Blog from July, 2012

DESIGN PROTECTION IN INDIA

Following the article on US Design Patents in our October 2011 newsletter, this month we discuss the  protection of industrial designs in India. Designs are protected under the Designs Act 2000, along with the associated Design Rules 2001 and (Amendment) Rules 2008. Information on filing design applications in India can be obtained from the Manual of Designs Practice and Procedure of the Patent Office.  

DEFINITION

In India, a design is defined as “the features of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament or composition of lines or colors applied to any article whether two dimensional or three dimensional or in both forms, by any industrial process or means, whether manual, mechanical or chemical, separate or combined, which in the finished article appeal to and are judged solely by the eye; but does not include any mode or principle of construction or anything which is in substance a mere mechanical device, and does not include any trade mark as defined in clause (v) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Trade and Merchandise Marks Act, 1958 or property mark as defined in section 479 of the Indian Penal Code or any artistic work as defined in clause (c) of section 2 of the Copyright Act, 1957.” A design is registered by filing one or more views of the design along with a statement of novelty claimed.

Differences with Respect to US Filing

Unlike in the United States, designs are subject to “registration” in India, i.e. a certificate of registration issued. However, apart from the difference in terminology, India, as signatory to the intellectual property treaty obligations under WIPO, has a strong legal framework for protecting industrial designs. Other differences include a 15 year term of validity (Sec 11 of the Designs Act) (10 year initial grant + 5-year renewal), while in the US system design patents are valid for 14 years. The term “copyright” is used in the Indian statute to mean the exclusive right to apply a design to any article in the class in which the design is registered.

Trends in Design Applications Filing

Trends in design application filings in India between 2004-2010 are shown in Fig. 1 and 2 based on

data released in the Annual Reports of the Office of CGPDTM 2009-10.
Fig. 1: Year wise trend of design applications filed in India over the past few years

As seen in Fig. 1, there is a general upward trend in applications filed and registered, except for a marginal decrease in 2009-10.
Fig. 2: Design filing trends by origin of filing as domestic/foreign

The number of design applications filed and registered by Indian applicants (Fig. 2) leads the foreign origin applications by 40-60%, which is contrary to the trend in utility patent applications, where over 80% of the filings in 2009-2010 (p.18) were filed by foreign nationals. These numbers show that design filings have perhaps been underutilized compared to utility patents, particularly in comparison with China where design filings exceed utility filings (WIPO, table A.4). With the growing interest in the Indian market, there is ample scope for growth of design filings in India.  As of 2010 some of the leading Indian design patent assignees were Crompton Greaves Ltd, MA Design India Pvt Ltd., Junaga Jewellery Pvt. Ltd., Tata Automobiles Ltd., Philips Electronics India Ltd., Anchor Electricals Pvt. Ltd., Tata Motors Ltd., Bajaj Auto Ltd., Eicher Goodearth Pvt. Ltd., Godrej & Boyce Mfg.Co. Ltd., Gold Medal Electricals Pvt. Ltd., Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

LITIGATION INVOLVING DESIGNS

In India, design litigation decisions are available through the official Govt. of India Website as well as through http://indiankanoon.org/. A compilation of Controller’s and court decisions is also given in Appendix 1 of the Manual of Designs Practice and Procedure.  The current position in interpreting design claims is based on the decision in GlaxoSmithkline Consumer Healthcare GmbH v Anchor Health & Beauty care Private Limited, PTC 2004 (29) 72. Here, the Delhi High Court applied the “ordinary observer test” although the language used was slightly different. It was held that novelty should be capable of making a design different and distinctive “at first sight of the consumer”.
 
