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,…


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…

World Trademark Review (WTR) has ranked RNA, Technology and IP Attorneys in their Silver Band category for IP protection in India- enforcement and litigation for 2019 edition of the WTR 1000.

World Trademark Review (WTR) has ranked RNA, Technology and IP Attorneys in their Silver Band category for IP protection in India- enforcement and litigation for 2019 edition of the WTR 1000.

RNA has won effusive praise for its “commercially focused approach, superb work quality and professionalism”. Our Managing Partner, Ranjan Narula being the star of the show has been commended for his advisory work and has been recognized “Clever and knowledgeable, he pulls off successful enforcement campaigns daily. He does not over-lawyer things; instead he dispenses…


Special Bench permits Combining Design Infringement and Passing off action

The Special Bench comprising five judges of The Delhi High Court, recently decided maintainability of a composite suit in relation to infringement of a registered design and passing off in a case titled Carlsberg Breweries versus Som Distilleries and Breweries Ltd. The primary issue before the court was whether a composite suit joining the two…


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…


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,…


2019 ITechLaw International Asia Conference Bangalore, India

Our Partner, Ms. Rachna Bakhru attended 2019 ITechLaw International Asia Conference Bangalore, India. The event covered several technology based topics (Tech policies) like Intermediary Liability in the age of Fake News, Hate Speech and Information Wars, Data and privacy, Change in IP landscape in e-Commerce and impact on intermediaries, Data Sovergnity, Artificial Intelligence, etc. The…


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…


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…