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Knowledgentia

Patents

Knowledgentia Consultants has the most sought-after patent consultants in India.

Patent Searching:

Our team consists of experts from all technology domains to conduct wide range of specialized patent searches for all business requirements. We undertake all the following:

We not only conduct these searches; we also provide our clients with comprehensive search reports with our opinion so that they can assess the scope of patentability of their inventions which makes us the Best patent consultants in India. This helps the applicants to devise business strategies before launching their products and effectively managing their investments.

We provide all services relating to Global IPR protection, patent consultation, searches and patent registration services for all domains of technology.

Patent Management Services:

We have a dedicated team for providing patent management services to our clients. This includes managing timely publications, filing request for examinations, follow-up for first examination reports, preparing and maintaining portfolio in case of more than one patent by same applicant, managing renewals, deadlines, national and international portfolios maintenance, regular status-check and updating clients, follow ups to avoid procedural delays in application processing, patent watch services for any infringement and counterfeiting etc.

Drafting & Filing Patent Applications (Provisional and Non – Provisional/Complete):

As one of the best law firm in India, our team of experts is well qualified and well equipped to handles complete and provisional patent specification drafting for all technology domains. We also handle reviewing and amending already drafting applications to increase the scope of registration. For national phase and international applications, we undertake patent drafting by specifically keeping in mind the commercial and business aspects of the applicants.

International Patent Applications:

We file international PCT applications as well as convention applications. We have a strong network of associates in all the countries to successfully handle and register patents in their country. We are also handling national phase filings in India for our clients.

Patent Prosecution:

Our competitive team has enabled us to rank among Best IPR law firms in India with their expertise of analyzing the examination reports issued by the patent office and draft a suitable response in each case, such that most of the objections are overcome in the first round only without any subsequent examination report or hearing requirements.

We also undertake Patent Litigation in India, in case of any infringement.

Trademark

Protection of Brand - Journey of Trademark TM  to Registration ®

Trademark can be applied by any person or legal entity, claiming to be the proprietor of a trademark used or proposed to be used by him/her/them as per the classification of goods under Nice. The trademark is registered initially for 10 years and can be renewed after every 10 years and thus the rights granted under trademark can be perpetual. The brand name registration could be for Word mark, Service mark, logo, tag line, device mark, shape or 3D or sound mark.

Trademarks are territorial in nature. We provide the trademark registration services for both domestic territory and across borders also. Thus, the applicant has to file and register the brand in the country where it seeks to enforce its exclusive rights for the specified goods or services. The applicant can opt for either Direct route or through Madrid protocol. The mark shall be prosecuted by the relevant IP office and then proceeded for registration.

Our team at Knowledgentia ensures that at the outset the classification is as per the requirements and business scope of the applicant and detailed searches are done so as to minimize objections and oppositions against the brand. We advise our clients to invest and create brand recognition for better Intellectual Property portfolio management. We have a strong team of associates across the globe thus we can facilitate the filing of trademarks either directly or through Madrid protocol process.

Copyright©

Copyright ensures certain safeguards of the rights of authors over their creations. The protection that is accorded by copyright to the efforts of writers, artists, designers, dramatists, musicians, architects and producers of sound recordings, cinematograph films and computer software, creates an atmosphere conducive to innovation and creativity.

In the majority of countries and according to Berne Convention to which India too is a signatory, copyright protection is obtained automatically without the need for registration or other formalities. Registration however can help in resolving disputes over ownership or creation as well as facilitate sale, assignment or transfer of rights.

The benefit of Copyright Registration under the Indian law allows the  owner of copyright in any work to take action through legal proceedings in respect of an alleged infringement of copyright. Several remedies such as one can file a suit for an injunction against the wrong doer or even file a suit for recovery of  such damages.

At Knowledgentia , we offer all services from registration of copyright to handling enforcement .

Design

As per the Indian law, design refers to the aesthetic value of any article. It basically covers the features of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament or composition of lines or colors applied to any article whether in two dimensional or three dimensional or both forms, by any industrial process or means, whether manual, mechanical or chemical, separate or combined, which in the finished article appeal to and are judged solely by the eye, but does not include any mode or principle of construction or anything which is in substance a mere mechanical device, and does not include any trademark or property mark or artistic work.

Design Registration in India is governed by the Designs Act, 2000. A design application can be filed in the form of an ordinary application or a convention application within 6 months of the priority date. A design registration is valid for 10 years and may be renewed for a further period of 5 years. Usually, it takes about 6 – 10 months to obtain a design registration in India. A registered design can also be cancelled in case it has been previously registered in India or published in India or in any other country prior to the date of registration, is not an original design or is not registrable or defined under this Act.

