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Copyright, IP

Copyright is an asset celebrated by Copyright Certificate holders, this intellectual property protection right protects original work of authorship including software, books, articles, photographs and other creative works. As the copyright is a legal evidence and public notice of ownership, if this intellectual property is infringed, the remedies for copyright infringement will be covered briefly in this blog.

Note: without any agreement, no one can use any such property.

 

Civil Remedies for Copyright Infringement:

 

The civil remedies for copyright infringement are covered under Section 55 of the Copyright Act of 1957. The different civil remedies available are:

 

1)    Interlocutory Injunctions

 

The most important remedy is the grant of an interlocutory injunction.  In most case, the application filled is for interlocutory relief and the matter rarely goes beyond the interlocutory stage. There are three requirements for there to be a grant of interlocutory injunction – Firstly, a prima facie case. Secondly, there needs to be a balance of convenience. Finally, there needs to be an irreparable injury.

 

2)    Pecuniary Remedies

 

Copyright owners can also seek three pecuniary remedies under Section 55 and 58 of the Copyright Act of 1957. First, an account of profits which lets the owner seek the sum of money made equal to the profit made through unlawful conduct. Second, compensatory damages which let the copyright owner seek the damages he suffered due to the infringement. Third, conversion damages which are assessed according to the value of the article.

 

3)    Anton Pillar Orders

 

The Anton pillar order gets its name from the holding in Anton Pillar AG V. Manufacturing Processes. The following elements are present in an Anton Pillar Order – First, an injunction restraining the defendant from destroying or infringing goods. Second, an order permitting the plaintiff’s lawyer to search the defendant’s premises and take goods into their safe custody. Third, an order that the defendant is directed to disclose the names and addresses of suppliers and consumers.

 

4)    Mareva Injunction

 

The Mareva injunction comes into play when the court believes that the defendant is trying to delay or obstruct the execution of any decree being passed against him. The court has the power to direct him to place whole or any part of his property under the court’s disposal as may be sufficient to satisfy the decree. This is provided in Order XXXVIII, Rule 5 of The Civil Procedure Code, 1908.

 

5)    Norwich Pharmacal Order

 

The Norwich Pharmacal Order is usually passed when information needs to be discovered by a third party.

 

Criminal Remedies:

 

Under the Copyright Act, 1957 the following remedies are provided for infringement:

 

  1. Imprisonment up to 3 years but, not less than 6 months
  2. Fine which may not be less than 50,000 but, may extend up to 2,00,000
  3. Search and seizure of infringing goods
  4. Delivery of infringing goods to the copyright owner



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IP, Patent

Entrepreneurs before filing for patent registration – highly honored intellectual property rights, go through a critical step – Patent search. Patent search helps the applicant to be sure of whether his content is an invention or a discovery. In this blog, we will be looking into how patent search is done in India.

Most entrepreneurs while dealing with patent search, are with an assumption that doing a manual search on sites like www.sciencedirect.com or www.google.com would be sufficient, come to a conclusion that the process is easy peasy. Well, the fact is, on those websites you would find only 25% information, whereas 75% of information is available as patent documents and are never published. Now, I hope we have a come to a conclusion why this procedure is important. Moving on,

Patent search is the process by which prior inventions or ideas are examined, with an objective to find information that bears a close similarity to a given patent or proposed invention. The documents searched during a patent search may include granted Indian, U.S. and foreign patents, published patent applications, and non-patent literature, such as the Web, product literature, and scientific journals and databases.


Patent search is an extensive data mining, a detailed search on:

  • Previous patents
  • Trade journal articles
  • Publications (including data books and catalogs)
  • Public discussions (conference and seminar)
  • Trade shows
  • Brochures
  • Products, devices, and equipment.

Types of patent search:

