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Concept of Dynamic Injunctions and an overview of landmark Cases Shaping Dynamic Injunctions in India

P. Saranya, Senior Associate, IP Practice Introduction: The proliferation of digital technology has revolutionized the way we consume and distribute content. However, with this advancement, digital piracy has also become a pervasive issue, posing significant challenges to creators, copyright holders, and the entertainment industry at large. In India, combating digital piracy has been a priority, and one of the legal tools that has gained prominence in recent years is the concept of dynamic injunctions. This article delves into the legal framework surrounding dynamic injunctions in India, analysing landmark cases that have shaped this approach to combat digital piracy. I. Understanding Digital Piracy in...

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A SUPER CHARGED ATMOSPHERE

Eight senior serving judges from across the United States, former judges of the Indian and Hawaii Supreme Courts, the Dean of a renowned American Law School participated in the India-US Law and Justice forum yesterday. The theme of the forum was “The role of the judiciary in protecting the rule of law and promoting access to justice”. The forum chair Prof. Dr. C. Raj Kumar, the visionary Vice Chancellor of the most prominent private university in India O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), forum convenor Dr. Vinod Surana, Managing Partner and CEO of Surana & Surana International Attorneys India and Hon’ble Justice Swatanter Kumar set the ball rolling...

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A WONDERFUL PLACE TO WORK

We at Surana & Surana International Attorneys India believe that, besides a perfect work-life balance, there should be camaraderie and relaxation. This helps in giving one's best at work! Recently, we held a friendly tournament of Shuttle SHOWDOWN, where 44 of our colleagues formed teams and played against each other. Needless to say, the bonding and sportsmanship were of the highest order.Congrats to the winning duo Mr. Arunkumar P (IT) & Mr. Arivan V P (DRP) and the Runners up pair Mr. Kannan A.K (IT) & Mr. JK Murali Krishna (DRP). Thanks to the firm's management, led by Dr. Vinod Surana, Managing Partner and CEO, for unstinting support for the event. ...

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LAWYERS HAVE HISTORICALLY PROVIDED LEADERSHIP IN SOCIETY

Addressing the students of the Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University on 1st September, Rashmi Surana Partner Surana & Surana International Attorneys India emphasized the requirement for (i) balanced, unbiased, unambiguous and simple (oral & written) #communication in legal proceedings and (ii) high ethical standards in the legal profession. "Lawyers have historically provided leadership in society". "Communication is not what you say but what the other person perceives and understands". "Your message must be understood in the same manner whether it is in the boardroom or the courtroom". "Communication is 93% non-verbal and only 7% verbal". ...

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NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!

"Scientific research shows communication is 93% non-verbal. It must not provoke guilt, fear, anger or humiliation in order to succeed. Never give up hope! There is an opportunity and positivity in everything. You must embrace disruption and thrive," said Dr. Vinod Surana, Managing Partner & CEO, Surana & Surana International Attorneys. He was addressing the students of the Bridge Course - 2023 at the School of Law, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Kancheepuram, as the Chief Guest in the presence of Special Invitee, Dr Ranjith Oommen Abraham, Registrar i/c TNDALU and other dignitaries from the institution - Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, Chancellor,...

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NIQR SOUVENIR RELEASED

Dr. Vinod Surana, Surana, Managing Partner & CEO, Surana & Surana International Attorneys India and Chairman - Advisory Board, National Institution for Quality & Reliability (NIQR BANGALORE ) released the NIQR Souvenir during their Advisory Board meeting held on August 12, 2023. The first copy was handed over by Dr Surana to Mr Sameer Mehta . Present on the occasion were Mr Murali Shankar, National President and Mr S. Rajasekaran, Past National President. ...

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RE-APPOINTED AS HONORARY LEGAL ADVISOR

The Taiwanese mission in South India is pleased to reappoint Dr. Vinod Surana, Managing Partner, Surana and Surana International Attorneys as their Honorary Legal Advisor. Richard Chen, Director General presented the order of appointment today. The firm is honored to continue its work of protecting and furthering the interests of Taiwanese investors in India. ...

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Recognising the Top 10 Business Leaders of India 2023. Meet the esteemed business leaders who have secured their positions among India's Top 10 in 2023. We are proud that our Managing Partner & CEO, Dr. Vinod Surana has been recognized as one of the TOP 10 Business Leaders by The Economic Times. Read more here: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/entrepreneurship/recognising-the-top-10-business-leaders-of-india-2023/articleshow/101365259.cms ...

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AI GENERATED ARTWORKS & COPYRIGHT

AI GENERATED ARTWORKS & COPYRIGHT

Jai Vignesh K Associate – Intellectual Property Rights Practice INTRODUCTION: Copyright safeguards the creative endeavours of individuals such as authors, musicians, historians, scientists, and dancers, among others, by granting them intellectual property rights. To be eligible for protection, the work must possess originality or present a fresh perspective on existing creations. As stated in TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights), copyright covers the expression of ideas but does not extend to ideas themselves, procedures, operational methods, or mathematical concepts in their raw form. There has always been controversy surrounding the idea of an artificial intelligence system producing any particular work of art. Critical...

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TAIWAN-INDIA FRIENDSHIP

Director General of TECC, Chennai, Mr Richard Chen said, “Taiwan is well-known for electric & electronic machinery industries. More Taiwanese companies in these sectors are setting up factories in India.” He appreciated the initiative by Surana & Surana International Attorneys in association with Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC) for organising the TAIWAN-INDIA FRIENDSHIP B2B Networking Session. Welcoming the dignitaries and guests, Dr. Vinod Surana, Managing Partner & CEO, SSIA emphasized that the close ties between the two nations will help in providing a strong manufacturing base in India and particularly in Tamil Nadu for Taiwanese companies. “Taiwan is a world leader...