Other interesting cases include Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd (Plaintiff) v. Wyeth Ltd (Defendant). Reckitt appealed the dismissal of its petition for an injunction against Wyeth to a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court. The question on appeal was whether prior registration in foreign jurisdictions could be used as “prior disclosure” under Section 4(b) of the Designs Act, 2000 to cancel a design registration and thus be used as a defence in an infringement lawsuit. The Division Bench (DB) reversed the holding in favor of the appellants Reckitt, upholding the validity of their design registration. The DB ruled that a design remains new or original even if it is published in India or abroad within the six month period following the filing of an application for registration of such design in the specified country so long as an application for registration of the design is filed in India within this six-month period.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DESIGN REGISTRATION

Design registrations must fulfill the following conditions: 

  • The design must be new or original - and should not have been disclosed to the public anywhere in any form before the filing date
  • Must be distinguishable from known designs
  • Must be applicable on an article such as paper and appeal to the eye
  • Shall contain no scandalous or obscene matter
  • Is not merely a mechanical contrivance
  • Shall not be contrary to public order or morality

The novelty of the design should reside in the article taken as a whole instead of highlighting or pin-pointing any portion of the representation as novel. In addition to a statement of novelty, the Indian Patent Office requires disclaimers regarding the words, letters, numbers or trademarks present on the representation sheet(s), and with respect to any mechanical features, principle of action or operation of the article should be endorsed in all the representation sheets.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications should be duly filed using the prescribed form (Form-1) along with the prescribed fees, stating name in full, address, nationality, name of the article, class number, and address for service in India. The application shall also be signed either by the applicant or by his authorized agent.
 
Power of authority in Form 21 must accompany the application, if filed through an agent. Priority documents shall be filed along with the application in case of conventional application claimed under Section 44 of the Designs Act 2000. Currently the filing fee is Rs.1000 (about $20) per application.
 
An application for registration of a design under Section 5(2), 3(3), or 3(4) shall be addressed to the Controller of Designs, The Patent Office, CP-2, Sector-V, Salt Lake, Kolkata- 700091. (E-mail: controllerdesign.ipo (at) nic.in). Alternatively, the application can be filed with any of the other three Patent Offices at Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai. However, the examination and office actions are handled by the Kolkata office.

Design Classification System

India has adopted a new classification that conforms to the Locarno Classification of industrial designs.

Types of Design Applications

Two types of design applications are filed, a) ordinary applications that do not claim priority under section 5 or 44, and b) reciprocity applications. A reciprocity application claims priority to an application filed previously in a convention country. Such an application shall be filed in India within six months from the date of filing in a convention country, which is not extensible.

DESIGN PROSECUTION

The flow chart in Fig. 3 explains the following steps involved in design registration: 

  1. The application for registration of design is filed complying with the requirements stated earlier
  2. The filed application is examined by the Examiner of Designs to check whether the applicationand all the documents satisfy the formal requirements and whether such design as applied toan article is registrable as per section 5(1) and under the provisions of the Designs Act 2000and Design (Amendment) Rules 2008. After thorough formality check if the application is  deficient in any aspect, the Examiner reports the deficiency to the Controller, who communicates  the statement of objections to the applicant
  3. The applicant should comply with rectification of the deficiencies within three months from thedate of communication of the objections failing which the application shall be treated aswithdrawn. The application will be taken up for substantive examination only after compliance ofthe objections to judge whether the design under consideration is a “design” under the Act;new or original; prejudicial to public order or morality and prejudicial to the security of India
  4. After substantive examination a statement of objections (if any) is sent to the applicant. If theapplicant wishes to contest the objection(s) issued by the examiner, he may respond to theobjections clearly stating the reasons. Then the Controller shall give a hearing to decide thecase. In case of any decision adverse to the applicant, the Controller shall issue a speakingorder
  5. Once the application is accepted after addressing the objections or after hearing the notice ofappeal from the court the controller issues notification in the Patent Office Journal as shown in  Fig. 4, after which the certificate of registration is issued
                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                        Fig. 3:  Design registration process in India


Fig. 4: A typical notification of design registration in the Patent Office Journal

