20 February, 2014
Examining damage to origin function, the advertisement function and the investment function of trademark when the word /mark ‘lush’ is used in the site of the online retailer (defendant) though the trademarked products are not sold , the High Court (UK – Chancery Division – Intellectual Property) upheld the claim of infringement.
‘Lush’ was used as an adword. The person us...
2 December, 2013
Scanning of books and providing access to digital library
The Authors Guild (plaintiff) claimed that by scanning more than twenty millions books, providing verbatim snippets of text to aid in searching and retaining scan copies of books, providing such complete scans to libraries, Google (defendant) had infringed their rights. After over eight years of litigatio...
By Rishika Sharath
Corporate personality is considered as one of the most dynamic concepts of company law. It is premised on the principle that a company is regarded as an entity distinct from the shareholders constituting it. Recently, the Karnataka High Court indirectly applied this doctrine in the field of trademark law.
Dated: Nov 16, 2016
By Kumudavalli Seetharaman
The Indian Trade Marks law has no explicit provision relating to trade dress. However, the same is impliedly incorporated within the meaning of “mark” in Section 2(1)(m) of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 which includes the shape of goods, their packaging and combination of colours. The Delhi High Court, in a rece...
By Nupur Kumar
A Full bench (Three Judges) of the Delhi High Court recently held that prior permission of the Court is not necessary under Section 124(1)(b)(ii) of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 (TMA) for filing a rectification petition before the IPAB during the pendency of an infringement suit.
A reference was made to the Full bench of ...
By Vindhya Srinivasamani
This case pertains to a suit filed by CTR Manufacturing Industries Limited against Sergi Transformer Explosion Prevention Technologies Pvt. Ltd. for infringement of its patent IN202302 (suit patent) for “A system and method for preventing and/or detecting explosion and/or fire of electrical transformers”, with an appl...
By Dr. Gaurav Gupta
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) formed a six member committee on 22nd October, 2014 to formulate National IPR Policy. The committee, referred to as the “IPR Think Tank”, is headed by Justice Prabha Sridevan, former judge at Madras High Court and Chairperson of Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB). The draft National IPR Policy was released ...
By Vindhya S. Mani
The Bombay High Court vide its judgment dated 15th September, 2014 in ITM Trust v. Educate India Society [see end note 1] granted an injunction in favour of the plaintiff, ITM Trust, against the defendant, Educate India Society, from using the mark "ITM" or any other deceptively similar mark in respect of technical and educational services so as to infringe ITM Trust's regi...
By Sarita Rout
The Chancery Division of the Community Trade Mark Court recently decided [see end note 1] against Victoria's Secret UK Ltd. [hereinafter referred to as the 'defendant'] in an infringement action brought by Thomas Pink Ltd. [hereinafter referred to as the 'claimant'] in respect of its registered trade marks in European Union and a series of two marks in United Kingdom [hereinaft...
By Vindhya S. Mani
The Division Bench of the Bombay High Court by its recent order [see end note 1] dated 15th July, 2014 upheld the order of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) [see end note 2] dated 4th March, 2013 granting a compulsory license to Natco Pharmaceuticals (Natco) under Section 84 of the Patents Act, 1970 (the Act). The compulsory license was granted to Natco to ma...
By Jasneet Kaur & Sarita Rout
The High Court of Madras, in a recent decision in the matter of Standard Corporation India Inc., v. Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd [see end note 1]., had an occasion to consider the popular issue of interface between copyright and design protection in case of an artistic work.
Tractors & Farm Equipment Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “TAFE”) filed a suit for ...
By Prashant Reddy
In a new dimension to enforcement of trademark rights in India, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of the Government of India has reportedly initiated action against two firms for allegedly infringing the registered trademarks of the public sector enterprise, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL).
As per news reports, the alleged infringers were conversion agen...
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