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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Patents of Procter & Gamble

P&G is in news with Indian Patent office rejecting its patent for Smart Napkin, for lack of inventive step.
P&G had claimed that the napkin indicates — through colour changes — whether the user needs to reposition or replace it after a certain time has elapsed, and if the genital area needs to be refreshed to prevent germ growth.According to P&G, the napkin provides an absorbent article that changes colour in response to external stimuli to give relevant indications to the user. The FMCG major argued that the invention involves the use of piezochromic, photochromic or thermochromatic materials and was different from the features available in the marketplace.
“Based on the above facts and on the circumstances of the case, the objections with respect to inventive step under Section 2(1)(j)(a), sufficiency of disclosure and the objection under Section 3(d) raised are still not met and maintained. Therefore, it is hereby ordered that the invention disclosed and claimed in the application titled ‘absorbent article for feminine hygiene’ has been refused to proceed further,” the assistant controller said.
More about P&G patents on IP Watchdog.

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