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Amit Goel Takes India 500 Most Promising Intellectual Property Leader 2020 Award

3rd September 2020, Noida- Amit Goel is a Leader Award winner in the 2020 India 500 Most Promising Intellectual Property Leader Award competition for Quality Excellence.

Amit Goel has an overall experience of 18+ years in IP industry and is co-founder and director of Effectual Services. Effectual Services is ranked 14th on Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India list and 124th on Deloitte Technology Fast 500 APAC and also been awarded Red Herring Asia Award. In 2018, Effectual Services has received “IP Excellence in India” award during the Questal Orbit event. And in the year 2019, we have been certified as the “Best Place to Work” by Business Side.

Amit Goel said,” I am really honored to receive this award and would like thank India 5000 for this recognition. I am really grateful to my team for their constant support and commitment towards the success of Effectual Services”.

Additional firm information

Effectual Services is a leading Intellectual Property (IP) management advisory firm offering IP support solutions to Fortune 500 companies, law firms, research institutes and universities, and venture capital firm’s/PE firms. Established in 2010, Effectual Services has its office in New York and San Francisco Bay area in the US, London in UK, Stuttgart in Germany, Noida (NCR), Mohali in India, Shanghai in China and Singapore. We offer IP consultancy to companies across the globe who are looking for support in Patents, Trademarks etc. In last ten years, we have grown to around 180+ analysts globally and have presence in India, and US.

Information about India 5000

India 500 Most Promising Intellectual Property Leader category is an elite category for those companies that are into Intellectual Property services. It is recognition for those organizations that help creative minds achieve rights over their creative invention/discovery.

India 5000 Business Awards, part of Benchmark Trust is a research group TQV Certification Services as the knowledge & Audit partner, established 2016, evolved through a necessity to recognize and celebrate quality excellence. This India 5000 Business Awards brand stands apart by offering a platform to companies and individuals all over India in its award ceremony and chooses to invest their time & skill for the opportunity and to be recognized as an India 5000 Business Award winner.

The awards selection process follows a research methodology based entries and nominations. The final winner procedure is done considering quality parameters and guidelines from the jury board which comprises of eminent personalities from various industrialists, knowledge partner (TQV) and other audit partners. The winner list is then published on winner page of

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Effectual Services appoints Ms. Meetika Aggarwal as the New Director of the Company

The Met cognitive Business woman joins Effectual Services with Experience of 18+ years

New Delhi, August 2020: Effectual Services, a leading Intellectual Property Management advisory firm announced the appointment of Ms. Meetika Aggarwal as the Director for the company. Ms. Aggarwal will spearhead the strategic planning, business transitions to accelerate the growth of the company.

Ms. Aggarwal has joined Effectual Services with 18+ years of experience in the field of Intellectual Property and Trademark Services. She envisages gaining a large market share for Effectual Services in patents, intellectual property rights market considering both Indian and global markets.

Ms. Aggarwal started her career as a lecturer with JIIMS and JSS College Noida.  She then joined CPA Global- A leading company in the field of IP where she worked for 8 years and was assisting US Patent Attorneys and agents of a IT Major, in patent prosecution and infringement analysis.

She decided to take up the Entrepreneurial Role in 2014 by founding her first company- Skill Enhance Consultants- An Executive Search & HR Consulting Firm, which provides Recruitment & Staffing solutions to clients across industries such as IT, KPO, BPO, Legal, Education & Training, Banking, Consumer Goods, etc. The expert strategist pursued her MS Degree form Punjab Technical University and Bachelors of Engineering in Computers Science from DIT (Dehradun).

Commenting on the new appointment, Dr. Amit Goel Co-Founder and Director Effectual Services said, “It’s our pleasure to have Ms. Meetika Aggarwal on-board. Meetika is a woman of mettle who holds a very powerful and positive reputation in the industry. We believe that she will be a valuable asset to the organization and with her vast experience of working with renowned players in the global market she will be supporting the business in achieving its strategic growth plans.”

Marking her new association, Ms. Meetika Aggarwal, Director Effectual Services said, “Effectual Services is a company, founded by the brightest minds of the country that are bringing technology to life offering a portfolio of differentiated services. I feel honoured to begin my association in the year of expansion with the aim to support the founders’ vision of accelerated growth.”

