Registration

Claiming multiple priorities for your trademark application in India

Businesses which have (or are) trying to register their trademarks in several countries would be familiar with the concept of priority rights. If a person has applied for registration/registered a mark in his home IP office at Country A, then on the basis of the original application, he can apply…


Morality & IP – How far is too far?

“Intellectual property rights” is a paradox, where it promotes innovation and creativity, on the one hand, it might stagnate and monopolize ideas and business, on the other. With the development of human intelligence, complications also arose such that it became necessary to balance man’s…


Understanding the trademark distinctiveness spectrum

The primary 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 could lead to confusion in the minds of consumers and deceive them as to the origin of the product or service it represents. To prevent…


What’s in a Surname – Trademarking Surnames

Surnames & Trademarks Businesses in India have often been started by using the surname or family name of the person starting such business. This practise has been followed in India for a very long time and such practice of adopting a surname for the name of the business is done purely so that…


A Guide to registration of Copyrights- Cinematograph Films

The objective of this guide is to lay down comprehensive and definitive guidelines for examination and registration of works falling under the category of cinematograph film. Firstly, before laying down the procedure for registration of cinematograph films we need to understand as to what…


Cadbury and Purple - to be or not to be?

When we speak "chocolates," Cadbury's is the first which springs in our mind. We know that the world-renowned confectionery brand Cadbury has been using the colour Purple to wrap its indiscriminately loved chocolates since 1905. Cadbury battled hard to protect the same.  However, after decades-long…


Guide on trademark registration, renewal and trademark opposition in Qatar

Number 9 of 2002 on Trademarks, Trade Names, Geographical Indications and Industrial Designs governs the procedure for application and registration of a trademark in Qatar. Marks that can be registered as a trademark in Qatar: All distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words,…


How to register your brand with the Amazon Brand Registry

Amazon Brand Registry (ABR) is medium through which sellers (who can also be businessmen, manufacturers or retailers) who are selling their products on Amazon get an opportunity to protect their trademarks from getting infringed by any third party or a potential competitor. The ABR allows sellers…


Protecting your brand/trademark with the Amazon Brand Registry

In spite of being a developing country, India has shown immense growth in the e-commerce sector. Amazon is one such e-commerce site which is widely known and as any other e-commerce business, it allows sellers to sell their products on their website. Since there are thousands of sellers on Amazon,…


New initiatives from the copyright office for registration of copyrights in India

Digital technology is drastically changing our ways of life, whether it's home or office and the Copyright office is no exception to it. In its attempt to use the technology and to enhance transparency in Copyright prosecution in India, the Copyright Office recently issued a Public Notice wherein…