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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEED FOR UNIFORMITY IN NOMENCLATURE WITH RESPECT TO NATHAM LANDS

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEED FOR UNIFORMITY IN NOMENCLATURE WITH RESPECT TO NATHAM LANDS

The Government has announced that the nomenclature with respect to lands will be changed to reflect the difference between private and Government ownership. As Natham land records have adopted different nomenclature for different areas, the Government has found an urgent need to bring in uniformity in these records. This change will have to be bought to all Natham land records of different places excluding Chennai. Natham lands belongs to no one. There is no legal proof of the ownership of such a land. Grama Natham land can only be used for residential purposes and not commercial. There is no surrounding social...

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BREAKFAST WITH TEAM FRANCE

We were honoured to host Team France from the Indo French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI) for breakfast at our Godavari Board Room on April 25, 2023. The members of TEAM FRANCE, after a sumptuous breakfast of Indian and Continental cuisine, continued with their 'closed door' deliberations at the adjacent Cauvery Board Room.  Surana & Surana International Attorneys and IFCCI have a long-standing relationship, partnering several interesting events over the years. We hope to strengthen these ties with more collaborative efforts. In the pic L-R: Vianney MEYNIER, Head of Agrotech department for India & South Asia, Business France,Bruno Nguyen, Deputy Consul General, Head...

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A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

A year-long leadership development pogram specially conceived and customized by Sundaram Learning and conducted by their Head, Narasimhan V for our professionals and non-professionals came to a close. The Graduation ceremony for both groups - the Senior Leadership Team and the Rising Stars Team were held in the august presence of Mr P S Surana, Founder - Partner and Dr. Vinod Surana, Managing Partner & CEO. ...

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DEFENCE ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT COURSE

The Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) conducted their 22nd Defence Acquisition Management Course (DAMC) on March 1 & 2, 2023 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Dr. Vinod Surana, Managing Partner & CEO, Surana & Surana International Attorneys India concluded the two-day session by acknowledging the Government’s recognition of SIDM as the voice of the defence manufacturing Industry. “SIDM’s initiatives have been excellent in capacity building and strengthening the defence industry in India. There is great scope for Indian defence manufacturing companies of all sizes,” he said. Rear Admiral (Retd.) Pritam Lal, a SIDM veteran, was the Chief Instructor. @Sunil Kumar Mishra, Director General of SIDM and...

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Surana & Surana welcomed the new Director General of #Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chennai

Surana & Surana welcomed the new Director General of #Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in #Chennai, Mr. Richard C. L. Chen in our office. The bilateral relations between #India and #Taiwan has improved over the years, and India is seen as a potential #investment destination by the #Taiwanese investors. As of April 2022, with more than 100 Taiwanese companies in India employing 65,000 Indians, Taiwan’s investment in India amounts to US$ 815 million. Taiwan is one of the top five foreign investors in #TamilNadu and the state is home to major Taiwanese companies like, Foxconn, Pegatron. Many companies are looking for Indian partners for Joint Ventures in manufacturing and trading. Indian students are offered scholarships in Science and...

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WOMEN in INDIA @ 2047

Hon'ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi while delivering his ninth Independence Day speech mentioned that Women Empowerment is vital to make India a developed nation in 2047, when the country celebrates its 100th year of independence. A recent statistics suggests that girls’ enrolment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is at 43 % today, more than countries like America, UK and Germany. Surana & Surana International Attorneys successfully conceptualized and organised a 'Dialogue on Role of Women in India @ 2047' on Saturday, 11th March 2023 at our Office Auditorium in Chennai. Our eminent speakers discussed on how equality/equity is perceived among women,...

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Can the word ‘THE’ acquire trademark protection?

The Ohio State University from the state of Ohio filed a trademark application bearing the serial number 88571984 with the USPTO (United States Patents and Trademarks Office) in 2019 to seek protection of the word ‘THE’. The user date of the application dated back to the year 2005 and had been filed in respect of “Clothing, namely, t-shirts, baseball caps and hats” under Class 25. The trademark is that of a label which comprises the word ‘THE’ in bold letters and the logo Ohio State University beneath it. However, the process was off to a rocky start as the University had...

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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 marks. Generic trade marks are common terms used to name products or services, for example, a brand of shoes called "shoes". Generic trade marks describe a product and hence these marks do not qualify for any protection. However, drawing reference to the evidence presented before the lower Courts, it was observed that the consumers viewed...

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Can the Registrar of Trade Marks pass a non speaking order without communicating the grounds for refusal?

Intellectual Property Attorneys Association v. The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks & Anr: The Intellectual Property Attorneys Association (hereinafter referred to as Petitioner), aggrieved by the non-speaking orders passed by the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks (hereinafter referred to as Respondent) while refusing registration of the trade mark applications, approached the Delhi High Court, contending that the said refusals were in violation of Section 18(5) of the Trade Marks Act, 1999. The Court analysed Section 18 and Rule 36 to arrive at a decision in the case: Section 18 deals with application made for the registration of a...

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PATENT LANDSCAPING

By Dr. Vinod Surana Overview A patent is an exclusive right granted by a sovereign authority for an invention. It can be a product, process, a novelty or an improvement, or a solution to a problem. It plays an essential role in encouraging innovation and developments across all sectors. Inventors gain exclusive rights to the process or design for a fixed period (which varies per jurisdiction), In exchange, the creator must provide particulars regarding the invention. Patents both incentivize and protect companies in research and development. The exclusivity granted by patents allows monopolistic production and sales of a creator’s work; absent that right...

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