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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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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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Your face is – or could be – your fortune !

Your Face is your Fortune ! Your Face is your Fortune ! While the Cosmetics  Industry has been trying to convince us of this for ever since we can recall, even the law says so ! Read on for how you can protect - or make - your fortune ! Any use of an image / photograph without permission can invite privacy suits. Right of Publicity has been held to be a part of Right of privacy. See :  R. RajaGopal v. State of Tamil Nadu, (JT 1994 (6) SC 514) Where held : the first aspect of this right…
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