Opportunities Publication

Call for Papers: CNLU’s E-Journal of Academic Innovations & Research on IP Assets (JAIRIPA, Vol. 2, Issue 1) [Submit by August 31]


We’re pleased to inform you that the Centre for Innovation Research and Facilitation (CIRF) in Intellectual Property for Humanity and Development (IPHD) of Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU) is calling for original and unpublished research papers, for the publication in its e-journal ‘Journal of Academic Innovation & Research in Intellectual Property Assets’ (JAIRIPA). For further details, please see the call for papers below. Call for Papers: CNLU’s E-Journal of Academic Innovations & Research on IP Assets (JAIRIPA, Vol. 2,…


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Patent Publication

Book Review: Patent Law Cases and Materials – A Synthesis for India


Cover of the Book

We’re pleased to bring our readers a book review of Adarsh Ramanujan’s recent book titled ‘Patent Law Cases and Materials – A Synthesis for India’, first published in September 2020. The book is available here (amazon affiliate link). The author of the review is Dr. Feroz Ali Khader. Dr. Feroz Ali is the author of ‘The Law of Patents – With a Special Focus on Pharmaceuticals in India’ (LexisNexis, 2007) and a visiting faculty at the National Law School of…


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Trademark

Singh & Singh Strikes to become King… Again: Trademark Infringement, but from Canada?


Recently, in what appeared to be a rather conspicuous case of identical names, the Delhi High Court temporarily restrained the Canada-based law firm, ‘Singh + Singh Lawyers LLP’ (‘S&S Canada’) from infringing the trademark of the reputed Indian law firm, ‘Singh & Singh Law firm LLP’ (‘S&S India’). ‘Singh’ is not only an extremely common surname in India, it is also prevalent among legal practitioners. Expectably, this was not the first time it featured in a trademark dispute for legal…


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Opportunities

[Sponsored] The Top 7 Skills Every IP Lawyer Needs for Success


We’re pleased to bring to you this post by UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, identifying the top skills every IP lawyer should possess and why, based on the collective experiences of its alumni and professors. The Top 7 Skills Every IP Lawyer Needs for Success  At UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, we are committed to producing leaders in intellectual property law. For nearly 50 years, our law school has produced a number of highly successful IP lawyers, many…


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Copyright Trademark

SpicyIP Weekly Review (June 7 – 13)


Topical Highlight Kerala and Karnataka Tussle Over the ‘KSRTC’ Mark: Registrability, Concurrent Use, and Infringement Nikhil discussed the recently revived controversy between the states of Karnataka and Kerala regarding the rights over the trademark ‘KSRTC’. He recounts the background of the usage of the mark for the states’ respective State Road Transport Corporations which led to a tussle when Karnataka applied for a registration for the mark and served a notice to Kerala in 2014 stating that they should not…


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COVID-19 Opportunities Trademark

Online Conclave on ‘Counterfeiting in Covid Times: Medicines, Medical Devices and Accessories’ [June 12]


We’re pleased to inform you that National Association to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (NASCAP) in Association with DPIIT IPR Chair, The WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata is organising an online conclave on ‘Counterfeiting in Covid Times’ with a focus on ‘Medicines, Medical Devices and Accessories’ on 12th June, 2021. For further details, please read the announcement below: Online Conclave Counterfeiting in Covid Times: Medicines, Medical Devices and Accessories 12th June 2021 (Saturday) | 6:00 – 7:30 PM (IST) Overview In…


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Trademark

Kerala and Karnataka Tussle Over the ‘KSRTC’ Mark: Registrability, Concurrent Use, and Infringement


KSRTC Logos used by Kerala and Karnataka

Recently, a rather dormant controversy has been refueled between the states of Karnataka and Kerala regarding the rights over the trademark ‘KSRTC’. This happened when a press statement was released by the office of Kerala Transport Minister Antony Raju stating that the Registrar of Trademarks had decided in their favour. Kerala RTC MD and Transport Secretary, Biju Prabhakar, also stated that this determination implies that Kerala has the exclusive right to use the mark ‘KSRTC’ and that “a notice will…


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Trademark

Collective Marks: A Tale of Collective Confusion at the Registry


We’re pleased to bring to you a post by Akshay Ajaykumar, discussing collective marks and analysing numerous erroneous collective mark registrations granted by the Indian Trade Marks Registry.  Akshay is a practicing advocate based in New Delhi. He is a graduate of National Law University, Jodhpur.  Collective Marks: A Tale of Collective Confusion at the Registry Akshay Ajaykumar There are numerous collective marks registered at the Indian Trade Marks Registry (‘Registry’). However, what lies underneath these registrations are dismal examination standards. Out…


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Copyright

PPL’s Copyright Society Registration Rejected: Delhi High Court Issues Notice, Grants Ad-Interim Stay


The Registrar of Copyrights has rejected the application of Phonographic Performance Limited India, (“PPL India”) a major collective rights organisation for sound recordings in India, to be a registered copyright society. Adding to the list of dramatic stand-offs between the Government of India and collective rights organisations like IPRS and PPL, the PPL has now approached the Delhi High Court to direct the Government to reconsider the registration application. Readers may be familiar with the strange saga of copyright societies…


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Trademark

The Daily Guardian Controversy: News, Misinformation, and a Passing Off Perspective


The Daily Guardian Logo

Recently, a controversy erupted regarding an article shared by many of the prominent leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (‘BJP’), praising the hard work of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and criticising the “opposition’s barbs”. This article was published on a website called ‘The Daily Guardian’. This led many to criticize it as a fake website trying to portray itself as associated with the prominent news agency, ‘The Guardian’. Some have criticised the concerned article to be misinformation (see here)….


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