About Effectual Services

Effectual Services is a leading Intellectual Property Management Advisory firm that offers IP support solutions to Fortune 500 companies, leading law firms, research institutes and universities, and venture capital firm’s/PE firms. It has a team of multi-disciplinary experts, who have rich experience in handling complex patent assignments in domains that include Alternative Energy, Automotive and Aerospace, Biomedical, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Materials, Information Technology, Electronics and Computers, Life Sciences, Telecommunications and many others. The company also provides Intellectual Property Support Services (IPSS) such as proofreading, docketing, creating an Information Disclosure Statement and expertise during the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) process.


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Dr. Amit Goel Recognized in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists Annual Listing

Dr.Amit Goel has been recognized in the IAM Strategy 300: World’s Leading IP Strategists 2020, an annual listing of individuals who lead the way in the development and implementation of world-class programs that maximize the value of intellectual property portfolios.

According to IAM Media, the strategists identified in this guide do not see issues from just one perspective; instead, they see value creation in the round. It is this 360-degree perspective, combined with a demonstrable ability to deliver, which makes them stand out from the crowd.

Dr.Amit Goel innovation and leadership in the area of patent analytics and IP business strategy development contributed to his nomination on this global listing of the IP elite. Congratulations, Dr.Amit Goel!

About the IAM Strategy 300 Nominations

(Source: IAM Media)

These world-class IP strategists are primarily identified through confidential nominations made online. However, the extensive research process also involves face-to-face and telephone interviews, as well as email exchanges, with senior members of the global IP community.

No individual can qualify for a listing in the IAM Strategy 300 unless he or she is nominated by at least three people from outside of his or her own organization. But even this does not guarantee inclusion; instead, only those individuals who further research shows to have exceptional skill sets, as well as profound insights into the development, creation and management of IP value, are featured in the IAM Strategy 300.

For this latest edition of the guide, IAM started the research process from scratch; so even those who had previously been listed had to meet the same selection criteria as those who are new to the guide this year. Once a person received the minimum three recommendations from outside his or her own organization, IAM undertook their own independent research to assess these claims.

Most nominees did not make it through the vetting process; those who did are listed in the following pages. The selection procedure is always strictly applied because our overarching aim is to ensure that only those individuals who possess exceptional skill sets – as well as profound insights into the development, creation and management of IP value – are featured in the IAM Strategy 300.

“We cannot promise that every IP strategist who deserves to be described as world class has made it into this publication. But we are certain that everyone who is listed deserves to be.”

About Dr.Amit Goel ( Co-Founder & Director, Effectual Services)

Amit has been handling client engagements with tech firms, law firms and universities, for providing patent prosecution, patent commercialization, patent litigation, and patent analytic services. He has expertise in patent litigation and patent enforcement and has played a key role in various multi-million patent lawsuits like Apple, Samsung etc.

Amit Goel has 18 years of international legal experience and holds a PhD degree in computer science with specialization in mobile communication and has published more than 30 research publications in International/National Journals/Conferences. His technical areas of expertise include wireless and mobile communication (WiFi, WiMAX, LTE), networking, internet technologies, software, mobile OS (Android, Apple iOS), and semiconductor. Moreover, he has been trained in patent laws (US, EP and India) from organizations like Microsoft, WIPO, IP Central, Lee & Hayes and US and EP Attorneys.

Amit is a researcher in the areas of Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (MANET), Wireless Communication, Networks, Databases, and Algorithms.

It is a delighted moment for Effectual Services and provides an outlook which is instrumental to the growth of the organization at international level.

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Effectual Services announces sudden demise of Co-founder, Director- Effectual Services, Amit Aggarwal

Thursday 6th August 2020

Noida, India: We at Effectual Services, with profound shock and sadness, announce the untimely demise of one of our co-founders and director, Mr. Amit Aggarwal on August 4th 2020.

We extend our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Amit’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this most difficult time. Amit was fighting an ailment since early 2019 and as an organization we will continue to fill in for his roles and responsibilities. There are no immediate changes in how Effectual Services operates as the management structure is well placed and fully functional. As always, we will continue to honour all our commitments.

Amit Aggarwal and Amit Goel started Effectual back in 2010 and have successfully grown it to be recognized as one of the leading firms in this industry. Amit Aggarwal was the driving force behind a lot of our initiatives and we have a mission to build an even bigger legacy for him.

The world has been kind to pour in their support at this crucial time and we are thankful for each and every one of them for their sympathies.

