Category Archives: Trademark

Copyright COVID-19 Patent Sponsored Trademark

SpicyIP Weekly Review (June 14- 21)


Topical Highlight Singh & Singh Strikes to become King… Again: Trademark Infringement, but from Canada? In this post, Adyasha analyses the recent Delhi High Court order temporarily restraining the Canada-based law firm, ‘Singh + Singh Lawyers LLP’ (‘S&S Canada’) from infringing the trademark of the reputed Indian law firm, ‘Singh & Singh Law firm LLP’ (‘S&S India’). She first summarises the contentions of the two parties and the court’s reasoning. She highlights that the court failed to look at the…


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Singh & Singh Strikes to become King… Again: Trademark Infringement, but from Canada?


Recently, in what appeared to be a rather conspicuous case of identical names, the Delhi High Court temporarily restrained the Canada-based law firm, ‘Singh + Singh Lawyers LLP’ (‘S&S Canada’) from infringing the trademark of the reputed Indian law firm, ‘Singh & Singh Law firm LLP’ (‘S&S India’). ‘Singh’ is not only an extremely common surname in India, it is also prevalent among legal practitioners. Expectably, this was not the first time it featured in a trademark dispute for legal…


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Copyright Trademark

SpicyIP Weekly Review (June 7 – 13)


Topical Highlight Kerala and Karnataka Tussle Over the ‘KSRTC’ Mark: Registrability, Concurrent Use, and Infringement Nikhil discussed the recently revived controversy between the states of Karnataka and Kerala regarding the rights over the trademark ‘KSRTC’. He recounts the background of the usage of the mark for the states’ respective State Road Transport Corporations which led to a tussle when Karnataka applied for a registration for the mark and served a notice to Kerala in 2014 stating that they should not…


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Online Conclave on ‘Counterfeiting in Covid Times: Medicines, Medical Devices and Accessories’ [June 12]


We’re pleased to inform you that National Association to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (NASCAP) in Association with DPIIT IPR Chair, The WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata is organising an online conclave on ‘Counterfeiting in Covid Times’ with a focus on ‘Medicines, Medical Devices and Accessories’ on 12th June, 2021. For further details, please read the announcement below: Online Conclave Counterfeiting in Covid Times: Medicines, Medical Devices and Accessories 12th June 2021 (Saturday) | 6:00 – 7:30 PM (IST) Overview In…


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Kerala and Karnataka Tussle Over the ‘KSRTC’ Mark: Registrability, Concurrent Use, and Infringement


KSRTC Logos used by Kerala and Karnataka

Recently, a rather dormant controversy has been refueled between the states of Karnataka and Kerala regarding the rights over the trademark ‘KSRTC’. This happened when a press statement was released by the office of Kerala Transport Minister Antony Raju stating that the Registrar of Trademarks had decided in their favour. Kerala RTC MD and Transport Secretary, Biju Prabhakar, also stated that this determination implies that Kerala has the exclusive right to use the mark ‘KSRTC’ and that “a notice will…


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Collective Marks: A Tale of Collective Confusion at the Registry


We’re pleased to bring to you a post by Akshay Ajaykumar, discussing collective marks and analysing numerous erroneous collective mark registrations granted by the Indian Trade Marks Registry.  Akshay is a practicing advocate based in New Delhi. He is a graduate of National Law University, Jodhpur.  Collective Marks: A Tale of Collective Confusion at the Registry Akshay Ajaykumar There are numerous collective marks registered at the Indian Trade Marks Registry (‘Registry’). However, what lies underneath these registrations are dismal examination standards. Out…


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The Daily Guardian Controversy: News, Misinformation, and a Passing Off Perspective


The Daily Guardian Logo

Recently, a controversy erupted regarding an article shared by many of the prominent leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (‘BJP’), praising the hard work of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and criticising the “opposition’s barbs”. This article was published on a website called ‘The Daily Guardian’. This led many to criticize it as a fake website trying to portray itself as associated with the prominent news agency, ‘The Guardian’. Some have criticised the concerned article to be misinformation (see here)….


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 31 – June 6)


Topical Highlight Phone Pe v. Bharat Pe: Whether Vernacular Wordplay Can Save from Being Labelled Generic? In this guest post, Devangini responds to an earlier guest post on the Delhi High Court’s recent interim injunction order in Phone Pe v. Bharat Pe trademark dispute. She first summarises the history of the case, the arguments, and the court’s holding. She critiques the court’s reliance on the Delhi High Court case of Marico v. Agrotech to deny the plaintiff’s claim on two…


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SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 24 – 30)


NUALS’ 7th CIPR National Essay Writing Competition [Submit by July 4] We informed the readers about an essay competition being organized by the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights, National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi for law students on the theme ‘IP & SMEs: Taking Ideas to Market’. The submission deadline for the competition is July 4, 2021. For further details including submission guidelines and eligibility, please refer to the post.   Book Launch Webinar: ‘The Protection of Intellectual Property…


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Copyright COVID-19 Patent Trademark

SpicyIP Weekly Review (May 17 – 23)


Topical Highlight Special 301 Report 2021: Trade Secrets, Patents and Technology Transfer Nikhil and I continued the discussion on three key aspects in the USTR Special 301 Report 2021: India-specific trade secrets and patents issues, and the general stance on technology transfers. We highlighted that the Report has tightened its stance on India’s trade secret regime, asking for stronger enforcement. Curiously, this contradicts its liberal approach towards compulsory licenses and the TRIPS waiver because a lot of key information on…


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