  1. Patentability Search – Done to determine if:
    1. Patentability
    2. Originality
    3. Explanatory
  2. Validity Search –
    1. Examiners on patent claims (Granted patent & Published patents)
    2. Technical publications (like journals)
    3. Non-Technical publications (like brochures)
  3. Infringement Search –
    1. Infringement check
    2. Territorial search – since patent enforces in one country, does not protect your right in other countries.
  4. Clearance Search –
    1. Combination of Patentability Search + Infringement search
    2. Full text specification and claims of granted patents and published patents with a special emphasis on enforceable patent claims.
    3. Search of Expired patents, technical publications (like journals) and non-technical publications.
  5. State of – the – art – searches:
    1. Full-text specification and claims of granted patents and published patents from all major patent offices of the world (Worldwide database)
    2. Technical publications (like journals) and non-technical publications (like product brochures)
    3. Search is carried out for whole technical field or a part of technical field according to the requirement of person concerned
    4. It is not limited to unexpired patent like in case of Infringement search
    5. It is not limited to one inventive concept like in case of Patentability search
  6. Patent Landscape search –
    1. To monitor markets of interest
    2. To identify gaps in and improve your research and development
    3. To determine which of your prospective patents will have significant commercial value
    4. To confirm which inventions are now in the public domain
    5. To give a better understanding of current competitors and identify future ones.
    6. It involves all features of State-of-the-art search
    7. It involves the different types of analysis on data generated by State-of-the-art search
    8. In short, it is nothing but the analysis of large data set, both patent and non-patent documents, generated by State-of-the-art search.

 

Remember, patent search is an extensive process, and it is done in all three stages of filing patent:

  1. Before Patent Application
  2. During Patent Execution
  3. After Patent Granting



Free online databases:

Source Name

Website

Scope of Search

Google

www.gogole.com

General search

Google’s Patent search

http://www.google.com/patents

US patents only       

USPTO

http://patft.uspto.gov/

US patents only

EPO

http://www.worldwide.espacenet.com/

EP patents, WIPO patents, Worldwide patents

WIPO

http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/

WIPO Patents

Free Patents Online

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/

US Patents, EP Patents, JP Patents, WIPO Patents

Patent Facilitation Centre (PFC)

http://www.indianpatents.org.in/db/db.htm

Indian Patents (Abstract only)

Indian Patent

Office

http://ipindia.nic.in/patent/patents.htm

Indian Patents (Granted as well as 18 months Published

Patents)

BigPatent India

http://india.bigpatents.org/

Indian Patents (Granted as well as 18 months Published

Patents)

 

Paid databases:

Source Name

Website

Scope of Search

Micropatent

http://www.micropat.com/static/index.htm

Worldwide

patents

Derwent

http://www.thomsonreuters.com/products_services/scientific/DWPI

Worldwide

patents

Aureka

http://www.thomsonreuters.com/products_services/scientific/Aureka

Worldwide

patents

Delphion

http://www.delphion.com/

Worldwide

patents

LexisNexis

http://www.lexisnexis.com/patentservices/priorart/

Worldwide

patents

Dialog

http://www.dialog.com/

Worldwide

patents

Hoover

http://www.hoovers.com/free/

Worldwide

patents

Patent

Search

Express

http://www.patentsearchexpress.com/

Worldwide

patents

Patent

Insight Pro

http://www.patentinsightpro.com

Worldwide

patents

 

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IP, Trademark

Speaking of wild thoughts, imagine if Apple had trademarked its logo just under one class, say Class 9 – It Covers all types of Mobile Applications (APPS) and Downloadable Software (anyone having a Mobile Application has to get a Trademark Registered in this Class for its protection).

Sanjay a busy entrepreneur decides to start his own electronics manufacturing company (Home based automation and application development). Sanjay wanted to have a brand name that can be trademarked and can be easily remembered by the target audience.  Out of blue, Sanjay got an idea to use Apple as its brand name.

Sanjay hired a lawyer to look up if he could get his company named as Apple Technologies Private Limited; his lawyer did the due Trademark research and figured out a way that can be done.  Here are the suggestions made by the lawyer:

Trademark can be applied under two criteria: Primary Trademark Classes and Secondary Trademark Classes (the explanation would be more elaborate while Applying for the Trademark, below Descriptions are for your Reference and understanding only)


Primary Trademark Classes –

Class 35 – E-commerce Platform, Business Operations, Consulting, Promotions and Advertising Services(this covers your Amazon or Uber type integrated portal).

 

Secondary Trademark Classes – 

 

  • Class 37 – Cleaning, Washing, Repairing Services related to Household Work, Construction Work etc, (it majorly covers the domestic Help provided in Household Work, in other words, it covers major work that would be done by a Domestic Helper i.e. a SMART CHOTU while a person would be booking them on your platform)

 

  • Class 42 – Covers Designing of Website and Mobile Applications; Maintenance of Mobile Application and Websites. (this is done when you have an IT team to do changes and maintenance of the Website and Application)

 

Ironically, Sanjay would have got the Trademark approved very easily unless Apple files an opposition. Yes, the Trademark Act has all those provisions, which is why Multi Class Trademark Registration is suggested.

