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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Qualcomm fined $853 million in South Korea over FRAND

Last year China fined Qualcomm  $975 million and now is the turn of South Korea.  As per reports South Korea’s antitrust regulator slapped a record 1.03 trillion won ($853 million) fine on Qualcomm Inc. for violating antitrust laws. 
Charrges:

1. Qualcomm, a holder of standard-essential patents as well as a monopolistic service provider of modem chips from manufacturing to sales, has violated its agreement to license patents on fair reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, known as FRAND.

2.  Qualcomm should make standard-essential patents available for separate licensing rather than bundling them with chipset sales. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Australia may introduce Object clause in patent act.

Productivity Committee recommendation on Australian Intellectual Property has a revolutionary provision.
RECOMMENDATION 7.1 The Australian Government should incorporate an objects clause into the Patents Act 1990 (Cth). The objects clause should describe the purpose of the legislation as enhancing the wellbeing of Australians by promoting technological innovation and the transfer and dissemination of technology. In so doing, the patent system should balance over time the interests of producers, owners and users of technology.
Interesting from Indian perspective are convergence of thoughts on inventive step, data protection, abolition of Innovation Patent System (petty patents/ utility patents).

Download the recommendation.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Construction of highways to nuclear plants on soft soil-Chinese invention

High Vacuum Densification Method (HVDM) is offered by Geoharbour group , China. Using this technology, the firm reclaimed land, constructed highways to nuclear power plants. Details :



In recent limited years, over 20 inventions have been proposed by the Company and approved by the state intellectual authority, including HVDM Soft Soil Treatment Method (ZL01127046.2), Surcharge Preloading Combining HVDM (ZL200410014257.9) and Composite Foundation Combining HVDM (ZL200510134966.5), etc. These inventions are options for site treatments of varied geological conditions and requirements. Advancements have been made with regards to concepts, calculations, construction specifications and field tests. Inventions have obtained PCT certificates and registered in over twenty countries.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Public Consultation on Draft National Policy on Software Products

Are u clear about difference between `Software Products' and `Software services'?
Check the draft policy on `Software Products' and send yr comments to Dr A. K. Garg, Director, MeitY (ajaik@meity.gov.in / Dr Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, Scientist-C, MeitY (sanjeevk.gupta@meity.gov.in) latest by December 10, 2016. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

NAPP and DRL fight over transdermal patches patent.

The claimant and appellant, Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd ("Napp"), is the proprietor of European patent (UK) No 2 305 194 ("the patent") in respect of an invention of a transdermal patch for use in the treatment of pain. Napp contends that the first defendant and respondent Dr Reddy's Laboratories (UK) Ltd ("DRL") and the second defendant and respondent Sandoz Ltd ("Sandoz") both threaten to infringe the patent by marketing their own transdermal patches. In his judgment dated 28 June 2016 ([2016] EWHC 1517 (Pat)), Arnold J concluded that there would be no infringement by either respondent if this marketing occurred and dismissed the various claims. 

It is common ground that it is only necessary to consider claim 1 of the patent, which is as follows:

    "A buprenorphine transdermal delivery device comprising a polymer matrix layer containing buprenorphine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, for use in treating pain in humans for a dosing interval of at least 7 days, wherein the transdermal delivery device comprises 10%-wt buprenorphine base, 10 to 15%-wt levulinic acid, about 10 %-wt oleyloleate, 55 to 70%-wt polyacrylate, and 0 to 10%-wt polyvinylpyrrolidone."
The dispute about the interpretation of the patent specification.
Infringement - The de minimis principle in quia timet actions

The de minimis principle has been considered in previous patent authorities (Hoechst v BP [1998], Monsanto v Cargill [2007], Napp v Ratiopharm [2009], Lundbeck v Norpharma [2011]). In the present case Arnold J commented that the court was forced, as a matter of practical reality, to draw a line somewhere and referred to a hypothetical scenario in which only 0.01% of products fall within a claim as “precisely the kind of situation covered by the de minimis principle”. 
Further Reading: Court case, IP Kat.  

Friday, November 11, 2016

Four Indian Innovations selected for participation in 9th International Exhibition of Inventions (IEIK 2016), China

Indian Innovators Association selected 4 innovations from India for showcasing in IEIK 2016.

