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Flipkart Wins a Domain Infringement Case, Lacoste Loses a Bite of its Crocodile, Jungle Book Activity Books Coming, Mizo Banana GI, and Other News

Weekly Trademark News - BananaIP Counsels

Indian Trademark Statistics for March (First Week), Taylor Swift and her Bizarre Trademarks, McDonald’s Loses to Supermac, Flipkart Fights its Domain Squatter and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Representations that do not make sense are the best Trade Marks” – Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS In the last week, the Indian Trademark Office has had a very slow week. The total number of applications published in the trademark journal has decreased by eighteen percent (18%). Similarly, the total number of registrations granted has decreased by forty Three percent (43%) and...

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Samsung in Trouble over Smartwatches, Lifebuoy Trademark Victory, ITC Wins GI Infringement Case and Other News

Weekly Trademark News - BananaIP Counsels

Indian Trademark Statistics for February (Fourth Week), Zumba for Fitness, GST on Brands and Logos Too?, Lifebuoy Trademark Victory, ITC Wins GI Infringement Case and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK "A brand’s job is to create a customer that creates and inspires other customers" - Think Marketing INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS In the last week, the Indian Trademark Office has had a mixed week. The total number of registrations granted has increased by twenty eight percent (28 %). Similarly, the total number of hearing notices issued has increased by fourteen percent (14 %)....

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Kindle eBooks, Amazon and Business of Licensing: Section 33 Non-Compliance?

amazon Kindle India non compliance on FDI law

Over the years, the copyright law was amended several times to achieve different objectives ranging from inclusion of new works and rights to protecting interests of authors. One of the amendments to Indian copyright law in 1994 related to creating an exclusive business zone for copyright societies, whose objective is to manage works of authors, publishers and owners and facilitate ease of licensing and royalty sharing. The amendment provided in Section 33 of the Copyright Act that only copyright societies can be in the business of granting or issuing licenses. The objective of this limitation to the business of licensing...

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Monte Carlo and Skoda Reach Trademark Settlement, Ironman Product Licensing in India, Kashmir Saffron GI, Kardarshian Trademarks and Other News

Weekly Trademark News - BananaIP Counsels

Indian Trademark Statistics for February (Third Week), Trademark Settlement between Breweries, Walmart and Its Happy Face, Keeping Up with Kardashian’s Trademark, Kashmir Saffron Filed for GI and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels. TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A brand is a voice and a product is a souvenir.” – Lisa Gansky INTERESTING BRAND NEWS Walmart’s Happy Face Though the smiley face has been around since the 1970s, this didn’t stop the world’s largest retail major Walmart from applying for a trademark for their yellow smiley face in 2006.  However, Walmart was not successful in receiving a registration for...

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‘Acquired Distinctiveness’ of Infosys Trademark

This post was first published on 18th November, 2011. Infosys Technologies Ltd vs Adinath Infosys Pvt. Ltd & Ors, High Court of Delhi  Facts: The plaintiff-company Infosys Technologies Private Limited is engaged in the business of providing IT services, solutions, consulting and business process management. INFOSYS is the registered trademark/service mark of the plaintiff-company in various Classes including Class 16 in respect of computer software. The Plaintiffs have strongly contended that owing to their excellent services offered by them, continuous, extensive and substantial use, the mark INFOSYS has acquired distinctiveness. The plaintiff contends that use of the mark INFOSYS implies that the goods/services...

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Zippo Manufacturing Company v. Anil Moolchandani & Ors. , High Court of Delhi

This post was first published on 15th November, 2011. Zippo Manufacturing Company v. Anil Moolchandani & Ors. , High Court of Delhi Pronounced on 31st October, 2011 Facts In February 2006 the plaintiff came across the defendant selling counterfeit lighters with the Zippo mark in the same shape and it was a verbatim imitation of the original Zippo lighters. Zippo, a company based out of USA claims to be a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of lighters alleged to be a well-known trademark. Keeping in mind the damage that can be caused to their company; they sent a notice to the defendants...

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Who Owns the Castle?

This post was first published on November 6th, 2011. South African Breweries International and Another v. Mohan Goldwater Breweries Ltd and Another (High Court of Delhi) FACTS Plaintiff No. 1 is a company registered in Netherlands and Plaintiff No. 2 is a joint venture company registered in India. Plaintiff No. 1 has registered CASTLE and CASTLE label in respect of beer in many countries and claims sale of USD 1 billion. The Plaintiffs contend that their mark is a well-known mark in India as well as in other countries and is well recognized worldwide. They have sponsored the South African cricket team for...

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Can God’s Name be Monopolized? ‘No’ Says the Court

This post was first published on October 19th, 2011. BHOLE BABA MILK FOOD INDUSTRIES LTD v. PARUL FOOD SPECIALITIES PVT. LTD.- High Court of Delhi.  (Division Bench) Facts: The Appellant has a trademark registration for the label KRISHNA with a pictorial reflection of Lord Krishna standing on a lotus flower for dairy products. The Respondent was selling ghee under the mark ‘PARUL’S LORD KRISHNA’ where the word KRISHNA was dominantly written in large font. The Appellant sought to obtain an interim order restraining the Respondent from using his mark in the said form but the order allowed the Respondent to use the mark with...

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‘Darjeeling’ is Not Owned by Tea Board

This post was first published on 19th September 2011. Tea Board, India v. I.T.C. Limited Decided by CALCUTTA HIGH COURT on 24th August, 2011 Facts The plaintiff is an autonomous, non-profit statutory body and was established by the Government of India for the purpose of controlling the Indian Tea Industry. This establishment is engaged in production, cultivation, marketing, sale and export of tea, encouraging research, and other numerous statutory duties and functions under the Tea Act. In order to preserve the integrity of tea sold under the name DARJEELING, the plaintiff has developed a distinctive DARJEELING logo, which consists of the image of a...

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Kindle eBooks, FDI eCommerce Policy and Amazon Marketplace – Non-compliance Continues Contd.

Amazon Marketplace Non Compliance

Amazon Seller Services Private Limited ("Amazon") runs the eCommerce marketplace at www.amazon.in, and among other products, Amazon facilitates sale of eBooks and/or eBook subscription licenses on the platform at its Kindle eBook Store at https://www.amazon.in/Kindle-eBooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=1634753031. In my opinion, Amazon's business and approach with respect to eBooks does not comply with the recent FDI eCommerce guidelines by virtue of the following: By exclusively permitting only its group company Amazon Asia Pacific ("Amazon APAC") to sell eBooks on its marketplace; By giving preferential treatment to Amazon APAC's eBook products on the Marketplace; By requiring authors to publish exclusively on its marketplace through...

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