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A trademark represents a company’s business and the goodwill associated with it. If appropriately protected and strategized, a trademark can provide a tremendous business advantage to an organization. Effective trademark management, and efficient business value creation requires: an insight into trademark law, keen understanding of your business, ability to foresee possible opportunities, and capitalize on business developments.

Our team of highly experienced trademark attorneys at BananaIP Counsels provide value added trademark services to help clients maximize business value from their trademarks. From trademark clearance searching, to trademark protection, and brand management, our team offers a wide range of trademark services. Having helped clients acquire thousands of trademark registrations in the USA, India, Europe and across the globe, our attorneys are well versed in trademark processes. Our experience of handling trademark compliance audits, and licensing/franchising transactions enables us to offer unique, value added services to our clients.

Trademark Services

  • Trademark Search and Analysis
  • Trademark Filing
  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Trademark Registration
  • Trademark Renewals/Maintenance
  • Trademark Portfolio Management
  • Opposition/Rectification
  • Trademark Risk Clearance
  • Trademark Watch
  • Trademark Litigation Management
  • Domain Name Dispute Resolution
  • Trademark Enforcement
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Settlement of Trademark Disputes
  • Trademark Strategy
  • International Trademark Filing (Madrid Protocol Filing)

Select Clients

  • Samsung
  • HCL Technologies
  • Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Eureka Forbes
  • IIT, Madras
  • IIT, Bombay
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Reddy Laboratories
  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Emerson
  • PEPS
  • Sun Mobility
  • Dharma Productions
  • ARKA Media
  • Pixel Pictures
  • IIM – Bangalore

Why BananaIP ?

Clients in India and across the world prefer BananaIP for trademark registrations and related services for the following reasons:

  • BananaIP hosts an experienced and highly qualified team of advocates, trademark attorneys and agents
  • Formerly as Brain League, and now as BananaIP, the firm has filed and managed more than fourteen thousand (14, 000) trademark applications across the world including the USA, India, Europe, etc
  • BananaIP was the first firm in India to file Madrid applications after India’s implementation of the protocol
  • On time delivery is one of the core values of BananaIP’s trademark team and many clients in the USA, India, Europe and other countries prefer BananaIP for this reason
  • BananaIP has well established international reach and partnerships to help clients file and prosecute applications in more than hundred countries
  • The firm’s proprietary project and portfolio management tools enable it to track, manage and deliver projects in an organized and timely manner
  • Over the years, BananaIP’s attorneys and agents have developed proprietary templates and tools to address specific business needs of clients
  • BananaIP has its presence in all major cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad
  • The firm has the credit of helping companies build and manage trademark portfolios, which not only provide business and competitive advantage, but also assume high financial value

Our Team

Sanjeeth Hegde

Sanjeeth Hegde

Senior Partner

• Nationally recognized entertainment law, IP licensing, and trademark attorney.
• Has significant US in-house experience in tech licensing with Fortune 500 companies.
• Advises leading organizations on branding, IP protection, and valuation.

Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

Managing Partner & Chief IP Attorney

• Recognized among the top IP minds of India.
• Has advised more than 1000 clients on IP matters.
• Internationally cited IP attorney and strategist.

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    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 Academy’s trademarks.

    The law suit that stretched for almost half a decade had a story quite like the movies. Earlier on in the case, the had Academy prevailed, showing that more than 80 percent of the domain names were confusingly or deceptively similar their trademarks. The odds seemed to be against GoDaddy. Being the underdog in this case, the only defense left with it was that of good faith. It stated that websites like “academyawardbuzz.com” did not generate large sums of money, besides a diminutive amount of a few hundred dollars. Thus, no substantial quantitative loss was demonstrated.

    Favoring GoDaddy, the District Court stated that the Academy had “failed to produce any evidence that GoDaddy possessed subjective bad faith intent to profit off of the AMPAS Marks”. Further the Court said that “before enrolling any domain (including the 293 Accused Domains) in its Parked Pages Program, GoDaddy required the registrant to: (1) certify his or her right to use the domain without infringing any third-party marks or violating any state or federal law”. It stated  that Go Daddy had reason to rely on the representation made by its customers, that any registrations made by them was not infringing on a third party’s trademarks. Also, any trademark infringement that had occurred due to GoDaddy’s use of domain names that were confusingly similar to the Academy’s trademarks through its automated processes, was not intentional. The Court also recognized the fact that GoDaddy played an active role in protecting third party marks. According to its trademark policy any trademark holder could report an incident of cybersquatting, after which GoDaddy would remove all advertisements from the concerned domain.

    The District Court said that the problem or the reason the Academy lost was its faulty “theory of liability under the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act”. The nature of the claims put forward by the Academy were such that if allowed, they would have “imposed upon GoDaddy the unprecedented duty to act as the internet’s trademark police. The ACPA did not impose such sweeping obligations.”

    The law suit was an important decision with respect to cyber squatting. The Academy was hoping to win $30 million dollars in damages.

    Authored by Anchita Sharma

    Sources- here, here, here, here and here

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