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  • 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 creators’ secure branded content deals, and monetize their efforts. The platform has now expanded access to a new content takedown process enabling creators to automatically take down duplicate uploads of any content that they’ve previously removed. The Copyright match tool has also been introduc...

  • 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 filing activities took place in China which continues to dominate the world in the number of filings across most forms of intellectual property. The report states that Global Trademark filings surge 13.7% despite economic shutdowns and China received the most trademark application filings during 2020 a...

  • 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 both at a domestic and an international level. This scheme encourages the units which are based in Goa in relation to industries, academic institutions and hospitals to obtain certification from reputed certifying agencies and the department would reimburse 100% of the actual expenditure per certifica...

  • 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 matters in July, 2021. On 8 October, 2021, the Delhi HC had circulated the IPD Rules, 2021 among the members of the bar for their suggestions and recommendations. The Delhi High Court Registry has announced an extension for submitting suggestions and comments on the proposed rules. As per this, the n...

  • 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 content takedowns is due to weaponization of Copyright legislations and rules of the country by large media houses targeting individual content creators and channels. It was also stated that YouTube being one of the most primary platform of development for such individuals and channels, such measures b...

  • 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 July, 2021. On 8 October, 2021, the Delhi HC had circulated the IPD Rules, 2021 among the members of the bar for their suggestions and recommendations. The IPD Rules, 2021 deals with the practice and procedure for the exercise of the original and appellate jurisdiction of IPAD and for other miscellan...

  • 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 applicants under Rule 2 (ca). This amendment paves way to a benefit of 80% reduced fee for patent filing and prosecution for such applying educational institutions. This benefit was earlier available to educational institutions which were recognized and owned by the government only. Star Trek- Dr. Seus...

  • 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 producing, promoting, marketing, importing, exporting, using and/or possessing any three-wheeled scooter employing Piaggio’s patented technology in France. The court also imposed a fine of 1.5 million euros (Rs 12.95 crores) in addition to other penalties. AI cannot be an inventor Judgment dated&nb...

  • 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’ble Mr. Justice Suresh Kumar Kait impleaded these 25 websites and the domain registrars, the order blocks in the interim the use of  Aaj Tak Live, Aaj Tak IndiaNews, E-Aaj Tak. Trademark Ownership over Greek Alphabets Affinity Client Services apparently hold trademarks in the UK over the Greek a...

  • 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 Registry. The Plaintiff has successfully satisfied the criteria envisaged under Section 29(4)  of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 by virtue of which an injunction order was passed restraining the Defendants from using the impugned mark as it is or in conjunction with any other figure or manner. The ...