144th PCT contracting state and PCT will enter into force on 31 august 2011. Earlier this month on Ma..."

Rwanda and Qatar became PCT Contracting states, PCT to cover 144 countries

On May 31, 2011 Rwanda (RW) became the 144th PCT contracting state and PCT will enter into force on 31 august 2011. Earlier this month on May 3, 2011 Qatar (QA) became the 143rd PCT contracting state. PCT will enter into force on 3 August 2011. Thereafter, it would be possible to file pct application and designate any of 144 countries of choice for patent protection.

There was not a new contracting state in 2010, though there was reification for the Kingdom in Europe, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The Netherlands Antilles ceased to exist on 10 October 2010. As from that date, the PCT continues to apply to CuraƧao and Sint Maarten. The PCT also continues to apply to the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba which, with effect from 10 October 2010, have become part of the territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe.

Last time there were new contracting state introduced in 2009, when Peru (June 6, 2009) and Thailand (December 24, 2009) became the 141 and 142 contracting state respectively.

Monday, June 20, 2011

PH Kurian, the Controller General of Patents, Trademarks, Design India resigns

PH Kurian, IAS the Controller General of Patents, Trademarks, Design India has resigned last week from his post. Speculation is that he is returning back to Kerala Cadre and would be joining the Kerala Govt as principal Secretary.

He was responsbile for bringing about transparency and accountability in the Patent, trademark and Design Office.

Madrid Protection in India: Advantages and Disadvantages

India became member of Madrid Protocol on July 8, 2013. The Initial advantages of Madrid system were huge as compared to filing a conventi...

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