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Challenging a Patent Application or a Patent in India

A patent is a statutory right granted to prevent any third party, who does not have the patent owner’s consent from using his patented invention. To know more about patents, please refer to the article “What is a Patent?” While patents are granted after examination of the invention by the respective patent offices, these patent rights are not absolute in most jurisdictions. This means that the patents and even patent applications can be challenged at any stage post-publication of the patent application or during the lifetime of the patent. It is an established position of law in India that there is no presumption of validity of a patent.[i] Also, Section 13(4) of the Patents Act, 1970, (“Act”) provides that the examination and investigations conducted by the Indian Patent Office under Section 12 of the Act shall not be deemed in any way to warrant the validity of any patent. Considering…

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Madras High Court Condones Delay in Responding to FER

The Hon'ble Madras High Court holds that the bar on the Controller of Patents to extend the time prescribed for replying to the First Examination Report under Rule 138 of the Patent Rules, 2003 read with sub-rule (5) of Rule 24B, beyond a period of six months, could be relaxed by the Court exercising its jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, if convinced that the situation warrants such condonation. PNB Vesper Life Science Pvt Ltd vs The Controller General of Patents (Madras High Court on 14th March, 2022) The Petitioner is a Research-based Bio-Pharmaceutical Organization, incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 in the year 2011, involved in the business of developing drugs for the treatment of serious diseases. A patent Application titled ‘Novel Cholecystokini, Receptor Ligands’ was filed by the petitioner before the Patent Office at Chennai. The Patent relates to a drug used in the treatment…

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Case in Point: Sun Pharma Ltd vs. DWD Pharma Ltd
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What are Patent Claims and Why Should You Get It Right?
July 27, 2022

A patent claim sets the boundaries for an invention by highlighting what the invention covers and does not cover. In simple terms, the…