Trademark

Of Paper Tigers and English: WTO Appellate Body Report in Tobacco Plain Packaging Dispute


As a law school student, I once heard an accomplished practitioner of international law stating that “International law is English”. The WTO Appellate Body’s Report in the tobacco plain packaging dispute issued in June this year proves something more than this statement: “International law is convoluted English”. I had previously written about the WTO Panel Report in this dispute (or set of disputes), which are available here and here. Background To recollect, this set of disputes concerned Australia’s legislative measures…


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Patent

Nokia Gets Injunction against Mercedes Maker Daimler for Infringement of its SEP in Europe


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by our former blogger Rajiv Choudhry, discussing the implications for India of a recent decision by a German court granting an injunction restraining Mecedes maker Daimler for infringement of a standard essential patent (SEP) held by Nokia. Rajiv is a practicing advocate based in New Delhi. He specialises in IP law, with a focus on high – technology and patent law and advises/represents clients on SEP/FRAND and other issues related or unrelated to…


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Opportunities Sponsored

LexisNexis’s Virtual Conference on ‘Be The Game Changer: IP Drives Business Growth’ [Sep 16 – 18]


We’re glad to inform you that LexisNexis is organizing a a virtual conference on ‘Be The Game Changer: IP Drives Business Growth’ on September 16 – 18, 2020. For further details, please read the announcement below: LexisNexis’s Virtual Conference on ‘Be The Game Changer: IP Drives Business Growth’ [Sep 16 – 18] Lexis Nexis is delighted to invite you to join a virtual conference organized by us, that will feature a wide range of IP experts from various corporates, law…


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Opportunities Publication

Call for Papers: The Philosophy and Law of Information Regulation in India


The Centre for Law and Policy Research is working on the project ‘The Philosophy and Law of Information Regulation in India’. As a part of this project, they are calling for papers to be published  as a volume of inter-disciplinary studies reflecting upon the law and practice of information regulation in India. The full call for papers is here. Brief details of the project are below: ‘The Philosophy and Law of Information Regulation in India’ project is an effort to…


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Copyright

Lootcase, Copyright and Last Minute Injunctions: A Failed Attempt towards Overprotection


The movie Lootcase was recently released on Disney+ Hotstar with considerably positive reviews. However, one day prior to its release the Delhi High Court heard a petition filed by Mr. Vinay Vats seeking interim injunction on the release of the film owing to a copyright infringement claim. The court dismissed the application and declined to grant the injunction. Interestingly, the plaintiff’s claim was based on similarities as apparent in a trailer released by them in 2011 and the trailer of…


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Opportunities

Call for Applications: CUSAT’s Minor IP Research Project for Teachers 2020-21 [Apply by Sep 25]


Inter-University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS),Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is inviting applications for Minor Research Project 2020-21 in the research area of IPR for teachers from across Kerala and the rest of India. The applications must reach the University on or before September 25, 2020. For further details, please see the announcement below: Minor Research Project at IUCIPRS, CUSAT Inter-University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS), Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is inviting applications for Minor…


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Design Others Patent Trademark

SpicyIP Weekly Review (August 10 – 16)


Topical Highlights Breaking News: Controller General’s Office Agrees with Our Petition for Scrapping the Intellectual Property Appellate Board In this post, Prashant reports on a petition he had submitted to the Ministry of Commerce along with Rahul Bajaj, asking it to consider shutting down the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (‘IPAB’). As seen from a file-noting of the Ministry accessed through RTI, the office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks has agreed with most of their contentions. Prashant…


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Copyright Trademark

What We Understand and Imagine Dynamic IP Injunctions To Be


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Eashan Ghosh, sharing some thoughts on where our law is headed with dynamic IP injunctions following the Delhi High Court’s Snapdeal order from a few weeks ago. Eashan has been practicing as an intellectual property advocate and consultant in New Delhi since 2011, and teaches a seminar on intellectual property law at National Law University, Delhi. Eashan writes about Indian intellectual property law, including a monthly review of Delhi High…


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Trademark

SCOTUS Grants ‘Booking.com’ Trademark Protection: How Far can Domain Name Trademark Protection Extend?


Recently, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), in the Booking.com decision held that a generic .com domain name can obtain a trademark registration under certain conditions. With SCOTUS granting limited protection to generic .com domain names, an interesting question arises as to what will happen when there is a trademark dispute between a .com domain name and a .in domain name and if it is now possible for a trademarked generic .com name to block the registration of a generic…


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Copyright Publication

Book Release: Digital Copyright Law – A Comparative Study of the Limitations and Exceptions Relating to Education


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Dr. Betsy Rajasingh on her recently released book ‘Digital Copyright Law: A Comparative Study of the Limitations and Exceptions Relating to Education’. Dr. Betsy is an Assistant Professor at Saveetha School of Law, Chennai. Her research interest lies in IP laws, internet laws and the inter-relationship between IP, technology, and social and economic development. After completing her LL.B. at Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai, she went on to pursue…


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