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Intellectual Property Statistics 2020 (India)

PATENTS A total of 70,924  patent applications were examined in 2020 as opposed to the total of 83,226 patent applications examined in 2019. The total number of grants in 2020 also shot up by as much as 12% in comparison to the total number of grants in 2019. The patent office on an average examined and issued 194 first examination reports (FERs) per day. Particulars 2018 2019 2020 Applications Published 38961 49351 51325 Granted 13813 23257 26309 Examined 81406 83226 70924 INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS 2020 certainly appears to have been a great year for Industrial designs. A total of 14,550 designs were registered in 2020 as compared to 14,529 registrations in 2019, signifying an increase of about 0.1% in filings...

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Copyright Statistics 2020 Recap

Copyright Statistics 2020 Recap A total of 21,882 applications for copyright registrations were filed in the year 2020. There was an increase of 729 applications in comparison to the total number of applications for the year 2019, which was 21,153. There was an increase of 3.44% in the total number of copyright applications filed during the year 2020 as compared to 2019. The majority of applications filed in the year 2020 were for literary/dramatic works, followed by artistic works and the least number of applications were filed for musical works. The following table provides detailed data for the month-wise applications for each type...

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Netflix sued by Author for Copyright Infringement, Nicki Minaj sued for Copyright Infringement and more.

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Delhi HC allows Intervention Applications in Copyright Infringement Case, Netflix sued by Author for Copyright Infringement, Dharma Production Summoned over Copyright Infringement Allegations, Dharma Production Summoned over Copyright Infringement Allegations and Nicki Minaj sued for Copyright Infringement. Delhi HC allows Intervention Applications in Copyright Infringement Case The Delhi High Court allowed the intervention application of the Delhi Science Forum that asserted that Indian law does not allow for the commercialisation of and profiting from scientific knowledge which was considered to be a “public resource.” They insisted that the access to material on websites like Sci-Hub and LibGen amounted to “fair dealing and...

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Rihanna faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, Sherlock Holmes Lawsuit dismissed, Spotify launches Plagiarism Risk Detector and more.

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Rihanna faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, Sherlock Holmes Lawsuit dismissed, Spotify launches Plagiarism Risk Detector, Gaming Companies settle Copyright Infringement Lawsuit and Trump argues about protection under the Anti-SLAPP Law. Rihanna faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Rihanna is being sued by King Khan and his daughter Saba Lou for allegedly using their song “Good Habits (and Bad), as part of an advertisement for the Fenty campaign. Both Khan and Lou claimed that, Rihanna used the song without their permission. The lawsuit claims that the Fenty ad got 3.4 million views, but the exact amount of damages sought by Khan and Lou are still unknown. Sherlock Holmes...

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Burberry Initiates Infringement Suit Against Rapper Burberry Jesus, WhiteHat Jr. Stops WhiteHat Sr. for Now, and more

Burberry Initiates Infringement Suit Against Rapper Burberry Jesus, WhiteHat Jr. Stops WhiteHat Sr. for Now, and more

Indian Case Law WhiteHat Jr. Stops WhiteHat Sr. for Now The Delhi High Court, in a recent decision, passed an interim order against a YouTuber, for allegedly infringing upon and causing harm to the trademark of WhiteHat Jr., a platform that teaches coding to young children. Pradeep Poonia, who operates the YouTube channel ‘WhiteHatSr.’, as well as the twitter handles ‘WhiteHatSr.’ and ‘WhiteHatPoonia’ had consistently posted tweets and videos questioning the integrity and legitimacy of WhiteHat Jr. and its instructors. While WhiteHatJr. contends that these acts amount to trademark infringement, Poonia responded, stating that as he is not gaining any commercial benefit...

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Facebook Trademark Infringement, Time Magazine Sued Over TIME100 Talks Series and more

Facebook Trademark Infringement, Time Magazine Sued Over TIME100 Talks Series and more

Indian Case Law Facebook Restrains Bakery from Using its ‘Facebake’ Trademark Delhi High Court recently granted a temporary injunction against a bakery, selling its goods under the name ‘Facebake’. The suit was instituted by social media giant, Facebook, who contended that  the bakery was causing confusion in the minds of the public by offering goods for sale under a name that was confusingly similar to their well-known ‘Facebook’ trademark, as well as operating the website www.facebake.in. A single bench of the Delhi High Court noted that if interim relief was not granted, it would impact Facebook’s legal rights and business interests. The...

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Google Inks Copyright deal with French Newspapers, Wixen Music Publishing sues Triller for USD 50 Million,Facebook introduces revised Rights Manager Tool and more.

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Google Inks Copyright deal with French Newspapers, Wixen Music Publishing sues Triller for USD 50 Million, Facebook introduces revised Rights Manager Tool, Apple faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, The Band, Lady A sued for copyright infringement, Obama’s Publisher sued by Ex-White House Photographer, NBC Universal sued over infringing Script and TikTok removes videos for violating Guidelines. Google Inks Copyright deal with French Newspapers Google has recently signed copyright agreements with six French newspapers, including dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro, following the order of an appeals court in France. The court directed Google to consult publishers and news agencies before using their content and...

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Indian Copyright Amendments 2020/21- Proposals of the Working Group on IP and Public Interest

Indian Copyright Amendments 2020/21- Proposals of the Working Group on IP and Public Interest

A group of intellectual property teachers have come together to propose amendments to the Copyright Act, 1957, in order to further creativity in the digital context. Entitled "Like-Minded IP Teachers’ Working Group on Intellectual Property and Public Interest [Copyright Amendment 2020-21)," the document published by them primarily proposes amendments to copyright exceptions and definitions. In their words, the purpose of the document is as follows: "This document, prepared by a group of like-minded IP teachers, provides a list of amendments which are essential to make the Copyright Act, 1957 capable of furthering creativity in the digital context and addressing some of...

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Indian Copyright Orders and Judgments – 2020

Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited and Ors. Vs. Nandi Chinni Kumar and Ors., Telangana High Court, Civil Miscellaneous Appeal Nos. 355, 356, 357 and 358 of 2020 The plaintiff in this case is a music record label and film production company and the defendant no.1 is a former gangster turned football player. According to the plaintiff, defendant no.1 had signed an agreement with the plaintiff, through which defendant no.1 gave the film rights to his life story to the plaintiff for a sum of money. Following this, the plaintiff registered the film script with the title 'Slum Soccer' with the Telangana...

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Suggestions on the Amendment of the Copyright Act, 1957- Part III

Suggestions on the Amendment of the Copyright Act, 1957- Part III Section 31B Reasons for suggested amendments Section 31B provides for the issuance of a compulsory license to publish a copyrighted work for the benefit of disabled persons. The suggested amendments broaden the scope of the provision, and bring the nature of the license and the procedure for obtaining a license in line with the statutory license provisions under Section 31C and 31D. By permitting statutory licensing for such works, more organisations will be encouraged to engage in making works accessible, and the fixing of royalties by the Appellate Board will ensure proper revenue...

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