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.

Continue reading “Paving the Way for VOLVO’s Journey of Prevention”

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.

Continue reading “Court Finds No ‘Magic’ in Noodle War”

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”

Members of Mehta & Mehta Associates (MehtaIP) Selected to INTA Committees

We are pleased to share that Ms. Abhilasha Niroola and Mr. Akshay Mehta, have been respectively selected in Bulletins Committee and Non-Traditional Marks Committee of International Trademark Association (INTA) for 2020 – 2021 term. Continue reading “Members of Mehta & Mehta Associates (MehtaIP) Selected to INTA Committees”

Cabinet approves Pilot Programme on Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) between Indian Patent Office and Japanese Patent Office

On 21 November 2019, the Press Information Bureau Government of India issued a press release stating that the Union Cabinet of India had on 20 November 2019 approved a proposal for Bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Programme between Indian Patent Office under Controller General of Patents, Design and Trade Marks (CGPDTM), Government of India with Patent Offices of other interested countries/regions. Continue reading “Cabinet approves Pilot Programme on Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) between Indian Patent Office and Japanese Patent Office”

Abhilasha Niroola has been named among WIPR’s influential Women in IP

We are pleased to share that Ms. Abhilasha Niroola has been named among WIPR’s Influential Women in IP 2019 as a Trailblazer. This publication profiles the leading female IP practitioners from around world, including 20 Trailblazers, identified as rising stars in the industry. Continue reading “Abhilasha Niroola has been named among WIPR’s influential Women in IP”