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  • WILL THE CTC GO UP WHEN THE LABOR CODES ARE IMPLEMENTED?

    M. DarshikaAssociate Introduction: Over the years, for governing and regulating the labor and employment regimes, several labor laws were implemented in our country.  This multiplicity of labor laws had resulted in several distinct compliances thereby making it very onerous for businesses to ad...

  • Virtual Private Network

    Virtual Private Network or VPN allows people to browse securely via an array of encrypted services that allow masking of individual identities. Users gain access to websites that are banned or those that are available in specific countries. VPN allows two or more networks to connect. Companies can a...

  • The Smart Hijack – Unimaginable Threats from Smart Devices

    There is no doubt that there are many advantages of Artificial Intelligence and IoT enabled smart devices. Technical advancements in facial recognition, voice recognition, automatic content recognition are adding newer dynamics to entertainment, household, and lifestyle. However, the smart devices a...

  • THE SKILL OF LEGAL WRITING

    A legal document, regardless of whether it is a plaint, affidavit or contract serves two purposes - informing and engaging both the client and the court about the legal issue. It is essential for lawyers and judges to draft all legal documents with clarity, such that the essential facts are conveyed...

  • THE SCOPE OF GEO-TAGGING OF IMMOVABLE ASSETS IN THE CORPORATE INSOLVENCY RESOLUTION PROCESS

    Chinna Aswathy Abraham Associate, Dispute Prevention & Resolution “Geo-tagging refers to the process of adding geographical identification like latitude and longitude to an asset. The information included in a geo-tag may include place co-ordinates, bearings, altitude, distances, or even place...

  • The new Indian Data Privacy Bill & its impact on business

    By Dr. Vinod Surana Data collection Data is a collection of names, numbers, dates, measurements formatted to be machine readable. Data is responsible for boosting a company’s revenue, building target audience as well as modifying their products or services to meet demands. Several sources predict ...

  • The new face of cybercrime beyond 2021

    The Indian laws were inadequate for issues relating to Cyber, AI, Cloud and Bigdata and there is a dire need to have standard frameworks that will assist stakeholders in the country in scenarios of cyber-attacks, ransomware and malware. Educating the consumers about ensuring their safety and privacy...

  • The need to regulate E-Pharmacies in India- Necessary checks for a booming industry

    Adithya Narayan Student Intern, Dispute Prevention & Resolution INTRODUCTION Over the last few decades, there has been a significant increase in the digital commercialization of goods and services. “E-Pharmacies” have entered the race during the Covid-19 lockdown and the need for med...

  • The intersection between admiralty laws and cross-border insolvencies: in deep water or smooth sailing?

    Chinna Aswathy Abraham Associate, Dispute Prevention and Resolution The intersection between admiralty laws and insolvency laws has been making waves for the last many years With respect to India, questions arose as to the jurisdictions of the courts- while admiralty jurisdiction generally exercised...

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH IN LEGAL PRACTICE

    Legal research and writing in my opinion are the backbone of a good lawyer. Here, writing would mean communication. Communication can be in written, oral and nowadays, even in video form. Hence, as legal practitioners it is crucial that we are thorough on the basics of legal research and legal writ...

  • The brutalities of ransomware attacks – Safeguarding your business from cyber attacks

    A ransomware attack is one of more predominant forms of criminal business models designed to extort money by injecting threats into their computers and other digital systems....

  • The Baffling Case of Infosys Non-Compete Clause: A critical analysis

    SARA SURESH, Associate, RE & Corporate During the month of April 2022, there were extensive discussions over the legality and enforceability of Non-Compete clauses among the IT workforce. Media Reports stipulates that the IT giant corporation, Infosys, had been summoned by both the Central Labou...

  • Taipei Economic & Cultural Center, Chennai appoints Dr. Vinod Surana as Hon. Legal Advisor

    At an august ceremony held on March 17, 2021 in the Surana & Surana Auditorium within the firm’s office premises, the Director-General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC), Chennai (Taiwanese Consulate), Mr Ben Wang handed over the letter of appointment to Dr Vinod Surana as the Hon. ...

  • Surana & Surana Knowledge Series seminar organised by Surana & Surana International Attorneys on The New Tamil Nadu Industrial Policy 2021 & MSME Policy 2021.

