Google secures Indian Patent [for annotations associated with video files]

Internet giant Google secured an Indian Patent for an invention regarding a method and system for transferring annotations associated with video files.

Earlier in the year 2009, Google filed the Patent Application for Annotation Framework for Video, as a national phase application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Accordingly, the application was examined under the Sections 12 and 13 of the Indian Patent Act, 1970.

Google in its application claimed that, annotations provide a mechanism for supplementing video with useful information and can contain, for example, metadata describing content of the video, subtitles, or additional audio tracks.

These annotations can be of various data types, including text, audio, graphics, or other forms. To make their content meaningful, annotations are typically associated with a particular video, or with a particular portion of a video.

Section 12 of the Indian Patent Act, 1970 speaks about the Examination of Patents. By virtue of Section 12, when a request for examination has been made in respect of an application for a patent in the prescribed manner to an examiner for making a report to him in respect of the following matters, namely;

  1. whether the application and the specification and other documents relating thereto are in accordance with the requirements of this Act and of any rules made thereunder;
  2. whether there is any lawful ground of objection to the grant of the patent under this Act in pursuance of the application;
  3. the result of investigations made under section 13; and
  4. any other matter which may be prescribed.

Section 13 of the Indian Patent Act, 1970 speaks about the Search for anticipation by previous publication and by prior claim. By virtue of Section 13, the examiner to whom an application for a patent is referred under section 12 shall make investigation for the purpose of ascertaining whether the invention so far as claimed in any claim of the complete specification;

  1. has been anticipated by publication before the date of filing of the applicant’s complete specification in any specification filed in pursuance of an application for a patent made in India and dated on or after the 1st day of January, 1912;
  2. is claimed in any claim of any other complete specification published on or after the date of filing of the applicant’s complete specification, being a specification filed in pursuance of an application for a patent made in India and dated before or claiming the priority date earlier than that date.


Source: financial express

Wife Trying to Seek Divorce to Show ‘Single’ Status on Passport

Ankita Sharma, Student of Law, JGLS

A recent judgment of the Delhi Court dealt with the divorce petition being filed by a woman against her husband for the reasons of cruelty and desertion. Section 13 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1954 lists down the grounds for divorce. Courts across India have always been a witness for divorce petitions for various reasons of non-settlement over family issues, physical and mental trauma suffered between the two parties.

Whereas, in the case recently decided by the Additional District Judge of the Delhi Court, the Petitioner (wife) was denied divorce, as she wanted to show her relationship status as ‘single’ on her passport. TheCourtexamining the matter noted that the petition lacked any details of a marital discord between the couple. The petitioner had even failed to file a missing report for her husband. The Court hearing this matter rejected the case, terming the petition to be not maintainable on the face of it and termed it as a “peculiar” matter dismissed the plea.

The Indian Courts through many judgments in the past have defined of what constitutes as ‘cruelty’ and ‘desertion’ in a marriage. The Courts defined ‘cruelty’ to be decided on a number of factors – the social cultural background of the parties, their mental and physical conditions, quality and length of the marriage. The Courts refrained from giving it a narrow understanding considering the varied case by case situations. The Apex Court in the case for Naveen Kohli v/s NeeluKohli ((AIR (2006) SC 1675))elaborated on the definition and what constitutes ‘cruelty’- the conduct complained of should be “grave and weighty” so as to come to the conclusion that the petitioner spouse cannot be reasonably expected to live with the other spouse. It must be something more serious than “ordinary wear and tear of married life”. The Court further expressed that, the mere trivial irritations, quarrels between the couple in the married life, cannot be a ground for divorce.

Whereas, couples seeking divorce on the ground of ‘discretion’, the Apex Court in the case of Bipinchandra Jai Singhbai Shah v/s Prabhavati ((AIR (1957) SC 176.))lucidly defined and explained the concept of desertion. The two essential conditions to exist for desertion namely, are – i) the factum of desertion and; ii) The intention  to bring cohabitation permanently to end (animus deserendi). Similarly, two essentials required to be considered for a deserted spouse are: – i) the absence of consent; and ii) absence of conduct giving reasonable cause for the spouse leaving the matrimonial home.

Looking at the interpretation of the Courts of these two grounds for divorce and the facts of the present case, it indeed was a ‘peculiar’ matter being filed by the wife to seek a ‘single’ status on her passport.

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