Raja Selvam

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…


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…


Trademark Infringement:U.S Cadbury Vs U.K Cadbury - Hershey's not ready to melt!

Who does not love chocolates?But the British in America do not seem to be in for "any" chocolate; much to their dismay though. America's leading confectionery giant Hershey, over a matter of trademark infringement, has brought about the ban of imported (U.K) Cadbury chocolates in U.S.A. It is…


Usage Of Trademark In India - Literal or More To iT?

In my previous article about trademark registration, one of the important pointers I had mentioned was about “use” of the mark. Considering that usage of trademark plays a pivotal role in trademark disputes, almost a decider in cases, it is important to explore it. So what is usage in India? How…


Planning to attend the 141st INTA annual meeting in Boston? Read on.

I originally wrote this post before the 136th INTA annual meeting in Hong Kong (1st INTA annual meeting in Asia and my 8th INTA annual meeting). Folks who have been attending the INTA meetings will agree as to how awesome it can be and yet tiring, which requires careful planning. I thought of…


Planning To do Trademark Registration? This Is For You!

Planning to file do trademark registration but would like to know more about it before taking the plunge? Here are a few pointers. An entrepreneur might decide on a trademark that is catchy and best represents his business/goods/services. Unfortunately what needs to be kept in mind from the legal…