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Safeguarding dynamic marks and slogans in India

Fluid trademarks and slogans are excellent marketing tools as they engage customers and improve sales, but their enforceability remains challenging. Brands help businesses to create unique names and images for their products and services in consumers’ minds. The stronger the brand, the better its reach in attracting potential customers and retaining loyal ones. With the…

201809.07
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Indian Government invites comments to regulate e-pharmacies

The online pharmacy business is currently estimated to be worth Rupees 3000 crores (approx US $ 400 million) and sales are growing 100 per cent every year. E-pharmacies have been lobbying with the government to acknowledge online pharmacy sector and create structured framework for conducting business. The Indian Government through Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notified…

201808.27
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Court frowns upon practice of blow hot and cold

Can you question novelty of design as a defence to infringement action? What is the impact of defendant seeking registration of a design and later claiming it lacks novelty? These among other issues were subject of dispute between two helmet manufacturers both claiming registration for their respective designs. The Plaintiff, Vega Auto Accessories (P) Ltd…

201807.31
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Prior use saves the day for Sun

This post discusses the tussle between two well established pharmaceutical companies in relation to trademark being used on a diabetic drug. The Plaintiff, Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd, (Sun) filed the action before the Delhi High Court against Lupin Limited (Lupin) and another alleging trademark infringement, passing off, etc. Sun filed the suit to safeguard its…

201807.27
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SEP holders rejoice over Delhi High Court Ruling

The Delhi High Court’s recent decision determining infringement of the Patent owned by Philips that were declared as Standard-Essential Patent (SEP) by European Patent office and US. Thus axiomatically an essential Patent in India has been widely welcomed by other SEP holders. The suit concerned DVD video player technology over which Philips has claimed Patent….

201807.24
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Use of family name held to be non-infringing “fair use”

The parties are at loggerheads over use of family name PATIL in relation to fragrance business. The first round of litigation was before the District court, Bengalaru and the parties have now approached Karnataka High Court (at Bengaluru) in appeal. The appeal has been preferred by Somashekar P. Patil (Som) aggrieved by exparte injunction being…

201807.09
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India promises market potential but challenges remain for luxury brands

While luxury brands are increasingly entering the Indian market, proving India’s potential as a destination for luxury products, they face some formidable challenges, including high import duties, lack of quality retails space and the ever-present threat of counterfeiting In the past decade, Indian consumer purchasing power and appetite for luxury products has surged. The number…

201807.02
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Whimsicality of Design Protectable

The parties are squabbling over design rights in metal tube primarily used in air-conditioners.  The design infringement and passing off claim is brought by Mandev Tubes Private Limited (MTPL) against Mr Kalpesh Jain (KJ) for using metal/copper tube with identical design. The single judge of Bombay High Court on hearing the parties granted an injunction…

201806.21
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Christian Louboutin red sole failed to qualify as a Trademark!

While Christian Louboutin had a favourable decision from European Court of Justice (ECJ), in similar circumstances, the High Court of Delhi dismissed its claim of exclusivity in the red colour for shoe sole on the ground that a single colour cannot be granted protection as a trademark.  The ruling came in the context of a…

201806.18
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No Exclusivity in Abbreviated Form of Descriptive Words

VAC-PAC derived from the words Vacuum Packaging or Vacuum Pack was bone of contention between the parties dealing in welding electrodes. The Plaintiff, SuperonSchweisstechnik India Limited (Superon) filed a passing off action against the Defendant, Modi Hitech India Ltd (MHIL) seeking reliefs of injunction, delivery up, rendition of accounts and damages for use of the…