Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Opposition to grant of GI to Nashik Grapes, Surat Zari Craft, Cheriyal Paintings and Pembarthi Metal Craft is now open

Journal No.35 dated 4th June 2010 has been published by Geographical Indications Registry and invited oppositions for the same. The Journal carries information of the Geographical Indication and its technical and historical details. Anyone interested in opposition shall send a notice of opposition within three months or within such further period not exceeding one month in the aggregate from the date when such Journal was made available to the public. There are totally 206 Products are recognized by Geographical Indications registry and registered them as Geographical Indications. The Journal carries the following four products 1.Nashik Grapes 2. Surat Zari Craft 3. Cheriyal Paintings and 4.PEMBARTHI METAL CRAFT

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Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, PATIA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ConferenceLex (Call for Papers): CII & APTDC, National Conference on Building Next Practices of IP Management

ConferenceLex (Call for Papers): CII & APTDC, National Conference on Building Next Practices of IP Management

The Bilski Case is Finally Decided

 

          The court held that the Bilski's application was not statutory subject matter:

Petitioners' remaining claims are broad examples of how hedging can be used in commodities and energy markets. Flook established that limiting an abstract idea to one field of use or adding token post solution components did not make the concept patentable. That is exactly what the remaining claims in petitioners' application do. These claims attempt to patent the use of the abstract idea of hedging risk in the energy market and then instruct the use of well-known random analysis techniques to help establish some of the inputs into the equation. Indeed, these claims add even less to the underlying abstract principle than the invention in Flook did, for the Flook invention was at least directed to the narrower domain of signaling dangers in operating a catalytic converter.
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Today, the Court once again declines to impose limitations on the Patent Act that are inconsistent with the Act's text. The patent application here can be rejected under our precedents on the unpatentability of abstract ideas. The Court, therefore, need not define further what constitutes a patentable "process," beyond pointing to the definition of that term provided in §100(b) and looking to the guideposts in Benson, Flook, and Diehr.

And nothing in today's opinion should be read as endorsing interpretations of §101 that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has used in the past. See, e.g., State Street, 149 F. 3d, at 1373; AT&T Corp., 172 F. 3d, at 1357. It may be that the Court of Appeals thought it needed to make the machine-or-transformation test exclusive precisely because its case law had not adequately identified less extreme means of restricting business method patents, including (but not limited to) application of our opinions in Benson, Flook, and Diehr. In disapproving an exclusive machine-or-transformation test, we by no means foreclose the Federal Circuit's development of other limiting criteria that further the purposes of the Patent Act and are not inconsistent with its text.

The judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed.

Source: The 271 Patent Blog  By Peter Zura


For a copy of the opinion, click here (link)

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Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, PATIA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Launch of WIPO-Gold- an IP Research Portal

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva  has launched a IP Resource Portal named 'WIPO-Gold' focusing on providing online IP information tool, which can be helpful to access broad collection of  IP data  relating to technology, brands, designs, statistics, WIPO standards, IP classification systems and IP laws and treaties. The Portal is very useful since it provides treaties administered by WIPO, its regulations and also the contracting members list, which comes very handy in various situations. Along with it it also provides for Statistical publication of Patents, trademarks, designs, plant varities, microorganisms, etc. 

A specific section has been dedicated to WIPO UDRP Panel Decisions, which houses full text search of WIPO Decisions on Domain Names. 


In the website, Director General Francis Gurry said "The launch of WIPO GOLD is a significant step towards fulfilling one of the Organization's strategic goals – that of serving as a world reference source for IP information and analysis". The WIPO GOLD portal is a rich, dynamic and evolving information tool that will continue to be expanded and improved over time," he added. 

To visit WIPO Gold, please visit : http://www.wipo.int/wipogold/en/

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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, PATIA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

6th e-India 2010

India's Largest ICT Event

CALL FOR PAPERS - eINDIA 2010


It is our pleasure to announce 'call-for-papers' for the 6th annual eINDIA 2010 ICT conference and exhibition 

Papers are solicited ONLY from academia, government, NGOs and students. 
Private sector and corporate organisations are NOT encouraged to apply.


Application of information and communication technology (ICT) in the domain of government, education, healthcare, agriculture and rural services are redefining traditional working of society and business.

There is a driving need to build synergy around those plethora of thoughts, ideas, innovations and knowledge available in this space and share across communities and stakeholders.