    Surana & Surana International Attorneys held their first live seminar under the Knowledge Series, on “The New Industrial Policy 2021” and “MSME Policy 2021” for the state of Tamil Nadu, on February 27, 2021. Presented by the firm’s Partner Sanjay Mehta who analysed the ...

  • RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN

    Can one be forgotten from the internet? The need In the hyper connected nature of the web today, personal information about anyone can be easily obtained within a few clicks on the internet. Personal Identifiable Information (PII) refers to any data that can distinguish a living individual uniquely ...

  • Rethinking Employment Contracts in the Era of Remote Working

    Remote work is here to stay.  Our understanding of the traditional employer-employee relationship is gradually becoming altered.  In this evolving world, would the traditional employer- employee contract still be relevant?  If not, then what are the key issues that need to be pondered...

  • Resolution of Legal Issues in Metaverse

    At the end of October, at Connect 2021, Mark Zuckerberg relaunched Facebook as Meta in October 2021, in quest of the metaverse. The once-loved concept of a virtual world parallel to the actual world has now been mainstreamed by the internet giant’s makeover. Gradually, the metaverse is becomin...

  • Regulatory Moves on Digital Media

    The new IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 have given rise to a political space where the Right and the Liberals unite, but only momentarily. ...

  • Quia Timet Action – Meaning and judicial developments regarding its scope

    Owners of intellectual property (Trademarks, Copyright, Patent, Designs, etc.) must always be alert and ensure that their rights are not violated by any third party. Any form of intellectual property would be an asset and hold great commercial value to its owner in today’s competitive business env...

  • PURPOSE AND PROCEDURE FOR DRAFTING A FAMILY CONSTITUTION

    BY Dr. Vinod Surana Introduction A family constitution is a charter that documents the values and principles of a family business. The contents of a family constitution underline the values and principles of the business while also providing reference points for decision-making concerning ownership ...

  • Pre-Packaged Insolvency Resolution Process – The JOURNEY thus far

    Ms.Chinna Aswathy Abraham Associate, Litigation & Arbitration Practice Business rescue is commonly achieved by sale of the company’s assets while keeping it a going concern, in an attempt to generate more value, as opposed to selling the assets in piecemeal. This is precisely what a pre-packag...

  • PR Strategies For High Profile Litigations

    By Dr. Vinod Surana PR Strategies For High Profile Litigations Introduction The recent clamour around the Sushant Singh Rajput case has shown how and why does managing the public and the media matter in high profile litigation cases. The lawyers from both sides have incessantly given interviews to t...

  • Modified Universalism And The Interplay Of The UNCITRAL Model Law & The New York Convention

    The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (1)also known as the ‘New York Arbitration Convention’ was adopted with the aim of harmonising the process for the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and for referral by a court to arbitration. Howe...

  • LITIGATION FUNDING

    By Dr Vinod Surana What is Litigation Funding? Litigation Funding, commonly referred to as Third-Party Funding (TPF), refers to the process of covering a party’s litigation expenses by a funder in return, for a share in the litigation’s monetary award. Litigation funding can cover the co...

  • Governance in family business during COVID-19

    By Dr. Vinod Surana With a looming pandemic that is leading economies to lean towards a K-shape recovery, it is apparent that the brunt of the economic crisis is being felt differently across different businesses and industries. A category of business going through unique changes is the family busin...

  • First response: Computer Forensics

    By Dr. Vinod Surana In the electronic era, information is left behind as digital footprints in the cyberspace. The trail of digital evidence is searched, identified and analyzed to link and reconstruct the chain of events. Forensic Investigation of cybercrime cases are complex and depends on evidenc...

  • FARM BILLS, 2020: AN ANALYSIS

    Introduction The Indian Parliament during its monsoon session culminating on 23 September passed three highly contentious bills, currently awaiting the President’s signoff, amidst uproar from opposition party leaders and farmers groups. These bills were intended to replace ordinances promulgated o...

  • E-Voting: It Is Time To Press For Internet Voting In Elections

    By Dr. Vinod Surana Living in the age of artificial intelligence, automation, and instant communications, it is a natural progression to increasingly implement technology in the democratic processes. India, one of the largest democracies in the world, has already illustrated how efficient and equita...

