202006.28
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Webinar on Awareness on Anti-Counterfeiting and Enforcement in the Wake of Covid-19 Disruption in India

The International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Anti counterfeiting South Asia Subcommittee and the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) jointly conducted a series of webinars on “Awareness on Anti-Counterfeiting and Enforcement in the Wake of Covid-19 Disruption in India” on June 24, 2020. The three part series was a interesting string of topics and discussion…

202006.27
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Webinar on VC Investment Due Diligence Master Class

A webinar titled THE VC Investment Due Diligence Master Class was conducted by BIORX Venture Advisors on June 27, 2020. The webinar highlighted the overall due diligence which is required to be conducted while making investments in organisations and commercial set ups. Mr. Rajiv Suri, who heads our Firm’s prosecution and transactional practice, presented his…

202006.24
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Changing the face of copyright

In the Philippines’ National Intellectual Property Strategy 2020-2025 report, experts have found that there remains to be a low level of awareness on copyright in the Philippines – and on intellectual property in general. This intertwines with another issue: the lack of statistical data to understand how big the copyright-based sector is in the Philippines….

202006.23
18

Monsanto under Scrutiny Over Abuse of Dominant Position

Monsanto and its Indian subsidiary, Mahyco Monsanto Biotec (India) Pvt Ltd (MBML), are embroiled in several disputes with its licensees and other seed manufacturers over Bt Cotton Technology (Bollgard-I and Bollgard-II). The technology was patented and sub-licensed by MBML in two parts 1) a non-refundable fee to be paid upfront 2) a recurring fee to…

202006.22
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Acronym of a descriptive term not protectable

This case has some interesting aspects. First, the simple one, does a registration grant exclusive right to use and restrain the third party from its use. Can the other side in defense argue that the mark in question is descriptive to defeat the claim? The Plaintiff, Bharat Biotech International Limited (Bharat) filed the suit before…

202005.22
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Striding towards a better system

The Indian Patent Office has undergone tremendous change in the last five years with digitisation of record and streamlining its procedures. As an example, a new patent application can be filed electronically and all steps during the prosecution can be taken through the patent office portal. Further, India has agreed a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)…

202005.18
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ISPs and Direct Selling Entities at loggerheads over US$ 1.7 billion opportunity

The Direct Selling Entities (“DSEs”) Amway, Oriflame and Modicare that have a specific business model are embroiled in dispute with leading e-tailers, Amzon, Snapdeal, Cloudtail alleging the sale of their products on e-commerce platforms are unauthorized and without their consent. The Single Judge found in favour of DSEs and passed a common order in interlocutory…

202004.30
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Building a brand protection strategy in the era of ‘social distancing’

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented crisis resulting in the Indian government clamping down the movement of people, goods, and services. This has impacted every facet of business and has brought consumers attention to its health and well being. With social distancing becoming ‘new normal,’ the impact of coronavirus on brick-and-mortar stores during the lockdown phase…

202004.28
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Let’s Talk IP

Continuing with our initiative of educating students on Intellectual Property and counterfeiting, our partner, Ms. Rachna Bakhru delivered a live the session on Google meet platform on May 23, 2020. The webinar was organized by GD Goenka UP Learn Academy in association with GD Goenka University. Over 40 enthusiastic students participated in the webinar and…