India

Practice what you preach, especially if you’re an IP Lawyer

In an interesting turn of events, the Delhi High Court in Sujatha Chaudhri Vs Swarupa Ghosh ruled in favour of Sujata Chaudhri of Sujata Chaudhri IP Attorneys in a trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and passing off suit restricting another intellectual property lawyer Swarupa Ghosh…


Pre-Litigation mediation in Intellectual Property matters in India

The Commercial Courts Act (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) was enacted in 2015 to establish a definite procedural framework for dealing with commercial disputes. Commercial disputes include any dispute arising out of trade relationship between parties such as mercantile documents, partnership…


Pre-Litigation Mediation in Commercial Disputes in India

Alternate methods of dispute resolution are amicable methods of resolving disputes without the intervention of courts. It decreases the burden of the courts and encourages settlement proceedings among the parties. Generally, Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) uses one or more neutral third parties…


FLY HIGH vs FLY HIGHER, Delhi High Court Decides Upon Infringement of a mark not being used as a Trademark

The Delhi High Court’s Justice Jyoti Singh vide her order dated October 28, 2022 has vacated an ex-parte ad interim injunction (dated January 21, 2022) against Tata Sia Airlines for using the mark ‘Fly Higher’ in their promotional campaigns. The case, Frankfinn Aviation Services Private Ltd. vs…


Moment Marketing and its legal implications

The power of the internet, in particular that of social media is humungous. People are constantly tied to their phones, eyeing for any latest news that may spring up, be it in the form of a tweet, a meme or a viral video. When used strategically, social media becomes one of the most powerful tools…


Case Brief: Sun Pharmaceuticals v. Cipla Ltd – IP Infringement or Global Medical Crises?

Recently, the Madras High Court, in the case of Sun Pharmaceuticals (Applicant/Defendant) v. Cipla Ltd (Respondent/Plaintiff) refused to vacate the interim injunction against the Applicant, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries. The Respondent, Cipla Ltd, was seeking directions against Sun Pharma, claiming…


The much needed check: An order of the Delhi High Court

The Intellectual Property (IP) Division of the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, in its recent judgment has once again upheld the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and has issued further directions in this regard. A quick recap The Hon’ble Supreme Court, on March 23, 2020 rendered a laudable…


Groundless threat of trademark infringement: Is Section 142 a means to combat trademark bullying?

The trademark law firmly establishes that a trademark owner reserves the exclusive right to use the trademark and enforce the same. However, there are instances when economically stronger entities or large corporations aggressively secure their intellectual property against, mostly, smaller…


Fantasy Sports and Trademarks

Fantasy Sports refers to an area of online gaming wherein participants put together virtual teams composed of proxies of current professional players within a league and play for points and/or money. The teams earn points based on the real life performance of the players and compete against other…


The Registrability of Alphabet or Number trademarks in India

The basic purpose of a trademark is that it serves to distinguish the goods or services of one person from those of another. If a mark is not distinctive, it would lead to confusion among consumers between the mark and existing brands present in the market, as well as be unable to distinguish the…