1. Water-less urine technology; EcoTrapIn3 converts conventional urinal into dry hygienic waterless urinal. It is fitted at base of urinal bowl and consists of antibacterial cartridge with inlet and outlet for urine flow.Once the urine is drained out, the cartridge seals the outlet. Innovator- Neha Bagoria 
2. Semiautomatic Plasma ExpressorIt is a mechanical device, which exerts uniform pressure on the blood bags during the separation of components. The purpose of this innovation is to generate Leuko Reduced Red Blood Cells at blood banks to reduce the adverse blood transfusion reactions.The machine consisted of Hydraulic Pump, Pressure lock switch, Pressure Plate, An Acrylic Plate, DC Motor with gear box, Power switch, Power Supply and expressor body.  Innovator-Omprakash Beniwal, Technical Superviser, Blood Bank, Udaipur, ombeniwal@gmail.com
3. Digital Controlled Precision Dispensing Valve for liquids under gravity flow: Combined affect of Dynamic aperture and the varying valve open duration (in milliseconds)  generate a fluid dispensing profile of discrete packets.  The smallest packet quantity can be a drop weighing , fraction of a gram. Innovators: Satish Pathak 
4. New generation Air cooler: Chillout ZS50L is loaded with advanced features like full range speed control, silent water pump backed by sensorless BLDC motor, microcontroller etc. The common man's product gets technical improvements at IITM's Rural Technology Incubator. Innovator- Sriram Narayanamuthy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

India in Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars

As per reports India is at the second position among countries with the highest increase in their contribution to high-quality scientific research, the country is only behind China’s.
See the ranking of Top 100 institutions. The ranking is based on change in WFC from 2012 to 2015. Nature Index is based on articles from 68 journals. Weighted fractional count (WFC): a modified version of FC in which fractional counts for articles from specialist astronomy and astrophysics journals have been down weighted. To understand where the money goes see the picture here read more on that.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Medical Technology Scenario - Vinod Khoshla

In the future, the majority of physicians’ diagnostic, prescription and monitoring, which over time may approach 80 % of total doctors’/internists’ time spent on medicine, will be replaced by smart hardware, software, and testing.
The first iteration might look like a stage where we see enhancements to traditional medicine with better blood glucose tracking, better software to manage patients, more support tools, for today’s doctor or health professional, better patient compliance tools, better information coordination, etc. Vinod Khosla terms it Vo System. At this level of technology we move away from molecular diagnostics and lab work being collected only in a clinical setting, to testing in kiosks, or mobile care centers and finally at home.
In a V1/V2 or may be V3 system, there will be home testing through finger sticks, exhalation or sampling of other material such as sputum, urine or faces. While V0 systems may be software to help with healthcare workflows, V1 systems will do intelligent routing, alerting users to errors , caution, better treatment etc.
In another 10-15 years we may get assistance from Dr Algorithm, who with press of a button would scan massive historical database, identify thousands of patients with similar symptoms, focus on those who are similar to you, then summarise the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of those cases.

We will be moving from `practice of medicine' to `science of medicine', data- science- algorithms takes care of diagnosis and robots precision surgery. And doctors would be there to heal and do a better job in that with personalised medical treatment.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Innovation Clusters and knowledge trajectories

This paper `River deep, mountain high: Of long‐run knowledge trajectories
within and between innovation clusters, by Önder Nomaler and Bart Verspagen examined the global pipeline of knowledge from a different perspective. 
Knowledge flows differentiate an innovation cluster from an industrial cluster. We examined the knowledge flows as part of DST sponsored project on Innovation Cluster , which was published as `Promoting Innovation in Clusters'. Global pipelines are purpose-built connections between a given local firm and parties in the world outside. Partners can range from other firms, suppliers, customers, universities, to research centres. Establishing a global pipeline is expensive, yet, it is possible with a conscious effort on the part of partners at both ends of the pipeline, making the exchange highly targeted towards specific pre-defined goals.

New and valuable knowledge can always be created in other parts of the world and firms that can build a pipeline for such sites of global excellence gain competitive advantage.
Information that one cluster firm can acquire through its pipelines will spill over to other
firms in the cluster through local buzz. In developed economies, pipelines to the outside
world are regarded as key source for radical innovation, channelling new knowledge and
practices to local firms. Local interactions represent a more genuine vehicle for incremental
innovation.

