202010.27
2

INTA Unreal session – National Law University, Odisha

Shabnam Khan and Ajay Kumar from our firm conducted an informative session on counterfeiting and how it affects the society, for students of National Law University, Odisha. The session was well attended and a number of questions around promoting innovation and local brands, combating counterfeiting, perils of fake products and how it affects the consumers…

202010.23
21

Indian Patent Office rolls out a new Form for filing “Working Statement”

Working Statement required to be filed by patentees every year continues to be a controversial subject. The frequent change in forms and differing stand of the Patent Office has added to the confusion. The Indian Patent Office has, after more than two years of the consultation process with stakeholders draft form that it rolled out…

202010.12
21

High Literacy rate in Kerala, not the yardstick for assessing confusion

Can the state’s literacy rate be a criterion while deciding the likelihood of confusion between the trademarks? An appeal before the High Court of Kerala challenges the District Court’s finding holding “Kerala has a high rate of literacy; the deception on account of a deceptively similar trade mark is not possible.” Facts of the case…

202010.08
22

Securing your IP Assets in a Business Transaction

As Covid19 has created business uncertainty, the M&A activity, in general, has slowed down but still there are companies/businesses that are tapping crisis opportunity to make strategic acquisitions. We outline a few commonly asked questions from IP perspective in a transaction involving transfer of IP assets. I am acquiring a business what are the IP…

202010.07
21

Differing views emerge in BOAT Vs BOULT dispute

The post discusses an interesting decision by the Delhi High Court on similarity of marks BOAT and BOULT used for consumer electronic devices such as earphones, headphones, speakers, and other accessories. Imagine marketing Pvt. Ltd (“Plaintiff”), owner of the mark BOAT has brought this action against Exotic Mile (“Defendant”), owner of the mark BOULT alleging…