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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Trade Marks Official in CBI net


Prof. Shamnad Basheer had already covered the arrest of ND Kasturi, Deputy Registrar of Trademarks by CBI officials [available here ]. SPICY IP is now given to believe that “Manjal” file is one amongst the ten odd files files taken from Mrs. Kasturi’s office by CBI for further investigation. [ For our posts on “Manjal” issue, see here, here & here. ] Times of India reported the arrest a day after, available here. This post is a summary of that…


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MANJAL REMOVED FROM TRADEMARK REGISTRY – II


In my earlier post, I had discussed the Order dated 21st January, 2011 which removed “Manjal” from the trade marks registry. “Manjal” is the Malayalam / Tamil translation for turmeric / haldi (in Hindi). The mark was registered by M/s Oriental Extractions Pvt. Ltd (hereinafter Oriental Extractions) in Class – 3 for “ayurvedic bath soap”. The rectification application was filed by Mr. S. Sivasubramanyan, Proprietor of M/s Divine Pharmaceuticals, Kollam before Deputy Registrar of Trade Marks. The Order noted that…


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‘MANJAL’ REMOVED FROM TRADE MARK REGISTRY


The mark “Manjal” was removed from the trade marks registry vide Order dated 21st January, 2011. “Manjal” is the Malayalam / Tamil translation for turmeric / haldi (in Hindi). It was registered by M/s Oriental Extractions Pvt. Ltd in Class – 3 for “ayurvedic bath soap”. The instant application for rectification was filed by Mr. S. Sivasubramanyan, Proprietor of M/s Divine Pharmaceuticals, Kollam before Deputy Registrar of Trade Marks. Interestingly, none appeared for the registered proprietor. This Order will have…


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The 1st Annual SLR – Sage Essay Competition


Socio-Legal Review (SLR), the inter-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and student edited journal published by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and Sage Publications, the independent international publisher of books, journal and international media, have announced “The 1st Annual SLR – Sage Essay Competition”. Topics ( any one of the following): 1. John Milbank argues that, “Liberal principles will always ensure that the rights of the individual override those of the group.” For this reason, he concludes, “liberalism cannot defend corporate…


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YET ANOTHER TROUBLE FOR BRITANNIA


ET and other business dailies including Business Standard reported yet another trouble for Britannia. According to news reports, US based Kraft Foods sued Nusli Wadia-owned Britannia industries for trademark infringement of its popular “Oreo” cookies. For more about Oreo cookies see here. The distinctive face of an Oreo cookie In a suit filed in the Delhi High Court, Kraft claimed that Britannia’s recently-introduced “Treat-O” biscuit is a copy of its cream-filled sandwich cookies. According to Kraft, Britannia copied the specific…


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Patent office rejects Abbott’s application on HIV drug


The Indian Patent office has rejected Abbott’s patent application on its heat-stable version of Lopinavir/Ritonavir drug ( sold under the brand name “Kaletra” ) on grounds including failure to satisfy inventive step. The rejection was in response to pre- grant oppositions filed by I-Mak , Cipla, Okasa Ltd and Matrix Lab Ltd. The decision paves the way for access to life-saving medication for patients across the world, noted Tahir Amin, director of initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK), one…


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INTA – Trademark trailblazers – 12th February, 2010


Despite the surge in the domestic economy, home grown brands are slow in registering their trademarks overseas and lack robust brand management strategies. It is important to expose Indian brand owners to international trends in trademark law in order for them to better compete with other brands at the global level. At Trademark Trailblazers in India, taking place February 12 in Mumbai, you’ll receive updates on global developments and local trademark issues and learn cutting edge strategies on leveraging a…


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Innovation

Guest post – Must law lag behind in innovation? : The need to encourage legal entrepreneurship


Ramanuj Mukherjee is a fifth year student of NUJS, Kolkata. He is the founder of iPleaders Legal Risk Management Services which works with start-ups. He blogs at A First Taste of Law . Start-ups are ventures that question the existing business wisdom. Most people create start-ups because of two reasons – they are insomniacs, and they can’t find a place or can’t fit into conventional businesses. Also, usually they are short on cash in the beginning at least. The last…


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Indian IP Owner’ Convention


Intellectual Property Owners hold a vital stake in driving innovation and promoting intellectual property in a nation’s Innovation ecosystem. IP Owners of India represent a Global Community. From MNCs to Traditional Artisan, it represents a diverse cross section of the society. Confederation Indian Industry (CII) with the support of Intellectual Property office (IPO) India, has undertaken a flagship initiative to constitute “Indian IP Owners’ Forum” for bringing together all the intellectual property owners of our nation on one platform. In…


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TRAVEL.INDIATIMES v. INDIATIMESTRAVEL – CLASSIC INSTANCE OF CYBER SQUATTING


Cybersquatting (also known as domain squatting) is the act of mala fide registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with the intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The term is derived from “squatting,” which is the act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building that the squatter does not own, rent or otherwise have permission to use. The fact situation in the recent Delhi High Court judgment in Times Internet…


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