Rasogolla GI Battle, Verizon Case, LeBron James and Apple ProMotion Trade Mark, Anushka Sharma Launches Nush and more trade mark news


“Indian Trade Mark Statistics for November (Third Week) 2017, LeBron James and Apple ProMotion Trade Mark , Anushka Sharma Launches Nush, Verizon Case,  and more,” brought to you by Trade Mark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels.


‘When you brand yourself properly, the competition becomes irrelevant.

 — Jeff Bezos


Activity at the Indian Trade Mark Office has substantially increased this week. The total number of applications published in the trade mark journal has increased by ninety-six percent (96%). This week 5390 applications have been granted registration, marking an increase of fifty-three percent (53%) in comparison to the week prior.


Weekly Indian Trade Mark Statistics

Particulars Last Week This Week Change in %
Total Trade Mark Applications Examined by Trade Mark Office 8568 9327 An increase of 8%
Total Applications Disposed through Show Cause Hearings 3145 3721 An increase of 18%
Total Applications Published in the Trade Mark Journal 8654 17040 An increase of 96%
Total Registrations Granted 3512 5390 An increase of 53%
Total Hearing Notices Issued 12510 5776 A decrease of 53%
Total Renewals Notices Issued 1602 1824 An increase of 13%


Trade Mark Statistics by Office

Total Number of New Applications Received from November 13th, 2017 to November 20th, 2017

Sr. No Jurisdiction New Applications Examined Published Registered
1 AHMEDABAD 842 500 1445 679
2 CHENNAI 1296 925 2895 1001
3 DELHI 2258 1538 4600 2015
4 KOLKATA 352 229 728 316
5 MUMBAI 1542 905 4801 1013
Total   6290 4097 14469 5024


Yearly Trade Mark Statistics

Trade Mark Statistics from January 01st, 2017 to November 20th, 2017

  • Total Number of Trade Mark Applications Filed – 221870
  • Total Number of Trade Mark Applications Examined – 149026
  • Total Number of Trade Mark Applications Published – 136230
  • Total Number of Trade Mark Applications Registered 274028


LeBron James- Nothing is Given

LeBron James, the American basketball player has filed a new application for the phrase ‘Nothing is Given. Everything is Earned’. The mark has been filed by LBJ Trademarks LLC, under Class 25 pertaining to clothing and apparels, and Class 41 for educational service. The mark has been filed with the USPTO with the serial number 87630975.


Verizon Trademark Services LLC (Plaintiff) vs. Mr Parth Solanki & Anr (Defendants)

Subject – Trade Mark Infringement, Passing Off, Dilution

Brief Facts – The Plaintiffs, part of the Verizon Group of Companies are the proprietors of numerous trade mark registrations consisting of the mark VERIZON. The Plaintiffs are engaged in providing communication, entertainment, information technology, website development and security products and services under the trade mark VERIZON and the logo since 2000. The plaintiffs have secured registrations in various classes including class 42 with respect to web-hosting and web-development related services. The Plaintiffs learned that the Defendants have been using a descriptively similar mark ‘VARIZON’ and using the domain name www.varizontech.com. The suit was filed before the Delhi High Court seeking relief for trade mark infringement against the Defendant’s use of a similar mark and domain name.

Judgment: The Court held that without any explicit permission or authorization, the Defendants’ malafide use of the Plaintiffs trade mark VERIZON amounts to infringement and is bound to cause incalculable losses, harm and injury to the Plaintiffs. The Court, therefore, issued a decree of permanent injunction restraining the Defendants from using the mark ‘VARIZON’ or any other mark similar to that of the Plaintiffs’ registered mark.


Apple Files for ProMotion

Apple Inc., the American multinational tech major has filed a new trade mark application for the mark ‘ProMotion’. The mark has been filed on 17th November, 2017 with the EUIPO bearing Application Number 017491986. The application has been filed under class 09 with the description ‘Computer graphics software; computers; computer display screens; handheld mobile digital electronic devices used as a telephone, personal digital assistant, electronic personal organizer, and electronic notepad computer, and used to access the internet, electronic mail, digital audio and video, and other digital data; computer display screen software’. The mark has been filed in order to protect its new ‘promotion technology’ which offers better user interface.


Anushka Sharma Enters into Retail

Anushka Sharma, the Indian actress has launched a new clothing line under the name ‘NUSH’. The fashion label has been launched in partnership with Suditi Industries. The brand is available offline at Shoppers Stop, and online through Myntra. The brand focuses on western wear keeping today’s youth in mind.


West Bengal won the Geographical Indication (GI) battle over Rasogolla

The 26 month long battle between West Bengal and Odisha over the much loved sweet Rasogolla has come to an end with the GI Registry granting registration to West Bengal for ‘Banglar Rasogolla’. The application was filed by the West Bengal State Food Processing and Horticulture Development Corporation Limited on September 18th, 2015 bearing GI no. 533.


Brand building doesn’t stop at registration of a trademark.  A trademark requires nurturing and protection and the responsibility of keeping misuse, misrepresentation or infringement in check is key to building a strong and valuable brand.

Author: BIP Trade Mark Attorneys

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