Category Archives: Trademark

Trademark

Khadi v. Khadi – KVIC’s Clash at the EUIPO


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by L. R. Vijaypriya, discussing the trademark registration of ‘Khadi’ in the name of a German company at the EUIPO, the cancellation petition filed by KVIC and its final outcome. Vijaypriya is presently pursuing her LL.M. in IP and Competition Law from Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre (jointly run by Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, University of Augsburg, Technical University of Munich and George Washington University, Washington). She is a…


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Trademark

Bona Fide or Not?: Usage of Common Surnames as Trademarks


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Varsha Jhavar, analysing a recent trademark law decision (Anil Rathi v. Shri Sharma Steeltech), whereby the Delhi High Court rejected the plea for usage of a surname in the course of trade, on the ground that the use was not in a bona fide manner. Varsha is a 5th year student at Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur. She recently won the second prize for the 1st Shamnad Basheer Essay Competition…


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Copyright Trademark

SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 14 – 20)


Topical Highlight A Tale of Two Sujatas: Delhi HC Reflects on Suppression of Material Facts and Clean Hands Doctrine Praharsh discussed Delhi HC’s recent order modifying an ex-parte interim injunction after finding that the plaintiff concealed material facts during the hearing. The Plaintiff, who used the registered mark ‘SUJATA’ under classes 7, 8, 9, 11, and 35 had obtained the injunction by concealing the fact that a director of the Defendant owned a similar mark ‘SUJATA’ under class 11 since…


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Trademark

A Tale of Two Sujatas: Delhi HC Reflects on Suppression of Material Facts and Clean Hands Doctrine


In an interesting scenario that perhaps adds to the mounting pile of evidence of ex-parte interim injunctions being problematic, the Delhi High Court on 9th September, 2020, modified an ex-parte interim injunction order after finding that the plaintiff concealed material facts during the hearing. The initial order had estopped the defendants, Sujata Electronics (defendant no. 1), its manufactures (defendants no. 2 & 4), and its dealers (defendant no. 3) from manufacturing, importing, selling any products under the mark ‘SUJATA’. And…


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Copyright Innovation Others Patent Trademark

SpicyIP Weekly Review (September 7 – 13)


Topical Highlight When Covid-19 Shuttered Cinema Halls!: Should Producers Share Royalties from OTT Release of Films? In a guest post, Tanvi Sehgal weighs in on the impact of the COVID-19 induced shift from theatrical release of films to OTT release on the producers’ share of earnings. She explains how the pandemic shutting down movie theatres for such a long duration has forced producers to release their movies on OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. According to her, movies…


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Trademark

Much Ado about ‘Use’: UK Decision Rekindles Debate under Indian Trade Mark Law


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Yash More and Hitoishi Sarkar, discussing the Indian courts’ interpretation of what constitutes ‘use’ while adjudicating upon disputes concerning prior use of trademarks in light of the recent UK decision in MERCK KGaA v. MERCK Sharp. Yash and Hitoishi are 2nd year students at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. Introduction In May this year, the UK High Court of Justice in MERCK KGaA v. MERCK Sharp, while ruling on an…


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Innovation Trademark

Store Layouts: The New Trademark on the Block


With the development of innovative methods of brand-image building, there has been a proliferation of non-conventional trademarks. After colour, sound, scent marks and the like, proprietors are now seeking to trademark ‘layouts’ of stores and service outlets. These marks are different from architectural trademarks, the first of which in India were registered for the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (discussed in detail here) and the BSE Building, both situated in Mumbai. While these protect the image of the buildings’ exteriors as…


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Comparative Advertising Copyright Design Geographical Indication Innovation Others Patent Trademark

SpicyIP Weekly Review (August 31- September 6)


Topical Highlight T-Series’ Copyright Infringement Claim against Roposo: Intermediary Liability, Safe Harbour and Fair Dealing In this post, I analysed T-Series’ copyright infringement claim against Roposo. I first flagged two relevant features of the application- a music library and an option to ‘collaborate’. I explore whether Roposo can be considered an intermediary and argue that such holding is possible only for the ‘collaborate’ option, leading to personal liability for the music library. Subsequently, for the ‘collaborate’ option for which it…


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COVID-19 Trademark

Fluid Trademarks: A Prologue to Trademark Law Going Awry?


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Anshuman Sahoo, arguing that legal recognition of fluid trademarks (which are popularly being used in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic) is a step in the wrong direction considering the economic rationale behind trademark law. Anshuman is a second-year LL.M. student at Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, IIT Kharagpur. This post is a follow on to a guest post published on the blog last month, which discussed the application…


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Copyright Drug Regulation Innovation Others Patent Trademark

SpicyIP Weekly Review (August 24 – 30)


Topical Highlight Patanjali’s Coronil Trademark: The Dilemma of Dilution In this post, Adyasha discusses the Madras High Court’s recent order restraining Patanjali from using the word ‘Coronil’ on its immunity-booster tablets. She argues that the Single Judge’s interpretation of dilution under Section 29(4) of the Trade Marks Act 1999, is riddled with serious inconsistencies. Patanjali contended that Arudra’s trademarks did not meet the well-known mark threshold for Section 29(4) to apply. However, the Court held that ‘reputation in India’ was to be…


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