Thursday 21 June 2018

‘CREATIO’ TM- Seventh Annual Design Competition June-29-2018

In association with S.S. Rana & Co.
On the occasion of
World Industrial Design Day – June 29, 2018
 On the occasion of World Industrial Design Day, Vidya Darshan Rana Charitable Trust in association with S.S. Rana & Co. is organizing CREATIO’TM the 7th Annual Design Competition.
Internationally observed on June 29th, World Industrial Design Day aims to promote the profession of industrial design by highlighting the ways in which it contributes to the improvement of economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life throughout the world.

CREATIO’TM - The Design Competition CREATIO’TM invites young creators to create new designs and aims to educate people, raise awareness and provides a platform for all to exhibit their talent.
Participate in CREATIO’TM and get a chance to -
a.       Win recognition, acclaim and acknowledgement.
b.      Register your design with the “Indian Patent Office” and become proud owner of an Intellectual Property Asset.[1] we shall assist you in filing and prosecuting the design application on a pro–bono basis.
This year the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) has chosen the theme “Design’s impact on good health and well-being”, the theme talks about a complex set of factors and conditions that determine the level of quality of life of every human being. This year the intellectual creators would create some innovative industrial design keeping in mind the socio-economic factors and genetic factors that contribute towards good health and well-being of a person. 
Following the same path CREATIO’TM invites you to come up with any industrial designs which may relate to any field including Textile & fashion, Furniture, Household goods (including kitchen appliances), Home d├ęcor (interiors and accessories), Pottery, Jewellery, Games, toys & sports or any other new design which would help to redefine the industry according to the theme.
Rules and Guidelines -
·         Participation in the competition is free of charge.
·         The design submitted should be original work of the participant and shall not infringe the Intellectual Property Rights of any third party.
·         Entries previously sent and awarded in other Design competitions shall not be considered eligible and will face immediate disqualification.
NOTE - 1 *This does not apply to the design sent for this competition
·         A participant can submit more than one design; however separate entry has to be made for each design.
·         Joint submission (only up to 2 designers) shall be acceptable.
·         Design can pertain to any 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional article.
The Process
·         Each participant must register online and upload his/her design, the entries will be accepted only through portal which is 
·         Participants are encouraged to submit different “views” of the design to give the Judges a fair idea of their creation.
·         The design should be uploaded in either pdf or jpeg format, the image of the design thus submitted should not exceed 10 MB size.
·         In case of a working model, the participant may upload the photographs of the same.
·         As the registration formalities are completed, a unique “Registration Number” will be promptly provided to all the participants.
·         The Registration Number shall be used for all future correspondence. Separate entry is required to be made for each design.
·         The last day to submit the entry is June 24, 2018. Entries received after the deadline will not be eligible for the competition.
·         Responsibility to comply with the guidelines and other conditions fully lies with the participants and neither Vidya Darshan Rana Charitable Trust nor S.S. Rana & Co. shall be held liable for any dispute raised by the third party.
·         All entries are to be uploaded at the portal only. No physical form shall be accepted.
·         Qualified design experts and judges will then select the best design following which the winners will be announced in IP Connect, S.S. Rana & Co.’s weekly newsletter on June 30, 2018.

The Judges

·         All entries shall be judged by a panel of intellectual property experts and design Professionals and the winners shall be selected by a consensus of the Judges.
·         The Judges’ decision shall be final and binding on all participants.
Evaluation Criteria
Entries will be judged on the basis of:
·         Aesthetics
·         Visual Appeal
·         Originality & innovativeness
·         Clarity of the design
·         Industrial Applicability
The Prize
Awards will be given for three best designs by the Judges- “Master’s Choice”
      The winner, selected by the Judges, will be awarded with a “Magical Creator of the Year” award along with a cash prize of INR 7000, a certificate and assistance on a pro bono basis for getting his/her design registered with the Patent Office.
      First and Second runner ups would be presented with INR 5000 and INR 2500 respectively along with certificates;
      In case of a tie, the prize money would be equally distributed among the winners.
      This is our small endeavor to raise IP awareness in India and help the grassroot innovators, artisans, creators and designers to realize their true potential by providing a national platform to them.
Vidya Darshan Rana Charitable Trust may conduct an exhibition of all the selected, finalists and winner’s entries.
Follow this link to submit your entries:
For further information feel free to call us at +91-11-4012 3000 write to us at
NOTE: The competition intends to provide a platform to the students to share their creativity in the arena of industrial designs. The decision of the Judges shall be final. The organizers of the competition reserve all rights to change the date of announcements of the results and/or the date of announcements and publication of the results. The organizers also reserve the rights to withdraw any or both categories of awards if the entries thus received do not meet the aforesaid criteria. The organizers also reserve all the rights for exhibiting the selected designs, due credit in this regard shall be given to the designer(s). In case of a joint entry the prize money mentioned above is to be divided among the designers, no separate recognition except certificate is to be given to the joint designers. Notwithstanding anything, in any circumstances the aforesaid rules or any statement cannot be challenged, the organizer reserves all the rights to change or modify the rules.

