Rasna trademark infringement, trademarks and GST, Amazon’s ‘meal-kit’ trademark, Celebrity Domain Names and more

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“Indian Trade Mark Statistics for July, 2017 (Third Week), Rasna Trade Mark Infringement News, GST Impact on Trade Mark Registrations, Amazon’s New Trade Mark on Meal-Kit, Celebrity trade marks, and other weekly trade mark news is brought to you by the Trademark Team of BananaIP Trade Mark News:

TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“A Trade Mark is a company’s persona and identity in the marketplace.”
Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, Renowned IP Attorney, Professor and Novelist.

INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS

The productivity of the Indian Trade Mark Office was less compared to the previous week from the statistics perspective. The number of examinations issued and hearings disposed decreased by five (5) percent. The number of registrations reduced by seven (7) percent. However, the number of published trade mark applications rose by twenty three (23) percent. The increase in publications indicates an increase in the number of acceptances. It is noteworthy that the number of hearing notices issued also increased by fourteen (14) percent.

Particulars Last week This week Change in %
Total Trademark applications examined by Trademark Office 9432 8880 A decrease of 5%
 
Total applications disposed through show cause hearings 1163 1103 A decrease of 5%
 
Total applications published in the trademark journal 7221 8888 An increase of 23%
Total registrations granted 10475 11227 An increase of 7.1 %
Total hearing notices issued 3484 2965 A decrease of 14%
Total renewal notices issued 2278 1213 A decrease of 46%

Total number of Applications Examined by the Trademark Office in 2017 so far: 236749

 INTERESTING TRADEMARKS

JAYBO-JAY Z Trade Mark

The American rapper Jay-Z has filed trademark application with the USPTO for the mark ‘JAYBO’ under 16 classes. JAYBO is an animated character in the music video for “The Story of O.J.,”, and features the history of racist related cartoons over the years. The marks have been filed on an intent to use basis.

INDIAN TRADEMARK UPDATES 

Film ‘Rasna No Dabbo’ is under Trade Mark attack

The popular soft drink brand, Pioma Industries, brand owner of Rasna, has filed a law suit against an upcoming Gujarati Film titled ‘Rasna No Dabbo’. In the suit, it claimed that the film not only infringes the Trade Mark but also defames it. The word ‘no’ in the title is written in small font, which is read as Rasna Dabbo which according to the company is defamatory in nature. Pioma has sued three production firms involved in this movie – Saptarishi Cine Vision Pvt Ltd from Delhi, Veronica Productions Ltd from Rajkot and Purple Bull Entertainment Pvt Ltd from Mumbai along with producers Kshitiz Bharadwaj and Sushil Pandey. Pioma has sought directions from the court to restrain release of the film.

Traders give up registration to avoid GST

The new GST (Goods and Services Tax) law has forced many traders to give up their registered trademarks in order to avoid paying 5% extra tax. The new law levies 5