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Extension Granted by IP Office, Trademark Opposition Hearings Cancelled, and more

Extension Granted by IP Office, Instagram Beat its Domain Infringer, Goan Coconut Vinegar Loses GI Battle and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsel. INDIAN TRADEMARK UPDATES Trademark Battle between Mattress Giants Peps Industries, a popular mattress manufacturer filed an application in the Delhi High Court for an interim injunction against Kurlon for the use of the trademark ‘NO TURN’. Peps is the registered trademark owner of the mark ‘NO TURN’ claiming its use since 2008 for mattresses and its allied products. However, in August 2018, Peps came to know that Kurlon had dishonestly adopted the mark ‘NO...

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61% Decrease in the Trademark Examinations this Week


61% decrease in the total trademark applications examined this week, a decrease of 5937 in the total number of applications disposed through show cause hearings and more. These statistics have been compiled from the official journal of the trademark office published weekly on Mondays. INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS The effects of the Corona virus can be seen on the Indian Trademark Office as well. The total number of trademark applications examined has decreased by sixty one percent (61%). Similarly, there has been a decrease of sixty nine percent (69%) in the total applications disposed through show cause hearings. However, we can still see...

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Copyright Office Updates

Public Notice issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has issued a Public Notice in reference to the advisory issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, as part of the precautionary measures to be taken for the COVID-19 pandemic. The rapid spread of the disease, has led to all the stakeholders raising concerns, due to which all hearings relating to copyright matters scheduled from 17.03.2020 to 31.03.2020 have been adjourned. These cases will be rescheduled in due course of time. A copy of the notice may be...

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Indian Trademark Registry Notices, Updates and Notifications – 2020

Corona Puts the IP World on Notice Intellepedia Publication Date: 20.03.2020 In the midst of the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic, several IP offices all around the world have taken measures to minimize user impact by closing down their IP offices either fully or partially. The EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has postponed all meetings and events and extended all time limits expiring between 9th March and 30th April to 1st May 2020. The IP Office of Hong Kong as well as the China National IP Administration have extended all patent, design and trademark deadlines for filing dates falling between 29th January and 21st February. The Italian IP Office...

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Indian Trademark Judgments – 2020

Marico Limited vs Abhijeet Bhansali (Notice of Motion No. 1094 of 2019 In COMIP No. 596 of 2019) Decided On: 15.01.2020 Court: Bombay High Court Marico Ltd., one of India’s leading FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) company, had recently filed an application at the Bombay High Court, seeking an interim injunction against Abhijeet Bhansali, a YouTuber/V-Blogger who operates the YouTube channel “Bearded Chokra”. It was alleged by Marico that Abhijeet Bhansali in his video, made comments disparaging or denigrating Marico’s Parachute Coconut Oil, thus infringing its trademark “Parachute”. The Bombay High Court while passing an injunction against Abhijeet held that there was unauthorized...

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All hearings at Patent Office cancelled amid COVID19 outbreak, EUIPO extends deadlines and more

Weekly Patent News

In this week’s Patent News – All hearings at Patent Office cancelled amid COVID19 outbreak, All in-person hearings to be held via Video Conferencing (VC) till April 15th, Hearing of Design applications scheduled on 27th March 2020 now adjourned to 22nd April 2020, IPO adjourns hearing of all Design applications scheduled between 18th March 2020 and 3rd April 2020, USITC to begin investigation against Apple and others for alleged patent infringement; Sharp Corporation institutes patent infringement lawsuit against Tesla Inc., EUIPO and EPO extends deadlines in view of the COVID-19 outbreak and other news updates. INDIA PATENT NEWS All hearings at Patent...

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Despite CoVid threat patent publications and grants increase at the IPO – Kudos to IPO

Weekly IP Statistics

This week’s Patent & Design data has been compiled from the Official Journal of Patents and Designs published by the patent office on the 20th of March 2020. These statistics are presented to you by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Intellectual Property Firm. INDIAN PATENT STATISTICS A total of 774 patent applications have been published in the 12th issue of the Patent Journal, 2020. Out of the 774 applications published in the journal, 164 applications account for early publications while 610 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 – month period. A total...

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public – World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

BananaIP team is sharing the latest information provided by World Health Organization (WHO) on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:   Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. Maintain social distancing Maintain at least 1...

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Corona Puts the IP World on Notice, Google Protects its Domain Name and more

Trademark News

Corona Puts the IP World on Notice, Bajaj Defends its Well-Known Trademark, Corona Very Popular with the USPTO, Attappady Red Gram Applied for GI and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsel. INDIAN TRADEMARK UPDATES Bajaj Cites Well-Know Mark Status in Defending Trademark Bajaj Electricals, part of the Bajaj conglomerates of businesses and industries, filed an application at the Bombay High Court for an interim injunction against Gourav Bajaj (‘Defendant’), an individual who operates two retail electrical appliance stores at Abohar, Punjab.  Gourav Bajaj was operating his stores under the trade names ‘Apna Bajaj Store’ & ‘Bajaj Excellent’....

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Indian Copyright Orders and Judgments – 2020

Super Cassettes Industries Pvt. Ltd. vs. Prime Cable Network and Anr., Delhi High Court, CS(COMM) 594/2016 The plaintiff, in this matter, is in the business of producing and marketing music cassettes, compact discs, etc., in addition to producing and distributing films. Defendant no.1 is a large provider of ground cable network services in the State of Uttarakhand and defendant no.2 is an individual working for defendant no.1. The plaintiff claims to be the owner of a large number of copyrights in music and literary works, films and sound recordings, including Hindi film songs, non-film songs, and songs in regional languages. As...

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