Webinar on “Intellectual Property Rights” for Delhi Technological University

Ms Suvarna Pandey and Mr. Chandan Kumar were invited as speakers by Delhi Technological University for the workshop on ‘Intellectual Property Rights and IP Management for start ups’, scheduled on Thursday 28th April 2022. They addressed the faculties and students of the Software engineering department on the topic “Patentability of Inventions” and focused on the…


Tips for brand owners to navigate India’s IP landscape

To attract investment from companies and IP holders to manufacture and distribute their products in India and to assure brand owners that their rights are safeguarded, the Indian government has taken several steps to streamline enforcement procedures. The setting up of commercial courts to deal with IP disputes and, recently, establishing the IP Division at…


Google Ads program under scrutiny by the Delhi High Court

Google AdWords Program (now known as Google Ads) is a cause for consternation among brand owners. The keywords offered by Google as part of the Google Ads program, on which advertisers can bid, includes trademarks. As a result, the trademark owners and their competitors can bid for the keywords linked to the Google search algorithm…


V-Guard and Crompton battle out over ‘Pebble’

An engaging tussle between two well-known entities operating in the electrical consumer goods industry over the word ‘Pebble’ being used as a sub-brand has reached the Delhi High Court. V-Guard Industries Ltd (V-Guard) filed the suit alleging trademark infringement, passing off, etc., against Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Limited (Crompton), seeking an injunction from using the…


Coveted well-known trademark status conferred on DHL mark

In DHL International GmbH v DLH Express Services Private Ltd (22 April 2022), the IP Division of the Delhi High Court has not only restrained the use of a deceptively similar mark and logo, but also declared DHL to be a well-known mark. The conflicting marks are depicted below: Background DHL asserted rights in the trademark and…


Gujrat High Court upholds whimsicality of the design

Design of an AC starter switch depicted below is bone of contention between the parties.   Gelco Electronics Pvt. Ltd (Gelco) filed the suit at the Gujrat High Court against the Defendant, Ellico Controls Pvt. Ltd, (Ellico) alleging registered design infringement and passing off. The injunction application filed by Gelco is being considered by the court….


Is license required to play music at Weddings?

Background An interesting case has come up at the Delhi High Court on playing music/sound recording at the ‘marriage ceremonies’ which fall under the fair use exception under the Copyright Act. The case has been brought by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) that claims to be a performance rights organization that licenses its members’ sound recording…


Advertising watchdog steps in to protect the advertising ecosystem in India

In the changing business landscape, many businesses use the digital medium to promote their services, and many new companies have emerged that are digital-only. The last two years of COVID-related disruption has caused many businesses to work on their digital strategy to connect with consumers and grow their market share. The Advertising Standards Council of…