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.

Introduction to Well-Known Trademarks and Trademark Dilution

    This post was first published on June 30th, 2014.   Generally, trademark protection is limited to the protection against unauthorized use of a trademark on identical or similar goods or services. The deceptive similarity and likelihood of confusing elements are not applicable in cases where an alleged conflicting mark is used in respect of dissimilar and/or unrelated goods and services. For example, the use of the mark KODAK for hotels or catering services would not amount to trademark infringement under the…

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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.

Well Knownness of a Trademark – Part II – Popularity among Substantial Segment of Public

As discussed in our previous post, for determining the well knownness of a trademark, the claimant of the well knownness is required to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the mark enjoys high reputation among a substantial segment of consumers, with respect to the goods and/or services to which said mark is applied. In order to conceptualize the principle behind the well knownness of a trademark, it is important to understand the legal interpretations of the terms ‘substantial segment of consumers’…

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The image depicts a lock with the letters TM by its side. The post talks about protecting trademarks. Click on the image to read the full post.

Are Applicants Allowed to Later Refute Their Own Submissions at TM Prosecution?

A recent decision from the Delhi High Court (HC) pertaining to the publisher of a weekly magazine, India Today, filing an application for an interim injunction at the Delhi HC so as to restrain Alpha Dealcom from launching a news channel with the name 'Nation Today', stresses the importance of submissions in response to an Examination Report made before the Trademarks Registry. The publisher of India Today argued that the use of the word ‘Today’ infringed its Trademark. The Delhi HC held that,…

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