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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Once you have at least determined a strategy for patent protection (if available), a thorough written contract should legally define the relationship between your company and your potential partner. Critical provisions include covenants that protect each party’s confidential and proprietary information. These covenants should limit the dissemination of information to only those employees who have a “need to know” the same; furthermore, it is imperative that each party have adequate agreements and procedures in place to ensure that employees with access to the information maintain it in a confidential manner, even after their departure from the company. … [Read more...] about Outsourcing Intellectual Property: Do Risks Outweigh Potential Rewards?
Introduction of Y.J. Trivedi & Co.: Y.J. Trivedi & Co. started functioning since 1970 and the firm exclusively handles IPR related issues and litigations, for which it has earned a top ranking status. In order to meet its vision of creating awareness about IP rights in the society and to encourage innovative creations in the IP field, the firm conducts various seminars, programmes etc. with the help of academic and non academic institutions. … [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
Copyright protects original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works that are fixed in a tangible medium. Copyright is different from a patent or a trademark. A patent protects inventions or discoveries and a trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems or methods of operation, however, copyright may protect the way these things are expressed. Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases, which in some cases may be protected as trademarks. Copyright also does not protect “useful articles” (i.e. an object that has an intrinsic utilitarian function that is not merely to portray the appearance of the article or to convey information), listings of ingredients or contents, or works lacking a “modicum of creativity.” … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur’s Guide to Intellectual Property – Blog Series: An Introduction to Copyright Law