The authors bring in the concept of technological trajectories ,  defined as (patent)citation chains, A very simple example is where patent A in region 1 is cited by patent B in region 2, which is in turn cited by patent C in region 3. The knowledge flow is then A(1) -> B(2) -> C(3). In terms of the start- and endpoint of this example path, we see a “deep” knowledge flow from region 1 to region 3. However, because patents usually cite more than one other patent, we need a way to conceptualise the complex networks that arise in the real world.

The picture shows Top main path in the East coast-to-East coast sandwich network (nodes are patents, lines are citations; main path is indicated with arrows and bold lines)
When a technological trajectory develops, it
does so along a specific spatial trajectory. This spatial trajectory mostly consists of chains of
patents from inventive clusters. In other words, the results from the technological cluster
literature have a strong relevance for the analysis of technological trajectories. The way in
which firms use local buzz and build global pipelines will have a strong influence on how
trajectories develop. On the other hand, the development of the technological trajectories that the firm is interested in will also determine how it builds its global pipelines of knowledge transfer, and where it will seek local buzz.

Discussion
Indian firms can tap the global knowledge emanating from other clusters relatively easily when that knowledge is embedded in best practices, capital goods, aided by supplier/ buyer. That tends to be incremental in nature. Competitive advantage is derived from more substantial knowledge flows that are in fluid stage and in patents. Thus Indian firms citing core patents of other , far away cluster firms stand better chances of benefiting from knowledge trajectories. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Business Opportunity- new gen Geometry set


Traditional geometry set with a ruler, set square and protractor is used by millions of school going children. In addition, students also use dashboards and graph paper to create analytical charts.
Innovator Fouad Bakkar combined all these into a single product ` Student Green Dashboard'.

This patented product is available on license to manufacture in India.

Contact: fouad.bakkar@gmail.com or indiainvents@gmail.com

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Saankya Labs White Space Base Station selected for TMC awards.

One of TMC's  most coveted awards, the Communications Solutions Products of the Year Award honors exceptional products and services that facilitate voice, data and video communications that were brought to market or greatly improved upon in the last twelve months. See the list here.
Saankya Labs, TVWS product has been selected as the best communication solution for rural broadband 2016.


Saturday, August 06, 2016

Ag Tech Investment Report

Where is the investment coming to other than Food commerce startups? From the report of Ag Founder.
  • Soil & Crop Technology is a broad category encompassing biological inputs and treatments, chemical inputs, geneticsbased tech, new crops, and seed technology.The subsector saw $161 million raised across 22 deals in H1-2016, a 290% increase on H1-2015 ($41m) and not far behind 2015’s total for the sector of $173m.The increase in investment and activity were largely be attributed to three trends: gene-editing technologies, microbiome research, and biological inputs.
  • Precision ag startups raised $333 million during the first half of 2016, slightly more than half of what was raised during all of 2015 ($661m). We define these companies as those helping farmers grow and manage both crops and livestock using digital tools and hardware. They come from the following subsectors: Drones & Robotics, Decision Support Tech, Irrigation & Water, and Smart Equipment & Hardware. Hardware and sensors startups also grabbed a larger size of the pie raising $27.4 million.
  • Startups in the Biomaterials & Biochemicals subsector produce or farm biological organisms and compounds for use across the food, pharmaceutical, textile and other industrial industries.
  • Friday, May 20, 2016

    Patent Act amended in May 2016 with guidelines for startups.

    India probably has become the first country to have exclusive provisions in Patent legislation for STARTUPS, This amendment defines startup and the promised speeding up process.
    Startup‖ means an entity, where- 
    (i) more than five years have not lapsed from the date of its incorporation or registration; 
    (ii) the turnover for any of the financial years, out of the aforementioned five years, did not exceed rupees twenty-five crores; 
    and it is working towards innovation, development, deployment or commercialisation of new products, processes or services driven by technology or intellectual property:
    Provided further that the mere act of developing:
    a. products or services or processes which do not have potential for commercialisation, or 
    b. undifferentiated products or services or processes, or 
    c. products or services or processes with no or limited incremental value for customers or workflow, would not be covered under this definition.
    a. is about commercialisation, since no one can certify potential for commercialisation, it is reasonable to expect that a startup at pre-revenue stage is not eligible.
    b. comes under innovative step, no issue on that,
    c. incremental value to customer- this is entering totally new territory by the examiner.

