The Difference that Matters: Claim Interpretation vs. Claim Construction in Patent Law

In this post, the authors attempt to highlight the difference between claim interpretation and claim construction in patent law, explain how claim construction is to be done in light of the standard set in Phillips v. AWH Corp. and weigh the priority of intrinsic evidence as against extrinsic evidence in determining the legal scope of a claim. Continue reading The Difference that Matters: Claim Interpretation vs. Claim Construction in Patent Law

Apple v. Smapple – Did the Japanese Patent Board Open the Floodgates by Weakening Trademark Protection In Japan?

By: Akash Anurag & Raja Reeshav Roy INTRODUCTION In a recent instance, the Japanese Patent Board (hereinafter ‘Board’) dismissed a trademark opposition claim against the registered trademark ‘Smapple’ on the grounds of less likelihood of confusion with Apple. The opposed mark ‘Smapple‘ was filed by a Japanese entity dealing in repair and maintenance of mobile phones in the year 2017 and the same after acceptance … Continue reading Apple v. Smapple – Did the Japanese Patent Board Open the Floodgates by Weakening Trademark Protection In Japan?

Fan Subbing: The Void of Speaking in Subtitles

By: Chitresh Baheti & Krati Sharma “Subtitling conventions are not set in stone and only time will tell whether these fansub conventions are just a mere fleeting fashion or whether they will… become the seed of a new type of subtitling for the digital space.”  – Diaz Cintas and Munoz Sanchez, 2006 Audio-visual translation represents an area where the tussle between the professional norms and … Continue reading Fan Subbing: The Void of Speaking in Subtitles

John Doe Orders In Indian Context

By: Ajay Sharma INTRODUCTION John Doe order is a pre-infringement injunction remedy provided to protect the intellectual property rights of the creator of artistic works like movies, songs, etc. John Doe order is also known as Rolling Anton Pillar, Anton Pillar or Ashok Kumar order. The Court of Queen’s Bench in the United Kingdom developed the concept of John Doe order in the form of … Continue reading John Doe Orders In Indian Context

Lights, Camera, Copyright: Identifying Parts of a Cinematographic Film and Justifying its Authorship

By: Chandni Ghatak The copyright regime in India is of particular significance due to the increase in the number of daily releases. While the audience witnessing, such works may be unaware of the internal tussle occurring between the various stakeholders involved in such creative process, determining the authorship of such works is of paramount importance, in order to protect and further encourage individuals to engage … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Copyright: Identifying Parts of a Cinematographic Film and Justifying its Authorship