Paving the Way for VOLVO’s Journey of Prevention

In an order seen as reinforcing brand owners’ faith in the trademark protection afforded by India’s courts for trademarks, foreign automaker Volvo suspended the defendant from using the VOLVO trademark online.

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Court Finds No ‘Magic’ in Noodle War

The Madras High Court recently denied a plaintiff monopoly rights over the expression “Magic Masala,” reinforcing the notion that exclusivity cannot be claimed over words which are common to the trade. It also highlighted the importance of choosing brands and marks wisely before promoting them since non-distinctive and inherently weak marks are difficult to enforce against use by others.

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Dettol Halts Sale of Infringing COVID-19 Product

A recent case in the Delhi High Court provided another good example of how the COVID-19 pandemic is creating new challenges for brand owners, highlighting the importance of safeguarding brands against infringement. Continue reading “Dettol Halts Sale of Infringing COVID-19 Product”

‘Formerly Known As’ Does Not Bypass Infringement

A recent case in India set an interesting example for brand owners looking to change their trade names in view of risk of potential trademark infringement and also highlighted prompt action by Indian courts in injunction matters. Continue reading “‘Formerly Known As’ Does Not Bypass Infringement”

HT Media secures an ‘anti-suit’ and an ‘ex-parte’ injunction restraining a US-based company

In a recent order, passed by the Delhi High Court, an ‘Anti Suit Injunction’ was granted to HT Media Limited & Anr. (“Plaintiffs”) and a US-based Brainlink International Inc. and Mr. Raj Goel, owner of the defendant no. 1,  (collectively “Defendants”) were restrained from using the domain name “www.hindustan.com” or any other mark similar to “Hindustan” and “Hindustan Times”. The hearing of the present matter was conducted through video conferencing during the COVID-19 lockdown in India. Continue reading “HT Media secures an ‘anti-suit’ and an ‘ex-parte’ injunction restraining a US-based company”

Khadi Takes Measures to Protect Its Trademark Globally

“Khadi” is a generally known expression for hand-spun and hand-woven Indian fabric. It holds historic significance for its role in India’s freedom struggle. Over the years, it has become a symbol of Indian textile heritage and has evolved in fashion. Continue reading “Khadi Takes Measures to Protect Its Trademark Globally”

Extension of IP Deadlines in India and continuity of work in view of spread of COVID-19 – Updates with regard to 2nd lockdown

In continuance with their efforts to curb spread of COVID-19, Government of India has further extended nationwide lockdown in India till 03 May 2020. The lockdown will continue to halt most of the activities including legal activities [but IP e-filing portals are presently active] and transportation of non-essential goods [like courier services of documentations]. Continue reading “Extension of IP Deadlines in India and continuity of work in view of spread of COVID-19 – Updates with regard to 2nd lockdown”

27th Willem C. Vis Vienna Moot

We are pleased to share that Akshay Mehta was invited as an Arbitrator for 27th Vis Moot in the role of Chairperson. In view of recent spread of COVID-19, moot was conducted virtually in first half of April 2020. We congratulate the organizers for making this event a success even during prevailing global crisis. Continue reading “27th Willem C. Vis Vienna Moot”

Extension of IP Deadlines in India and continuity of work in view of spread of COVID-19

In the light of the global outbreak of COVID-19, a nationwide lockdown has been enforced for 21 days in India (from 25 March 2020) for precautionary purposes. This lockdown has resulted in halting most of the activities including legal activities [but IP e-filing portals are presently active] and transportation of non-essential goods [like courier services of documentations]. Relying on our IT systems, we are continuing to work and extend our services and continue to be available to assist our friends and colleagues during these uncertain times. Continue reading “Extension of IP Deadlines in India and continuity of work in view of spread of COVID-19”

Announcement – Dr. Ramesh Kumar Mehta recognized as one of The Most Influential Lawyers in India

We are pleased to share that The Enterprise World’s APAC Special Edition has recognized Dr. Ramesh Kumar Mehta as one of The Most Influential Lawyers in India for the year 2020. Continue reading “Announcement – Dr. Ramesh Kumar Mehta recognized as one of The Most Influential Lawyers in India”