How novel does my invention have to be?

When most people create something that they think is valuable – they think they must get a patent on it. Nothing wrong with that of course, but the problem is that the law is very strict on what you can…

How valid is your online contract?

With the proliferation of broadband and mobile internet in India, it is becoming more and more lucrative to jump on the e-commerce bandwagon. By its very nature, e-commerce is a rebellion against distance. You can enter into an agreement for…

The Holy Trinity of MoU, NDA and Employment Agreement Explained [Legal Resources for Startups]

In the sea of legal terminology, three words (actually two are acronyms) stand out – NDA(s), MoU(s) and Employment Agreement(s). So in this article, we are going to briefly discuss what these three are, how they are different, and how…

Using Patents as a Marketing Tool – The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Marketing is one of the core functions in any business. This core function is carried out by working in conjunction with other functional units of companies. Working in conjunction with other functional units has known to help marketing teams in…

How To Register Your Domain Name As Trademark

How To Register Your Domain Name As Trademark

This question was discussed in a landmark case, Satyam Infoway Ltd. vs Sifynet Solutions Pvt. Ltd. In this case, Sifynet Solutions, an Ahmedabad based company registered several domain names, such as www.sify.net, www.sifymall.com, and www.sifyrealestate.com, with Internet Corporation Assigned Names and Number (ICANN). In opposition to this, it was opined by Satyam that the word ‘Sify’ is a coined word and has been used using its corporate name. Also it was averred by Satyam that the word has claimed a wide reputation and goodwill.

Google’s Patenting Trends – Founders Aren’t The Top Inventors At Google!

Interesting point to be noted in this graph is the absence of Google’s founders’ names among the top 20 inventors for Google, considering the fact that any inventor with 6 granted patents (patent families) would have found a spot in this graph.

Patenting For Success: A 101 On Why And What Of Patenting [Legal Resource For Startups]

Patenting involves competitive strategies in today’s business world. To build a successful company through protecting its patents, one needs to develop a patent-filing strategy as well as manage their IP assets in a way that would bring revenue to the company. But above all, one should be aware of the pitfalls of the patenting system and learn to combat them efficiently by devising a wholesome, customized patent strategy.

Indian Government Announces National Awards For Commercial Patent Holders

Indian government in order to enable IP economy has launched TREMAP (Technology Refinement and Marketing Programme) to recognize the innovative potential of Indian nationals and to encourage the innovator community for making their innovations more practical and relevant to the…

How To Select A Good Brand Name [From Trademark Perspective]?

Trademarks are the names and logos used by business entities or individuals for business. Registration of trademark is necessary to protect the goodwill and reputation of one’s business from competitors. Selecting a strong trademark is very important as it distinguishes…

Explained: Why & How to Conduct a Trademark Search?

Explained: Why & How to Conduct a Trademark Search?

Trademarks are sought to protect the identity of a business/company. Performing a trademark search is a crucial step before adopting a trademark. When a trademark search is conducted, the possibility of a trademark being similar to an existing trademark is…