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Trademarks Registry Official among three convicted in graft case


downloadThree persons, including a former Deputy Registrar of Trade Marks Registry, were recently convicted by the CBI Court in a corruption case. The Anti Corruption Branch of CBI had registered a case in 2011 against ND Kasturi, the then Deputy Registrar, Trade Marks Registry, Chennai, for allegedly accepting illegal gratification. [For Indiatoday report, see here.]

We had earlier covered her arrest in 2011 here  and here. For the benefit of readers, I am reproducing excerpts:
“……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Mrs. Kasturi was arrested for possessing assets which were allegedly disproportionate to her known sources of income. She was later remanded to judicial custody. The day-long searches were said to have resulted in the seizures of Rs 33 lakhs in cash, fixed deposits worth Rs 85 lakh and gold ornaments weighing about 3.8 kg!! The accused was also found to be in possession of immovable properties in Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad……

According to another Times of India report, CBI had kept her in watch for six months before arresting her. The tip off came from an applicant who was asked to pay bribe for speedy disposal of an application for Geographical Indication. As per the report, other officials are also being probed.”

SpicyIP on transparency

We stand for a transparent IP regime in India. Prof. Shamnad Basheer led team has been working incessantly on various issues concerning the intransigent, opaque IP regime in India including the one concerning the Patents Act and RTI Act. As Prof. Shamnad Basheer noted here, “an increase in transparency is a boon to all IP stakeholders. To IP users, it means lower costs, more informed decision-making and greater accountability from attorneys. To IP attorneys, it translates to a rise in meritocracy and an ability to serve clients without placating government officials. To the public at large, it means a more accountable government agency and a healthier democracy.

The battle for transparency has been a long, but fulfilling one. Its success owes in large part to the active partnership of a vibrant media, courageous attorneys, well informed IP users, fiercely honest government officials and a progressive judiciary. One can only hope that this partnership is leveraged in the days to come to address the various other challenges plaguing the Indian IP system.”

In his latest interview to MIP, he noted that “…..improved transparency meant that attorneys could no longer take clients for a ride. Since all information about the case including its progress and whether or not it was being delayed at the behest of the attorney was now ready available to clients.” [For more on the larger objectives and latest initiatives of SpicyIP, see the latest interview given by Prof. Shamnad to MIP]

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Mathews P. George

Mathews P. George

Mathews is a graduate of National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. His interest in intellectual property was kindled when he bagged the second position in his second year of Law School (in the prestigious Nani Palkhiwala Essay Competition on Intellectual Property). His stint as a student of Prof. Shamnad Basheer further accentuated his interest in intellectual property. Winner of almost a dozen essay competitions in his Law School days, he was involved in various research and policy initiatives relating to intellectual property. Mathews is, currently, based out of Munich, Germany. He had earlier done his LLM in 'IP and Competition Law' from Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre (jointly run by Max Plank Institute for Innovation and Competition, University of Augsburg, Technical University of Munich and George Washington University, Washington).

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  1. AvatarSadashiv

    ND Kasturi had demanded bribe to declare the ownership of trademark 1140420 to rightful owner. and when objected for her move of bribe, she gave a hidden letter to police officals (CBCID) who were enquiring the case of fraud related to the fraudulent person saying “owner of trademark is the fraudulent person”
    During 2011,based on Delhi High court oder, DIPP had declared all around 44000 damaged or missing files and 1140420 was in that. That shows that the committee had identified malpractice. and file is corrected during 2012 by re-establishing the rightful ownership.
    But again from 2014, REEMA SRINIVASA IYENGAR is trying to help the fraud to reclaim the trademark using LR Swamy’s service.

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