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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

NOKIA GETS INJUNCTION AGAINST MERCEDES MAKER DAIMLER FOR INFRINGEMENT OF ITS SEP IN EUROPE

First posted on spicyip.com on August 20, 2020Banner image from here.Recently a German court, in a SEP / FRAND matter involving Nokia and Mercedes maker Daimler Motors, issued an injunction against Daimler for its infringement of Nokia’s SEP.  See press release issued by the court here in German (you may choose to automatically translate the press release in English). Basically, Daimler had infringed Nokia’s patent EP2981103. This patent is related to Zadoff-Chu sequences.  You might ask what is so great about Zadoff-Sequences: well they are the basic access signal in LTE.  In particular, the patent uses ZC sequences in the preamble for random access (i.e. to connect the mobile unit to... Continue reading

SEPS AND CONFIDENTIALITY CLUBS: NO COMPATIBILITY WITH EACH OTHER

First posted on spicyip.com  on June 8, 2020  compatibility-230x169.jpg 5.81 KB Image from here Recently, there was a post on spicyip.com regarding merits of confidentiality clubs to standard essential patent (SEP) litigation. When I read it, my view was that the confidentiality clubs being applied to a defendant in a SEP litigation was highly problematic and the same was not suited for the defendant: the very basis for using confidentiality clubs to share information in SEP litigation was highly questionable and should be challenged by a defendant. This post concludes that it is not in a defendant’s best interests to agree to a confidentiality clu... Continue reading