The 6th eINDIA 2010 strives to provide an ambient platform for intellectually stimulating deliberations around ICT policy, infrastructure, innovation, commercialisation, market opportunities, capacity building, best practices and alike, in India and across the globe. 

In the backdrop of strengthening the digital opportunities for the new age economy, the 6th eINDIA 2010 seeks original abstracts/proposals/presentations from individuals who demonstrate significant innovation in harnessing technology for transforming some aspects of Governance, Education, Healthcare, Agriculture and Rural Service Delivery through Telecentres.

Contributions are solicited in form of either workshops, paper or poster presentations.

We request you to use our specific template for abstract submission. Detailed instructions are provided within the template.

The six seminal tracks of the conference are:


IMPORTANT DATES


Last date for Abstract Submission: Closed

Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts: May 20, 2010

Last date for Full Paper Submission: June 10, 2010

Notification of Acceptance of Papers: June 21, 2010



GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT & PAPER SUBMISSION


Format 
File format - Word Document or PDF
Font style - Arial or Times New Roman in single column format
Font size- 12 for paper
Font size- 14 for the title and authors 
Line spacing -1.5 lines

Abstract and Full Paper 
Word limit for abstracts - 500 words 
Word limit for final paper (excld. abstract, tables, diagrams and references) – 2500 words 
Paper Title: The title of the paper should not exceed 8 words. 
Author 1: Name, Designation, Institution/ Organisation, Email Id
Author 2 Name, Designation, Iinstitution/ Organisation, Email Id

Authors Bio and Image 
Authors are requested to submit a brief bio (describing their areas of interest and their present work areas) of about 100 words along with the abstract and an image (high resolution preferably 300 dpi) of the author/s. 

Figures and Tables 
Figures, tables and images should follow the references. Please make sure that every table or figure is referred to in the text. The table or figure will be placed after the first mention in the text. Legends should be short, descriptive and define any acronyms, abbreviations or symbols used. 

Authors are requested to provide full color high-resolution images (preferably 300 dpi, jpeg image). The images should also be attached separately with the papers and properly referenced with the text. 

References 
References to published works must be cited in text according to the author/date system and listed alphabetically as a separate appendix titled 'References' at the end of the manuscript. 

General Guidelines for Papers 
The paper may be on accomplished research results, assessments of projects/work-in-progress or fresh concepts, preliminary research results. 

The paper should state clearly the objective of the project, motivation/need and context of the research/project, describe the methodology used, summarise key findings and state their importance to ICT in education. 

Endnotes and footnotes should be kept to an absolute minimum. Substantive comments should be integrated within the text rather than placed in a note.



We look forward to receiving your contributions and seeing you in eINDIA 2010!



4—6 August, 2010
Hyderabad International Convention Centre
Hyderabad, India
For detailed information log on to http://www.eindia.net.in/2010/


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Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, PATIA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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Kampot pepper is granted GI status in Cambodia

The Cambodian government recently approved 'geographical indication' status for Kampot ground pepper, which Parisian chefs have called the best in the world.

After he grew tired of fighting on the government side of Cambodia's civil war and left the Army in 1993, Ngnoun Lay knew exactly what he wanted to do.

"When I stopped being a soldier I went to grow pepper like my ancestors," says the president of the Kampot Pepper Farmers' Association, standing among ripening plants that tower over him on wooden poles.

Pepper has been cultivated in this region since at least the 13th century. But the spice's heyday came much later, under French rule. Parisian chefs considered it the best in the world for its uniquely strong yet delicate aroma and its slightly sweet, eucalyptus taste. At the turn of the 20th century, Cambodia was exporting around 17.6 million lbs. a year, according to FarmLink, a company working with farmers to create a niche gourmet market in Europe.

Under the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-79), the industry was completely destroyed and has yet to regain anything close to its former glory.

But farmers in Kampot recently got a boost when the Cambodian government approved geographical indication status for their product. (GI provides a guarantee of quality standards and assurance that a product comes from a particular region.)

Kampot has a microclimate ideal for growing pepper, as well as specialized cultivation techniques that have been passed down for generations, says Jerome Benezech, director of FarmLink. He says GI status will help to stop traders selling pepper from other regions under the Kampot brand. And it will mean higher profits for Kampot farmers, because GI appeals to consumers willing to pay a premium.