Management team – Effectual Services

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IP consultancies mushroom in Mohali, Chandigarh

The influx of research institutes, universities, manufacturing and IT companies in Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh has become a cynosure of Intellectual Property (IP) consultancy firms. There are over a dozen firms in public and private sector besides individual consultants in Chandigarh and Mohali which cater to businesses and technical institutions in their innovation, patents, trademarks and IP valuation.

Some of the companies engaged in offering IP-related services include TT Consultants, Signicent LLP, GreyB, Logicapt and PatentsKart. The latest to launch operations in Mohali is Noida-based Effectual Services. It plans to hire over 50 people in immediate future to provide IP solution to Fortune 500 companies, law firms, research institutes, universities, and venture capital and PE firms.

Amit Aggarwal, co-founder and Director, Effectual Services, said “Mohali was a sensible choice for us to serve our clients better. Opening a second office in India was a step in our business growth strategy to cater to the increasing demand.”

According to experts, low operating cost and the presence of research institutions in the region are the two main factors which are attracting IP consultancy firms here.

“We have a pharma cluster in Baddi, number of research institutes and universities such as National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali, Centre of Innovative and Applied Bio-processing, Institute of Microbial Technology, IIT-Ropar, Chitkara University and Chandigarh University among others. There is an ample scope for IP-related services here,” said Harit Mohan, CEO, Signicent LLP (Mohali).

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पंजाब के मोहाली में इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज ने नया ऑफिस खोलने की घोषणा की

एक प्रमुख इंटेलेक्चुअल प्रॉपर्टी मैनेजमेंट एडवाइजरी फर्म, इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज, ने भारत में अपनी मौजूदगी को और दमदार बनाने और बिजनेस और कंपनी का दायरा फैलाने की योजना बनाई है। इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज ने मोहाली में नया ऑफिस खोलने की घोषणा की है। मोहाली स्थित ऑफिस में 100 से ज्यादा कर्मचारियों की भर्ती की जाएगी। 2019 में कंपनी ने अपने कॉरपोरेट ऑफिस का विस्तार किया था, 200 से ज्यादा कर्मचारियों की भर्ती की थी और नई जगह से अपने कारोबारी कामकाज का संचालन शुरू किया था।

कंपनी की रणनीति के साथ तालमेल से और पंजाब में कंपनी का दायरा फैलाने के लिए इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज ने निकट भविष्य में 50 से ज्यादा कर्मचारियों की भर्ती की योजना बनाई है। इन कर्मचारियों की भर्ती कंपनी की ओर से अलग-अलग सेवाओं को प्रदान करने के लिए की जाएंगी। इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज फॉर्च्यून 500 से जुड़ी कंपनियों, लॉ फर्म, रिसर्च इंस्टिट्यूट, यूनिवर्सिटीज, वेंचर कैपिटल और पीई फर्मों को आईपी सपोर्ट सोल्यूशन प्रदान कर रही है।

इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज ग्लोबल मार्केट के साथ घरेलू मार्केट में दिन दूनी रात चौगुनी प्रगति कर रही है और तेजी से आगे बढ़ रही है। मोहाली में अलग-अलग क्षेत्रों में काम कर रही इफेक्चुअल सर्विस की विशेषज्ञों की टीम कंपनी के दुनिया भर के साथ ही घरेलू स्तर पर विस्तार करने में योगदान देगी। संगठन का उद्देश्य सभी तरह की विशेषज्ञ सलाह, आंतरिक मंथन और गुणवत्ता से कंपनी की सक्षमता बढ़ाना है। आज के दौर में क्लाइंट्स इसी की सबसे ज्यादा मांग कर रहे हैं और वे इसके हकदार भी हैं। मोहाली में इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज अपने कर्मचारियों की संख्या अगले 2 साल में 25 फीसदी से ज्यादा बढ़ाएगी।

निकट भविष्य में कंपनी के कई अन्य कार्यालय और सेंटर खोले जाएंगे। इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज तकनीकी रूप से आधुनिकीकरण और बेहतरीन रणनीति के लिए जाने वाले कई क्षेत्रों में अपनी कंपनी का दायरा बढ़ाने की योजना बना रही है। कंपनी वर्टिकल एक्सपेंशन (ऊर्ध्वाकार विस्तार) पर भी फोकस करते हुए कच्चा माल विभिन्न कंपनियों को भेजेंगी, जो उसे तैयार माल के रूप में असेंबल कर आगे उसकी बिक्री करेंगे। इस तरह कंपनी व्यापार के नए क्षेत्रों में निवेश करेगी, जो कंपनी की जैविक, राजस्व संबंधी और कारोबारी विकास के लिए बेहद लाभदायक होगा।

इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज के सहसंस्थापक और निदेशक अमित अग्रवाल ने अपने नए ऑफिस के बारे में बताते हुए कहा, “हम पंजाब में अपनी कंपनी का विस्तार कर बेहद उत्साहित हैं। यह हमारे लिए उस क्षेत्र में कंपनी की लॉन्चिंग शानदार मौका है, जहां से हमें प्रतिभाशाली कर्मचारी मिल सकते हैं और जो हमारे बिजनेस के लिए बेहद प्रासंगिक है। मोहाली का चुनाव हमारे और हमारे क्लाइंट्स के लिए काफी सोच-समझकर किया गया था, जिससे विभिन्न कंपनियों को विशेषज्ञ राय प्रदान की जा सके और उनकी बेहतर ढंग से सेवा कर सकें। कंपनी का मुख्य लक्ष्य अपने मौजूदा क्लाइंट्स को समय से सर्विस और सपोर्ट मुहैया कराना है। कारोबार को बढ़ावा देने की रणनीति के तहत उपभोक्ताओं की बढ़ती हुई मांग को पूरा करने और नए प्रतिभाशाली कर्मचारियों को कंपनी में भर्ती करने के लिए भारत में दूसरे ऑफिस का खोलना एक तर्कपूर्ण कदम है। हम लगातार क्रिएटिव, बेहतरीन और प्रतिभा और स्किल में निपुण कर्मचारियों को कंपनी में भर्ती करने का काम लगातार जारी रखेंगे। इससे हमें कंपनी के बड़े लक्ष्यों को पूरा करने में मदद मिलेगी।“

उन्होंने कहा, “मोहाली में नया ऑफिस खोलने से हमें अपने नए क्लाइंट्स को शानदार सर्विस देने के लिए नया प्लेटफॉर्म मिल गया है।“

इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज के बारे में

इफेक्चुअल सर्विसेज इंटेलेक्चुअल प्रॉपर्टी मैनेजमेंट एडवाइजरी फर्म है। यह फर्म फॉर्च्यून 500 से जुड़ी कंपनियों, लॉ फर्म, रिसर्च इंस्टिट्यूट, यूनिवर्सिटीज, वेंचर कैपिटल और पीई फर्मों को आईपी सपोर्ट सोल्यूशन ऑफर कर रही हैं। कंपनी के पास अलग-अलग क्षेत्रों के विशेषज्ञों की टीम है, जिनके पास अलग-अलग जटिल पेटेंट असाइनमेंट्स को हैंडल करने का शानदार अनुभव है। इसमें ऑल्टरनेटिव एनर्जी, ऑटोमोटिव और एयरोस्पेस, बायोमेडिकल, बायोटेक्नोलॉजी और फार्मास्युटिकल्स, केमिकल और मटीरियल्स, इंफॉर्मेशन टेक्नोलॉजी, इलेक्ट्रानिक्स और कंप्यूटर, लाइफ साइंसेज, टेलीकम्युनिकेशन और दूसरे क्षेत्र शामिल हैं। कंपनी इंटेलेक्चुअल प्रॉपर्टी सपोर्ट सर्विसेज (आईपीएसएस) भी प्रदान करती हैं। कंपनी पेटेंट टर्म एडजस्टमेंट प्रक्रिया के दौरान प्रूफ रीडिंग, किसी गुड्स या पैकेज पर लेबल लगाकर या उसके दस्तावेजों को मार्क करने की प्रक्रिया और इंफॉर्मेशन डिस्क्लोजर स्टेटमेंट की सुविधा भी प्रदान कर रही है।

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Effectual Services announces the opening of a new office in Mohali, Punjab

With plans to expand company’s business,The new office in Mohali will have a total headcount of 100 employees by end of the year 2020

Mohali, July 2020: Effectual Services, a leading Intellectual Property Management advisory firm continues to strengthen its presence in India and plans to expand business and company footprint. Effectual Services announced the opening of a new office in Mohali which will house over 100 employees. In 2019, the company had announced expansion in its corporate office, hired over 200 employees and moved to a new location.

