Raja Selvam

Public Performance of Music & Copyright Licenses. Time to Face the Music?

Most commercial establishments often play popular music as a form of entertainment for their patrons. Step into any mall, hotel, pub, restaurant, or gym, and there is a high chance that they will be playing a song that you know. Since music falls under the scope of copyright as intellectual…


Express & Expedited request for examination of patent applications in India

Express and Expedited request for examination After filing any patent application in India, a request for examination must be filed with the Indian patent office without which the patent off will not take up the application for examination. Ordinarily, a request for examination of a patent…


Voluntary cancellation of trademark registration in India

Registration of a trademark in India is granted for a period of 10 years from the date of filing the application in India. The trademark registration can be renewed every 10 years infinitely.   Voluntary cancellation of trademark registration in India There are several occasions when the…


Improving the nuances of Patent Practice in India - One act of kindness is all that it takes

One of my colleagues received a call from the Deputy/Joint Controller of Patents & Designs at the Delhi Patent Office requesting to speak with the Patent agent who had filed certain requests in a patent matter. When the colleague enquired about the issue, the Deputy/Joint Controller explained…


Trading Trademarks – Assignments, Mergers, and Transmissions

Assignments, Mergers, and Transmissions of trademarks Trademarks, like all intellectual property, are an integral part of a modern business’ assets. It is not uncommon nowadays for the value of a business’ IP to far exceed its physical assets. Like any asset, trademarks can also be bought, sold,…


Trademark registration in Maldives by publishing trademark cautionary notice

Trademark registration in Maldives - FAQ's

Protection of trademark in Maldives is by way of publishing a  caution notice in the local newspapers in circulation in Maldives. We have tried to address the frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) from our Clients about the trademark registration in Maldives in this post and hope you find this…


Sri Lanka’s accession to Madrid Protocol

Sri Lanka, an island country located in the Indian Ocean, is a mesmerizing place with captivating scenery. However, little is known about its Intellectual Property practice. The National Intellectual Property Office (NIPO) is responsible for the administration of the Intellectual Property System in…


Updates from the IP offices in the Indian Sub-Continent (COVID-19)

Subsequent to the lockdown/restrictions announced due to the COVID-19 situation, by the Government of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh & the Maldives the respective IP offices have either suspended their operations or have limited staff working remotely. India: All operations…


Trademark registration in Maldives by publishing trademark cautionary notice

Intellectual Property protection in Maldives

Protecting your Intellectual Property in the Maldives The Maldives has no legislation that has been enacted in terms of Intellectual Property Rights. To circumvent this, there is sufficient trademark protection that has been offered by way of acquiring public recognition through cautionary notices.…


Restoration of a lapsed patent in India

Patent protection is granted for a period of twenty years by the Indian patent office. For the patentee to enjoy the benefits of his patent, the renewal fees must be paid on time. Renewal fees are payable before the expiration of the second year from the date of the patent in respect of the third…