Mr. Benezech says Kampot may never produce the volume of pepper it did a century ago – the province exported only 6,600 lbs. last year – but he and the farmers hope for a steady rise "To increase the volume exported today to a couple of hundred tons would be very profitable for everybody, for the province and the farmers," he says.

Source: http://www.csmonitor.com 26/06/10


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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, PATIA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wipro and Microsoft Join Hands to Deliver Global Legal Process Outsourcing Efficiencies

As per the Businesswire ( A Birkshire Hathaway Company ),  WIPRO Technologies, the global IT services business of Wipro Limited , yesterday announced that its Business Process Outsourcing division has partnered with Microsoft Corporation to provide global Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) for Microsoft's Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio.

In July 2008, Wipro began providing U.S. Patent and Trademark filing and docketing services to Microsoft's Intellectual Property & Licensing group. Microsoft previously had used a mix of in house resources, outside law firms and offshore vendors to perform these IP services. Moving to Wipro, with its extensive BPO experience, international reach and global delivery capabilities, ensured not only efficiency but also consistency in the way Microsoft does business.

Microsoft facilitated the transition of processes to Wipro by leading domain training for Wipro's team. Wipro correspondingly developed the LPO framework, tools, trainings, controls and metrics required to drive high productivity and reduced costs for Microsoft. Wipro's operational rigor, application of tools and various quality improvement methodologies has led to significant gains in both quality and efficiency of the transferred processes. These results have led Microsoft to add international docketing and filing processes to the original US-only processes at Wipro.

Over the past two years, Wipro has developed an impressive IP domain expertise and ability to work on a scale required for Microsoft's vast IP portfolio. Wipro and Microsoft continue to jointly develop improved domain expertise, processes and case management and work allocation tools to further streamline IP processes.

"The dedicated Microsoft team at Wipro has become a fundamental component of our global Patent operations function," said Martin Shively, GM of Patent Operations at Microsoft. "The Wipro team works closely with our in-house team to manage one of the world's largest and most valuable patent portfolios."

"The success of this partnership is testament to the innovation and dedication demonstrated by Microsoft's IP team and Wipro's LPO solutions professionals," said Saju A. Joseph, General Manager KPO & LPO solutions, Wipro Technologies. "Wipro will continue to integrate legal expertise with process and technology to reduce overall legal cost for its clients," he added.

Today Wipro and Microsoft continue to work together to expand their global delivery partnership.

 This is a good news for young law professionals who want to make their career in Legal Process Outsourcing.They can specialise in IPR and Technology law and target the WIPRO LPO for a handsome starting salary.


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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, PATIA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Sanganeri hand block printing art gets GI protection

 

The 500-year-old Sanganeri hand block printing art on textile products in Rajasthan has bagged the Geographical Indication (GI) certificate protecting its uniqueness and distinct identity along with the authority for its practitioners to take legal action against any infringement of the brand of the products.

GI is an intellectual property right, different from copyright and trademarks, publicly enjoyed by the artisans and producers of the specified goods or products. It attributes the characteristics of the recognised products to their geographical origin.

Now no other hand block and screen-printed textiles produced elsewhere can be sold in India under the tag of Sanganeri print. Because the GI certificate not only recognises the uniqueness and distinct identity of Sanganeri prints in dress material but also in related products such as home furnishing manufactured in the traditional manner by the local community of Chhipas. The GI Registry undertook a rigorous process of scrutiny on the application filed in December 2008 before issuing the certificate earlier this year. The certificate will protect the Sanganeri textile products, characterised by delicate floral motifs in multiple colours, under the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.

The UNCTAD India Project, along with its partners such as Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) and Rural Non-Farm Development Agency (RUDA), worked closely with the artisan community in Sanganer in seeking the GI certificate. The certificate is set to increase the visibility of the product in both domestic and international markets.

So  there is good chance for the artisans in Sanganer that to take up innovative activities for building a brand image and launch new marketing initiatives for getting the advantage of GI certificate. The printed textile industry in the town provides direct and indirect employment to about 6,000 people.

Source: The Hindu, 11th June 2010.
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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, PATIA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

SPECIAL EPISODE ON Dr. A. SAMANTA

WATCH  Dr. A. SAMANTA, FOUNDER, KISS & KIIT IN THE SPECIAL EPISODE "MUHAAN MUHIN"

ON  KANAK TV

ON 11th JUNE AT 7:00 PM


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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, PATIA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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