2 December, 2013
Intellectual Property Appellate Board (India) has allowed rectification application of a confectionary major in respect of various trademarks of another major, concerning word ‘Eclairs’. In respect of three applications, the Board, noting that the respondents had filed only registration certificates obtained in various countries, held that just registration alone will not hel...
24 July 2013
The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has held that it has the power to review its own orders. It was noted that if the litigant had the right of review before the High Court either in appeal or in application, when the appeals were transferred to the IPAB, it cannot be taken away by the Board. It was noted that for the purpose of dispute resolving power and procedure,...
24th June, 2013
The United States Supreme Court has held that naturally occurring DNA, isolated from the rest of the human genome is not patentable but synthetically created DNA or cDNA (complimentary DNA) can be patented.
Isolation of genes to create cDNA
The patentee discovered the precise location and sequence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, and developed medical tests to detect mutation in...
21st June, 2013
India, on 8th April 8, 2013, acceded to the protocol relating to the Madrid Agreement concerning International Registration of Trade Marks, known as Madrid Protocol, by depositing its instrument of accession with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Madrid Protocol comes into force, with respect to India, on 8th July, 2013 as per Information Notice No. 15/2...
The US Supreme Court has held that patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer to reproduce patented seeds through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission. In the instant case, the farmer had bought soyabean seeds (not meant for planting) and used them for cropping eight times. As per the terms of the license, he was not allowed to raise more than one crop from the geneti...
9th May, 2013
Infringement due to creation of transient or temporary copies being made in course of transmission though legal by itself has been debated time and again. The latest in this series is Public Relations Consultants Association Limited v The Newspaper Licensing Agency Limited and others, in the Supreme Court of UK.
Overturning the decision of the lower courts which found infrin...
By Anup Koushik Karavadi
The justice delivery system of our country can be excruciatingly slow. In commercial disputes, time is of the essence and delays can derail the entire remedy and relief and undermines business confidence in Indians as well as those interested in investing in India. ...
By Dipan Banerjee & Dr. Gaurav Gupta
Most of us are familiar with provisions in Patents Law related to secrecy directions [see end note 1] on inventions relevant for defence purposes and the security of India; however, similar secrecy directions are also provided under the Designs Law [see end note 2]. This article highlights the provisions i...
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 Dr.Amitavo Mitra
In IPR Amicus Issue No. 49, dated August 2015, the interplay between the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 (BDA), and intellectual property rights in India, specifically, the Patents Act, 1970 (Act) was broadly explored, with particular reference to biological inventions.
In this article, we further attempt to explore and ...
By Mukundan Chakrapani
Section 8 of the Indian Patents Act, 1970 mandates applicant(s) filing an application for a patent in India to furnish information pertaining to applications for a patent for ‘the same or substantially the same invention’ filed in any country ou...
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