Editorial Staff

Unauthorised use of trade mark - How would you remedy it in India?

In Utopia, I believe competition among similar businesses would be healthy and fair. However, in the real world, the Darwinian principle of survival of the fittest applies. We find that some wonderful businesses, with unique and sometimes well-established brands, end up in shambles because their…


Sugar and spice and everything NICE

A trademark that has been registered is valid for the goods or services that it has been applied for. If I file a trademark WONKZOO for legal services, aside from the fact that I may be committing professional suicide I need to decide which class of goods I have to file the trademark in. A…


The Story Mark

Infopreneurship is the new buzz word and means creating original content information products then monetizing it in entrepreneurial ways. These infopreneurs, or entrepreneurs who sell information, leverage information in public domain extensively to reach mass audiences. Infopreneurship is one of a…


Delhi High Court holds that a Trademark cannot be removed for non renewal without giving notice to the proprietor

Appellant: Union of India – Registrar of Trademarks Respondent: Malhotra Book Depot Trademark: MBD Court: Delhi High Court Coram: Honourable Chief Justice Murugesan D. And Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw Facts: The respondent, Malhotra Book Depot was a partnership firm which registered the mark MBD on…


Vulgar Trademarks ; Suit up – It’s time for free love.

Going through over thousand trademarks published each week in the Indian Trade Marks Journal is a rather cumbersome task, but the marks that you come across in there sometimes are very interesting. Some unique, some brilliant and some down- right hilarious. For the uninitiated, once a Trademark is…


Effectiveness of RTI for your trademark applications

There are several resources online that will tell you how to register your trademark in India, with a neatly drawn flow chart for clarity and some websites that promise trademark registration in a day or even faster. What you won’t be told is the time that it will take you from one step to another…