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Blog Entry Sub$-100 Phones: Browser Compatibility Tests
by Rohini Lakshané published Jul 09, 2016 last modified Feb 16, 2017 04:47 PM — filed under: , ,
This post documents the results of browser compatibility tests conducted on six out of eight specimen mobile phones being studied under the Pervasive Technologies project. These phones are Internet-enabled and cost the equivalent of USD 100 or less in India. Rohini Lakshané and CIS volunteer Dhananjay Balan carried out the tests. Intern Shreshth Wadhwa provided assistance.
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Blog Entry Tweak the Make in India Recipe
by Rohini Lakshané published Jun 04, 2016 — filed under: ,
As an erstwhile journalist covering electronics technologies and IT a few years ago, I was privy to a litany of manufacturers' woes and their causes: Tangled tax laws and regulations, red tape, corruption, licence raj, unreliable infrastructure such as power and roads, and lack of skilled labour.
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Blog Entry Women's Safety? There is an App for That
by Rohini Lakshané published May 19, 2016 last modified Jan 10, 2017 02:48 AM — filed under: ,
“After locking ourselves in a room for more than 6 days, this is what we came out [sic] with. Join us in helping make WOMEN feel SAFE,” read a gloating press release about a smartphone app for women to notify their near ones that they were in distress. It was one among many such PRs frequently landing in my mailbox after the rape and murder of a young student on board a private bus in Delhi in 2012.
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Blog Entry Dataset: Patent Landscape of Mobile Device Technologies in India
by Rohini Lakshané published Apr 02, 2016 last modified May 03, 2016 08:06 PM — filed under: , ,
Patent landscape of mobile technology patents and patent applications held by 50 companies operating in India. Licensed CC-BY-SA 4.0.
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Blog Entry Patents and Mobile Devices in India: An Empirical Survey
by Rohini Lakshané published Mar 31, 2016 last modified Mar 29, 2017 04:03 AM — filed under: , ,
Though India has the second-largest wireless subscriber base in the world, with more than 150 mobile device vendors, it has, until recently, remained relatively unaffected by the global smartphone wars. Over the past three years, however, a growing number of patent enforcement actions have been brought by multinational firms against domestic Indian producers. These actions, which have largely resulted in judgments favoring foreign patent holders, have given rise to a variety of proposals for addressing this situation.
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Blog Entry The two-faced FRAND: Licensing and injunctive relief in ICTs
by Rohini Lakshané published Jan 15, 2016 last modified Mar 16, 2016 02:37 AM — filed under:
Important takeaways from the Indo-Europe Conference on Building a Sustainable IPR-ICT Ecosystem for Promoting Innovation, held in Bangalore in November 2015. Ericsson and the Indian Cellular Association presented an interesting set of views on FRAND licensing as well as injunctive relief, from seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum.
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Blog Entry FAQ: CIS' Proposal for Compulsory Licensing of Critical Mobile Technologies
by Rohini Lakshané published Sep 25, 2015 last modified Feb 14, 2016 04:40 AM — filed under: ,
Earlier this year, the Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) had proposed that the Government of India (GoI) initiate the formation of a patent pool of critical mobile technologies and mandate a five percent compulsory license. The proposal was made in light of ongoing litigation in India over standard essential patents pertaining to mobile technology, and the government's own “Make in India” and “Digital India” programmes.
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Blog Entry 'We Need to Proactively Ensure that People Can't File Patents Representative of the Creativity of a FOSS Community'
by Rohini Lakshané published Aug 23, 2015 last modified Sep 27, 2015 11:51 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Rohini Lakshané attended “Open Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Our Digital Culture” in Bangalore on August 13, 2015. Major takeaways from the event are documented in this post.
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Blog Entry Report: 5G Technologies Workshop by IEEE
by Rohini Lakshané published Jul 03, 2015 last modified Sep 27, 2015 11:45 AM — filed under:
A report on the 5G Technologies Workshop organised by the Bangalore Chapter of the IEEE Communication Society at Bangalore on May 22 -23, 2015.
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Blog Entry Joining the Dots in India's Big-Ticket Mobile Phone Patent Litigation (Updated)
by Rohini Lakshané published May 31, 2015 last modified May 06, 2018 03:51 AM — filed under: , ,
An analysis of the significant commonalities and differences in various big-ticket lawsuits in India over the alleged infringement of mobile device patents.
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