    Expedited examination of applications: it appears that in an expedited examination process the examiner has to prepare the examination report within two months, as opposed to three months taken in the ordinary process. The expediting option will be available for startups for a fee of INR 8000 as opposed to INR 4000, which is charged for ordinary examination. 

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    National IPR policy

    The National Policy like most other policy documents will carry nothing objectionable. Is it actionable? Will it be productive? 

    Awareness: Is government required to spend money on creating IPR awareness? There is certainly no shortage of information on Internet. Organizing awareness workshops, promotion meetings is the easy option and many government departments have been doing this  and this only.
    Generating IPR:  If numbers are important, Chinese scale up model adding utility patents can be followed. Again , is IPR generation independent of Innovation promotion? Do we want a mountain of patents but no innovations?
    Legal and legislative Framework: This is government job. We will know about this only when laws are amended. 
    Administration and Management: This again is government job. Hope search for Indian patents will be as smooth as USPTO.
    Commercialization of IPR:  This is new item on table. Products are commercialized and patents are licensed. This cannot be a end of pipeline activity.  

    Conclusion:  The focus of government has to be on innovation promotion , IP generation and commercialization are not independent activities. Government should focus on legislation and administration. 

    Tuesday, May 03, 2016

    D-nest International Inventors Exhibition, Venice,13-16 October 2016

    NTERNATIONALINVENTORS
    EXHIBITION

    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    Global Cleantech innovation Programme 2016 (GCIP) - Last date 15th May 2016

    The United Nations Industrial Development organization (UNIDO) runs a Global Cleantech Innovation Programme in India in association with world's largest clean technology accelerator (Cleantech Open USA) under the aegis of the ministry of MSME. The Ministry of MSME in partnership with UNIDO launched the GCIP Programme in 2013 for promoting Innovations in the Indian SMEs in clean technologies. Achievements of the 2015 
    programme:


    •  Out of the twenty semifinalists, investors screened six for advanced stage of funding. 
    • The national winner and the runners up got the opportunity to showcase their product in international investor summit in California last year. 
    • Four participants got the opportunity to showcase their product in 'Festival of Innovations' organized in Rasptrapati Bhawan by the presidential secretariat. 
    • An e-book and film detailing the innovations mentored under the programme in last two years has been released and uploaded on the MSME website.


    Invitations open for 2016:
    he programme is now inviting applications from all SMEs in India with Innovative products under the following eligible categories:
    •   Energy efficiency
    •   Waste to Energy
    •   Renewable Energy
    •   Water Efficiency
    SMEs, emerging startups and entrepreneurs with an innovative technology can submit an online application at the MSME ministry website link http://dcmsme.gov.in/GEFunido.html 

    Contact person:
    Rishabh Goel
    Project Associate
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization
    Global Cleantech Innovation Program
    National Project Office
    O/o DC MSME, Ministry of MSME
    East Block 7,Level 5,Sector 1, R.K.Puram
    New Delhi 110066
    Phone/Fax - 011-26167806
    Mobile - +91-9599490997

    THE 2ND WORLD INVENTION INNOVATION CONTEST (WiC 2016)


    Indian Innovators are invited to the 2nd World Invention Innovation Contest, WiC 2016 organized by Korea Invention News (KINEWS) and sponsored by Asia Invention Association (AIA). The event is to be held from June 5 - 6th at the Convention Center - Chung Mu Art Hall in Seoul, Korea.

    Registration which will end May 15th . For registration and inquiries, contact:  kinews5@naver.com, President Soung-Mo HONG, Korea Invention News (KINEWS), The Organizing Committee of WiC 2016

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    India Innovation Challenge 2016

    This contest is jointly conducted by Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) with support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The theme of the contest, in keeping with the start-up buoyancy, is “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Nation building”. The contest is targeted specifically at encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst student engineers.
    TI together with the DST and IIMB has designed the contest this year to attract the finest minds among student engineers with the best ideas that can quickly evolve into successful start-up companies. The objective is to provide them early stage access to business expertise and nurturing, which are important for a good start-up to go-to-market rapidly.  This year the contest aims to catalyze the Indian manufacturing ecosystem and strengthen the ‘Make in India’ initiative by enabling radical new innovations, trends and young engineering talent.

