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Aparajita Lath

Aparajita graduated from the WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. She was formerly an editor of the NUJS Law Review. She is a lawyer based in Bangalore. All views expressed by her on the blog are her personal views.

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Media Freedom: Hetero’s response to statements of Director


The recent controversy surrounding statements made by the Director of Hetero Pharma (Mr. Srinivasa Reddy) in relation to compulsory licensing, which we covered here, and subsequent responses from Hetero, brings out a troubling issue for media freedom. To contextualize, after Mr. Srinivasa made controversial statements regarding Compulsory Licensing, Hetero was quick to distance itself from these comments, calling them ‘personal views’.  However, Hetero also went a step further to state “We are also taking up the matter with the requisite…


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PPL’s defamation notice: More subterranean censorship?


Certain members of the Telangana Chamber of Events Industry (TCEI) received a 9 para defamation notice from PPL for few comments made by them on Facebook. The TCEI is a non-government organization, which aims at developing the Events industry in the State of Telangana. The TCEI comprises of sub sectors such as events, light/sound/video, event caterers, event venues etc. It therefore also uses sound recordings for various events that it organizes. PPL, on the other hand, is a ‘company’ (actually…


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Comparative Advertising ― Havells v. Eveready: Who’s the brightest of them all?


As is known, every product has different features/characteristics and advertisers like to highlight only the most advantageous features and consequently remain silent on the weaker aspects of their products. In this regard, the main issue in Havells v. Amritanshu was whether or not an advertisement which compares one product with a similar rival product must necessarily compare all its features in order for it to be an ‘honest’ advertisement. The Delhi High Court held that failure to compare all the…


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You can’t have the ‘pi’ and eat it too!


Belated ‘Pi Day’! (Which did not fall on a Friday!) This post deals with the lately baked trademark issue of ‘π’ versus ‘π.’ (pi day is celebrated on March 14 (3/14) The trademark at issue in this case was the symbol pi followed by a full stop: “π.” (U.S. trademark registration 4,473,631). This registration was issued to Paul Ingrisano, aka “Pi Productions Corp” (a Brooklyn based apparel artist). π. is used by Pi Productions Corp to brand T shirts etc. (here and…


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Many Shades of Grey: Omega v Costco and its Implications on Parallel Imports


On January 20, 2015 the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld Costco’s sale of Omega watches in the US, following the 2013 US Supreme Court decision in  Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons. Both decisions uphold the principle of international exhaustion and hold that the first sale doctrine applies to goods manufactured abroad. The ruling in this case reaffirms that copyright holders cannot use their rights to fix resale prices in the downstream market. As IPKat notes…


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PPL v UOI: Delhi High Court


In January this year, the Delhi High Court considered a matter between the Phonographic Performance Ltd. (‘PPL’) and the Union of India. The issue in the case was whether the Registrar of Copyrights (Respondent No.2) has the power to grant licences over and above those directed by the Copyright Board. The Delhi High Court did not decide this issue as it observed that the petitioners had challenged the very decision of the Copyright Board before the Madras High Court and…


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Trademark

Make My Trip/Tours/Travel/Yatra/Journey: Are you confused?


Recently, in an action of infringement and passing off brought by Make My Trip Pvt Ltd, the Delhi High Court granted an interim injunction restraining Make My Tours Pvt. Ltd from using their mark ‘Make My Tours’. The plaintiff was originally incorporated as “Travel by Web Private Limited” in 2000 and later changed its name to “MakeMyTrip (India) Pvt. Ltd” in 2002. The plaintiff, through its website www.makemytrip.com, offers a range of travel services and products, from air/train/bus tickets to…


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SpicyIP Events: IP Emerging Issues


University of Washington School of Law and Indian Society of International Law is organizing an exciting event on January 16, 2015 on ‘IP Emerging Issues Dialogue’. Many distinguished speakers from around the world including judges from the U.S., Australia, India, academics from Thailand, U.S., Japan, China and India, representatives from the WIPO, USPTO, Bayer (Germany), Microsoft (India) will be speaking on a global IP issues, Role of Patents in Medical Science Innovations, Access to Health Care, and Standard Essential Patents. Our…


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Patent extinguished due to non payment of annuity


I used to think ‒ ‘he said, she said’ ‒ the classic ‘blame game’ rooted in miscommunication ‒ was the exclusive domain of love stories of 20 year olds. Apparently not. This blame game seems to have transcended from whimsical love stories to graver issues of patents. I was reading ‘IP Expressions’ and it is clear that payment of fees by the patentee, to keep his patent alive, has been around for eons! But this seemingly harmless administrative procedure has…


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Trademark

Parents Beware: ShriRam School Trademark Dispute


Parents would never have dreamt that their sad lot would feature in an IP post 😉 As if spending sleepless nights mulling over school admissions for their children was not enough, parents now have the added woe of trying to identify which school is the original and reputed one! With alleged copycats floating around – making parents’ lives more miserable! Would you be deceived into thinking that ShreeRam World School is in some way associated with Shri Ram School? Well,…


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