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13 August 2019

Starbucks mermaid most recognised brand mascot, India counterfeit loss, and Ugg litigation wave: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the International Chamber of Commerce publishing a guidance on IP valuation, Authentic Brands Group getting a boost, the French IP office closing for a couple of days, and much more.

09 August 2019

INTA heads to New Delhi, Gatorade victory, and ‘fake IP lawyer’ pleads guilty: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Porsche revealing its brand protection secrets, Mastercard launching a blockchain program to track fake fashion, WIPO offering a mediation incentive, CNIPA opening a new office, and much more.

24 July 2019

China, India, US rise; Japan, Singapore, UK fall – Global Innovation Index 2019 report released

WIPO has revealed the world’s most innovative countries. In a new report it places Switzerland, Sweden and the United States at the top of the list, with the Netherlands, Singapore and the United Kingdom falling down the rankings. 

22 July 2019

Why India’s colour-coded label plan should be a concern for FMCG brand owners

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is currently seeking comments on the draft of its new labelling and display regulation. In this guest post, rights holders in the food and drinks industry are warned over its potential negative impact on product packaging.

22 July 2019

Delhi High Court: passing-off action relating to registered design used as trademark is maintainable

In Crocs Inc v Bata India, a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court has ruled in favour of Crocs Inc and held, somewhat controversially, that a passing-off action relating to a “registered design used as trademark” can be maintained.  

10 July 2019

Petition against use of ‘Bharat’ in Bollywood film title dismissed

The Delhi High Court has dismissed a writ petition seeking a stay on the release of Bollywood film Bharat under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act.

02 July 2019

Bombay High Court: one cannot contend that a word is generic and seek registration of a mark where that word is dominant

In Royal Dryfruit Range v Royal Suvidha, the Bombay High Court has ruled in favour of plaintiff Royal Dryfruit Range and restrained defendant Royal Suvidha from using the trademark/trade name ROYAL SUVIDHA in respect of dry fruits.

19 June 2019

Strict similarity test for pharma brands applies to nutraceuticals

In Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd v Ajanta Pharma Ltd, the Delhi High Court has held that the strict similarity test for pharmaceutical brands set forth in Cadila also applies to nutraceutical brands.

05 June 2019

Success for footwear company Bata as Delhi High Court confirms that POWER mark is well known

In Bata India Limited v Chawla Boot House, the Delhi High Court has recognised that Bata India Ltd’s trademark POWER is well known in India, and restrained the defendant from using the word ‘power’ in respect of footwear and related products.

23 May 2019

Bombay High Court quotes Mahatma Gandhi in yet another decision imposing heavy costs on infringers

In Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation v Jain, the Bombay High Court has decided to make an example of the defendants and imposed hefty costs of Rs50 million.

20 May 2019

Licensor prevails in dispute over use of brand name post-termination

A recent case in India has addressed the question of whether a licensee can claim rights in a licensed mark when faced with the termination of the licence agreement.

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: India

The Penal Code sets out punishments for cheating, counterfeiting and possession of instruments for making counterfeits, among other things. The code’s provisions can be invoked in criminal actions, in addition to the provisions of specific statutes.

13 May 2019

Delhi High Court directs drug authorities to regulate misuse of similar brand names

The decision of the Delhi High Court in Curewell Drugs & Pharmaceuticals v Ridley Life Science creates a strict action plan from the moment that a drug and its packaging are created.

07 May 2019

Delhi High Court remands single judge’s dismissal of Louboutin’s claim for exclusivity

The Division Bench of the Delhi High Court has set aside the decision of a single judge dismissing Louboutin’s claim for exclusivity in a single colour and remanded the matter back for further consideration by the judge.

29 April 2019

How brands can avoid backlashes and PR blunders during India’s election

As India’s Lok Sabha elections reach their apex, multiple international and domestic brands have made a stamp on the election with intriguing marketing campaigns. Local experts tell WTR about the opportunities and risks of this activity.