Intellectual Property Rights

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…


Magical tug of war for a descriptive mark – ITC Vs Nestle

ITC (Yipee) Vs Nestle (Maggi) - Madras High Court ITC Ltd. and Nestle S.A. are two household names that have become indispensable in our lives. There is a minimum of one product in every household that belongs to these conglomerates. The demography of the consumers for these brands is vast and…


Court comes to the rescue of the IP holders in India - Extension of deadlines due to COVID-19

Extension of deadlines - Indian IP Office Since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic, every agency and institution of the Government have been putting their best foot forward with endurance. Be it for the citizens, people or its own working professionals, they have worked towards the safety and…


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…


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

Notifications by the Indian Intellectual Property Office during COVID-19 The paranoia around the COVID-19 continues to etch the air with causalities, while the citizens and the government continue to strive to put their best foot forward to ensure maximum safety and avoid anarchy. With this, we…


The Bridge to India - The potential of the recent PPH agreement between Japan & India

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…


The Influence of the Influential

Celebrities influence us the deepest. Irrespective of our ‘literacy’, they help us ‘decide’ whether to buy a particular brand or not, through their appearances in advertisements. There is no denial in this. Their influence is profound especially in India. A celebrity endorsing a product or service,…


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…


Delhi HC rules against E-Commerce Platforms

In the world of E-Commerce, Intellectual Property (IP) owners face challenging times owing to counterfeit products being sold by unauthorized sellers on E-commerce platforms and it is not merely the unauthorized sellers but the unbridled and elusive E-commerce entities to be considered as well.…


Who will guard the guards (Intellectual Property Appellate Board)?

The Intellectual Property Appellate Board recently held hearings for trademark matters in July 2019. The cause list was sent on rather short notice and came as a surprise to many advocates since the IPAB currently doesn’t have a technical member for trademarks, and therefore should not be hearing…