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Patent Filing

In India, an application may be filed in one of the four patent offices. The head office is located in Kolkata and with the other three branch offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai respectively. The branches deal with the patent applications originating within their respective territorial jurisdiction. AN application can be filed by any Indian national either at the head office or any of the branch offices within the jurisdiction of which the applicant resides or domiciles or has a principal place of business. If the applicant does not belong to either of the two categories of domicile or principal place of business, in that case, the address for service in India may determine the jurisdiction of the appropriate office.

An application for a patent can be filed or a patent can be obtained by an inventor or any other person or company assigned by the inventor. A patent application can be filed either by the inventor alone or jointly, or his/their assignee. If in a case the inventor is deceased, a legal representative/legal heir may apply on behalf of the deceased inventor/his assignee

CORNISH PASTY NAME GIVEN EUROPEAN PROTECTED STATUS

The term "Cornish pasty" has been given protected status by the European Commission. Pasties made only in Cornwall from an established traditional recipe can now be called "Cornish pasties", according to the Cornish Pasty Association (CPA).

Authentic Cornish pasties will now be marked with a special logo because of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) tag ............
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GOVERNMENT PROPOSES COMPULSORY E-FILING OF PATENTS

The Indian government in its effort to bring transparency and efficiency in the filing of patents, has proposed to amend the Patent Rules and make e-filing of applications compulsory. The e-filing of patent & trademark applications was launched on July 21, 2007.

The commerce ministry's Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) has prepared a draft proposal and asked sought suggestions from stakeholders to amend.
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JOY CREATORS RESTRAINED FROM USING P&G'S 'TOTAL EFFECTS' TRADEMARK

The Delhi High Court has held back Joy Creators from using the term 'Total Effects' on its products. The Court found that the words were similar to Procter & Gamble's (P&G) registered trade mark- Olay Total Effects.

The multinational company had filed a petition seeking directions to Joy Creators to not use its trade mark 'Olay Total Effects' or any other deceivingly similar mark and questioned their unfair intentions to benefit from an established brand.............more