Patanjali’s Coronil Trademark: The Dilemma of Dilution

Recently, the Madras High Court restrained Patanjali from using the word ‘Coronil’ on its immunity-booster tablets (Arun has discussed the order, here). Soon afterwards, Patanjali obtained a stay on the order from a Division Bench, arguing that ‘coronil’ is a generic term derived from coronavirus and used by nearly 191 companies right now, and the vast difference between their product and the plaintiff’s ensures that there is no likelihood of confusion between them. This is a reasonable decision, since the…

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (August 17 – 23)

Topical Highlight Lootcase, Copyright and Last Minute Injunctions: A Failed Attempt towards Overprotection Nikhil discussed the recent case of Vinay Vats v. Fox Star Studios India, wherein the Delhi HC rejected the plaintiff’s request for interim injunction a day before the release of the defendants’ movie ‘Lootcase’, which was alleged to be infringing the copyright in the plaintiff’s movie, ‘Tukkaa Fitt’. He agrees with the court’s reasoning, explaining that the two movies are only similar so far as they revolve around a stolen…

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Revocation of Novartis’ Ceritinib Patent Stayed: Unraveling the IPAB Order

The IPAB has recently stayed the revocation of Novartis’ patent over the anti-cancer drug Ceritinib. An examination of the revocation order reveals an unfortunate oversight in examining issues relating to genus-and-species patents, as well as several procedural lapses. IPAB’s stay order brings to light important doctrinal questions that the revocation left unanswered. This post attempts to deconstruct the maze of confusing orders surrounding the Ceritinib patent revocation. Background Ceritinib is a prescription drug used for treatment of non-small lung cancer,…

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (July 27 – August 2)

Topical Highlight What’s in a Stream? The Confounding Case of IPRS’s Live-Streaming Tariffs Divij wrote about the confusion created by Indian Performing Rights Society’s newly released tariff scheme for live streaming of online events and live/disc-jockey performances. He first discusses the problems with the scope of the notice which defines ‘live performance’ as music by performers in person, and disc jockeys as playing of a sound recording. He then explains the lack of clarity as to whether digital streaming of…

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Tattoos: The Tussle between Copyright and Publicity Rights

The world’s attention was first drawn to the copyrightability of tattoos when Victor Whitmill, the artist behind Mike Tyson’s face tattoo, sued Warner Bros for an imitative tattoo worn by an actor in Hangover II. Since then, I find that there has been a raging discussion regarding tattoo artists’ copyright over their tattoos, including issues like fixation, ownership and fair use. This post does not focus on these questions of copyrightability. Instead, it develops upon an important point raised by…

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