1. ICAR-CPCRI bags patent for coconut kernel slicing machine

Recently, the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CPCRI)-Kasargod, Kerala was granted a national patent for its invention – ‘Manually Operated Coconut Kernel Slicing Machine’ by the Indian Patent Office. The machine developed is specifically for slicing coconut kernels faster, and without any drudgery. Coconut chips, which is also an already patented technology of the CPCRI was made manually prior to the invention of the patented machine. According to the Director (In-charge) of the Institute Dr. Anitha Karun, the patented machine is commercialised by the Institute and is used by several coconut chips processing centres across the nation. The CPCRI, prior to this patent holds seven other patents for its machinery when it comes to coconut processing.

2. Prepear Changes Pear Logo to Settle Trademark Dispute With Apple

Following the trademark dispute with Apple, Prepear, a recipe and meal-planning app has agreed to change its pear-shaped logo. Prepear’s trademark application was opposed by Apple in August 2020, claiming it to be similar to their own logo. The crux of the argument raised by Apple was that the right-angled leaf on Prepear’s logo was similar to that of Apple’s and could be easily misread by the consumers. Following the opposition from Apple, Prepear’s parent company, Super Healthy Kids launched a petition in an attempt to persuade Apple to drop its opposition targeting small business in trying to protect its logo and gained over 250,000 signatures for the same. The companies were actively held in negotiations since December and Prepear has altered their logo by amending the angle of the leaf that raised the dispute. Prepear’s CEO stated that the trademark issue has been amicably resolved by the parties. 

3. GI Tag Sought for Fragrant ‘Madurai Marikolunthu’.

An application seeking geographical indication (GI) tag for the famous ‘Madurai marikolunthu’ (davana), traditionally used during religious ceremonies and to make garlands, has recently been submitted by the Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar Malar Motha Vyabarigal Nala Sangam. Chinnaraja G. Naidu, Deputy Registrar of Geographical Indications, confirmed that an application seeking a GI tag for this product had been filed with the department. P. Sanjai Gandhi, IPR attorney and nodal officer for Geographical Indication registration of products, Government of Tamil Nadu, who prepared and filed the application on behalf of the Sangam said, “Madurai marikolunthu has a rich fragrance which makes it stand apart from the other marikolunthu. One can get the smell from the plant even while standing several metres away.”

4. Copyright spat: Google to pay $76m to French news publishers

A sum of  $76m will be paid over 3 years to a group of French News Publishers that will end a Copyright dispute between Alphabet Inc’s Google and them, according to a document seen by Reuters news agency show. This was deemed unfair by one news publishers’ lobby. The documents by Reuters included a framework agreement between both parties which states that Google will pay $22m annually to a total of 121 national and local French news publications after the signed individual licensing agreement with every publisher.

5. ‘The White Tiger’ copyright violation case: Petitioners fail to appear in Court

Sonia Mudbhatkal, who runs a production company in the US, and Hollywood Filmmaker John Hart Jr who had pleaded for a stay on the release of the movie ‘The White Tiger’ alleging infringement of copyright failed to appear before the court on Thursday for a hearing. The stay application was dismissed by Justice C Hari Shankar stating that not a single reason was shown to approach the court less than 24 hours before the release of the film.

6. General Motors Files Trademark For Facial Recognition System In Mexico

As reported by GM Authority, General Motors has recently filed a trademark for “Modus Biometric System” in Mexico, following a similar trademark filing made to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November 2020. The new filing was made on January 21, 2021, and is made to the Mexican Institute for Industrial Property, and per the Goods and Services category that applies to “adaptive electronic systems for vehicles, sold as an integral part of a terrestrial motor vehicle.” Although General Motors is yet to confirm, the new filing in Mexico shows that General Motors will offer a new facial recognition system in North America. The company already offers a facial recognition system with the 2021 Cadillac XT4 crossover in China, which serves as a keyless entry feature for easy vehicle ingress.

7. AEW Files Trademark for “Forbidden Door” and “Forbidden Portal”

Recently, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) filed two trademarks applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), one for the term “Forbidden Door” and another for a similar term, the “Forbidden Portal”. The trademarks filed were for merchandise as well as entertainment services and is supposedly a big indication that the organization might have long term plans that will involve the Japanese professional wrestling promotion based in Nakano, NJPW and even other American wrestling promotions such as Impact. During the last episode of Impact, the AEW President Tony Khan featured in a paid ad aired on the show and referred to himself as the “forbidden door” who needed to approve potential crossovers with AEW and other promotions. While the term “Forbidden Portal” is yet to be used, owing to its similarity to “Forbidden Door” it is speculated that the term might be in consideration to be used as an alternative if AEW can’t trademark “Forbidden Door”.

8. One Plus Patents a Smartphone Design With a Bezel Selfie Camera

OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) in mid – 2020 titled ‘display apparatus’. This application was approved and published on February 4, 2021. According to the patent documentation, this smartphone design includes the front facing camera in the top thin bezel;. Hence, users will not be distracted like on phones with a notch and punch holes. The paperwork also notes that this solution is inexpensive compared to digging a whole in the display panel as the production costs are reduced while the yield of production is high.

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