Fabindia not to use word ‘Khadi’, may end up paying multi-million dollars in damages! #Quick Recap of the Khadi Dispute

In an interesting update in the on-going dispute between Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and Fabindia, earlier this week Fabindia gave an undertaking before the Bombay High Court that it is not presently using the word ‘Khadi’ and in the event it is desirous of using the word ‘Khadi’ in future it shall give four weeks written notice to KVIC. The Court accepted the undertaking and disposed of KVIC’s application seeking injunction order be passed by the Court, prohibiting Fabindia from using the term khadi to sell its products. Continue reading “Fabindia not to use word ‘Khadi’, may end up paying multi-million dollars in damages! #Quick Recap of the Khadi Dispute”

Delhi High Court Passes John Doe Order in favor of PepsiCo’s brand ‘KURKURE’

In an on-going case in the Delhi High Court, PepsiCo has sought permanent injunction against Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Google to take down/ remove/ block a list of URLs / web links which contain a video disparaging PepsiCo’s brand KURKURE. In the video, KURKURE is claimed to be made out of plastic and to prove the same, the snack is being burnt so that it melts, and compelling the audience to believe that it is, indeed, made out of plastic. The company has constantly replied to tweets, posts and such links in order to break through the stereotype of KURKURE being made out of plastic, but having failed to do, have brought the case to the court. Continue reading “Delhi High Court Passes John Doe Order in favor of PepsiCo’s brand ‘KURKURE’”

Union Cabinet finally approves India’s accession to WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996 and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, 1996

Via a press release dated 4th July 2018, published by the Press Information Bureau, it has recently been announced that the Union Cabinet had approved the proposal submitted by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Continue reading “Union Cabinet finally approves India’s accession to WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996 and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, 1996”

Christian Louboutin’s famous ‘Red Sole’ slips on the provisions of the Trade Marks Act of India

The Delhi High Court recently dismissed the suit filed by International Luxury Shoe Designer Christian Louboutin against Defendants, who carry their business at two Continue reading “Christian Louboutin’s famous ‘Red Sole’ slips on the provisions of the Trade Marks Act of India”

Section 3(i) of Indian Patent Act – touching on non-patentability, exceptions & grey areas!

Patentability of methods for treatment has been objected under multiple jurisdictions. Similarly, the provision of section 3(i) of the Indian Patent Act, 1970 prohibits grant of Patent to any invention relating to “any process for the medicinal, surgical, curative, prophylactic, diagnostic, therapeutic or other treatment of human beings or any process for a similar treatment of animals to render them free of disease or to increase their economic value or that of their products.” Continue reading “Section 3(i) of Indian Patent Act – touching on non-patentability, exceptions & grey areas!”