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TIDBIT: IPO REVISES PATENT APPLICATION / RFE NUMBERING SCHEME

First posted on spicyip.com on 25.07.2016In an office order issued some time back, our patent office streamlined the numbering of patent applications and request for examinations.  This numbering system came into effect from 1st January 2016.  The new numbering system is in line with global best practices. This new numbering system provides for patent applications having a 12 character numeric fixed length standard and applicable to all patent offices.  The 12 character numeric length also includes Year of Filing, jurisdiction, type of application, and application number. Numering Scheme -I.PNG 52.6 KB Numering Scheme-image2.PNG ... Continue reading

ERICSSON'S LITIGATION STRATEGY: A MEANS TO AN END?

First posted on spicyip.com on 15.08.2015 Some time back Ericsson announced a settlement of its pending disputes with True Position and Samsung. In the announcements, in True Position, Ericsson claimed that it "[T]akes pride in its technical leadership in wireless standard setting activities and looks forward to continuing to take a leading role in future 3GPP standard setting, including for LTE-Advanced and future generations of wireless technology." In the Samsung matter, Ericsson claimed that it is, "[C]ommitted to licensing its standard-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms for the benefit of the industry. It believes that licensing according... Continue reading

ECJ ON SEP LICENSING – HUAWEI V. ZTE

SEP holders with huge portfolios many patents (SEPs) may find it exceedingly difficult (at least in Europe) to take legal action against parties for patent infringement after the European Court of Justice put the onus on them to offer fair licensing deals.  Given the multitude of wayward decisions in Indian courts on SEPs and FRAND, I am not sure whether there would be any impact of the decision.  However, it is my sincere hope that it does. Readers would remember my last post where I tried to show the extra territorial reach of SEPs when used in portfolio licensing and tried to make a case against it.  The ECJ decisio n does discuss this issue briefly - albeit in a different co... Continue reading