In sync with the company’s strategy and to expand in the Punjab region, Effectual Services plans to hire more than 50 employees in immediate future who will be assigned to allow the organization to enhance its service volumes by providing IP support solutions to Fortune 500 companies, law firms, research institutes, universities, and venture capital and PE firms.

Effectual Services is focusing on expanding exponentially in the domestic as well as the global market. The Effectual Services team of multi-disciplinary experts working in Mohali will contribute to company’s goals of global and domestic expansion. The organization aims at building competency to deliver the depth and breadth of expertise, insight and quality that the clients demand and deserve. In Mohali, Effectual Services will be increasing the total employee base to over 25% in the next 2 years.

In the near future, the organization would add more offices / centers to the company’s portfolio. Effectual Services will be looking at expansion in several hubs known for technical innovation and strategizing. The company’s growth will also focus on vertical expansion investing in newer business opportunities that will be beneficial for company’s organic, revenue and business growth.

Speaking about the new office Amit Aggarwal, Co-Founder, and Director, Effectual Services said; “We are thrilled to expand our footprints in Punjab. This is an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves in a location with the best talent that is absolutely relevant to our business. Mohali was a sensible choice for us and for our clients to continue to provide expert and serve better. While our main goal is to ensure that our existing clients get the timely service and support they need. Opening a second office in India was a logical step in our business growth strategy and response to an increasing demand from both clients and trap some best talents. We would continue to hire creative and innovative talent that helps us drive and achieve the company’s larger goals.”

“With the opening of our new facility in Mohali, we have received a new platform to serve a range of new clients.” he added.

About Effectual Services

Effectual Services is a leading Intellectual Property Management Advisory firm that offers IP support solutions to Fortune 500 companies, leading law firms, research institutes and universities, and venture capital firms/PE firms. It has a team of multi-disciplinary experts, who have rich experience in handling complex patent assignments in domains that include Alternative Energy, Automotive and Aerospace, Biomedical, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Materials, Information Technology, Electronics and Computers, Life Sciences, Telecommunications and many others. The company also provides Intellectual Property Support Services (IPSS) such as proofreading, docketing, creating an Information Disclosure Statement and expertise during the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) process.

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Tech tools to draft patent applications could revolutionise IP proceedings

Highly skilled patent professionals carry out the predominantly manual task of drafting a patent application, which involves the use of set phrases and a substantial amount of copying and pasting. The smallest of mistakes in the drafted application or claims can lead to serious problems further down the line. However, due to the repetitive nature of the work, errors can often be introduced accidentally. Experts therefore rely heavily on word processors and writing tools (ie, spelling and grammar checkers) to assist in drawing up high-quality applications. With increasing competition in the market, patent professionals are experiencing increasing pressure to reduce costs and must work harder to ensure that the applications contain the necessary content. The increasing need for swifter patent issuance goes hand in hand with the need for speedier, more efficient drafting.

Advantages of automated tools

The use of automated tools for mechanical drafting and proofreading steps has many advantages:

  • They allow patent professionals to focus on more substantive writing and analysis and  to prepare the initial draft.
  • They result in highly accurate output and redirect several hours of copy, paste and other simple text work to substantively improve the application.
  • The saved time can be spent fleshing out additional details of the invention and how it solves a technical problem and exploring alternative pathways.

Drafting an application

A patent application has clearly defined sections: the claim, specification, drawings, an abstract, a problem and solution and a summary. Many of these sections can be automated with minimum input requirements (eg, a single-system claim or the problem and solution sections). The rest of the patent application can be generated from the single claim using automated tools (ie, AI and natural language processing).

Below are several sections that can be automatically generated using tools:

  • process flowcharts;
  • flowchart descriptions;
  • support for all dependent claims;
  • abstracts and summaries that match the independent claim language.

Patent professionals can use automated techniques, which are equipped with tools best suited to their clients’ needs or jurisdictions. Some of the automation methods are available in granted patents, for example, US8041739B2, which discloses an automated system and method for patent drafting and technology assessment.

Some of the available automation tools for drafting patent applications include:

  • Specifio;
  • ClaimMaster;
  • PowerPatent.

Similar and future prospects include automation tools to:

  • analyse and prepare responses for office actions;
  • fill out USPTO forms, including IDS with bibliographic data downloaded from PAIR;
  • generate flowcharts from method claims;
  • generate patent family trees based on USPTO data;
  • compute fees under multiple jurisdictions; and
  • compare individual and multiple claims.