    Important Dates

    August 31, 2016Submission of proposals
    September 30, 2016Announcement of short-list teams 
    January 31, 2017Submission of Project Report and Video Demo
    March 1, 2017Announcement of Semi-finalists
    March, 2017Semifinals
    April 15, 2017Announcement of finalists
    June, 2017Finals

    Sunday, April 10, 2016

    Standard Essential Patents and Antitrust regulator in China

    Now that Indian regulatory authority has got free hand to investigate abuse of monopoly position by SEP holder, Chinese success in this line needs to be highlighted.

    The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is the Chinese competition authority charged with investigating price-related conduct that is anticompetitive, such as cartels, “resale price maintenance” (RPM), and abuses of dominance. The NDRC investigated Qualcomm’s standard-essential patents (SEPs) for certain telecommunication standards and its licensing practices on the basis of complaints filed.  The NDRC formally started its investigation in November 2013 when several dozen NDRC officials raided Qualcomm’s offices in China.  There followed multiple rounds of submissions, intense hearings and negotiations between Qualcomm representatives, NDRC officials, as well as many other interested parties. Qualcomm was found to have abused its dominant position in three ways: excessive pricing, unfair terms, and bundling. The NDRC found that Qualcomm charged unreasonable royalties on Chinese mobile device manufacturers.  This finding is actually split into several claims.  First, Qualcomm refused to provide customers with a list of all patents included in its comprehensive licensing package, resulting in customers being charged for patents that had already expired.  Second, Qualcomm imposed unfair cross-licensing conditions: it forced customers to grant Qualcomm free licenses for their own patents whilst refusing to lower the royalties it imposed in consideration of the value of the patents licensed to it.  Third, the royalty rate was set at a high level and applied to the net wholesale price of the mobile devices concerned. The NDRC also found that Qualcomm forced customers to accept the licensing of Qualcomm’s non-essential patents (for which Qualcomm possibly holds no dominant position) in order to obtain a license for its SEPs. 
    On 10 February 2015, China fined Qualcomm CNY6.08 billion (approx. USD975m or EUR870m) for abusive patent licensing practices and imposed several remedies on the company. 
    The payoff to China continues. NowChip maker Qualcomm has agreed a licensing deal with Zhuhai Ewpe Information Technology in China related to 3G and 4G patents. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted Zhuhai a royalty-bearing licence to develop, manufacture and sell subscriber units covering 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000, and 4G LTE for use in China.
    Qualcomm agreed to offer separate licences to certain patents, with licensees whose phones use 4G technology paying a 3.5% royalty rate and those whose handsets incorporate 3G paying 5%.

    Friday, April 08, 2016

    DeitY patents

    Center of Excellences in IP through setups at DeitY and CDAC, Pune  provide a gamut of value added IPR related services to various stakeholders including those from R&D community and academic fraternity. A very significant service being prior art searches.  To complement the services offered by search Centres, Patent Analysis Management System (PAMS) portal (www.ict-ipr.in) is in operation for the last 5 years. The portal offers intellectual property related services especially targeting SMEs, Startups and academia focusing on ICT sector as well as disseminates knowledge related to IPR issues and services. 

    For Prior-art search in ICT is provided free of charge. Registration essential.
    List of Patents generated from DeitY funded projects can be downloaded. 48 patents listed. 

    Global Biopharma Innovation- ranking

    ITIF released a new report ranking nations on bio-pharma innovations. The parameters chosen are:
    1. Government R&D as percentage of GDP.
    2. Drug price control.
    3. Data exclusivity.

    With these parameters the ranking about India is obvious- at the bottom. But there will be more global innovations coming from India than those ranked higher,

    • the R&D investment in India is significantly higher than most others in terms of productivity of R&D investment in India. If  cumulative R&D man-hours is an indicator India's rank would b much higher. 
    • Relationship between price control of essential drugs , mostly generic versions and innovation is not academically established.
    • Data exclusivity is a perfectly justifiable revenue maximization effort of commercial firms, but there is weak link between data exclusivity benefits of commercial firms and source of innovation- public R&D.   

    Tuesday, April 05, 2016

    International Exhibition of Economic and Scientific Innovations INTARG ,14th to 15th June 2016 , Katowice, Poland.

