problem 1: State, with valid reasons, whether a patent can be granted in the given cases. If a patent can’t be granted, specify, whether any other form of IPR can give protection.
a) A computer program developed by you to resolve a complex mathematical equation.
b) A process invented by you to move the cursor on the computer screen by voice command.
c) The traditional recipe of curry-making, documented by your great-grandmother (who died 75-years ago).
d) A plant you found in the jungles that have cancer curing properties.
problem 2: Illustrate the steps of patent application processing, after it is filing in the patent office.
a) What do you mean by the term right of priority? How is it established? How can it be utilized to protect patent rights in foreign countries?
b) What are the provisions made in the Paris convention concerning enforcement of IPRs?
problem 4: What are the various forms of IPR recognized by the TRIPS Agreement? How were such rights protected before TRIPS came to existence? What makes TRIPS more efficient tool to protect such rights?
a) describe the different stages of PCT filling.
b) Describe the benefit of PCT filling for the applicant.
problem 6: Compare the US patent system with European patent system.
a) Why is industrial design recognized as a separate form of IPR?
b) What are the criteria of originality exerted to the integrated circuit layout designs? What doesn’t amount to infringement as per IPIC 1989?
a) Illustrate, with illustrations, each of the four criteria for identifying a plant variety for protection under UPOV 1978 Act.
b) What is the exception to the Breeder’s right according to the UPOV 1991 Act? How does it take care of essentiality derived varieties protected by this Act?
a) What is the genesis of the Budapest treaty? What are its benefits?
b) Describe with one illustration each, the different instruments of protecting biotechnology IP assets.