 

Multi-Class Trademark Registration simply means:

An application for registration of a single trademark can be made in respect of goods and/or services in one or more classes. The applicant should specify the goods and/or services in relation to which the application is made. A specification that claims registration for all goods, products or services etc. in a particular class would be regarded as wide.

 

The take away:

Entrepreneurs little do they know about the fancy Laws and regulations, but as a business owner being aware and taking the right decision for the company is always in your hand. It is advisable to have a Trademark registered in all your relevant Trademark Classes for Complete Protection of your Brand. Majorly because of the fact that if someone else tries to Copy, Infringe or Misuse the same name and Trademarks it in your Relevant Class, then you would lose all the rights over your BRAND in that specific Work domain.

 

Once Again, reminding you of the benefits Trademark Registration:

  • Exclusive Right on Your Brand Name & Logo.
  • You Become the True Owner of Your Brand Name & Logo.
  • It Protects your Brand Name & Logo from being Copied by someone else.
  • You get the Power to Sue anyone trying to Infringe your Brand Name or Logo.
  • If someone else Trademark’s your Brand before you then you would lose all the Rights over your Brand and will be stuck in years of Litigation.


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Agreements, Copyright, IP

Startups should consider several factors when designing a data protection plan for storing and protecting digital data. In all cases, companies should develop a data protection plan that protects disclosure or inappropriate use of confidential data. Even in the worst cases like data theft, you could protect your business if and only if the business abides by legal precautions to protect data. In this blog we will talk about the 12 Ways Startups can protect digital data

 

Startups can protect digital data in 12 Ways:

  1. Add firewalls, anti-virus software and other layers of protection to your business servers and computers.

There’s no such thing as too much protection.  Add redundancy to your business’ security systems. Hackers, and other black hats who roam the Internet, are looking for easy targets. Using multiple layers of security software makes accessing client information more difficult, so hackers quickly move on to the next website – the easier target.

  1. Choose a web host that values your business security.

There are hundreds of web hosts. These businesses provide customer and client access to your company website. They host your website on giant servers, and provide varying degrees of server-side protection.

Server-side protection is based in the web host’s operations centre, and includes things like hard-wired firewalls, security cameras focused on the server room, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and other forms of protection. However, you may still find your business under attack from black hats mining for data on your host server.

How? If your company uses shared hosting services, your website may share the same server as a few thousand other websites. This leaves your website vulnerable to cross-side server attacks – attacks in which a hacker opens an account to gain access to other websites that share the same host server.  Responsible web hosts protect your business from cross-side server attacks using software to monitor server activity. However, as a business owner, you may opt for higher levels of security.

A virtual private server (VPS) partitions your website, creating a wall between you and the other websites that share the same server. VPS costs a little more than shared hosting, but your clients’ sensitive data is also a lot safer.

Another alternative? Instead of a shared hosting account, or VPS account, your company can open a private server account – an account in which your website and your data is maintained on a separate server, all by itself. Private servers are pricier, but a lot safer than a shared hosting account.

When shopping for a web host, ask about security measures. Sync up your office-based security software with server-side software to get maximum benefit.

  1. Limit employee access to customer data.

Password-protect office computers and servers to limit the number of people who have access to client data. Change passwords when employees leave the company. This protects against unhappy ex-employees accessing your customers’ sensitive data, stealing it, trashing it, or causing other problems that harm your company’s reputation.

  1. Lockdown all computers.

Laptops, desktops, tablets, PDAs, servers – all store information that can be stolen and used by competitors or hackers to ruin your reputation. If you use a cleaning service for the office, all it takes is a knowledgeable hacker to slide an unlocked laptop into a trash bin and smuggle it out of the office with all your data intact. Lock up your hardware or chain it in place to prevent this form of analog data theft.

  1. Keep up with upgrades.

The software used to block unauthorized access to digital data is routinely updated and upgraded to protect against the latest computer virus. You can purchase the best anti-hacker software available, but if you don’t update that software regularly, the bad guys may be able to find a back door with a new hacker program. Hackers are always looking for new ways to access data. Keep your security software up-to-date to get the most protection.

  1. Notify clients and customers when data has been compromised.

If you know your office server has been hacked, and data stolen, notify customers and clients ASAP. Often, customers can take steps to protect themselves. They can notify their banks, for example, close accounts that have been jeopardized, and open new accounts with new access codes.  It’s just good business. It’s also the law.