Effect of Indian Design Registration 

  1. When a design is registered, the proprietor of the registered design has copyright in the design for a period of ten years from the date of registration. It can be extended for another five years from the expiration of the original period of ten years by applying in the prescribed manner, i.e. by filing a renewal of registration in Form 3
  2. Use of registered design except through license or written consent of the registered proprietor is illegal by any person during the validity of registration
  3. A registered proprietor can sue for recovery of damages for any contravention of the design rights through copying of the registered design
  4. A registered proprietor can effect assignments and transmissions of the registered design and the details of the same should be entered in the Register of Designs at the Patent Office, Kolkata
  5. The person entitled by assignment, transmission or other operation of law to copyright in the registered design can register his title by filing an application in the prescribed form with the Controller of Designs
  6. The exhibition of a design, or of any article to which a design is applied, will not prevent the design from being registered or invalidate the registration, provided the exhibitor gives prior notice to the Controller of Designs in the prescribed manner. Such application for registration is to be made within six months from the date of first exhibiting the design or article or publishing a description of the design
  7. The provisions of the Patents Act 1970 with regard to certificates of validity of a patent and to the remedial action in case of groundless threats of action against infringement apply in the same manner in case of registered designs as in the case of patents

CONCLUSION
 
In India, design registrations are easier to obtain than utility patents. Average prosecution time is less than a year, compared to 5-7 years for a utility patent. Design registrations provide rights that can be enforced through the Indian legal system. There is therefore ample opportunity for businesses to protect their interests through design registrations at the Indian Patent Office. Maxval is well positioned to assist clients with preparing the required design illustrations, as well as in filing and prosecuting design applications in India, through our offices located at Coimbatore and Chennai.

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Jim Brown
FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.
jim.brown@fiz-k.com

- In this, our last weekly Coalition Update: Link (Members Only)

From the House -

- Postponement of the meeting to discuss the nefarious WIPO transfer of technology to rogue regimes. No, they did not use the word nefarious. Yes, I had to look it up to make sure I was using it properly. Feel free to go Inigo Montoya on me.

From the USPTO -

- Proposal published re: first-to-file implementation
- Looking for help to set up an eCommerce-like system for fee collection.

Elsewhere -

- Proposed changes at the ITC.
- Apple vs. Samsung just gets bigger. One of the issues raised is 'standards-essential' patents. What a mess.

- And for those of you wanting to access some of the older updates, here is the full list of Coalition documents: Link (Members only).

Did I mention this was the last weekly update?

If you like the Coalition news, like the Coalition, think it's a valuable member service, or just want to keep Marla on our island, speak up. If you think it's a waste of resources, you ignore my horrible blog postings, and don't care about the world of patents outside of your inbox, then also speak up. PIUG isn't a democracy and it isn't a monarchy. Being something in-between, you're allowed to voice an opinion. Post to the wiki, send me an email, send the Board an email, call Sue in Australia.

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FIZ Karlsruhe, Inc.
jim.brown@fiz-k.com

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- In this week's Coalition Update: Link (Members Only)

From the House -

- Big meeting about the ITC entitled "The International Trade Commission and Patent Disputes". For those of you living under a rock, the ITC is where (in layman's terms) you go to stop the importation of goods into the United States. In other words, this is the big stick in patent litigation; particularly if the goods are manufactured overseas and shipped to the US (did someone say smartphones). Meeting notes are on our site: Link (Members Only).
- Foreign Affairs Committee also held a meeting that discussed Intellectual Property Rights.

From the USPTO -

- Detroit Office is officially open for business. Four more non-Alexandria locations have been announced as well. (Off topic: I've been told that the Detroit office will have two to four terminals hosting EAST for the public. No verification yet, but perhaps a member could report in from Michigan. Is it neutered EAST like the PTRCs or the full Monty?)
- Of higher interest: Final rules for preissuance submissions. (Off topic: There is a lot of debate on the likelihood of folks using this procedure. As we get closer to the September 16, 2012 kick-off date, I'll definitely be hoping to have some discussions on the forum since as a search provider the usage will affect my bottom line.)

Elsewhere -

- Back at the ITC, a bizarre document regarding their workload with relation to NPEs was posted. Plenty of legal blogs have reviewed this document.
- Of interest to our drug manufacturing friends, some decisions were made with regard to "reverse payments". You know how to find out what was said... Read the Coalition summary: Link (Members Only).

- And for those of you wanting to access some of the older updates, here is the full list of Coalition documents: Link (Members only).

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In case you missed this (I know I did until just now), there are still a few days left to respond to the invitation from the White House to provide input to the Administration’s new strategy for intellectual property enforcement. The overarching objective of the strategy is to improve the effectiveness of the U.S. Government’s efforts to protect intellectual property in the U.S. and overseas.

