Intellectual Property Rights

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…


 Guidelines for Permitted Use of Indian Geographical Indication (GI) Logo and Tagline

Darjeeling Tea, Mysore Silk, Nagpur Orange, Tirupathi Laddu, Feni, Banaras Brocades and Sarees are a few among the many registered geographical indications, in short, GIs in India. In simple words, GI is an indication or sign which helps identifying a product originating from a particular location,…


The Case of Dynamic Injunction

In a recent judgement (UTV & Ors. vs. 1337x.to & Ors.), the Delhi High Court set a precedent by issuing India’s first-ever ‘dynamic injunction’ against websites who were deemed to be infringing upon the rights of copyright holders. Under this remedy, if the Plaintiffs are made aware that an…


Customs Recordal in India - Averting the cross-border movement of infringing goods

With the advancement of technology and the expansion of the grey-market, brands worldwide are currently facing a large-scale import and export of infringing/false & counterfeit goods. Accordingly, to stop the illegal import/export of the counterfeit goods and products into the Indian market,…


Privacy Law in India – The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018

Privacy (and particularly data privacy) has become a major talking point over the last few years. With the exponential growth in digitization of services and expanded surveillance capabilities (both government and the private sector), more and more citizens around the world have pushed for…


Adidas Losses Battle Over its Three-Stripe Trademark

The name Adidas is not new, and neither are its products. But in a major twist and what appears to be a blow, the European Court has ruled that the “three stripes” brand/trademark of Adidas was not distinctive enough. The First Battle Interestingly though, the decision does not happen to be first…


Key Features of the GDPR

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one of the most significant pieces of legislation in any sector that has been enacted in recent years. Since its enforcement in May 2018, the GDPR has already seen a critical transformation in the way that various organizations…