Sreyoshi Guha

Sreyoshi is a law student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune. Her favourite thing about Intellectual Property Law is Copyrights, and how it can always fascinate her without ever really trying too hard. She can usually be found doing one of three things: dog-earing her favourite pages of her books, looking up a Zomato menu, or day-dreaming of the day she'll finally meet John Mayer. She loves writing and believes that it can change the world. She doesn't have any notable achievements, except probably that one time when she encountered a crazy pigeon, and lived to tell the tale. You can contact her at [email protected]

Trademark

Exide India Settles 19-Year-Old Trademarks Dispute


Last month, in a landmark development, Exide Industries (Exide India) entered into a settlement with US based Exide Technologies (Exide US) over the use of the disputed ‘EXIDE’ trademark. I call it a landmark development for two reasons – a) it is a decision that has put an end to a dispute, which has gone on for almost two decades and b) according to media reports, the terms of the settlement indicate that Exide US has effectively waived any right/…


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Copyright

Sugar Hero v. Food Network: Copyright Infringement of ‘How-To’ Food Videos


In an interesting case from the United States, an independent food blogger/entrepreneur has sued The Food Network for copyright infringement. Upon perusal of the IPKat coverage of the issue including the complaint (linked in the same coverage and available here), the factual matrix supporting the claim becomes fairly clear. The Facts Sugar Hero is a website run by blogger turned entrepreneur, Elizabeth Labau. Through this website, she shares her innovative, self-created recipes in creative ways including videos, pictures, etc. This…


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Trademark

Two “Weddings” and a Passing Off Claim


A week ago, Justice Gautam Patel authored a guest post for us. This was quite legendary and one of many firsts:  first sitting judge to write for us, first sitting judge to engage in a thought provoking dialogue on this platform, etc. However, it wasn’t the first time Justice Patel has given us food for thought, or even awed us with his judicial practice. (Our archives are studded with J. Patel’s brilliance, accessible here.) This, also, was nowhere near the…


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Copyright

An End to the Raabta-Magadheera Copyright Row


Last week, I had covered the copyright controversy surrounding the upcoming Hindi film “Raabta” (over here). The producers of the movie had been sued by the Geeta Arts, the producers of the Telugu film “Magadheera” over alleged copyright infringement. I had also promised to provide an update as soon as new details emerge. Over the last two days, news reports have been flashing headlines that indicate a copyright victory in favour of Raabta. After reading a few of these reports and…


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Competition Law Drug Regulation

Is Patent Enforcement Anti-competitive? Delhi HC Expresses Some Caution!


The Roche: Biocon saga over Herceptin took a dramatic new turn recently. Before getting into the details, here is a short timeline for those interested (I have not included a list of all the suits filed, for the sake of brevity). The Timeline Roche sued Biocon and Mylan before the Delhi High Court, seeking to restrain their sales of a biosimilar of Roche’s breast cancer medication, Trastuzumab. Rahul carried an analysis of that order over here and here. In this…


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Copyright

Bollywood’s ‘Raabta’ with Copyright Infringement


The upcoming hindi film ‘Raabta’ was recently slapped with a copyright infringement suit by the producers of the Telugu film ‘Magadheera’. (Interestingly, according to recent reports, Telugu writer, SP Chary has alleged that the story behind ‘Magadheera’ was copied from his book, ‘Chanderi’ – but we’ll pick up on this thread another time). Both films involve lovers who find each other in a second life (reincarnation and all that). Other similarities include parallel visualization of the two different “births” or…


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