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World’s Best IP Blogs – Afro-IP

  Afro-IP is an IP blog that covers the African intellectual property law, practices and policies. It provides the reader with news, information and comments on IP law, practice and business deals pertaining to the continent of Africa.   Born in the last week of December 2007, Afro-IP arose from the concern of team leader Darren Olivier that there was no decent source from which to obtain reliable news concerning IP developments in Africa and nowhere to put it once you’d gotten hold of it. This is because, while most of Africa faces the same crippling problems of counterfeits, border controls, deficient technology...

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Intellectual Property and Licensing- A presentation by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala at IIM-B

This presentation was delivered by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala to PGP-Enterprise Management students at IIM-Bangalore, as a part of their Business Law curriculum. The presentation entitles Intellectual property and Licensing covered the following topics- Idea- What is an idea, example, whether all ideas can be protected. Patent- What is a patent, term of a patent. Protection Strategy Spectrum Licensing Copyright- What is copyright, idea/ expression dichotomy, term of copyright. Protection with respect to copyright Licensing (copyright) Trademarks- What is a trademark, term of a trademark Protection Ladder Licensing (Trademarks) Information Trade secrets Licensing (Trade Secrets) Look and Feel Industrial Designs ...

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Even death won’t do us apart

There are celebrities, and then there are icons. And one name that probably tops the list of icons is Marilyn Monroe. The blonde actress never ceased to be out of the headlines when she was alive, and even when she is no more, her estate is fighting tooth and nail to keep her memory alive. However, the route taken to do so is not particularly agreeable, to say the least. Monroe’s estate has been fiercely litigious and has gained notoriety for suing anyone who is looking to capitalize on her fame. It should therefore come as no surprise that Monroe has...

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CGPDT Annual Report (2013-2014)

  A few months ago, the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks released their annual report (hereinafter referred as ‘report’) for the 2013-2014 financial year. The report explains in detail, all statistics pertaining to Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Designs, and Geographical Indications (GI), for the aforementioned time period. Let’s have a look at the statistics and analyze the transformation Indian IPR system is undergoing. We begin our analysis with the Patent domain.   The Patent system has a well set framework, which allows a patentee to enjoy exclusive monopoly over the patented invention, during the term of patent. Though the...

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Sholay Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. & Ors. v. Parag Sanghavi & Ors.

The featured image shows a movie clapboard. The post is about the online leak of the movie Udta Punjab. To know more, please click here.

Case Title: Sholay Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. & Ors.v. Parag Sanghavi & Ors. Citation: 223 (2015) DLT 152, MIPR 2015 (3) 0096 Brief Facts: The dispute is centered around the highly popular movie ‘Sholay’ directed by Mr. Ramesh Sippy and produced by Mr. G.P. Sippy and the movie ‘Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag’ directed by Mr. Ram Gopal Verma. Before we go into the particulars of the dispute, one must have an understanding of the ownership of the rights over the Sippy repertoire of movies. In 1965, a partnership firm by the name of M/s. Sippy Films was established for the production of the...

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Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry

  Brands – the backbone of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) valuation William Shakespeare once said “What's in a name?” For FMCG companies, it’s all about the product names that consumers identify from the TV advertisements or trips to the supermarket. It is critical to your business because: It’s a marketing tool; brand recall leads to greater sales and profitability It strengthens your licensing opportunities and therefore revenue from distributors/partners It increases your company’s valuation, leading to greater investments and dividends   Global Brand Valuation 2013 – Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Leaders What would a consumer pay for an Rs.35/- Coke bottle if it...

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Intellectual Property (IP) in India: A Decade of Progress Part 16

The featured image is of the Lion Capital which consists of the Ashoka Chakra, with a horse and bull on either sides, and an hoisted Indian flag below it. The Lion Capital is the national emblem of India. The image is related to the post as it is a part of the Sinapse Series"Intellectual Property (IP) in India: A Decade of Progress". To read the post click here.

This post exhibits the statistics of IP litigation in India in the past decade. The following table displays the statistics that were arrived at after conducting a search on Manupatra . It tabulates the estimated number of decisions passed by the Supreme Court and High Courts with respect to  patents, trademarks and copyrights in the past decade. IP Decisions Passed by SC and HCs from 2004 – 2014 Year Number of Decided Cases for Patent Number of Decided Cases for Trademark Number of Decided Cases for Copyright 2004 23 14 61 2005 26 98 85 2006 35 100 87 2007 40 130 110 2008 56 155 158 2009 65 173 142 2010 52 149 126 2011 67 184 148 2012 52 164 112 2013 50 174 122 2014 113 239 181 Total 579 1580 1332 In the past decade, the number of cases on patents in India has increased. The table above shows a steady...

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And the lawsuit goes to….

Recently the Internet domain registrar, GoDaddy had its Oscar-worthy moment, winning against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (‘Academy’ for brevity). The Academy had accused the Scottsdale, Arizona based company of cyber squatting. Originally filed in 2010, the lawsuit was filed by the Academy, stating that GoDaddy was allowing its customers "to “park” their pages and  share in the revenue" collected from the advertisements on the said pages. Further the Academy stated that the internet domain registrar had allowed its customers to purchase a total of 293 domain names like academyawards.net, oscarsredcarpet.com, billycrystal2012oscars.com etc, making unauthorized profits off the...

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Importance of IP For Start-ups and Entrepreneurs (Part X): Checklist for Start-ups

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  These are some basic questions VCs and Investors ask before investing in a start-up. What is the value of Intellectual Property (IP) for the start-up’s business, revenues and competitive advantage in the market? Is the start up IP driven? How strong is the start-up’s IP portfolio when compared with its competitors? Is the IP ownership clear, and are all link documents in place? Will the IP Portfolio help in retaining revenues, and opening new revenue opportunities? Is the start-up’s IP licensable and sellable? What is the financial value of the start-up’s IP portfolio? Has the start-up protected all forms of IP such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs, etc? Does...

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