  1. Hire a professional.

You may know someone who has a little experience with computer security, but chances are, they won’t be current on the latest methods used by hackers and crackers. Hire an IT security professional to monitor your office server and business activity to ensure that customer information remains safe.  These security professionals are highly-trained professionals who may charge a lot, but can you put a price on the trust of your loyal customer base?

  1. Restrict Access to Shared Data

When you create a read-only shared data page to share your results with others, you can password-protect the page to restrict access to only those that know the password.

If you’re on a team plan, you can share surveys with people on your team to give them access to the survey and results, which they can only view when they’re logged in to their account. You can also use the Library feature to securely store and share brand assets, like images and survey templates, with everyone on your team plan.

  1. Exporting survey results

If you download survey results to your own computer, please ensure that those downloaded files are handled appropriately since they contain protected information. We suggest that you secure those files by encrypting them and only transferring them under an encrypted connection.

  1. Sharing surveys with collaborators

When you share a survey with others, the users with whom you decide to collaborate will have access to view and edit that survey, including any survey responses you’ve collected. Remember to use this feature with people who are authorized to work on that survey.

  1. Transferring a survey to another account

If you must transfer a survey to a different Survey account, ensure that you are certain that the receiving account is the one you intend to send it to. To transfer a survey, you must enter the exact username of that account. The transfer process cannot be undone without action by the receiving account holder.

 

  1. Data Protection under Copyright Act

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Indian Copyright Act, 1957 provides for database protection under Section 2(o) which defines “Literary Work”. Therefore, any data which comes under the scope of Section 2(o) is protected under the Copyright Act. Some of the leading cases related to data protection under copyright laws pertains to holding copyright in ‘client list’.

 

Examples of organizations that faced issues under data protection- Burlington Home Shopping Pvt. Ltd. vs. Rajnish Chibber [1995 PTC (15) 278] and Diljeet Titus, Advocate vs. Alfred A. Adebare and Ors.[130 (2006) DLT 330].

In Burlington case, the issue was whether a database consisting of compilation of mailing address of customers can be subject matter of a copyright to hold the defendant liable for infringement of the Plaintiff’s Copyright. The Court answered the question in affirmative and held that compilation of addresses developed by anyone by devoting time, money, labour and skill amounts to a literary work wherein the author has a Copyright. Accordingly, the Defendant was restricted from using the list of clients/customers included in the database exclusively owned by the Plaintiff.

Summary of the case law

Burlington Home Shopping Pvt. Ltd. v. Rajnish Chibber & Anr.

Before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi at New Delhi

1995 PTC (15) 278

Decided on: 20.10.1995

Plaintiff was a mail order service Company. The business of the Plaintiff was to publish mail order catalogues dealing with consumer items which were posted to the select list of Plaintiff’s clients. A major investment in this regard was compilation of client list/customer database. Plaintiff had developed a list of clientele/customers database over a period of three years which was always in the gradual process of compilation. The Defendant was an employee in the Plaintiff Company. After leaving the employment of the Plaintiff, Defendant started his own business like as that of the Plaintiff. He had also managed to get a copy of database of the Plaintiff and started to use the same for his own purpose.

Plaintiff’s Case

The database is an original literary work within the meaning of Section 2(o) of the Copyright Act, 1957 and the Copyright in the same vests with the Plaintiff and therefore any unauthorized use or substantial reproduction of the same is an act of infringement of Copyright of the Plaintiff under the Copyright Act, 1957.

Defendant’s Case

The database which the Plaintiff is referring to has been developed by the Defendant and therefore there is no infringement of Copyright.

The Questions, that came up for consideration before the Court was:

  1. Whether a database consisting of compilation of mailing address of customers can be subject matter of a copyright; and
  2. Whether the defendant can be said to have committed infringement of the Plaintiff’s Copyright.

Both the questions were answered by the Hon’ble Court in affirmative. The Court held that compilation of addresses developed by anyone by devoting time, money, labour and skill amounts to a literary work wherein the author has a Copyright. On comparison of the floppies seized from the Defendant it was found that substantial number of entries were comparable word by word, line by line, space by space. The database available with the Defendant was found to be substantially a copy of the database available with the Plaintiff. The Defendant was restricted to utilize the list of clients/customers included in the database exclusively owned by the Plaintiff.