    Indian Innovators are invited to International Exhibition of Economic and Scientific Innovations INTARG which will take place from 14th to 15th June 2016 in Katowice, Poland. 
    Please send the application to intarg@haller.pl . You can also visit website where you will find all necessary information http://intarg.haller.pl/o-targach,i118,j1.html

    You can also see a short movie of the previous edition of INTARG 

    For assistance, Indian Innovators can also contact Indian Innovators Association.

    Friday, April 01, 2016

    Standard Essential Patents and Monopoly position.

    When a patented technology is incorporated in a standard, adoption of the standard eliminates alternative to the patented technology. Ericsson has taken Indian assemblers of smart phones to court for their refusal to pay royalty for SEP (Standard Essential Patents). Phone manufacturers complained of unreasonable demands by the SEP owner both on royalty rate and base unit for enforcing royalty. FRAND terms for SEP are under debate in USA and Europe. IEEE and manufacturers have taken different positions on this.

    China is said to have reduced the royalty rates on SEP by bringing in their Competitive commission. Indian manufacturers also approached Competitive Commission of India and as expected SEP owners did not like it and questioned CCI role in patent infringement.

    Now Delhi High Court ruled that  that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) can continue its investigation into Ericsson’s alleged anti competitive practices. 
    “In my view, there is no irreconcilable repugnancy or conflict between the Competition Act and the Patents Act. And, in absence of any irreconcilable conflict between the two legislations, the jurisdiction of CCI to entertain complaints for abuse of dominance in respect of Patent rights cannot be ousted.”
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    Startup India action plan

    The most important feature of action plan is about BUSINESS. 
    Relaxed Norms of Public Procurement for Startups.

    Objective To provide an equal platform to Startups (in the manufacturing sector) vis-à-vis the experienced entrepreneurs/ companies in public procurement.
     
    Details Typically, whenever a tender is floated by a Government entity or by a PSU, very often the eligibility condition specifies either “prior experience” or “prior turnover”. Such a stipulation prohibits/ impedes Startups from participating in such tenders. At present, effective April 1, 2015 Central Government, State Government and PSUs have to mandatorily procure at least 20% from the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME). In order to promote Startups, Government shall exempt Startups (in the manufacturing sector) from the criteria of “prior experience/ turnover” without any relaxation in quality standards or technical parameters. The Startups will also have to demonstrate requisite capability to execute the project as per the requirements and should have their own manufacturing facility in India. 

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Creation of Common Research and Technology Development Hubs (CRTDHs)

    Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) has initiated a programme aimed at setting up of Common Research and Technology Development Hubs (CRTDHs) to encourage research and technology development activities by Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs). Partial financial support would be provided as grant-in-aid for development of infrastructure and equipment to facilitate MSEs undertake new/improved product/process development and skill enhancement activities. Proposals are invited from National laboratories, Public funded bodies or Institutions having a distinct legal entity for setting up of CRTDHs in the following three sectors: 

    1. Electronics/Renewable Energy 
    2. Low Cost Machining 
    3. New Materials / Chemical Process 

    The prescribed guidelines and application formats are available on the DSIR website: www.dsir.gov.in. The proposal is to be submitted in the prescribed format in a soft copy, along with all annexure and enclosures, formats as MS Word/PDF file before 22-04-2016 to: Shri G.M. Bagai Head and Scientist ‘G’, Hall-B, Room No. 6, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110 016 Phone: 011 – 26602185, 26590382, E.mail: gbagai@nic.in

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Opportunity for Indian Innovators to sell their innovations in Global Market

    Step 1- Browse the web site of General inventions. https://www.generalinventions.net/

    Step 2- Write to - indiainventsatgmaildotcom  about your patent/ innovation.

    Step 3- Analyse the preliminary report prepared by General Inventions India team .

    Step 4- Take a decision to sell patent and/or innovation.

    Step 5- Get on board..