  • DOES THE STATE COMMISSION HAVE THE POWER TO SET ASIDE EX-PARTE ORDERS WHILE EXERCISING REVISIONAL JURISDICTION?

    T.G Niranjana, Associate, Dispute Prevention & Resolution It has been settled by a catena of judgments that the District Consumer Dispute Redressal Commissions do not have the power to set aside the ex-parte orders passed by them. The current trend to ‘overcome this difficulty’ is to file a ...

  • Digital Forensic Investigation Capabilities for first responders

    By Dr. Vinod Surana Prevention and Response Checklist for Victims and Investigation Agencies Introduction to Digital Forensic A Singapore based cyber research firm has alerted the Indian cyber agencies about a massive cyber-attack by a Chinese hacking group from June 21, 2020 onwards (Mirror now, 20...

  • Corruption and Judiciary

    By Dr. Vinod Surana  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy takes the judiciary head on, saying it was obstructing his functioning at the behest of his predecessor, who was operating levers with the help of a sitting Supreme Court judge. Insinuations, and even allegations of corrupti...

  • CONSTITUTIONAL TORT

    A constitutional tort is a legal tool that allows the state to be held vicariously accountable over the actions of its agents. Through this article, we shall discuss the different facets of constitutional tort and how our judiciary has treated the same....

  • विधि स्नातकों के लिए रोजगार के अवसर

    A profession in law is considered highly august and financially productive. Conventionally, after graduation, a law student was expected to practice litigation. A litigator or an advocate hears and defends the cause of his/her client in the court. However, in the course of time, the career possibili...

  • BINDING THIRD PARTIES TO ARBITRATION – THE NEW NORM?

    Shweta Surana, Assessment Intern INTRODUCTION One of the most fundamental cornerstones of arbitration is consent.  It is by virtue of this unique characteristic of arbitration, that only those parties which consented to the arbitration agreement can be bound by the agreement and the resulting a...

  • Big Data, Law & Regulating Big Data

    By Dr. Vinod Surana The term “Big Data” has been labelled amongst other things as a buzzword or a new-age “marketing term”[i], but a reading of the World Economic Forum’s write up on Big Data clarifies that Big Data is not a “new or isolated phenomenon”, but another phase (albeit a rat...

  • A vision for ‘Intelligence-led policing’ in India

    How should the police force operate? Is the traditional policing approach redundant today? What capabilities can the modern world police adopt to achieve operational goals?...

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IPR NEWS

  • Whether the addition of “.com” to a generic term qualifies for trade mark protection?

    In the year 2011, Booking.com, a travel and hotel accommodations company, filed four trade mark applications for Booking.com. The USPTO rejected the said applications on account of the mark being too generic, in the year 2016. The Lanham Act specifically prohibits the registration of generic trade m...

  • Weekly IP News Report – 1st Week of July (01-Jul-2022 to 10-Jul-2022)

    PS5 comes up with a new patent that can show the players “what if” scenarios based on choices they didn’t make This patent discloses what is basically a “what if” function, which could provide the players of the PS5 the ability to not only examine replays of their gaming but also view diff...

  • National Conference on Intellectual Property for National Growth

    Inspite of growing awareness about the importance of intellectual property protection among corporates, practical information about what IP strategies and filings are best for corporate growth, remains low. The conference aimed at educating corporates on the various government schemes for MSMEs, Ind...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 9th OCT – 15th OCT

    ALLERGAN INC AND ANR. v. CONTROLLER GENERAL OF PATENTS DESIGNS AND TRADE MARKS AND ANR. The Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks has received criticism from the Delhi High Court on October 12 for failing to notify the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organiza...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 4TH SEP – 10TH SEP

    INVESTMENT FIRM METACAPITAL SUES META FOR INFRINGEMENT Investment firm Metacapital Management LP sued Meta Platforms Inc in Manhattan in federal court on Wednesday, alleging that the Facebook parent company’s use of the name “Meta” to provide financial services would cause customer confusi...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 30th OCT – 5th NOV

    LOUIS VUITTON MALLETIER V. FUTURETIMES TECHNOLOGY INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED & ORS The Delhi High Court on November 3 has granted Louis Vuitton Malletier, a French luxury fashion brand, Rs. 20 lakhs in fees in its trademark infringement case against Club Factory, a Chinese e-commerce platform that wa...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 2nd OCT – 8th OCT

