Intellectual property (IP) encompasses diverse streams of knowledge ranging from traditional medicines and practices to pharmaceuticals and creative rights to engineering, science and technology. A patent agent, a litigator or technical advisor should necessarily have an IP-focussed approach in understanding and executing his responsibilities.
With a multi-faceted R&D team of professionals and lawyers, the IPR division in Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan is equipped to provide comprehensive services in IP.
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Patent law in India is governed by the provisions of the Patents Act, 1970, which was recently amended in three phases, the last one being in 2005, in the light of India's obligations under the TRIPs.
The Trade Marks Act, 1999 govern the registration, protection, and enforcement of trade marks in India. The law provides for the possibility of registration of words, phrases, letters, numbers, shapes, logos, pictures, colours, aspect of packaging or a combination of these, if distinctive.
The Copyright Act, 1957 grants copyright protection to any original work, be it literary, artistic or musical work, and also grants protection to software, cinematograph films, sound recordings etc. The law protects the form of expression of an idea, rather than the idea itself.
In today's world, consumers pay significant attention to the outward appearance of the products they purchase and Indian law has not lost sight of the need for protecting the creativity associated therewith.
Plant Variety Protection
Although not a party to the International Convention on the Protection of Plant Varieties (UPOV Convention), India has enacted the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act, 2001, which is, in reality, a 'UPOV plus' legislation.
It is not recognized by many that the development and exploitation of intellectual property rights, especially those relating to biological resources, requires one to comply with multiple regulatory procedures.
The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 affords protection to goods that can be identified as originating or manufactured in the territory of a country or a region or locality in that territory where a given quantity, reputation or other characteristic of such goods is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.