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Trademark Registration process – Part II

The image reads 'Trademark Registration and Protection' with a heap of Trademark signs in the backdrop. This post talks about the process of trademark registration. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 7th July, 2014.   In continuation to my previous post, this post is with regard to trademark search and classification of different classes. A trademark search is required to be conducted prior to filing for registration of the mark. The purpose of conducting a trademark search is twofold: To understand and analyze the registrability of a trademark: The results yielded by a trademark search are used to understand the probability of registration of a particular trademark. The presence of a higher number of potentially conflicting marks indicates that there is a higher chance of receiving objections for...

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Trans-border Reputation of Well Known Marks – Part IV

This image depicts several well known brand logos such as McDonald's and Coca-Cola. This post is about the transborder reputation of well known marks. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 7th July, 2014.   Spillover reputation of trademarks is a subject matter of endless legal tussles. Indian Courts and Tribunals frequently deal with cases related to foreign entities challenging honest and bona fide use of a similar mark by Indian entities even in situations where such foreign entities are not using their marks in India. In this post, we will discuss the concept of Transborder reputation. To claim Transborder reputation for a mark in India, the mark must be well known in at least one other country, but preferably several other countries. In addition to this, a substantial...

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Flavour Marks – Can They Become a Reality?

This image depicts a pizza, as the post is about trademarking flavours. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 26th November, 2014.   Here is the next post in the series of Student Blog Contest. This post is authored by Amrita Vasudevan. Every city has its food treasures and eating haunts, and Bangalore, for example, has Shivaji Military Hotel's Donne Biryani or CTR's Benne Masala Dose, both of which have quite the fan following. Eating joints like these often become landmarks, and a ‘must visit’ for tourists. We often associate a particular taste or flavour with an eating joint, a sort of trademark of that business. But can we then register and protect the flavour as one? Flavour marks,...

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Domain Names, Email or Private Communication as Proof of Trademark Use

This image reads Evidence in bold red. This post talks about what is admissible as evidence in cases questioning trademarks. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 7th July, 2014.   In this post, we will look into whether the mere use of trademark as part of a domain name or as an email id or even as private communication between parties can stand as proof of use of a trademark. Documentary proof is generally submitted to show that an Applicant has been continuously using an impugned mark.  It is an effort for Applicants to show trademark examiners how they use the trademark to represent the source of origin of products and services. In order to consider a document as evidence for the use...

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Evidence Required to Determine Well Knownness of a Trademark – Part III

This image depicts several well known brand logos such as McDonald's and Coca-Cola. This post is about the transborder reputation of well known marks. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 3rd July, 2014.   As discussed in my previous post, the claimant of well knownness of a trademark is required to prove the popularity of the mark among relevant public by submitting cogent, clear and convincing documentary proof. In this post, we will be discussing the list of documents that the courts or the Trademark Office considers as valid proof for determining the well knownness of a trademark. Although a hard and fast rule cannot be drawn with respect to the acceptable evidences before a court of law, the following list is drawn from interpretation of various...

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Too much Success is Not Always Good: A Look at Genericization of Trademarks

The image depicts a tombstone with the Registered mark on it. This post talks about Trademark death due to genericization. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 10th June, 2014.   Trademarks are vital for the commercialization and growth of an industry. It is a valuable asset for a business entity as it acts as a link between the goods and the producer. It is through trademarks that consumers identify a particular product, as a result of which, it can be rightly said that the reputation of a company is built on trademarks. As a brand gains popularity, it is subject to various attacks in the form of passing off and infringement. Asserting the mark against infringers is crucial for maintaining the reputation of...

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MUCOSOLVIN confusingly similar to MUCOSOLVAN

The image depicts the logo of Mucosolvan. This post describes a recent win for its trademark in a legal tussle. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 5th January, 2014.   The Hon’ble Delhi High Court delivered another thought-provoking judgment on the 16th of December, 2013 related to the pharmaceutical industry. The plaintiff in the present case is Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma Gmbh & Co., a German company with its principal place of business in Germany, whereas the Defendant is IPCA Laboratories Ltd., with its principal place of business in Mumbai. The Plaintiff has been using the trademark MUCOSOLVAN since 1979 in 56 countries including India for pharmaceutical preparations used mainly for the treatment of productive cough. The trademark application filed by the Plaintiff before the Indian Trademark...

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Madrid Protocol- International Trademark Filing Becomes Easier

Trademark Infringement

This post was first published on 11th August, 2013.   India has been officially notified as a member to the Madrid Protocol on 8th July 2013 joining 89 other countries including the USA and European Union. What is Madrid Protocol The Madrid Protocol is an international trademark filing system that provides a cost-effective and efficient way for individuals and entities to secure protection for their marks in multiple countries by filing one application with the Indian Trademark office. At present, there are a total of ninety one Contracting parties that are members of the Protocol. The list of members of the Madrid Protocol may...

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Kylie Jenner File Trademark for Nail Products, Yoohoo Animated Series in Russia, Marayur Jaggery Receives GI Tag and Other News

Weekly Trademark News

Indian Trademark Statistics for July (Forth Week), Prasar Bharti stopped from Using “Dish” for its DTH Services, Financial Advisor Enforces Rights to “Financial Quarterback” Mark, McDonald’s Outlets Reopened in Kolkata by McDonald’s, and more brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels   TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK A product can be quickly outdated, but a successful brand is timeless- Stephen King   INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS Last week, the Indian Trademark Office have had an increase in its work pace. The total number of applications disposed through show cause hearings has increased by thirty five percent (35%). Similarly, the total applications published in...

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An In-Depth look at the Trademark Registration Process- Part 1

The image reads 'Trademark Registration and Protection' with a heap of Trademark signs in the backdrop. This post talks about the process of trademark registration. Click on the image to read the full post.

This post was first published on 2nd July, 2014.   A trademark is a sign that is used to identify goods and services as those produced or provided by a specific person or enterprise. It helps in distinguishing those goods and services from similar ones provided by another. For example, ‘Apple’ is the trademark that identifies goods and services manufactured and distributed by Apple Inc. The object of trademark law is to deal with the precise nature of rights, which a person can acquire with respect to trademarks, the mode of acquisition of such rights, the method of transfer of those rights to...

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