Registration of design allows the owner to prevent third parties from making, selling or importing articles bearing or embodying a design which is a copy of protected design. Owners of registered design can take action for enforcement in a court of law. Our expert team at

Knowledgentia provides all kinds of services from registration to cancellation to enforcement of design domestically as well as globally.

Geographical Indications (GI)

Geographical Indication (hereinafter referred to as “GI” for the sake of brevity) refers to a sign that is used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities that are due to that origin. Basically the qualities depend on the geographical place of production and there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production. The right of GI is conferred upon a community as a whole which is producing, manufacturing or growing the indigenous products, handicrafts or even food items. A GI right enables the owner to prevent its use by third party whose product does not confirm to the applicable standards. GI is mainly used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts and industrial products.

GI rights can be enforced in a court of law. The most important requirement for registering a GI is that the product needs to have an established link with the geographical origin that maybe determined either by quality, reputation or other characteristics. Protecting GI is essential even from the perspective of preventing its registration as a trademark by a third party and to limit the risk of indication becoming a generic term. GI enables a business to have a competitive advantage, add more value to the product, benefits the community as a whole against fake and counterfeits and increase export opportunities along with strengthening the brand.

Trade Secrets

Trade secret usually refers to a practice, process, design, instrument or compilation of data or any kind of information that provides a business or an enterprise competitive advantage or an edge over its competitors. It is not known to the public at large and essential characteristic of trade secret is that the owner takes reasonable steps to keep the same confidential.

In India there is no specific legislation to protect trade secrets but there are certain principles based on equity that have been devised by Indian courts over a period of time that revolve around breach and infringement of contractual obligations by which the parties may be mutually bound. For instance, the Indian Courts have upheld a restrictive clause in a technology transfer agreement, which imposes negative covenants on licensee not to disclose any information received under the agreement for any purpose other than that agreed in the said agreement. Apart from contracts, parties even resort to legal documents such as Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality agreements that can be invoked in a court of law in case of breach.

We at Knowledgentia provide expert services with respect to safeguarding trade secrets through drafting appropriate legal instruments customized to the unique and specific needs of our clients.

Semi-Conductor Integrated Circuit Layout Design

Semiconductor Integrated circuits are fabricated from a complex series of layers of semiconductors, metals, dielectrics and other materials on a substrate. The layout designs of integrated circuits are creations of the human mind. Creating a new layout design for an integrated circuit involves a major investment. It is possible to copy such a layout design for a fraction of that cost. Under IPR law exclusive right to the topography is granted intends to encourage creativity.

A layout-design which is not original or which has been commercially exploited anywhere in India or in a convention country; or which is not inherently distinctive; or which is not inherently capable of being distinguishable from any other registered layout design such layout-designs have been prohibited of registration u/s Section 7. The registration of a layout-design is only for a period of ten years counted from the date of filing an application for registration as per Section 15.  Under the rights granted to the owner of registered layout-designs has the exclusive right to use the layout-design and get relief from the court against any infringement in this respect. The right is available irrespective of the actual use of the layout-design in any article/good/product/device.

Plant Variety

Indian legal system provides specific laws for protection of plant variety and Farmer’s Rights. A “variety” under this law means grouping of plants within a single botanical taxon of the lowest known rank which can be defined by the expression of the characteristics resulting from a given genotype of that plant grouping or distinguished from any other plant grouping by expression of at least one of the said characteristics; and Considered as a unit with regard to its suitability for being propagated which remains unchanged after such propagation, and includes propagating material of such variety, extant variety, transgenic variety, farmers’ variety and essentially derived variety. A variety is considered to be novel if it is distinctive, characterized by uniformity and stability i.e. its essential characteristics remain unchanged after repeated propagation.

We at Knowledgentia, can assist in registering as well as handling your concerns and queries regarding registration of plant varieties as well as safeguarding farmer’s rights.

Intellectual Property Portfolio Management

We are one of the best Intellectual Property Rights Law firms in India.

We undertake following in addition to intellectual property registration in India:

Monetising Your IPR's

Technology Transfer and Licensing

Our firm facilitates the commercialization of innovation through joint ventures, agreements amongst parties for licensing or assignment of their technology or concepts or Brands. We, provide common Platform to bridge the gap between technology owners and possible investors, business partners or entrepreneurs or start-ups for both domestic clients as well as foreign clientele. Our services include but are not limited to;

Anti Counterfeiting 

Only Registration of intellectual property is not enough, its enforcement and implementation is equivalently critical. Innovators or owners shall benefit only if the counterfeiting is controlled efficaciously without delay.