    QUALCOMM v. APPLE Despite the fact that the two tech titans’ legal battle over three smartphone patents had been resolved, the U.S. Supreme Court on October 3, once more declined to consider Apple Inc.’s request to resurrect the case. In 2017, Qualcomm filed a lawsuit against Apple in fe...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 28TH AUG – 3RD SEP

    SONY MUSIC INITIATES COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT AND BREACH OF CONTRACT LAWSUIT AGAINST TRILLER Sony sued the platform seeking damages as the application failed to pay the license fees agreed upon back in March 2022 after which it considered that their deal was terminated. Whereas, the platform still all...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 25th SEP – 1st OCT

    MYLAN PHARMACEUTICALS INC V. MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP An U.S. appeals court ruled that a patent held by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. for its diabetes medications Januvia and Janumet is valid, rejecting a challenge to the patent made by generic manufacturer Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. The Court d...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 25TH JULY- 30TH JULY

    Mondelez India Foods Pvt Ltd And anr v. Neeraj Food Products Mondelez India Foods Private Limited (previously Cadbury India Ltd.) and Cadbury Schweppes Overseas Limited filed a suit against the defendant for trademark infringement of their product “CADBURY GEMS” or “GEMS”.  The ...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 23rd OCT – 29th OCT

    LIDL GREAT BRITAIN LIMITED AND ANOTHER v. TESCO STORES LIMITED AND ANOTHER Attempting to resurrect a portion of its lawsuit against bargain retailer Lidl on October 25, Britain’s largest retailer Tesco said in court in London that its German-owned rival had filed for trademarks for a yellow ci...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 21ST AUG – 26TH AUG

    ALLAHABAD LAW AGENCY V. AMAZON RETAIL INDIA PVT. LTD. & ORS The plaintiff is a book publishing company and had filed a lawsuit seeking permanent injunction against third party sellers in the e-commerce website of the defendant. The plaintiff alleged that pirated versions of the book, “the Law ...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 1ST AUG-6TH AUG

    Special drive for disposal of IP Disputes Marking the 75th anniversary of India’s independence the Government of India has launched the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. As a part of the same, the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks has taken an initiati...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 18TH SEP – 24TH SEP

    INDIAMART INTERMESH LIMITED v. MR SAMEER SAMIM KHAN  & Ors. The petitioner IndiaMart filed a suit for permanent injunction against the fraudulent website https://india-mart.co/ who was fraudulently offering jobs under the plaintiff’s name. The IndiaMart is a registered trademark and also ...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 17TH JULY- 23RD JULY

    Marico Limited vs Dabur India Limited The Petitioner initiated a suit for infringement and disparagement in relation to the advertisement published by Dabur in various newspapers containing a disclaimer that implies that the Device/ Label mark of ‘Nihar’ which is a part of their advertisement be...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 16th OCT – 22nd OCT

    K. N. GOVINDACHARYA  vs SECRETARY GENERAL & ORS On October 17, the Supreme Court issued notice in response to a petition asking for instructions to protect the Court’s copyright over video recordings of court proceedings that are live-streamed on websites like YouTube. The application...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 14TH AUG – 20TH AUG

    FLIPKART INTERNET PRIVATE LTD. v. STATE OF NCT OF DELHI & ANR. The respondent company Sanash Impex Pvt. Ltd have procured the authorized rights to sell the cosmetic products of a Czech based company ‘DC DERMACOL’ in India . A FIR was filed against Flipkart by the complainant for trademark in...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 11TH SEP – 17TH SEP

    DIPALI SIKAND AND ORS v. SAMSUNG INDIA ELECTRONIC PRIVATE LIMITED AND ANR. A temporary injunction prohibiting Samsung India and one Story Experiences from using the trademark “CONCIERGE,” which is being used by the Concierge conglomerate made up of Lesconcierges Services Pvt. Ltd. and Cl...

