Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property Cases - restoring faith in the Indian Judiciary

The efficiency of the Indian judiciary has been the subject of many a discussion at both professional and personal gatherings that I’ve attended. The media has covered the overwhelming case backlog and seemingly infinite expanse of time that it would take to clear them. Most often the general…


How can I protect my intellectual property rights in mobile applications?

There’s no dearth for mobile applications on smartphones. There’s an app for everything today and you’ll definitely find one to meet your requirements. We’re spoilt for choices and that’s exactly the concern of every mobile application developer. They need to make sure that they stand out and…


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…


Non Disclosure Agreements - Tell me what the secret is and I’ll tell you if it was a secret.

I’d written about Trade Secrets a while back, and the only way to protect those secrets in India, (barring not revealing them to another soul) is through Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs).Non Disclosure Agreements are basically agreements signed between two people or entities which put down in…


To do or not to do - Validity of the registration of a trademark at an interlocutory stage 

Recently, the Bombay High Court heard two appeals together to rule on the same point of law, i.e., whether the Court could go into the question of validity of the registration of a trade mark at an interlocutory stage when the defendant takes up the defense of invalidity of registration of the…


First Draft of the National IPR Policy - What lies ahead for IP in India?

The first draft of the National IPR Policy dated December 19, 2014 was made available to the public   amidst all the curiosity regarding the content of this policy and also the controversy concerning the basis of selection of the members of the Think Tank. We had earlier written about how the Think…


All I want for Christmas is ‘not’ Yu – Delhi High Court vacates the injunction against OnePlus

Micromax is the protagonist and OnePlus is the antagonist. And with due apology to Cyanogen: it is the villain says the Delhi High Court in its last judgment before Winter Vacation. Delhi High Court vacates the injunction against OnePlus Just before the Court’s winter recess, the Division Bench of…


What do you think about the IPR Think Tank in India or the National IP Policy?

Almost every morning most of the dailies these days carry at-least one article on intellectual property, whether it is about scriptwriters fighting producers on copyright for their stories or celebrities registering their names as trademarks, or the major issue of patents and drugs. As an IP…


5 Trade Secrets I’d kill to know (or get killed if I found out)

The law of intellectual property rights is all pervasive – regardless of the industry, product, service or line of work, there is always something in a business that can be protected under some stream of intellectual property. While protection under IP comes when the person with the knowledge…


Geographical Indicators Simplified

A long journey from the hills of Darjeeling via Benaras, Lucknow, Madhya Pradesh, Tirupati and finally to Kanchipuram would be stressful indeed. But the goodies from all these places are what make us show off that we actually went there. Imagine having a hot cup of Darjeeling tea, or wearing…