Latha Nair

Latha Nair

Latha is a partner with the Indian IP boutique, K&S Partners. An alumnus of NLSIU Bangalore, Latha’s practice in the firm focuses on prosecution and enforcement of trademarks, domain names and copyrights as well as advisory and transactional work relating thereto. A niche area of her practice also focuses on the protection of geographical indications. Latha has published several articles on trademarks, copyrights, geographical indications and data protection over the years and the same are available on her firm’s website www.knspartners.com. Currently, she serves as a Principal Editor to International Trademark Association’s online searchable guide on ‘Geographical Indications, Certification Marks & Collective Marks’. She is also a regular speaker at various national and international fora on issues relating to intellectual property.

Copyright

Kerala HC Directs Film Release without Script Writer’s Name in ‘Mamankam’ Moral Rights Dispute


This post covers the judgement delivered by the Kerala High Court in Sajeev Pillai v. Venu Kunnapalli & Anr., earlier this month. ‘Mamankam’ is a grand festival which used to be held once in 12 years on the banks of the Bharathapuzha river in Kerala during the 14th to 19th century. The appellant, Sajeev Pillai, a film director and a script writer, claims to have researched the history of Mamankam and to have written a script for a film. Stated…


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Geographical Indication Trademark

An Indian Perspective on Singapore HC’s Decision in ‘Isetan Tartan’ Trade Mark Dispute


This post analyses the recent decision of the Singapore High Court in Scotch Whisky Association v. Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd., that involved the trade mark ‘Isetan Tartan’ owned by the Japanese department store chain, Isetan. A tartan is a cross-checked repeating pattern of different coloured bands, stripes, or lines of definite width and sequence, woven into woolen cloth. While tartan patterns have existed for centuries in many cultures, there is recorded evidence that are regarded as “peculiarly Scottish”. Many Scotch Whisky…


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Trademark

Charminar Case by the Indian Supreme Court in 1996 and the AG’s Opinion in Sky v. Sky Kick


On October 16, 2019 the Advocate General (AG) of the European Court of Justice rendered an opinion in Sky Plc & Ors v. Sky Kick UK Ltd. & Anr. (“the Sky case”) in a reference by Justice Arnold of the England and Wales High Court (Chancery Division). The AG’s opinion caught my attention because the opinion as well as the facts of the case resonated the 1996 order of the Indian Supreme Court in Vishnu Das Trading v. Vazir Sultan Tobacco Ltd.,…


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Others

Justice Endlaw’s Lessons on Legal Drafting


Earlier this year, Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw made a concluding remark on the “non-essential verbosity” of a plaintiff in a civil dispute [Nikita Gupta v. Alok Gupta (May 21, 2019)]. He observed that the plaint filed therein was a classic textbook case of how not to draft a plaint, which he felt should have been taught in law schools. Justice Endlaw has raised similar concerns in the past even in IP cases. In Vifor (International) v. Suven Life Sciences Ltd.,…


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Trademark

Place the (Trade Marks) Act Before the Rules: Del HC Directs Registry to Record Grounds of Refusal of Applications


In a much-lauded decision, Justice J. R. Midha of the Delhi High Court has made it easier and quicker for applicants to appeal a decision of the Registrar of Trade Marks arising from a refusal or partial acceptance of a trademark. This decision arises from a writ petition (Intellectual Property Attorneys Association v. Controller General of Patents, Designs, Trade Marks & Anr) that challenged the non-speaking orders passed by the Registrar of Trade Marks while refusing trademark applications. The petitioner,…


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