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Yoga sequence – not moving towards copyright

26 October, 2015

While copyright may have less to do with appealing to the eye and beauty of movements etc, a ‘static and kinetic successions of bodily movement’ may be subject to copyright. However, recently, the United States Court Of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit opined that the ‘Sequence’ of yoga poses and breathing exercises was not e...

Trademarks - ‘First in market’ relevant over ‘first to register’

26 October, 2015

The Supreme Court of India has upheld the interim injunction granted by the trial court on the basis of ‘first in the market’ test in a dispute where the defendant had filed for registration of the mark six years prior to the commencement of user by the Plaintiff, but had refrained from using the mark. The Court on 5-10-2015 in this r...

Interpreting ‘articles that infringe’

13 August, 2015
Two developments regarding investigation under 19 U.S.C. § 1337 (Section 337) covering Unfair practices in import trade including ‘articles that infringe’ a valid enforceable US patent, are of interest.

  1. Suprema Inc. v. ITC

Trademark & copyright – Jurisdiction for filing suit against infringement

22 July, 2015

The Supreme Court of India has held that suits against infringement of trademark and copyright can be instituted only in the District Court that exercises jurisdiction over the place where the cause of action (in whole or in part) arises, in the case where the plaintiff instituting the suit has an office in that jurisdiction. In Indian Performing Rights Society<...

When an interlocked toy is not essentially interlocked

19 June, 2015

A toy can be in any shape. Toys have provided enough infotainment from children to pets, to customs lawyers if one recalls the disputes over classification of Halloween costumes and  flying discs for dogs to play with (HQ H240490, Canine Hardware Inc) and of course IP lawyers. So the CJEU in Best-Lock v. OHIM was not dealing with a novel situa...

Copyright law does not bar remedy against breach of confidence

19 June, 2015

In a suit involving breach of confidence action which also alleged infringement of copyright, the Bombay High Court has granted interim injunction restraining the defendant from releasing the offending film alleged to be based on the script/screenplay of the plaintiff. Noting differences between the statutory right of protection of copyright and the common law right...

Trans-border reputation of trade mark

22 May, 2015

The IPAB has held that mere filing of applications or obtaining certificates of registration for the impugned trade mark from some countries will not be sufficient to establish trans-border reputation. The applicant (for rectification), an overseas supplier of handcrafted beds alleged that the respondent had registered the trademark by dishonest adop...

TRIPS agreement does not create substantive rights – Canada on WTO challenge to plain packaging rules

22 May, 2015

Canada submitted its views as third party on the issue of plain packaging measures introduced by Australia as regards tobacco products. The Australian High Court had upheld the validity of the statutory provisions which mandate all cigarettes packets and cartons to be uniform or in identical colours with about 25% of the surface being available to display compan...

Copyrights – Producing jewellery articles using designs – ‘Article’ different from ‘artistic work’

28 April, 2015

Deliberating on the distinction between the ‘artistic work’ and the ‘article’ produced on the basis of the same, Bombay High Court on 1-4-2015 has granted interim injunction in the case of Pranda Jewellery Pvt. Ltd. v. Aarya 24 kt, where the branded jewellery articles were produced allegedly using designs o...

Trademarks – Comparative advertising when not disparaging

28 April, 2015

In the dispute wherein the petitioner had impugned the defendant’s advertising campaign  comparing their product with that of the petitioner, the Delhi High Court has held that a comparison, which is unfavourable to a competitor, does not necessarily mean that it is dishonest or unduly detrimental. Dismissing the application contending d...

Achieving a fanciful distinction

23 March,2015 Every seller, perhaps, fancies being distinctive and successful and the applicant in re Frankish Enterprises Ltd (decided in 27-2-2015) certainly got the combination right. The TTAB reversed the refusal to register a mark consisting of a truck cab body in the design of a fanciful, prehistoric animal with the word JURASSIC ATTACK. The registration was sought for entertainment ser...

Digital reproduction can be subject to private copying levy irrespective of actual use

23 March, 2015 Answering a reference from the Danish court the CJEU held that Information Society directive does not preclude national legislation, which provides that fair compensation to be paid to right holders, from levying the same in respect of multifunctional media such as mobile telephone memory cards, irrespective of whether the main function of such media is to make such copies and ...

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