The latest updates on relevant areas of law, curated by our team to be the most useful to clients as well as fellow legal practitioners.


Pre-import condition under advance authorisation scheme upheld by Supreme Court

03 五月 2023

In the decision rendered on 28 April 2023, the Supreme Court has reversed the decision of Gujarat High Court and held that the ‘pre-import condition’ stipulated in grant of exemption from payment of IGST & Compensation Cess is not ultra vires. The Gujarat High Court had held that grant of IGST exemption with ‘pre-import condition’ was arbitrary and that such condition was ultra vires the scheme of the Foreign Trade Policy.

Arbitration agreement, which is part of an unstamped contract, has no existence

01 五月 2023

The Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court, comprising of 5 Judges, has on 25 April 2023, answered in affirmative the question as to whether the statutory bar contained in Section 35 of the Stamp Act, 1899 applicable to instruments chargeable to stamp duty under Section 3 read with the Schedule to the Act, would also render the arbitration agreement contained in an instrument, as being non-existent, pending payment of stamp duty on the substantive contract/instrument.

Anti-dumping duty – Products not sold by domestic industry in commercial quantities to be excluded

27 四月 2023

The Anti-dumping Bench of the CESTAT, in two separate decisions, has allowed exclusion of ‘clad with compatible non-clad aluminium foil’ and ‘Lithograde aluminium coils above 1150 mm’ from the scope of the product - certain flat rolled products of aluminium, in a dispute involving imposition of anti-dumping duty on flat rolled products of aluminium from China PR.

Standard Essential Patent owners can pray for interim and final injunctive relief – Four-fold test for admission of infringement, as laid down in Nokia case, not as per law

24 四月 2023

A Division Bench of the Delhi High Court has held that Standard Essential Patent owners, who file lawsuits, can pray for interim and final injunctive relief if an infringer is deemed by a Court to be an ‘unwilling licensee,’ often as indicated by the use of ‘stalling’ and other opportunistic bargaining and litigation tactics.

Trademarks – Prior use – Date of registration and not use, when relevant

17 四月 2023

Taking note of Section 34 of the Trade Marks Act, 1999, the Delhi High Court has held that the relevant date for the purpose of establishing prior use, in the dispute, would be the ‘date of registration’ of the mark and not when the Plaintiff actually started using it.

IT Intermediary Amendment Rules 2023 notified for online gaming industry

12 四月 2023

The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Amendment Rules, 2023 (‘IT Intermediary Amendment Rule 2023’) have been notified on 6 April 2023, following an extended timeline of public consultation on the draft of Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) which were published in January 2023. The summary of the IT Intermediary Amendment Rules 2023 is...

Foreign Trade Policy 2023 announced – Highlights

01 四月 2023

With the new approach of tax remission instead of incentives; greater trade facilitation through technology, automation, and continuous process re-engineering; export promotion through collaboration; and focus on emerging areas like e-commerce exports, developing districts as export hubs, streamlining SCOMET policy, etc., the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has on 31 March 2023 unveiled Foreign Trade Policy 2023.

Anti-dumping Rules are not inconsistent with RTI Act – Disclosure of ‘confidential information’ is not possible

28 三月 2023

In an interesting dispute involving interplay of anti-dumping proceedings under the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 and the Customs Tariff (Identification, Assessment and Collection of Anti-Dumping Duty on Dumped Articles and for Determination of Injury) Rules, 1995 (‘Anti-dumping Rules’) with the Right to Information Act, 2005 (‘RTI Act’), the Delhi High Court has held that there is no inconsistency between the provisions of the RTI Act and the Anti-dumping Rules.

Money laundering provisions to apply to Cryptocurrency sector

20 三月 2023

Based on the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (‘FATF’), the Finance Ministry, vide Notification dated 7 March 2023 has brought cryptocurrency exchanges within the ambit of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (‘PMLA’ or ‘Act’) by including them within the definition of ‘reporting entity’.

Trademarks – Rigours of Section 11(5) applicable even at stage of cancellation of registration

14 三月 2023

The Delhi High Court has rejected the contention that rigour of Section 11(5) of the Trade Marks Act, 1999 would not dilute the applicability of Section 11(2) or 11(3) at the stage when cancellation of a registered mark is sought.

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