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Trademark Law Series – Unconventional Trademarks in India

SHAPE TRADEMARK Indian courts have also been more or less consistent in their judgments with regard to shape as a trademark. In the case of Lilly ICOS LLC and Anr. v. Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd. wherein it had been alleged that the almond shape of the plaintiff’s product had been copied by the defendant, the Delhi High Court passed judgment in favor of the plaintiff and thereafter issued an injunction against the defendants in this regard as it was of the opinion

UNCONVENTIONAL TRADEMARKS IN INDIA

A. SOUND MARKS When India granted registration for sound trademarks, India simply borrowed the Shield Mark doctrine which was given in the case of Shield Mark BV v Joost Kist, by the ECJ. The ECJ regarded the description of sound by its written description and held that since the written description of a sound lacked clarity and precision, it cannot be considered a graphical representation. But the Court also opined that if the sound was distinctive and people were able to recognize it,
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SUN PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES LIMITED v. CIPLA LIMITED

In this case, Plaintiff filed a suit for a permanent injunction before the Madras High Court against Defendant for infringement of its copyright and trademark. The Court herein granted an interim injunction in favor of Plaintiff.  Following that, the Applicant/Defendant filed three petitions, each with a request to rescind the temporary relief granted on the basis of urgency. The appeal was predicated on the fact that the medications were in large quantities, had a one-year expiration date, and were in high
TRADEMARKS AND THE INDIAN JUDICIARY

TRADEMARKS AND THE INDIAN JUDICIARY

Trade Marks have long been a long-fought battle through and through the Indian justice system. In the year 2021, we have some significant cases that came to the forefront that have been discussed below. – Decided by Delhi High Court on 1st September 2021 The plaintiff herein had been using the trademark “Rajdhani” for food products, condiments, confectionery, etc., having originally conceived and adopted it when they started their business. In due course of their business, they came across the defendants
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Relevant Sections of the Trade Marks Act

In the infamous case of The Coca Cola Company V Bisleri International Private Limited and Ors. – an issue arose as to whether the plaintiff had the right to register the trademark ‘MAAZA’ outside India. The defendants had sold their trademark rights, formulation rights, know-how, and goodwill of some of their soft drink products, including ‘MAAZA’, to the plaintiff through an agreement. In 2008, the defendants learned that the plaintiff had filed for the registration of the trademark ‘MAAZA’ in Turkey.
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INFRINGEMENT BY REGISTERED PROPRIETOR OF A TRADEMARK

In the case of Consolidated Foods Corporation v. Brandon and Co., Private Ltd. – AIR 1965 Bom 35, it was observed that “Priority in adoption and use of a trademark is superior to priority in registration”. N.R. Dongre and Ors. Vs. Whirlpool Corporation and Anr. – 1996V I A D(SC)710 In the instant case, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India confirmed with the observation of the Division Bench which states that “From the aforesaid facts including the extensive advertisements of the goods
Filing of International Application through Madrid System

Filing of International Application through Madrid System

What is an International IP Registration? An International IP Registration allows applicants willing to seek protection for their IP in various countries by filing a single and uniform IP application form, and the IP can be registered in all member states to the treaty governing the international application system, through that single application.  The Madrid System The Madrid System for International Registration of Marks (the Madrid System) is governed by the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the Madrid
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FACEBOOK TO META

Facebook, which now seeks to be known as Meta, recently encountered an issue as it attempts to register the trademark. It has come to light that ‘Meta’ is already applied for as a trademark by an Arizona-based start-up; the founder of which Zach Shutt says that Meta PC first began using the brand for its range of products in November 2020 and has now applied for its registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The said company is already
NFTs and Intellectual Property

NFTs and Intellectual Property

Non-fungible assets (NFTs) are basically digital copies of highly valued original work that exists on a blockchain. For encoding, software similar to many cryptos is used, and all the buying and selling happens online. The authenticity of all such assets is verifiable online since most of the buying happens through cryptocurrency or in dollars, all of which are recorded as a part of transactional records. While anyone can view the NFTs, the buyer has the status of being the official owner
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Geographical Indication: What and why.

The USPTO held that the term ‘basmati’ was not a geographical location but rather a descriptive term referring to the fragrant quality of the rice and as such could be used by RiceTec and it was not necessarily a geographical indication. However as geographical indications “need not necessarily indicate the place of origin, it could signify the product itself as long as it is known to possess certain qualities by the virtue of its belonging to a certain place” and also