Rather than collapse under the pressure of reducing fees while improving quality, patent professionals and companies should investigate the automation options available. When equipped with the tools best suited to their clients’ needs, patent professionals can generate higher quality work and focus on building healthier relationships with clients. Further, the use of these automation tools streamlines drafting and analysis and allowing them to concentrate on more substantive work.

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Blockchain and intellectual property – the de-centralised alliance

Blockchain is an anonymous online ledger that simplifies the way in which transactions are carried out. It comprises a growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked using cryptography. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous one, a timestamp and transaction data. The technology was invented in 2008 in the form of bitcoin, a peer-to-peer electronic cash system, by a creator known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.

Blockchain technology can serve as an indestructible digital ledger, which can be programmed to record data that can be securely sent across networks.

Blockchain in IP industry

Costly and time-consuming disputes can arise over who created a particular invention. This could be easily resolved if inventors registered their innovations to a blockchain – any debate over who first one came up with the idea could then be solved through the timestamp.

Blockchain technology provides records of IP assets owned by businesses across the world. Licensing agreements can be created and recorded via smart contracts, paving the way for a real-time ledger. Similarly, if used as a means to register works, it could provide authors with irrefutable evidence of ownership.

Blockchain can also be used to identify counterfeit goods by attaching blockchain tags to them. The ability to track the entire lifecycle of goods has multiple benefits (ie, smoother audits of IP rights) particularly in jurisdictions where proof of first/genuine use is crucial.

Research suggests that Estonian company Agrello is working to create an application for legally binding smart contracts, while Bernstein already offers blockchain-based solutions for IP management. Further, Blockai registers works of art with a timestamp, which serves as proof of copyright.

Blockchain and intellectual property – the drawbacks

Although the idea of a centralised, non-corruptible management system has the potential to revolutionise the IP industry, there are several hindrances to a solely blockchain-based IP ecosystem.

First, although some jurisdictional courts allow blockchain as evidence, its full adoption into law is still far off. Further, this technology can be slow, so the presence of IP experts is still necessary for legal matters and examinations.

Second, energising all nodes and providing appropriate cooling is an extremely energy-consuming process. These two constraints make blockchain one of the most expensive databases imaginable.

Further, with regard to a method to connect registries across the world through a single distributed ledger, this reality is far from simple. Successful management of IP rights using blockchain requires a mutually agreed, internationally supported platform. The problem with this is (and always will be) the issue of aligning multiple national and regional judicial frameworks and traditions. Any universal IP register would have to pass the desks of several bureaucrats who might see it as a threat to their jobs.


Blockchain has the potential to be an enormous boon to the IP industry and is ripe for a world that demands greater transparency and accountability. However, it has not had the kind of impact on the IP industry that many previously expected. Like any emerging technology, there are several challenges that must be tackled to ensure the smooth integration of the technology within the IP framework.

Just as the increasing use of bitcoin will not replace traditional financial institutions, the same is true for blockchain use in the IP world – rather, the two systems can co-exist and complement each other.

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Sanchit Kalra
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How Going Right, with the Wrong way…may lead to Rejection

In EPO opposition proceedings, even holding a winning prior-art is not the end of story.

We all know that a Post-grant opposition may be filed against any patent within nine months of the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent [Art. 99(1)].

But let us highlight one recent opposition case before you, where even a Category-X prior-art wasn’t able to kill the target patent. What wrong happened actually?

Here is the answer-

In December 2017, EPO published revision of the Arrangements for deposit accounts and their annexes Supplementary publication 5 – Official Journal EPO 2017 (effective from 1 December 2017). According to which Debit order filed on paper or as PDF attachment are no longer accepted and considered valid if made via one of the valid means of filing by using the online filing software by selecting “debit order” in the drop-down menu of EPO forms 1001E, 1200E, 2300E or 1038E and by selecting the fee(s) payable. The payment will then be processed automatically. Alternatively, to the above, payers can choose other payment methods, e.g. Credit Card or bank transfer [can refer point 5.1.2, 5.1.3, 5.4.2.]

Such mistake done by Liebherr-Hausgeräte Ochsenhausen GmbH led to rejection of an almost  successful opposition – wherein a filed post-grant opposition with strong prior-art, proved ineffective because of wrong method of fee submission for opposition proceedings.


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