201905.15
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Fantasy Sports Capturing Fan passion

Fantasy sports (also called esports) has caught the attention of sports fan. This is exemplified by 1.1 billion valuation of Dream11, in the latest round of funding. Dream11 – the Tencent-backed fantasy sports startup is the poster child of India’s fantasy gaming ecosystem. The mass penetration of mobile 4G, and cheap data, has popularized the…

201905.07
12

Licensor prevails in a dispute over continued use of the brand name post termination

Can a licensee turnaround and claim rights in a licensed mark when faced with termination of the agreement.  The marks in questions are “EURO”, “EUROBOND” and EURO device of a globe. The Plaintiff, Euro Panel Products Private Limited (EPPL) filed suit against the Defendants, Eurobond Industries Private Limited (Eurobond) and ors, to restrain the latter…

201905.03
11

Delhi High Court Rules no bar on quantum of export under Bolar Provision

The scope of “Bolar provision” (under Section 107A of the Indian Patent Act) is bone of contention between two generic companies Natco and Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd (Alembic) pitted against Bayer. One of the major issue addressed by this decision is whether a non-patentee can export the patented drug under Section 107 A, taking refuge under…

201904.29
10

Goodwill whether Territorial or Universal

The instant dispute between two entities in the hospitality industry over the mark INTERCITY for hotels revolves around prior adoption and use; whether use has to be considered in India or international use and adoption can be relied upon to claim superior rights. The Plaintiff, Intercity Hotel GMBH, Germany, (Intercity) has filed the suit before…

201903.08
9

The digital revolution and the future of India’s financial service brands

India is one of the most vibrant global economies thanks to its robust banking and insurance sectors. The country’s financial sector is undergoing rapid expansion, not only for existing businesses but also for new entities entering the market. The government has introduced several reforms to liberalise and regulate the financial sector, which comprises commercial banks,…

201903.06
9

Court holds owner of Trademarks are not expected to pursue every Infringer

Nizam, the title of ruler of Hyderabad in 18th century is known to Delhites as a restaurant chain that sells kebab rolls. The restaurant chain NIZAM’S is seeking to restrain its former franchisee from using the mark ‘New Nizam’s Kababs and Biryani’. The Plaintiffs, Rajesh Chugh and ors (Rajesh) filed suit against the Defendants, Chhavi…

201902.08
9

Supreme Court sets aside order in Monsanto case

The new year brought new hopes for Monsanto with the Supreme Court setting aside a Division Bench order of the Delhi High Court dated April 11 2018 which held the Monsanto patent for Bt cotton invalid. Background The genesis of the dispute between the parties is a sub-licence agreement dated February 21 2004 in which…

201902.07
9

Beauty may be ‘heavenly’ but not justifies use of ‘Miss Heaven’

Two cosmetic firms are at loggerheads over trademark rights in ‘Heaven’ for use in relation to cosmetics. Gurnam Singh (Gurnam) has filed a suit before the Delhi High Court to safeguard its rights in the registered mark Blue Heaven and restrain G.I. Cosmetics (GIS) from using the mark ‘Miss Heaven’ in relation to nail polish,…

201901.25
9

Court holds “Orchid” for education services is distinctive

Two education societies based in Pune are up in arms over use of the mark ORCHID in relation to providing education services/ running of a school. The present post discusses Appeal preferred by Sipra Education Society (Sipra) against the order of Pune District Court restraining them from using the mark “Spring Orchid”. Both Sipra and…

201901.22
9

Civil Imprisonment to Director for Trademark Violation

The Delhi High Court vide order dated 12th December, 2018 sentenced the Director of a company to fifteen days civil imprisonment for non-compliance of the injunction order. The dispute between the parties was over the mark CITI. The Plaintiff, Citi Group Inc. and Ors (Citi) filed suit against the Defendants, Citicorp Business and Financial Services…

201901.07
10

India – 10 Key IP cases and developments of 2018

Patent office take steps for being a Smart Office:The Indian Patent and Trademarks Offices have considered the need to build efficiency adapting technology to make prosecution quicker. Towards achieving this objective, both offices have now started to provide option of conducting hearing through video conferencing. In addition to this, the Controller General of Patents, Designs…

201901.04
9

Intermediaries Beware!

The online marketplaces set by e-commerce portals claiming to be Intermediaries were under scrutiny by the Delhi High Court.  The portals currently enjoy immunity under safe harbour provisions laid out in the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000. This was examined by the Single Judge of the Delhi High Court in a series of cases brought by Christian Louboutin…