Further information and the link to provide comment is at on.wh.gov/r3GI.  The deadline for feedback is 25th July.

A handful of Documents to report on today!

In this week's Coalition Update: Link (Members Only)

From the Senate

Big meeting on 'Oversight of the Impact on Competition of Exclusion Orders to Enforce Standard-Essential Patents'. Lots of discussion on 'Standard Essential Patents' and 'Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory Standards'. This is the current language being used in the ever-expanding battles between the high-tech companies, so to stay abreast check out the summary of the Senate meeting: Link (Members Only).

From the House -

Draft of the IP Attaché Act.
Meeting scheduled for July 18 on the ITC and Patent Disputes.

From the USPTO -

The USPTO hosted a CPC External User Day event. The Director was there, the Commissioner was there, the EPO was there, and PIUG was there too! All of the documents are available here on the wiki: Link (Open to Everyone). It was good to see so many PIUG members attending the meeting in person and asking questions. 

Elsewhere -

Fun occurrences as usual from the Federal Circuit. At this rate, we'll be having fisticuffs at the next all hands hearing.
More investigations of WIPO on the Hill.
Trademark Public Advisory Meeting - Lots of stuff on the new Trademark Search Engine getting rolled out: Link (Members only).

And for those of you wanting to access some of the older updates, here is the full list of Coalition documents: Link (Members only).

I'm going to miss doing these summaries when we lose access to the Coalition documents. I actually received positive feedback from a couple of PIUG members last week for adding a little levity to the seriousness that is our day-in-day-out jobs! SR and BS, thanks for the feedback.

The July issue of STNews, the STN e-Newsletter, is now available. Highlights include:

  • Keep current with weekly SDI packages now available on STN
  • RSS delivery of SDIs enhanced with hit term highlighting
  • More frequent updates to the Emtree Thesaurus in Embase on STN provide earlier access to the latest drug and medical terminology

To view this month's issue and to subscribe, visit STNews.

Dear Collegue,

Over the last few weeks a number of important enhancements have been made to the USGENE BLAST Search Portal, based directly on customer feedback. We invite you to try out these new features while our free trial offer is still available and let us know what you think about them. The most significant new and enhanced features are summarized below.

Improved search, display and reporting performance
The underlying USGENE database has been reorganized and optimized for faster search, display and reporting performance. For example, this includes all related documents being indexed into USGENE patent family groups, which are visible in the Evaluate table and Documents tab as "Family" numbers.

Reorganization of BLAST algorithm parameters
The layout and defaults for BLAST "Algorithm parameters" have been adjusted to more closely reflect NCBI BLAST interface layout and defaults. This should make them a little easier to use and navigate. In-context help has also been added for each parameter.

Latest BLAST version implemented
The latest version of NCBI BLAST is available (BLAST version 2.2.26). At any time the current version of BLAST can be confirmed in the About USGENEpage, located at the bottom of the USGENE BLAST Search Portal interface. Please note that other services you may be using may not always provide the latest BLAST version.

Automated naming of multiple uploaded sequence searches
To improve ease of use when uploading a series of FASTA format sequences for searching in the USGENE BLAST Search Portal, any search name you provide generates a simple series of numbered searches for the query sequences. For example, My protein query 1, My protein query 2, etc.

Three additional filters in the Evaluate table
Database filter - Only show sequence hits from either granted (issued) patents, or published patent applications.
Sequence count filter - Only show sequence hits from documents with a total sequence count below a chosen value.
My patents filter - Only show sequence hits from documents which are in My Patents.

Profile option for Evaluate table in Expand all view
In the Account tab, "Edit profile" section, you can now set your preference to initially see "Evaluate table" results in either condensed "Collapse all" (default) or detailed "Expand all" view.

Generate report in .DOCX format
The "Documents tab" now has the option to generate a detailed report in the .DOCX format in addition to the PDF format. The main advantage of the .DOCX format is that it can be more easily edited and customized before sharing with your colleagues. The structure and content of this report is based directly on the feedback we have received from customers.