[1] This does not apply to the design sent for this competition

Sunday 17 June 2018

India: New System of Scheduling a hearing at the Patent Office

In order to reduce the inconvenience caused to the Attorneys due to frequent visits to an appropriate office of the Indian Patent Office to attend Hearings, the Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (hereinafter referred to as the ‘CGPDTM’) issued a notice dated April 24, 2018 modifying the current system of scheduling of hearings.

In the current system of scheduling a hearing, the hearings are fixed based on the filing date of the application without consideration of the Attorney/Applicant involved in the matter. This has led to multiple visits of the Attorneys to the Patent Office. Requests were made to the Office of CGPDTM to modify the current system so such frequent visits may be avoided.

Considering these concerns of the Attorneys/ Applicant, the Office of CGPDTM issued a notice that the current system of scheduling a hearing would be modified with effect from June 2018. By this modified system, if an Attorney/Applicant has more than one hearing listed/scheduled in a particular month on different dates, the same would be clubbed together so that the hearings can be attended on a same date. If in case, matters relating to an Attorney/Applicant is more than the daily limit, then the same shall be fixed on the very next working day.

This new system of hearing would be of huge help to Attorney/Applicant and would lead to a better hearing due to time and energy saved. 

India: Welcome Intellectual Property (IP) mascot IP NANI

SOURCE: Press Information Bureau’s Press Release dated May 16, 2018. Available here

Having problem understanding the importance of Intellectual Property (‘IP’)? Having issues fighting with IP Crimes? Want to get an IP registered but don’t know how to do it or facing issues in getting to get it registered? MEET IP NANI – a tech savvy, smart and intelligent grandmother who here to solve all the problems related to Intellectual Property Regime with the help of her grandson “Chhotu” aka Aditya.

To foster an aware society and have a robust IP environment, educating the masses about the basics and importance of IP is essential. On May 16, 2018, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry launched the Intellectual Property (IP) mascot – IP Nani – at the conference on National Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

On the occasion, the Minister said that ‘mere legal provisions are not sufficient for protection of Intellectual Property Rights but their strict implementation is equally required. Piracy is a serious crime which should not go unpunished. Minister also called for creating awareness against stealing Intellectual Property Rights and stressed on the need for participation of society in the effort’.[1]

The initiative seeks to acquaint the citizens, especially children with the fundamentals of IP law, so that creativity and innovativeness is nurtured from an early age. Under this initiative, the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), a professional body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), uploaded a series of animated videos on IPRs for children with IP Nani as protagonist. For creating such inspirational videos, CIPAM collaborated with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EU-IPO).[2]

It has been observed that mascots are capable of building relationships, engage individuals and be a positive influence and awareness in the public and leave a deep impact on kids. Therefore, this step will positively impact the IP Ecosystem of India. As the mascot will make a difference in the individuals’ outlook and understanding of the nuances of the IP law regime. The individuals will be able to identify the problems, comprehend the reasons and come to a solution. The initiative is definitely a step forward in educating the future vigilant and responsible citizens of the country about their rights and their potential to exploit the power of IP at its best.  

India: Mangoes from Konkan region of Maharashtra will be known as Hapus

In the beginning of the Mango Season, the Geographical Indications Registry, Mumbai ordered that mango produced only within the Konkan region of Maharashtra will be called Hapus (also known as Alphanso mango).

Alphanso mango is a seasonal fruit, which is considered to be among the most superior varieties of the fruit in terms of sweetness, richness and flavour and is a native of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. This mango was developed out of the grafting experiments done by the Portuguese during their rule in India.

Geographical Indications Registry on April 19, 2018 rejected individual applications filed by four petitioners (namely Dapoli university, Kokan Hapus Udpadak Sangh, Ratnagiri Hapus Udpadak Sangh, and Devgargh Hapus Udpadak Sangh.) of Alphonso mangoes in Konkan to register their produce as Hapus.

The Controller General of Patents, Design and Trade Marks, Mr. Om Prakash Gupta suggested that instead of GI tagging separate names, all mangoes from Konkan region will get the Hapus tag. It will be formally given after the applicants submit a fresh application. The districts in Konkan Region include Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Raigad.[1]

Several applications have been filed from the State of Maharastra for securing GI registration in respect of Alphonso Mango. Details thereof are as under:

Application No.
Geographical Indications
Alphonso Mango
Devgad Alphonso Mango
Ratnagiri Alphonso Mango

Various other states in India, have obtained registrations for their traditionally grown mangoes. Details thereof, are as under:

Registration No.
Geographical Indications
Laxman Bhog Mango
West Bengal
Khirsapati (Himsagar) Mango
West Bengal
Fazli Mango grown in the district of Malda
West Bengal
Mango Malihabadi Dusseheri
Uttar Pradesh
Appemidi Mango
Gir Kesar Mango
Marathwada Kesar Mango
Banaganapalle Mangoes
Andhra Pradesh