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Rishabh Mohnot

Rishabh is a fourth year law student at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He is currently the Director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society at his University and a Senior Associate Member of the NUJS Law Review. He is happy to correspond by email at [email protected]

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SpicyIP Weekly Review (July 8-14)


We had an extremely busy week at SpicyIP! Here’s the roundup: Topical Highlight In a guest post, Prashant Reddy wrote a piece on the Delhi HC’s decision to allow the current Chairman and Technical Expert for Plant Varieties to hear disputes in all matters, including patents, trademarks, etc. It has also declared that all orders passed by the IPAB without quorum are proper. Prashant argues that the judgment ignores the provisions of the Trade Marks Act, and makes a mockery…


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Issues Pertaining to Geographical Indications in the Tobacco Plain Packaging Case before the WTO (Part II)


In Part I of this post, I had discussed the Panel’s findings on Article 22(b) of TRIPS in the Tobacco Plain Packaging case. In Part II, I will examine the second GI issue, on detriment to pre-existing rights in geographical indications. Article 24.3: Pre-Existing Rights in GIs Prior to the coming into force of TRIPS, different jurisdictions protected geographical indications in different ways. While in some jurisdictions GIs were protected under trademark law, others relied on common law doctrines to…


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Geographical Indication

Issues Pertaining to Geographical Indications in the Tobacco Plain Packaging Case before the WTO (Part I)


Recently, I had the opportunity to work on the Panel Report in the Tobacco Plain Packaging case at the WTO. It brought forth several interesting questions on the intersection between health, policy-making, trade and intellectual property rights. It also places TRIPS obligations relating to trademark and GIs under the scanner, with question marks raised over whether the interpretation given by the Panel supports a good faith interpretation of the treaty. While much has been written about the issues pertaining to…


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Geographical Indication Trademark

An Update on the Tobacco Plain Packaging Case at the WTO


A little over a year ago, a Panel formed under the auspices of the World Trade Organisation published a report that found Tobacco Plain Packaging Measures (the ‘TPP Measures’) rolled out in Australia to be compliant with obligations under international trade agreements. This decision was hailed as a victory against the tobacco lobby, which has rallied against TPP Measures at several levels, including domestic courts and international investment tribunals. However, this decision has also attracted plenty of criticism (see here…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (June 24-30)


Thematic Highlight In a guest post, Dr Sunanda Bharti shared her views on sarees as a subject matter of intellectual property rights. Specifically, she argues that the methods of draping sarees can be protected as Traditional Cultural Expression. She notes that the use of these methods would constitute misappropriation if used commercially or in a manner that offends the culture. Further, she posits that these rights may be implemented through the Domaine Public Payant method, where the government collects revenue…


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SpicyIP Fortnightly Review (June 3 – 16)


In a guest post, Arun Mohan shared his thoughts on the recent Ilayaraja judgment passed by the Madras High Court. He notes that the judgment consolidates producers’ rights over sound recordings that incorporate musical works that are created prior to and post the 2012 amendments. The judgment does, however, pay heed to the composers’ moral rights to paternity and integrity. Pankhuri wrote a post on the developments from the order passed by the Delhi HC in the patent working PIL…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 13-19)


I wrote a post on the Delhi HC’s recent order and circular that seek to prevent the practice of ‘defendant masking’. The order and circular prescribe stricter checks by the registry and an undertaking from the plaintiff suggesting that the defendant arraigned as Defendant Number 1 is the main contesting defendant. Other Developments Indian Judgments International Cycle Gears v. The Controller of Patents and Designs and Others – Calcutta High Court [May 10, 2019] The Appellant filed an appeal against the…


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Delhi HC Comes Down Heavily on the Practice of ‘Defendant Masking’


In Bata India v Chawla Boot House, a case concerning trademarking infringement and passing off, the Delhi High Court came down heavily on the practice of ‘defendant masking’. Plaintiffs use this strategy to avoid detection of the matter in cause lists and thereby obtain injunctions in initial hearings without the presence of the main defendant’s counsel. The court took notice of this strategy in this case, and directed stricter measures from the Registry to control it in all IPR suits….


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (April 29-May 5)


Topical Highlight Prarthana wrote a post on the imposition of a staggering Rs. 5 crore in costs in Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation v Kishor D Jain. The case concerned the sale of low-quality pipes to a customer intending to use the same in oil plants. This constituted trademark infringement because the pipes were improperly branded with Nippon Steel’s labels. Justice Kathawalla thought it necessary to impose such extraordinary damages because of the use of low-grade material in an…


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The Nature of Orders and Quorum Requirements at the IPAB (Part II)


In the previous part of this post, I had argued that there is no exception to the quorum requirements on the basis of the nature of the order. Therefore, even if the orders passed by the IPAB without quorum were administrative orders (which I argued were not), they would not be free from the quorum requirements. In this part of the post, I try to delve deeper into Section 84 of the Trade Marks Act and check whether the Chairman’s…


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