Generate table option
The "Documents tab" Generate table option creates a .XLS tabular report of results. The table is organized based on sequence hits, and includes a standard combination of data fields relating to the sequence hits. The structure and content of this table is based directly on the feedback we have received from customers.

USGENE record browse buttons
When you open a USGENE BLAST Search Portal sequence record, there are now two sets of browse buttons at the top. The "Sequence number" browse buttons allow you to navigate between sequence records from an individual document, and the "Sequence key" buttons allow you to navigate between identical sequence records from different documents. Here's an example.

USGENE record links to legal status and patent families
When you click on "More" publication information in a USGENE BLAST Search Portal record, two "Further information" links are now available. "Legal Status" takes you to current Espacenet legal status, and "Patent Family" takes you to current international patent family information available at Espacenet. Here's an example.

USGENE record "Back to Projects" button
When you visit a USGENE BLAST Search Portal sequence record, there is now a button at the bottom allowing one-click navigation directly back to your Projects list.

Pricing flexibility - Optimization of pay-as-you-go functionality
The USGENE BLAST Search Portal supports a full unrestricted subscriber mode and a more restricted pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mode for those that need this pricing model. The PAYG mode has recently been optimized to make the workflow clearer and easier to navigate.

Our Privacy Policy has been added to the "Terms of use" page
We care about your privacy and our Privacy Policy is available via the Terms of use link, located at the bottom of the USGENE BLAST Search Portal interface.

Automated expiry emails
Seven (7) days prior to the expiry of your subscription, and again on the day of expiry, an automated notification email will inform you of your current subscription status.

About USGENE page
At the bottom of the USGENE BLAST Search Portal interface there is an About USGENE link. This page now provides the latest USGENE statistics, specifically sequence count and documents counts. We are very proud of the timeliness and breadth of our database and this allows you to make a simple comparison of the comprehensiveness of USGENE as compared to other services you may currently be using.

Remember, there is still time to take advantage of the 30 day free access. This entitles the user to full use of the database for 30 days.

Please direct any feedback and questions through the following form:
http://www.sequencebase.com/contact-sequencebase-patents

Or email us at techsupport@sequencebase.com

Best regards,

Marty

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Martin Goffman Associates                     Tel: +(732) 549-5433 
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This article describes the agreement reached among European leaders on June 29, 2012. France, Germany, and the UK splits their differences by making Paris the headquarters of the new Unitary Patent Court with about 60% of the workload. London will have a satellite office for handling patents for pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries – about 30% of the work; the remaining work will be handled by a satellite office in Munich that will also handle administrative work for patent appeals.

(Copyright restrictions discourage any copy and paste of the article's content.)

Edit (DD): Alternative sources of information... Patent Docs and IP Kat. Thanks Tom!

Parthys Reverse Informatics is excited to be hosting the First Seminar on Advanced Intellectual Property Concepts

July 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

IIT Madras Research Park - Auditorium, Chennai, India

http://www.reverseinformatics.com/aipc.pdf

We have invited an outstanding faculty of speakers.

PRINICIPAL SPEAKER: Stephen Adams, Managing Director, Magister Ltd., UK

(My apologies for the delay in posting the update!)

In this week's Coalition Update:

In the halls of Washington - 
House Judiciary beat their collective chests about IP in China and WIPO in Iran in N. Korea.
Another House committee had the USPTO provide economic numbers with regard to IP theft.
Couple of other minor things too. Our leaders seem interested in IP and patents these days. ($)

On Dulaney Street in Alexandria, VA - 
I visited with USPTO folks alongside Marla Grossman of the Coalition. It was enlightening for me, a jaded native of Washington DC to participate.
The USPTO is having a CPC User's Day on July 10, 2012. It will be WEBEX'd so you can watch it in your pajamas, which is appropriate for you left coasters since the meeting begins at 9 AM EST. In Singapore, that's 9 PM though! Here is my open invite to all from Friday: Link (Everyone and spread the word).

Elsewhere -
Whole bunch of little tiny tidbits of news and gossip which I can not do justice to in this tiny space.

Please go to the source rather than relying on my poor Ron Burgundy version: Link (Members only).

And for those of you wanting to access some of the older updates, here is the full list of Coalition documents: Link (Members only).