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    Book Review: Indian Innovators by Akshat Agrawal

    Author Akshat Agrawal is a product of IIT Delhi and currently Director at Alpha Beta Classes, a startup in Education domain. This is a story of 20 Indian Innovators written in simple narrative form with no pretension of discovering any unique Indian innovation methodology. The innovators covered are:
    Anirudha Sharma formed a team in the first year of engineering at RTU, worked on touch user interface technology and received first bout of appreciation when their team `Team Sparsh’ won first prize in Hardware Design competition at BITS Pilani. The spark came to Hemanth Satyanarayana while doing MS at SUNY, Buffalo after graduation from IITM. He developed `Trail room using Augmented Reaity’, a technology that lets you try clothes digitally without having to wear them. More familiar to me is long journey of Mrinmayee Bhushan who successfully developed, patented and commercialized Romantaque, hair growth inhibitor. Met the 3Nethra team of professionals at CIIE for Piramal awards and very comfortable to interact with a startup team not composed of teens. MittiCool innovator Mansukhbhai was a celebrity among grass root innovators scouted and supported by National Innovation Foundation (NIF). Met many of them at Anil Gupta’s workshop in Ahmedabad. TePP supported many innovators like Artin Dynmics incubated at Technopark, Trivendrum. Chandrasekhar Nair managed the most successful TePP Outreach Center. Research spin-offs are a rarity in India and Dr Nitin Joshi stands out for pursuing research on nanoparticle based targeted drug delivery into an innovation. Anirudha Sharma and Prateek Bumb started their entrepreneurial journey with a business plan for technology to capture CO2 from industrial flue gas at IDEAS 2008 , became part of Indian Youth Delegation to COP15 by 2009. India Innovation Initiative (i3) inspired many innovators like Priyanka Sharma, inventor of disposable plastic biochip, Pratik Mahapatra who developed a process to kae paper from weeds growing unchecked in lakes. Sachidanand Swami from IITD working on touch tables is waiting for the big break. Sriram Kannan working on location tracking without GPS, Abjijit Joshi developing implantable biosensor for diabetes monitoring, Ganesh interacting with virtual 3D objects, Ahmad Khan constructing roads plastic waste. DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programm also supported many innovators like CareMother. Stanford Biodesign Fellowshop program led  innovators like Chinmay Deothar to develop and license laproscopic sugerey instrument to US firm. Arunachalam with development of low cost sanitary pad making machine created opened a huge market for a consumer product. Startup Village has many success stories and Innoz of Deepak Ravindran is one such a one. Prof Amarnath at IITB groomed many startups and Ankit Mehta of IdeaForge is one such a story.


    The Innovators need to be celebrated as builders of new India, designing products for make In India. The organizations that supported these innovators at early stage also need a brief mention and for that reason I highlighted the small but significant role played by govt funding agencies and mentors.

    Saturday, March 19, 2016

    INVENTECO EXPO, Republic of San Marino - ( Italy) 15-19 May 2016

    INVENTECO EXPO aim is to put in touch inventors from East Europe, Asia and Africa with the inventors of the Mediterranean countries.  The Expo will be held on 2016 from the 16th to the 18th of May included, ( on the 15th participants will set up their stands and on the 19rth they will dismantle them). The Republic of San Marino has granted its high sponsorship  since its Government is strongly interested in promoting and supporting  intellectual property  and will  assure to  all the participants the maximum international visibility and prominence since many politicians  and business man will attend and all media, consequently and  will give great cover to this international  event.

    Contact:
    President A.N.D.I.
    avv. Vincenzo Falcucci
    Ms.  Anna Lisa Ciavatta   http://www.sanmarinoreservation.com/inventeco/  

    Indian Innovators Association will support Indian Innovators in participation.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    INPEX Invention Show, June 7-9 at the Monroeville Convention Center near Pittsburgh, USA.

    Indian Innovators are invited to participate in the 31st Annual show of INPEX.  The focus is on helping inventors, entrepreneurs, and intellectual property owners to potentially learn, market, network and gain exposure with companies seeking new products. INPEX showcases all types of new products, inventions, and technologies available to business and industry.
    In addition to networking with companies that may be interested in your products, all inventions on display at INPEX are eligible to be judged by the INPEX International Jury. Prizes include medals, trophies and cash prizes. This is the opportunity for you to showcase your research product in the US market, and have your products judged as a part of our International Awards Program.
    INPEX is member of IFIA and Indian Innovators Association can assist Indian Innovators in particpation, business meet etc.
    Contact: 
    Tiffany Ng
    International Marketing Associate
    INPEX-The Invention Show
    217 9th Street
    Pittsburgh, PA  15222
    +1(412) 288-1343 x4169 (Phone)
    +1(412) 288-4546 (Fax)

    Dr A.S.Rao
    President
    Indian Innovators Association
    indiainvents@gmail.com

