SpicyIP Weekly Review (October 30- November 5)

Wondering what IP developments took place last week? Look no further as we present to you the SpicyIP Weekly Review, highlighting the discussions that took place on the blog along with other IP news.

Highlights of the Week

Time to look Beyond Compulsory Licenses? A Glimpse at the Ribociclib Case

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Are Compulsory Licenses the cure for assuring access to drugs? In her detailed post, Tejaswini Kaushal takes a deep dive into the facts of the ongoing case before the Kerala High Court regarding breast cancer medication. She examines the claims of the pharmaceutical companies, and explores whether it’s time to look beyond compulsory licenses.

Delhi High Court Directs Maharaja to Pay a King’s Ransom in a Patent Infringement Suit

In a rare sighting, the Delhi High Court calculated notional damages in a patent dispute on a “reasonable royalty basis” and directed Maharaja Appliances Ltd. to pay upwards of 81 Lakhs to Strix Ltd. Read this post by Swaraj and Praharsh to know more.

Other Posts

Draft Rules for Geographical Indications Published, Comments Invited by November 19

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) published 2023 Draft Amendments to the Geographical Indication Rules 2002, inviting objections and suggestions from the relevant stakeholders by November 19.

No Bed of Roses: Sumitomo Rubber Industries is Seeking to Register Floral Fragrance Reminiscent of Roses as Applied to Tyres in India

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Recently, Sumitomo Rubber Industries filed an unusual application seeking to register an olfactory mark as a wordmark! Discussing this anomaly and subsequent objections of the Trademarks Registry, Akshay Ajayakumar writes on the requisites for registration of an olfactory mark.

Potential Loopholes in the Execution of Local Commission

Local Commissions hold a very important place in IP litigation by enabling the court to secure evidence against the allegation of infringement. But what happens if defendants are made aware of the confidential Local Commissioner visits? Exploring this question, Rohit Pradhan and Brahmakrit Rao Gadela suggest solutions to address it.

Case Summaries

Pernod Ricard India Private Ltd vs A B Sugars Limited & Anr. on 31 October, 2023 (Delhi High Court)

Delhi High Court confirmed the earlier 2019 interim injunction order, holding that the marks “Indian Stag” and “Royal Stag” are deceptively similar and a prima facie case of infringement is made in the favor of the plaintiff. However, the court held that no case for passing off has been made, considering the difference between the respective labels and that the defendant’s products are entirely exported. The court reiterated that the test to prove passing off is higher than the test to establish infringement.

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Itw Gse Aps & Anr. vs Dabico Airport Solutions Pvt Ltd  on 1 November, 2023 (Delhi High Court)

The Delhi High Court dismissed an application seeking the appointment of a Local Commissioner for being misconceived. The applicant had sought execution of a local commission to enable it to inspect the impugned products and demonstrate the alleged infringement by the defendant. Rejecting the application the court held that permitting this would result in the court aiding one of the parties to obtain evidence and the case which it seeks to set up and thus violate the principle of judicial independence.

Nokia Technologies Oy vs Guangdong Oppo Mobile on 31 October, 2023 (Delhi High Court)

Delhi High Court proposed three conditions for the parties to consider before the ongoing SEP dispute could proceed to expedited trial and directed the counsels to seek instructions on the next date (28 November, 2023). The court proposed- First, the suits asserting SEPs and implementation patent suits, will also proceed with expedited trial and not just the SEP infringement suits; Second, the defendants in CS(COMM) 162/2022 and CS(COMM) 171/2022 shall make deposits on similar terms as has been decided by the Division Bench in Nokia Technologies OY v. Guangdong Oppo; Third, the expedited trial would be for the purpose of fixation of global FRAND rate and not just for India and suits filed in UK and China should be withdrawn.

Pankaj Ravjibhai Patel Trading vs Sss Pharmachem Pvt. Ltd. on 2 November, 2023 (Delhi High Court)

A division bench of the Delhi High Court overruled the single judge’s judgment in Vishal Pipes Ltd v. Bhavya Pipe Industry holding that it would be incorrect to proceed on the presumption that an IPR suit valued below Rs. 3 lakhs are based on ulterior motives to avoid application of Commercial Courts Act.

New Balance Athletics Inc. vs New Balance Immigration Private Ltd. on 2 November, 2023 (Delhi High Court)

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Relying on Hermes International v. Crimzon Fashion Accessories Pvt. Ltd., Disruptive Health Solutions v. Registrar of Trade Marks and Levi Strauss and Co. v. Interior Online Services Pvt. Ltd. along with the documents provided by the plaintiff in support of its long standing repute, the Delhi High Court declared “New Balance” as a well-known trademark. 

Fullstack  Education Pvt. Ltd vs Institut Europeen D Administration Des Affaires Association on 30 October, 2023 (Delhi High Court)

A division bench of the Delhi High Court set aside the single judge’s order allowing the respondent’s rectification petition.  The single judge order was based on a prima facie finding that the competing mark “INSEAD” and “INSAID” were phonetically similar. However, the division bench held that a finding under Section 57 needs to necessarily be conclusive and cannot be based on prima facie opinion and thus allowed the appeal against the impugned order. 

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