Pre-grant Opposition against Novo Nordisk’s Patent application dismissed

A pre-grant opposition filed by Intepat IP services in respect of Novo Nordisk’s Patent Application number 2940/DELNP/2007 has been refused by the Ld. Controller, Mr. Naveen Mathur and a patent (No. 299153) granted to Novo Nordisk after examination.

As provided in the decision, the invention covered by the application relates to an injection device/injector pen for administering a medical dose to a patient. In said device the numerals indicating the dose to be ejected from the injection device are displayed over an angle of rotation exceeding one revolution. Further, the numerals indicating the dose to be ejected are arranged along the helical path and displayed on a counting device thus increasing the accuracy in dose setting. Further, the invention uses torsion spring which accumulates and releases energy in an automatic manner.

The Opposition was filed on the following grounds:

(A) Claims 1 to 3 of the Application lack novelty.

(B) Claims 1 to 13 lack inventive step.

A hearing was fixed on 10/01/2018. The applicant’s agent attended the hearing but the opponent did not attended the hearing. The Controller however took the opposition and documents filed alongwith the same on record and considered the same. After considering the submission of the Applicant, the Ld. Controller held that the claim 1,2,3 are novel in view of the cited documents which relate to the use of compression spring which is different as compared to the present invention that uses torsion spring.

Also the opponents ground that Claims 1 to 13 lack inventive step was held to be not maintainable as the Controller held that the citations D1 to D15, alone or in combination, do not teach or suggest to a person skilled in the art, the claimed invention.

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IPR (Imported goods) Enforcement Amendment Rules 2018 notified

Vide Custom Notification  dated 22nd June, 2018 , the government of India, amended the IPR (Imported goods) Enforcement Rules 2007. In the amendment, the words “patents as defined in the Patents Act, 1970”  appearing in Rule 2 (b) and “the Patents Act,1970” appearing in Rule 2(c) have been omitted.  This reduces the burden of custom authorities with examining patent infringement.

IPR Exchange

The federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (FISME), with support of the prosperity fund through British High Commission in India, have established and IPR Exchange , an online platform for commercial exchange of Intellectual property rights (IPR) (http://www.iprexchange.in/index.php). It is a platform for buying, selling & licensing IPRs.

As per the website “IPR Exchange seeks to alleviate these problems and create an efficient trading platform for buyers and sellers of intellectual property rights.” Essentially, the market for IP continues to suffer from illiquidity, high transaction costs, a lack of price discovery, and other information asymmetries and IPR Exchange seeks to solve the same.

The inbuilt online IPR management tool in the exchange keeps record of  IPR instruments of the users and sends them reminders/ alerts and therefore helps manage IP. The platforms serves not only to identify and manage IP, but also provides various additional services:-

  • P Audits: Conducting IP Audits  to help identify IP assets in MSMEs
  • IP Valuation: Valuation of  IP assets of MSMEs by a panel of IP Experts
  • IP Management:  a unique  net-based IP management system for management of IP assets of MSMEs
  • Technical Landscaping:  Special technical research reports for Technology mapping and scoping for specific sectors and products
  • Legal Agreements:  Assistance in drafting legal agreement for technology transfer, franchising, licencing etc.

The simple steps for exchange of IP using the platform are provided on the website as follows: —

If you are a seller

  • Get your IP protected and acquire rights for : Patent, Copyrights, Trademarks, Designs  etc,
  • Register with IPREXCHANGE.IN, fill details of your IP
  • Specify whether you would like to sell the IPR rights outright or  you would like to licence it or give franchising rights etc.

If you are looking for technologies or buying IPRs:

  • Register your details
  • Search as per your interest: product/ sector specific offers; read the details of offers
  • Negotiate and strike a deal