    C L E A N O V A T O R S -Outstanding projects from the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme - India

    The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for SMEs is a global multi-stakeholder partnership that leverages the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to address the world’s most urgent energy, environment and economic challenges. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with support provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is currently implementing the GCIP in seven countries namely Armenia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey. GCIP India was launched in May 2013 as a partnership between the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), GEF and UNIDO, with the Federtion of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) as main executing partners. The Programme aims at creating an ecosystem of clean technology innovations in the MSME sector to catalyze low carbon industrial growth in the country. 
    This book is a handy resource for those looking for a bird’s eye view of the breadth and range of clean technology innovations currently being fostered by the GCIP in four crucial areas: energy efficiency, waste-to-energy, renewable energy and water efficiency.
    Download the eBook. 

    Funding Database c​reated by Venture Center team

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    Project Profiles for starting small scale industry

    smallB.in is SIDBI’s attempt to inspire all individuals to look at the business opportunities all around and to demystify and simplify the process of starting a business in India. One of the resource is Project Profile-
    Project profiles provide basic information on the product, machinery required, source of availability of men and machinery, raw material and profit margin etc.

    They can be accesses here.

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    New Guidelines for Computer Related Inventions (CRIs)

    In August 2015 Indian Patent Office Patent Office released guidelines for CRIs and these were opposed by iSPIRIT and others. In Feb 2016 Patent office came out with revised guidelines.
    The main Difference:
    1. August 2015 guidelines has illustrated examples of claims which are patentable, where as Feb 2016 guidelines completely dropped the list.
    2. The August guidelines carry a checklist on what is not excluded under section 3(k) of the patent act taking a liberal view of technical contribution. The February guidelines restated the known position leaving it to interpretation of examiner.

    While there is no ambiguity of computer program, which is not patentable in India, the ambiguity is about combined software and hardware invention.When the technical contribution is on a process which is carried on outside computer, patents were allowed. Expanding the non-exclusive list to computer programmes making the computer a better computer is opposed and dropped.

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    The Scheme for Facilitating Start-ups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP)

    The Scheme of SIPP aims to promote awareness and adoption of Intellectual Property Rights amongst Start-Ups. Scheme is inclined to nurture and mentor innovative and emerging technologies among Start-ups and assist them in protecting and commercializing Intellectual Property Rights by providing them access to high-quality IP services and resources. For the purpose of facilitating the Start-ups and giving them assistance while getting their Intellectual Property registered in India, the Controller General of Patents, Design and Trademarks (CGPDTM) also appoints a panel of Facilitators. 
    The Facilitators would perform the below mentioned functions-
    • Providing general and basic advice to the Start-ups with respect to different Intellectual Properties.
    • Providing information regarding protecting and promoting IPRs in different countries.
    • Providing assistance and guidance in filing the applications for registration of Intellectual Properties like Trademarks, Patents and Designs and disposal of the same at the Indian Offices under the CGPDTM.
    • Drafting Specifications, Claims, response to Examination Reports/Queries etc.
    • Attending hearing on behalf of Start-ups.
    • Contesting third-party Oppositions.
    • Ensuring disposal of the IPR applications.
    The Facilitators are not allowed to charge anything from the Start-ups for the services provided by them. Further, the Facilitators will be provided with a fixed amount of fee by the Central Government and it will not be entitled to charge any amount apart from that to the Entrepreneur.
    The facilitator would get Rs 15,000/- at the time of filing, another 15,000/- at the time of final disposal.
    Source: mondaq

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

    INVENT ARENA 16-18 June 2016, Trinec, Czech Republic

    Indian Innovators are invited to participate in the first annual of the International Exhibition of Technical Innovations, Patents and Inventions-  INVENT ARENA - in Trinec, Czech Republic scheduled from 16th to 18th June 2016. The best exhibits in each category will be awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. The international jury will be evaluate inventions in following categories:
    1. Ecology and environmental protection
    2. Metallurgy, power supply, mechanical engineering, transport and civil engineering
    3. Chemistry, agriculture, health care and biotechnology
    4. Computer engineering, telecommunication, automation and informatics
    5. Young innovators (up to 26 years)
    6. Miscellaneous
    Contact: Jan Kobielusz, Chairman of the INVENT ARENA organizing committee, INVENT ARENA invitation@inventarena.cz