In coming to the answer to the first question, the Hon’ble Court relied on Section 2(o) which defines ‘literary work’, Section 2(y) which defines ‘work’, Section 14 (Exclusive Rights), Section 17(c) (First ownership in a contract for service) of the Copyright Act, 1957 and on the following authorities about Copyright which reiterated the legal proposition that the Compilations, like brochures, trade catalogues, client lists are capable of protection as literary works. Other than this, client list is also protected under the law relating to confidential information and trade secret.

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Trademark, Uncategorized
The Government on March 6, 2017 notified a new set of trademark rules which have replaced the old rules constituted way back in the year 2002. The main idea behind the change is to help expedite the approval process and increase filings, both of which have shown positive trends over the past few months. While the examination time for an application has been brought down from 13 months to just 1 month in January 2017, official figures suggest that filings have jumped 35 per cent in 2015-16 against the previous year. Here are a few important things you should know that have changed in the Trademark rule:
  1. Ease of doing business: One of the most important things is that the total number of forms that an applicant had to fill out has been reduced from a monumental 74 to a quite reasonable 8.

  1. Slashing of cost: The new rules have hiked fee for Trademark application to Rs. 9,000 but application fee for individuals, start-ups and small enterprises has been kept to Rs. 4,500 only (Government fee)

  1. Clarity in the approval process: To make a business doing easier, the method to determinate well-known trademarks has been clarified for the very first time. Provisions relating to the expedited processing of an application for registration of trademark have been extended up to the registration stage. Until now, they were only till the examination stage.

  1. Quick disposal: Concept of video conferencing has been introduced in the new rule and the number of adjournments in opposition proceedings has been limited to two by each party, these measures are surely going to help in disposal of cases on time.

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The Government on March 6, 2017 notified a new set of trademark rules which have replaced the old rules constituted way back in the year 2002. The main idea behind the change is to help expedite the approval process and increase filings, both of which have shown positive trends over the past few months. While the examination time for an application has been brought down from 13 months to just 1 month in January 2017, official figures suggest that filings have jumped 35 per cent in 2015-16 against the previous year. Listing the top 4 changes in the new rule that you should know:
  1. Ease of doing business: One of the most important things is that the total number of forms that an applicant had to fill out has been reduced from a monumental 74 to a quite reasonable 8.

  1. Slashing of cost: The new rules have hiked fee for Trademark application to Rs. 9,000 but application fee for individuals, start-ups and small enterprises has been kept to Rs. 4,500 only (Government fee)

  1. Clarity in the approval process: To make a business doing easier, the method to determinate well-known trademarks has been clarified for the very first time. Provisions relating to the expedited processing of an application for registration of trademark have been extended up to the registration stage. Until now, they were only till the examination stage.

  1. Quick disposal: Concept of video conferencing has been introduced in the new rule and the number of adjournments in opposition proceedings has been limited to two by each party, these measures are surely going to help in disposal of cases on time.


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IP
Wait! Did you know? Not all innovations are ‘inventions’ Defining a Patent as per patent Act, a new product or process involving an inventive step and capable of industrial application.


