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Tying your shoelace ? – beware !

  Shoelace Tiers beware ! The Patent World can be quite an interesting ( nah, not funny - are lawyers ever funny ? :-) ) world to dip in occasionally. This was inspired by a discussion with an inventor - that lead to  a preliminary prior art search, and voila ! What is claimed is: 1. A shoelace tying system, for tying a shoe lace in a shoe having a pair of top lace holes, a first lace end and a second lace end extending through the top place holes, comprising the steps of: tying a simple knot with the…
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Patent Drafting – not to be taken lightly !

patent drafting - not for everyone ! Patent Drafting .......is not to be taken lightly ! Indeed, the US Supreme Court said this way far back in 1892 ! Topliff v. Topliff  145 156 (1892), US Supreme Court Decided May 2, 1892 "The specification and claims of a patent, particularly if the invention be at all complicated, constitute one of the most difficult legal instruments to draw with accuracy, and in view of the fact that valuable inventions are often placed in the hands of inexperienced persons to prepare such specifications and claims, it is no matter of surprise that…
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Consumer

Risks- does your Doctor tell ? If not, it still is yours !

Risks-is Your Surgeon gambling with your life ?   Is your Doctor playing Dice with you ? The  Risks are yours ! It is bounden duty of a Doctor to tell his patient pros and cons - including Risks - of treatment suggested by him. Plain common sense, backed by law and several cases. However, sometimes the Doctor/ Surgeon errs grossly on this. Reasons ? Money or sheer incompetence / overconfidence. Who pays ? The Patient. For a lifetime, many While there is a whole plethora of cases similar, they still do not seem to stop. In one of the…
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Property

Nominee of deceased in a Cooperative Society is entitled for ownership by transfer

Nominee of deceased in a Cooperative Society is entitled for ownership by transfer Chanced upon this rather interesting decision. Could be of help / use to some Nominee of Deceased Member is absolutely entitled for the Ownership by transfer. Co-op. Society can not  challenge the right of Nominee. This is a a settled Law of the land. No legal heirship, Court order or Succession Certificate or Letter of Administration is required HOWEVER, here is a catch !!- read on to know ! Case : Indrani Wahi versus Registrar of Coop Societies & Ors. in Ciivil Appeal No. 4646 of 2006.…
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Whither Patent Agent Exam ?

  Patent Agents Exam - To Be or Not To Be ! Law applies equally to all - including Lawyers. Indeed it should ! If in the process it leads to uncertainties - well, that is collateral damage for the " greater good" . Patent Agent Exam is one such conundrum ! People in India need to clear a Patent Agent Exam to register as a Patent Agent who only is authorized to "practice before the Controller of Patents" . Recently the Indian Patent Office held Patent Agent Exam 2016.  However, a  Madras High Court judgement in 2013 has held…
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Twitter getting ready to look in your window ?

Is Twitter getting ready to look in your window ? The really FUN thing about the patent business  that, occasionally, you get to see stuff which tells you just how fast things are changing and how they could be just 1-2 years down the line. One such is the patent application Twitter filed recently for " Messaging Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicle"- simply put a Drone that is controllable by tweets ! The application was filed in Dec. 2015. Find it at here . It does not seem to be a grant yet, although some media is reporting so - maybe…
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