Raja Selvam

5 things every Software Developer should include in his Software Development Agreement/Contract

The legal issues surrounding software development can be sometimes complex and often confusing. It is not unusual for developers to take up development gigs without any formal engagement in writing resulting in bitter experiences. By understanding the importance of agreements in a software…


Proof of Right for Indian Patent Applications

Section 7(2) of the Indian Patents Act states that where the patent application is made by virtue of an assignment of the right to apply for a patent for an invention, the applicant is required to furnish, either at the time of filing the application or within six months of the date of filing of…


Proposed Amendments to Trademark Law in India – Fee Hike and More.

Nov 2016 Update: We are hearing reports that the amendment will come into force this month. While nothing has been confirmed as yet, it appears that the amendments will be published in the Gazette shortly. The Controller of Patents, Designs and Trademarks recently through a public notice dated…


Announcing A.A.Selvam - IDIA Scholarship

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants — Isaac Newton Men who inspire us are rare and few. Especially those who have managed to leave an impression in our hearts that continues to shape us, long after they have passed on from this world to the next. When…


Filing international trademark applications under the Madrid Protocol in India

The international registration and management of trademarks is facilitated by the Madrid Agreement or the Madrid Protocol or in some cases by both the Protocol and agreement and is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) located in Geneva, Switzerland. India is a member…


Is the Make in India logo made by Americans, inspired in Switzerland?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new campaign, Make in India, an attempt to turn India into a global manufacturing hub has created quite a bit of noise in social media and most recently it appears for all the wrong reasons. The Make in India logo with the symbol of a lion with the cogs, was…


Madrid Protocol vs National Applications for Trademarks in India – The problem of ‘use’

India became a member of the Madrid Protocol on July 8, 2013 and since then has received about 13768 applications designating India and has filed 155 applications under the Madrid Protocol. While there have been several debates on the best route to take in terms of protecting international brands…


Kids nook by CGPDTM - Enlightenment about Intellectual Property for kids

Intellectual Property for Kids In the recent past, the office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (hereinafter called "CGPDTM") has been striving to make prosecution relating to Intellectual Property Rights user-friendly and transparent. But in a surprise move, the CGPDTM…


Tag Lines - Catchy Yet Elusive As A Trademark?

Just as the image says, I would like to get to the point. But well..it is certainly not that easy! One of the most interesting debatable matters, atleast as far as India is concerned, is the validity of tag lines as trademarks. So what are tag lines? As we all know, tag lines are nothing but catchy…


Trademark Renewal - The Indian Scenario. Only A Single Chance?

As mentioned in my previous articles, the life of a trademark is ten years in India post which the mark requires to be renewed every ten years to keep the mark alive. Of course, the Trademark law requires the Trademark Office to notify the proprietor before the expiry of registration. Now the…