Note: The patent application must be filed prior to any publication or public use. However, there is a 12-month grace period permitted in India when a person has made an application for a patent in a convention country and if that person or his legal representative (or his assignee) makes an application with respect to the same invention in India. Situations when you cannot patent:
  • If the invention was known or used by any other person in India and/or outside India.
  • Public use or publication of the invention
  • Any earlier patent, earlier publication, document published in any country,
  • Earlier product disclosing the same invention, or earlier disclosure or use by the inventor
Inventions that are not Inventions:
  • A method of agriculture or horticulture;
  • A process for the medicinal or other treatment of human beings and animals; (iii)
  • A mere discovery of any new property, or new use for a known substance.
  • A mere use of a known process, machine, or apparatus
  • An invention which claims anything obviously contrary to well established natural laws.
  • Business Methods
Inventions that are patentable:
  • Computer Programme in combination with hardware
  • plants and animals in whole or any part including seeds, varieties and species and essentially biological processes for production or propagation of plants and animals
  • Mathematical or business method or a computer program per se or algorithms;
  • Literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work or any other aesthetic creation whatsoever including cinematographic works and television productions;
  • Method of performing mental act or method of playing game
  • Presentation of information;
  • Topography of integrated circuits
  • Product patents for pharmaceutical substances
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Copyright
  1. What is copyright?
A copyright is used to protect IP that is in an original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, cinematograph films, and sound recordings. However, no copyright subsists in a cinematograph film if a substantial part of the film is an infringement of the copyright in any other work. A computer programme is treated as a ?literary work? and is protected as such.
  1. Can an algorithm be copyrighted?
A computer programme is treated as a ?literary work? and is protected as such by copyright.
  1. Is Copyright Registration Compulsory?
Registration is not a prerequisite for acquiring a copyright in a work. A copyright in a work is created when the work is created and given a material form, provided it is original.
  1. Should I Copyright again when doing business in other countries?
India is a member of the Bren convention and Universal convention. As Per that any work first published in any country which is a member of any of the above conventions need not file copyright again.
  1. What Rights does Copyright Provide?
The creator of a work can prohibit or authorize anyone to: reproduce the work in any form, such as print, sound, video, etc; use the work for a public performance, such as a play or a musical work; make copies/recordings of the work, such as via compact discs, cassettes, etc.; broadcast it in various forms; or translate the same to other languages.
  1. How long is copyright valid?
60 years.
  1. Can I assign Copyright to the third party?
Yes, unless such assignment is in writing and signed by the assignee and the assignee.
  1. What if there occurs copyright infringement in India?
The Copyright Act provides both civil and criminal remedies for copyright infringement. When an infringement is proved, the copyright owner is entitled to remedies by way of injunction, damages, and order for seizure and destruction of infringing articles.
  1. Can the copyright by someone else be used for the public purpose?
Yes, it can be but by giving prior notice to the owner, and essentially with Statutory License and Compulsory License.

10. Alrighty, What is the procedure to register Copyright?

To know the process of registering a copyright, click here

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Business Formation, IP, Uncategorized

Suits created by Aaron Korsh, known as the most educated program on television, modernized the perception of lawyers worldwide, to a billionaire businessman who does brilliant things for his firm called Pearson Specter Litt. Startups have N number of things to learn from this tv series because learning can happen from anything and at any time. Top 5 things Startups should learn from SUITS:

1. Some Rules are to be followed: Your startup might be at its early stage or at fundraising stage. But hey, there are some rules you need to keep in mind. First things first, you need to register your startup as a company, make the usage policy transparent, pay your taxes, because you are never into existence until you are legally there.

2. Plan Big: Why do you have to let go your startup idea easily, believe in it, may be you are bringing an innovation to the market. Give your company that deserving IP rights, copyright and trademark. Remember the word impossible can spell out I am possible. 3. Win your battles before they’ve even been fought: your battle is with your competitor, that one alternative which plays a key role in five forces. Being prepared for the battle from the legal point of view will not only give you the edge but adds value during fundraising.

4. Fight the problems you face. Sometimes things get difficult but you should stand your ground: You may require suing your competitor for, maybe, for a copyright issue, if you just let go off your hands, one day the problem will be on your neck, don’t breath by taking that risk.

5. Don’t try to lose small, try to win big: The take is your startup’s future, startups are growth bombs, known for its style of taking risks, so just do it, but with care because everyone is equal in front of law, while as an entrepreneur it is important to have a team working along with you, it is equally important to understand what needs to be done and what the compliances are.   

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IP, Trademark
In order to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs and also boost innovation, India Patent Office has issued guidelines for startups with respect to filling and processing of applications for patent, designs and trademarks.


As per the guidelinesa startup willing to file a patent application for an invention will have to select a facilitator who would help in preparing the request and also assess the patentability of the invention as per acts and rules, the Controller General Patents, Designs and Trade Marks said in a public notice. If the startup is unable to select a facilitator, it should contact the head office of the respective Patent Office as per jurisdiction, who shall provide 3 names of the facilitator and the startup will finalize the name, the notice added.


The fees for filing the patent will be taken care by the Startup. The facilitator needs to take care of further steps in patent application and also needs to reply to any query from patent office. A list of 280 facilitators has been released by the office. For filing and processing applications for designs, the patent facilitators would provide their services. In the plan it has been mentioned that all the expenses of facilitation for filing patent, trademark or design, will be taken care of by the government. The move is aimed at promoting awareness and adoption of intellectual property rights by startups and facilitate them in protecting and commercialising those rights.  

It is a summarization of an article in Your Story. For more details, visit http://yourstory.com/2016/06/startups-receive-guidelines-ipo/



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