  • IPR NEWS – WEEKLY UPDATES FROM 11TH JULY- 16TH JULY

    Franco Indian Pharmaceuticals vs Vatican Lifesciences Private On July 12, 2022, the High Court of Bombay held that in the case of rival marks where they are phonetically, structurally, aurally, and visually similar; in such a way that a mere cursory look at the rival marks brings out the overwhelmin...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 9 FEB 2022

    Moonshine Technology Pvt Ltd v. Ticktok Games Pvt Ltd The Plaintiff initiated the suit against the defendant for the use of the mark ‘BAAZI’. The plaintiff claimed its marks containing the term BAAZI to be well- known and to have attained worldwide recognition. The Plaintiff alleged that the Def...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 8 NOV 2021

    Financial incentives for certification and Intellectual Property Rights reimbursement scheme notified by the Goa government This scheme of the government is part of the State Incentives to Encourage Investments Scheme, 2017 with an object to make the existing market more competitive and efficient bo...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 8 DEC 2021

    UpGrad files trademark infringement suit against Scaler: A suit was filed before the Delhi HC against the EdTech company Scaler for using the brand name ‘upGrad’ through Google Ads to appear on top of the page on the Google Search Engine. The company has sought damages of more than 3 Crores. Pre...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 7 OCT 2021

    Piaggio v. Peugot The Tribunal Judiciaire of Paris and Tribunale of Milan have found the control system which enables a three-wheeler to tilt like a regular two-wheeler employed by Peugeot Metropolis (Mahindra Group) to be infringing Piaggio Group’s patent and has banned Peugeot Motorcycles from p...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 7 FEB 2022

    Bragg Live Food Products sues National Fruit Product Company for Copyright and Trademark Infringement Bragg Live Food Products, a company specialized in providing organic food products, has accused the NFPC of copying its trade dress and infringement of trademarks and copyrights. Bragg states that i...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 6 SEP 2021

    Zed Lifestyle Pvt. Ltd. Vs. Hardhik Mukeshbhai Pansheriya The Plaintiff holds 18 registrations for the mark ‘BEARDO’ inclusive of Class 3. The Defendant holds registrations in Class 7 and 11 for the identical mark ‘BEARDO’ to which rectification proceedings are pending before the Trade Marks...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 6 DEC 2021

    Lord of the Rings’ Crypto Blocked under JRR Tolkien’s Trademark Violation: The ‘LORD OF THE RINGS’ Crypto Currency was created and promoted back in August 2021. According to the developer of the Crypto, the ‘JRR TOKEN’ is a tribute to the late author JRR Tolkien. The family members of th...

  • IP News Weekly Update – 31 Aug 2021

    V Guard Industries Ltd. Vs. Sukan Raj Jain and Anr – Delhi High Court The Plaintiff, a proprietor from Kerala manufactures and markets electrical goods under the mark ‘V-Guard’ across the country and furthermore has a subordinate (supply) office in Delhi. The Plaintiff instituted a trademark i...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 30 OCT 2021

    Delhi High Court extends the deadline to submit comments on Delhi High Court Intellectual Property Rights Division Rules, 2021 The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Delhi High Court had announced the creation and functioning of a separate Intellectual Property Division which would solely deal with the IP m...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 30 JUNE 2022

    India’s key achievements related to patent filings: The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry announced the key achievements that the country has been performing in relation to patent filings. The domestic patent filing has surpassed the international patent filing between the period of January ...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 30 DEC 2021

    Kyobo Life fined for letting subsidiaries use IPs for free The insurance company holds various forms of IPs including numerous trademarks and copyrights. The company was accused of letting their subsidiaries use the Kyobo brand without paying fees from 2016 to 2019. The South Korea’s financial...

  • IP News Weekly Update – 26-31 July 2021

    Trademark tiff on ‘Natural Ice creams’  The Plaintiff, Siddhant Icecreams LLP & Kamath Ourtimes Icecreams Pvt. Ltd. sued a Gujarat-based company and another for infringing the use of the term “Natural Ice Cream”. The Plaintiff is seeking damage and compensation of nearly 150 crore for i...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 26 OCT 2021

    YouTube content strikes misuse of Copyright laws in India, claims Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) The Indian Internet Freedom Foundation made a representation to Google India with relation to the recent rising number of YouTube Channel blocks in the country and claims that one major reason for con...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 25 NOV 2021

    YouTube expands guidelines on Copyright infringement detection The number of takedowns of content due to Copyright strike has been increasing and it was also announced that YouTube is testing out new features which aim to provide more capacity to manage channel engagement, and more options to help c...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 25 JAN 2022

