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Weekly Anti-trust and Privacy Updates

This week’s anti-trust and privacy updates are as follows: CCI approves Axis Bank acquisition of Citi Corp The CCI, last week, approved Axis Bank’s Rs. 12,325 Cr. acquisition of Citi Bank NA and Citicorp Finance India Limited. Axis Bank, as per the deal, would be acquiring all of Citi’s consumer banking activities. Citi’s credit cards, personal loans and wealth management business would be transferred to Axis Bank. The acquisition is expected to close by September 2024. CCI approves Greenforest acquisition of stake…

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Weekly News Updates: Copyright and Entertainment Law

Delhi High Court grants injunction against infringing websites In a recent decision, the Delhi High Court granted an injunction in favour of media giant Sony Entertainment, restraining certain rogue websites from illegally telecasting the International Cricket Series, 2022. Sony Entertainment filed the present suit claiming that the illegal telecasting of the series was infringing upon Sony’s exclusive license to broadcast the International Cricket Series, 2022 in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and a host of other countries. The Delhi High Court…

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Weekly Trademark Updates

This week’s trademark updates are as follows: Hailey Bieber strikes a win! Entrepreneur Hailey Bieber was sued for trademark infringement by Purna Khatau and Phoebe Vickers, founders of RHODE, a clothing line. The founders sought for a preliminary injunction from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Bieber submitted a 17-minute YouTube video documenting the inspiration behind the word 'RHODE'. Bieber stated in the video that 'RHODE' is her and her mother's middle name and hence, the…

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Weekly Anti-Trust and Privacy Updates

This week’s anti-trust and privacy updates are as follows:   NCLAT suspends Amazon’s investment in Future-coupons, upholding CCI’s decision. The NCLAT has ordered Amazon to pay 200CR INR in penalty for making false statements and material omissions in its disclosures regarding the acquisition of Future Coupons Group. The Appellate Tribunal has upheld that Amazon deliberately mislead the CCI by misrepresenting its acquisition as an expansion of the portfolio and consequently, suppressing its strategic interest in the Subsidiary Future Retail Ltd. CCI, in…

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CASE BRIEF: Novo Nordisk AS vs. Union of India & Ors.

Facts (with Timeline): On 4th October, 2013, Novo Nordisk (hereinafter referred to as “Patentee”) was issued patent IN 257402. On 29th September, 2014, which is five days prior to the expiry of one year from the date of grant, Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries (hereinafter referred to as “Opponent) filed a post-grant opposition to the issued patent IN 257402. On 21st August, 2019, the Opposition Board provided its recommendation to the learned Controller. On 25th September, 2019 and 26th September, 2019, the hearing…

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Delhi High Court asks the Patent Office to decide on amendments and give adequate opportunity in Opposition Proceedings

In a recent decision, the Delhi High Court gave clarity about how amended claims during opposition proceedings have to be dealt with by the Controller of Patents. In the case, four claim sets were filed by Novartis, the Patent Applicant, from the PCT filing stage, and the opponent in the case, NATCO, filed a pre-grant representation based on a pre-final claim set. Later, the claims were amended by the Patent Applicant, and a final set was submitted along with expert…

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Post-Grant Patent Opposition, Evidence and Hearings: Role of Patent Office, Opposition Board, and Parties

In a recent decision, the Delhi High Court has reiterated the principles to be followed with respect to patent oppositions, and has once again explained the context, approach, and pace of such proceedings. The Court has reiterated the principles that have to be followed by the Opposition Board, Patent Office, and parties in opposition proceedings based on principles laid down in the Pharmacyclics case. While doing so, the Court emphasized the need to expedite post-grant opposition proceedings, and the need…

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Weekly Trademark Updates

This week’s trademark updates are as follows: Hero MotoCorp gets permission to use Hero as the trademark for EV business Hero MotoCorp led by Pawan  Munjal gets permission for electric vehicles under the trademark Hero by the arbitration tribunal appointed by the Delhi High Court. The dispute was between two factions of the Munjal family group. Hero electric filed an application for an interim injunction against Hero MotoCorp for using HERO for the electric vehicles. The tribunal refused to grant an…

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Weekly Updates: Copyright and Entertainment Law

This is a weekly update on Copyright and Entertainment Law. Delhi High Court vacates stay order against Hindi dub of Telugu Film The Delhi High Court has recently vacated its earlier order whereby it restrained the production company, M/s Sithara Entertainment, from releasing the Hindi-dubbed version of the Telugu film ‘Bheema Nayak’, which was itself a remake of a Malayalam film “Aayappanum Koshiyum”. The case was initiated against the producers of the Telugu remake, by JA Entertainment, a production company which…

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High Court permits delayed trademark evidence because of E-portal upload issues

High Court permits delayed trademark evidence because of E-portal upload issues

Mr. Manish Agarwal vs. The Registrar of Trademarks and Ors. Facts Mr. Manish Agarwal, the Applicant, filed four trademark applications for the mark “SATYA GROUP” on 11th March, 2013. The said marks were advertised in the Trademark Journal dated 21st May, 2018, and an Opposition was filed against the said marks by the Opponent, M/s APJ Satya Knowledge LLP. The Applicant filed his counter statement on 19th January 2019, however the Opponent claimed that it was served to him on…

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