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Trademarks – Domain name registration – No omnibus injunction against offerings by DNRs – Registries however to ensure that infringing domain names are not suggested as alternatives

12 五月 2022

The Delhi High Court has reiterated its stand of not granting any omnibus injunction to the domain name registries (DNRs).

Arbitration – Group of Companies doctrine for inclusion of non-signatories – Supreme Court refers issue to Larger Bench

10 五月 2022

Dealing with an application filed under Section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (‘Arbitration Act’), the 3-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court has doubted the correctness of its earlier decision in the case Chloro Controls India Pvt. Ltd. v. Seven Trent Water Purification and number of subsequent decisions following it on application to the ‘Group of Companies Doctrine’.

Reassessment notices issued under pre-amended Section 148, though issued after 1 April 2021, are valid – New procedure however applicable

05 五月 2022

The Supreme Court has, in its judgement dated 4 May 2022, held that the reassessment notices issued under unamended Section 148 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, but after the amendments by the Finance Act, 2021, are valid.

Arbitration – Group of Companies Doctrine when bounds non-signatory to an arbitration agreement

03 五月 2022

The Supreme Court has reiterated that a party which is not a signatory to a contract containing an arbitration clause may be bound by the agreement to arbitrate if it is an alter ego of a party that executed the agreement.

Phonetic identity is an important index of similarity; Tests of phonetic, visual, and structural similarity are disjunctive

28 四月 2022

The Delhi High Court while dealing with a suit for a permanent injunction observed that a phonetic identity or similarity is an important index of similarity or deceptive similarity of one mark against the other competing mark. It has also reiterated that the tests of phonetic, visual, and structural similarity or identity are disjunctive and not conjunctive.

Insolvency – ‘CIRP costs’ to include only salaries of employees who worked during CIRP

25 四月 2022

The Supreme Court has held that the dues towards the wages/salaries of only those workmen/employees who actually worked during the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) are to be included in the CIRP costs.

Mere similarities will not come under the purview of copyright

22 四月 2022

The Kerala High Court has held that mere similarities will not come under the purview of copyright unless it satisfies the various clauses incorporated in Section 14 of the Copyrights Act.

Insolvency – Distinction of decree holders from financial creditors is intelligible

13 四月 2022

The Supreme Court has on 11 April 2022 dismissed a Special Leave Petition against the decision of the High Court of Tripura at Agarthala, wherein the High Court had held that the distinction of decree holders as creditors from ‘financial creditors’ and ‘operational creditors’, is intelligible and takes forward the purpose of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, without being discriminatory or arbitrary.

Income-tax assessment of amalgamating company when not wrong

07 四月 2022

The Supreme Court has held that the question as to whether the corporate death of an entity upon amalgamation per se invalidates an assessment order, ordinarily cannot be determined on a bare application of Section 481 of the Companies Act, 1956, but would depend on the terms of the amalgamation and the facts of each case.

India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement: An Overview

05 四月 2022

India has on 2 April 2022 signed an Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) with Australia. After Japan and Korea, Australia is the third OECD country to sign a free trade agreement with India. This is India’s third Trade Agreement in recent times after it concluded similar agreements with UK (only early harvest agreement) and UAE.

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