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DHC IS NOW A HOTBED OF SEP LITIGATION - PHILIPS SUES VIVO FOR INFRINGING LTE PATENTS

This is in continuation of my previous post that the DHC has become a go to venue for SEP litigation.The latest is that Philips has sued VIVO (18.09.2020) and others for infringing its 3G / 4G patents, some of which have already expired.    The patents in issue are: (i) IN 275419 (ii) IN 271469 (iii) IN 228133 (iv) IN 221703 (v) IN 211041 Out of these patents,  IN 221703 and IN 211041 have expired. More precisely, the patents relate to Universal Mobile Telecommunication System / High Speed Packet Access / Evolved High Speed Packet Access and Long Term Evolution.In the first order of 18.09.2020, I see that Philips (allegedly) had demanded $1  from Vivo.  Whether or not that is FRAND, on... Continue reading

DELHI HIGH COURT INVITES COMMENTS ON PATENT RULES 2020

The Delhi High Court on October 9, 2020 issued its proposed  “The HighCourt of Delhi Rules Governing Patent Suits, 2020”.   The notification may be accessed here on the Delhi High Court website or from this site:  PublicNotice_G3SK9Q0PX99.PDF 223 KB The notification asks members of the Bar to send their comments / suggestions if any, within four weeks, to the office of the Registrar General of this Court by e-mail at jrrules.dhc@gov.in. My comments on the proposed rules may be accessed from here Response to Proposed Rules- RajivChoudhary.pdf 253 KB Continue reading

THE FERID ALLANI JUDGEMENT AND THE CHANGED INDIAN PATENT LANDSCAPE FOR SOFTWARE PATENTS

Shortly before the term of a patent (if granted) would expire, in an ex-parte order issued by the IPAB authored by Justice Manmohan Singh, the IPAB finally granted a patent to Ferid Allani for an application filed almost two-decades ago for an invention relating to ‘A method and device for accessing information sources and services of the web.’ Brief prosecution history of the application – from filing to grant Ferid Allani had an idea and filed a provisional patent application for it on 30.12.1999 in France and it was given the number 99/16704.  Thereafter, a PCT application was filed on 29.12.2000 (PCT/FR2000/003759) and it entered India as IN/PCT/2002/00705/DEL on 17.07.2002.  As su... Continue reading