It is also vital to ensure that IP rights are not lost by publicly disclosing inventions prior to filing patent applications.Keeping your IP practitioner aware of your marketing activities could prevent you from inadvertently placing an invention that could form the core of your company's value in the public domain. … [Read more...] about Why Spend Money on Intellectual Property?
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Finally, in all outsourcing arrangements care should be taken to ensure that employees (or other individuals) developing improvements or innovations are required to assign over their intellectual property rights to their employer. In the United States, rights in an invention first rest with the individual employee – unless there is a written agreement, or an expectation of innovation, the employer may receive no more than “shop rights” to the innovation. In this case, employees are free to license the patented innovation to competitors, for their own profit. … [Read more...] about Outsourcing Intellectual Property: Do Risks Outweigh Potential Rewards?
Last date of submission is 26th February, 2015. Any entry after the prescribed date shall not be entertained. Participant should not submit more than one entry. Joint Authorship is allowed, but it should not exceed two participants. All submissions must be original. No previously published material will be accepted. Any entry of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. All essays received in the competition become the property of GNLU-Y. J. Trivedi Annual Intellectual Property Rights Essay Competition, which reserves the right to publish the essays in any form – electronic or print. The contestants by entering in the contest give GNLU – Y. J. Trivedi Annual Intellectual Property Rights Essay Competition the right to publicise the winning entries without any royalty or compensation. The contestants by entering in the competition agree to indemnify GNLU – Y. J. Trivedi Annual Intellectual Property Rights Essay Competition from and against all claims, … [Read more...] about 4th GNLU – Y.J. Trivedi Annual Intellectual Property Rights Essay Competition – 2014
Keshav: I think the awareness about the Indian patent laws and patentability of software programs is growing in the Indian IT industry, but to say that it has reached a level of maturity is a long shot. The fact that almost all the top Indian IT companies have dedicated patent law departments comprising a team of engineers and lawyers, the awareness on the business and competitive value of patents to protect innovation in IT is rising and patent application filings have gone up in the last few years. However, to a large extent it is still true that not all IT companies in India have clarity with regard to the level of protection the Indian patent law provides for software related technologies. Firstly, the law itself gives confusing signals to a non-lawyer. Section 3(k), which says “computer programs, per se, are not patentable” has been a bone of contention for many years as to its interpretation and scope. I would like to say here that software innovations [a.k.a. … [Read more...] about Talking Law: Keshav S Dhakad, Regional Director – Intellectual Property, Asia-Pacific & Japan, Microsoft Singapore
Works “made for hire” are potential pitfalls for a business. Copyright of a work may not actually be owned by a business if the work 1) is prepared by an independent contractor (i.e. not an employee), 2) is prepared by an employee outside the scope of employment, or 3) is specifically commissioned but does not fall within one of the categories of work identified in the Copyright Act or if there is no signed “work for hire agreement” or assignment. In these situations, it is important for a business to fully understand the employer-employee relationship and/or to have a signed agreement stating that it owns the copyright in a work. … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur’s Guide to Intellectual Property – Blog Series: An Introduction to Copyright Law