Indian IP office notifications relating to the extension of deadlines at the time of COVID-19

The paranoia around the COVID-19 continues to stretch the air, people, citizens and the government continue to strive to put their best foot forward to ensure maximum safety and avoid anarchy. With this, we would like to inform you that, the Indian government have been meticulous in their work and have always ensured the best for its citizens, with this the Indian Patent Office, the Indian Trade Marks Registry and the Indian Copyright Office have released their official notices dated,…

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The Bridge to India- The Guidelines bridging the gap

The Indian Patent Office (IPO) released the guidelines on November 29, 2019. These procedure guidelines mention the procedures that applicants need to follow while requesting for expedited examination under the PPH pilot program.

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The Bridge to India- The potential of the recent PPH agreement

With the announcement of the Bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Programme between the Indian Patent Office under the Controller General of Patents, Design and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the floodgates to investments and financing in India has opened opportunities beyond borders.

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Trademarks- A sanctioned vent of cultural appropriation-II

While trademark is meant for a dual function of identifying and distinguishing from others, public interest and community sentiments have also been taken into consideration in trademark law.

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Trademarks – A sanctioned vent for cultural appropriation?

Imagine not being able to label your lungis, as “lungi” because a juggernaut has registered a trademark for the word? Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Kim Kardashian West attempted to trademark the word, “kimono” for her new line of shapewear. The application was withdrawn following backlash from netizens accusing Kim for cultural appropriation. This is not the first time the global community has created an uproar about a trademark being cultural appropriation of a community.

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Draft Model Guidelines on implementation of IPR policy for Academic Institutions

The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management, under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DIPP) floated a 23 page model guidelines booklet on the implementation of IPR policies in Academic Institutions, in early September, 2019.

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The Trademark Office to the rescue; to rectify errors and issue fresh Trademark Registration Certificates.

Trademark holders can finally stop fretting over errors in their trademark registration certificates with the much-welcomed notice by the Indian Trademarks Office dated September 6, 2019.  After multiple requests from the Trademark Owners and trademark Counsels troubled with wrong details on the trademark registration certificates, the Trademark Office has gotten the ball rolling by affording an opportunity to make right the errors made by the Trademark Office on the  Registration Certificates…

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An Overview of Standard Essential Patents

Did you know that there is an entire system that dictates the quality and features of technological devices, which everyone in the industry has to follow? This is the world of Standard Essential Patents, where technological development and trade are slowly but surely getting choked by the whims and fancies of their inventors, who know how to throw their weight about especially without the sufficient restraints of law.  

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As Vistara Takes off –Legally

It is of common knowledge that planes fly by taking off, but sometimes they just have to take off in the other sense of the word! Rightfully!

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Infringement & the Essential Feature of a Trademark

The importance of a Trademark and the benefits it confers on a business entity cannot in any manner be overlooked. A dispute arose between Max Healthcare Institute Limited and Shahrudya Health Care Private Limited, the Plaintiffs and Defendants respectively.

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