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PayPal and Paytm Trademark Dispute

The featured image is of TM which is the abbreviation for Trademark. the post is aboutthe new trademark rules, 2017. To read more click here.

  Paytm, the largest e-wallet company in India, which saw a drastic surge in user volume post-demonetization, has found itself embroiled in a controversy over its logo with the US-based PayPal, also a digitized payment system. Paypal claims that Paytm’s logo is ‘deceptively and confusingly similar’ to that of the global giant’s. PayPal further claims that Paytm is free-riding on the goodwill of PayPal. What is similar between the two logos is that the first syllable of both the logos is dark blue while the second syllable is a light blue. Secondly, the word ‘Pay’ is common to both logos.   Contents of...

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Iceland v. Iceland : The Battle for Exclusivity

The featured image shows the exterior of the store Iceland Foods. The post is about the usage of the word 'Iceland'. To know more, please click here.

Iceland (the country ) is a leading exporter of frozen fish and seafood to several countries in the EU. Recently, native companies like ‘Clean Iceland’ and ‘Iceland Gold’ have faced trouble in marketing their products due to confusion over the name which clashes with ‘Iceland Foods’ – a renowned frozen food supermarket chain that has subsisted since the 70’s. ‘Iceland Foods’ for several years used to be under the control of Icelandic investors and later Icelandic banks. As the spokesperson for the retailer said, “the relationship came to an end with a £1.5bn buyout of the company in 2012, but Iceland...

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Instagram opposes Microsoft over the use of the suffix ‘gram’

The featured iamge shows the instagram written in bold black letters. The paost is about the brewing trademark battle between Microsoft and Instagram. To know more, please click here.

Instagram, the Facebook-owned photosharing app has opposed tech giant Microsoft over the usage of the trademark suffix ‘gram’ that Microsoft intends to use for its products. Instagram has endeavoured to block Microsoft from having ‘Actiongram’ federally registered as a trademark owing to the use of the suffix ‘gram’. According to Instagram’s Notice of Opposition with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) the company is convinced that it “will be damaged by the registration of the Actiongram mark,” as Microsoft’s “goods claimed in its application are related to the goods and services offered by Instagram in connection with its Instagram trademarks.” The...

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Rubik’s Cube loses EU trademark battle

The featured image shows a Rubik's cube and a person trying to figure the puzzle. The post is about the latest decision by the EU court regarding trademark over Rubik's cube. To know more, please click here.

Rubik’s Cube is the most renowned and an iconic 3-D combinatorial puzzle of all time. This multi-coloured puzzle was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. This puzzle is the bestselling toy of all time with over 350 million Rubik’s cubes having been sold worldwide. Along with that it has won “Toy of the Year” in 1980 and 1981 and has combined total of over 43 quintillion different possible configurations to solve it. On 10 November 2016,this iconic puzzle lost its key trademark battle after 10years of long legal scuffle. European court of justice (ECJ) struck...

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Trump winning battles in U.S and China.

  The presidential elections in the United States of America have now concluded with Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump winning a closely contested election. There has been a lot of speculation about IP laws and its progress under Trump’s term, but unfortunately there hasn’t been much information released in his agenda. Although Trump has substantial personal experience protecting and enforcing his own trademarks, including attempts to protect more controversial marks such as 'you're fired.' One of the recent cases being, a Chinese construction company named Liaoning Construction Company, unrelated to Trump’s businesses had beaten him to the trademark just two weeks before...

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Sephora Cosmetics prevail over footwear, British MNC GlaxoSmithKline wins trademark infringement suit against GSK and more.

Trademark Infringement

Hello Readers!! There has been a lot that has been brewing over the past few weeks with respect to Trademarks. We have decided to recapitulate the trademark news which have recently hit the headlines in our segment, Weekly Trends. Let us take a quick look at what happened in the past weeks, with this weekly update. Sephora – cosmetics prevail over footwear  Sephora is a prominent cosmetic company with French origin that recently got embroiled in a case with a local company in India. The reason for the dispute is that the local company sells footwears under the name ‘Sephora’ which is...

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Trademark News

The featured image shows the mark TM. The post is about latest Trademark news. To know more , please click here.

  Hello Readers!! There has been a lot that has been brewing over the past few weeks with respect to Trademarks. We have decided to recapitulate the trademark news which have recently hit the headlines in our segment, Weekly Trends. Let us take a quick look at what happened in the past weeks, with this weekly update. Delhi High Court restrains Career Launcher rival from using its trademark The Delhi High Court has  recently restrained a competing coaching institute from using the Career Launcher name or its CL trademark after Career Launcher filed a trademark infringement suit against this competitor. The renowned coaching...

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Star Wars Maker sues Lightsaber Academy over Trademark Violations

The featured image shows the words 'Star Wars' written in yellow colour on a black background. The post is about the recent trademark dispute between the creator of the movie Star Wars and Michael Brown. To know more, please click here.

One cannot deny the fact that in the past few decades people around the globe, especially in America, have grown following the Star Wars series and the endearment for the same has only escalated with time. The franchise began in 1977 with the release of the film Star Wars by 20th Century Fox which became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and the rest as they say is history. Since its inception Star Wars has turned into an eminent brand and anyone using the brand name or anything related to it even remotely cannot blame anyone for getting under the scanner. The...

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Trademark News

The featured image shows the mark TM. The post is about latest Trademark news. To know more , please click here.

Hello Readers!! There has been a lot that has been brewing over the past few weeks with respect to trademarks. We have decided to recapitulate the trademark news which have recently hit the headlines with our new segment, Weekly Trends. Let us take a quick look at what happened in the past weeks, with this weekly update. Supreme Court to decide soon on a two decade old trademark dispute On September 30th, 2016 the Supreme Court of India agreed to hear a twenty year old trademark dispute between Exide India and U. S based Exide Industries . The matter is scheduled for...

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Yahoo! Inc wins Trademark Lawsuit against Indian Firm AFPL

The featured image shows the logo of Yahoo Inc. The post is about the recent judgment of the Delhi High Court in a trademark infringement suit between Yahoo and an Indian Firm. To know more, please click here.

The Delhi High Court has recently restrained an Indian firm, M/s Apricot Foods Pvt. Ltd (AFPL) from using the trademark 'Yahoo' in relation to any of its products. It is a well known fact that the trademark 'Yahoo' is owned by the technology giant, Yahoo Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, California,U.S. Yahoo Inc. also known as Yahoo! or YAHOO!, has been using the trademark 'Yahoo' since 1994. This judgment given by the Delhi High Court is a result of the suit which was filed by Yahoo Inc. in 2014 seeking permanent injunction against AFPL from using its trademark.  Yahoo Inc. had sought...

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