    Huawei’s Trademark applications for ‘Petal Search’ rejected The company had applied for the Trademarks ‘PETAL SEARCH’ in relation to search engine services and providing localized search services based on user search habits. The search engine was launched back in 2020 and applications for ...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 25 FEB 2022

    New York Stock Exchange Files Trademark Application for NFT Applications have been filed o trademark the term NYSE for usage of the mark as an NFT and the Stock Exchange is officially entering into the Crypto and NFT marketplace. The NYSE has announced that it has no immediate plans of launching a C...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 21 SEP 2021

    Protection of the Aaj Tak trademark Delhi High Court granted an interim injunction to Living Media Limited, the parent company of the Aaj Tak brand and ordered Google and Facebook to block the four defendants and also extended its order to 25 different websites, carrying infringing brands.  Hon&#82...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 21 DEC 2021

    France.com Inc v. French Republic The legal battle for the trade name and mark France.com commenced years back and presently, the US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Government. This trade name and mark was used since 1994 by a U.S. citizen and French expat and owns protections for the trade...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 20 OCT 2021

    Delhi High Court circulates Intellectual Property Division (IPD) Rules, 2021 for inputs from the members of the Bar The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Delhi High Court had announced the creation and functioning of a separate Intellectual Property Division which would solely deal with the IP matters in J...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 20 JAN 2022

    HT Media Ltd. v. Pooja Sharma & Ors Hindustan Times had approached the Delhi High Court seeking permanent injunction and damages for infringement of their Trademark, Trade Name and Copyrights against websites which were portraying to the general public that they were in some way associated with ...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 14 FEB 2022

    Major companies including McDonald’s filing Trademark Applications for the Metaverse Various major companies including Nike and Walmart had filed Trademark applications for virtual goods and services in the Metaverse. Presently, McD has filed for the registration of its marks in relation to virtua...

  • IP News Weekly Update – 14 Aug 2021

    Biscuit Battle Last year Britannia had taken ITC to court alleging that the latter’s product packaging “Sunfeast Farmlite 5-Seed Digestive” and  “Sunfeast Farmlite Veda Digestive” were deceptively similar to Britannia products. Soon after the dispute, ITC modified its packaging and Br...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 13 NOV 2021

    Increase in Global IP Filings despite Economic shutdown due to the pandemic WIPO recently released its report on the annual IP filings. The reports show an increase in the filing activities especially in relation to trademark filings despite the effect of the pandemic on the economy. Most of the fil...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 13 DEC 2021

    Abba v. Abba Mania: The pop group ‘ABBA’ sues a UK-based company that stages shows under the brand Abba Mania. This suit has been initiated by Polar Music International, the company that owns the Abba Group claiming that Abba Mania has been using the term ‘ABBA’ without the company’s prior...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 12 JAN 2022

    AWS Music marks opposed by Amazon Amazon Technologies Inc. is opposing the registration of the mark “AWS MUSIC” claiming that the consumers are likely to be confused, mistaken, or deceived into believing that the goods offered under the newly applied AWS MUSIC mark are in some way endorsed by Am...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 11 OCT 2021

    Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2021 notified and has come into force The Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2021 has been notified by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade and has come into effect from 21 September, 2021. “Educational Institutions” have been inserted as a category of app...

  • IP NEWS WEEKLY UPDATE – 04 JAN 2022

    Bacardi & Co v. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office The company has sued the USPTO for allegedly violating the law by reviving a Cuban government entity’s trademark “Havana Club”. The legal battle between Bacardi and the Cuban entity was initiated by Bacardi and claim that they be...

  • IP News Updates – July 28, 2021

    CJEU affirms Pirelli’s tyre groove trade mark The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has settled the long pending dispute between Pirelli & Yokohama as regards the validity of Pirelli’s tyre groove trade mark registered in Class 12 in respect of tyre products & related accesso...

  • IP NEWS UPDATES -MAY 2022

    USPTO To Begin Issuing Electronic Trademark Registration Certificates On 2nd May, the USPTO announced via federal notice that, on June 7, 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will start issuing electronic certificates of trademark registration. The electronic registration cert...

  • IP NEWS UPDATES – JUNE 2022

    OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY REGISTERS “THE” AS A TRADEMARK The term “THE” has been successfully registered by The Ohio State University in relation to apparel that the university wears during athletic activities. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initially ...

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