Weekly Trademark News: MakeMyTrip Sues for Infringement, Taiwan Beverage in India, The Bitter Beer Smell of Darts and other news
Indian Trademark Statistics for December (Fourth Week) 2018, GOT Merchandize by Masaba, Fight for the Fallen Trademark, MakeMyTrip Sues for Infringement, Assam’s Rice Wine to be applied for GI Registration and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels.
TRADEMARK QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Every advertisement should be thought of as a contribution to the complex symbol which is brand image”- David Ogilvy
INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS
The Indian Trademark Office has had a slow week. The total number of applications published in the Trademark Journal has decreased by fifteen percent (15%). Similarly, the total number of hearing notices issued has decreased by fifty-four percent (54%). However, the total registrations granted has increased by fourteen percent (14%).
Weekly Indian Trademark Statistics
|Particulars||Last Week||This Week||Change in %|
|Total Trademark Applications Examined by Trademark Office||9570||7473||A decrease of 22%|
|Total Applications Disposed through Show Cause Hearings||5546||5574||An increase of 0.5%|
|Total Applications Published in the Trademark Journal||9670||8199||A decrease of 15%|
|Total Registrations Granted||7067||8088||An increase of 14%|
|Total Hearing Notices Issued||13758||6338||A decrease of 54%|
|Total Renewals Notices Issued||1562||1371||A decrease of 12%|
Trademark Statistics by Office
Total Number of New Applications Received from December 19th to December 26th, 2018
|Sr. No||Jurisdiction||New Applications||Examined||Published||Registered|
Yearly Trademark Statistics
Trademark Statistics from January 01st, 2018 to December 26th 2018
- Total Number of Trademark Applications Filed – 305665
- Total Number of Trademark Applications Examined – 145667
- Total Number of Trademark Applications Published –126760
- Total Number of Trademark Applications Registered – 320073
INTERESTING BRAND NEWS
The Bitter Beer Smell of Darts
World’s leading manufacturer of darts, Unicorn Products, attempted to trademark “the smell of strong bitter beer” on their new range of darts in 1994. The olfactory trademark was successfully granted registration by the UK Trademark Registry under class 28.
INDIAN TRADEMARK UPDATES
MakeMyTrip Sues for Infringement
The online travel company, MakeMyTrip recently had filed a trademark infringement suit before the Delhi High Court against five companies – MakeMyYatra, MakeMyJourney, Make My Happy Journey, Pick My Trip and Superb My Trip for using deceptively sounding similar names and for copying its logo. The Delhi High Court passed an interim order restraining the five companies from using the marks and from directly or indirectly dealing in any products or services under the infringing marks.
INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK UPDATES
‘Fight for the Fallen’ Trademark
All Elite Wrestling (AEW), the newly formed LLC based out of Florida has filed for a new tantalizing trademark for the term ‘Fight for the Fallen’ for wrestling, music and various merchandizing purposes. They have also filed for other trademarks such as ‘AEW: Double or Nothing’, ‘AEW: All Out’, ‘Tuesday Night Dynamite’ and ‘All Elite Wrestling’. These trademarks suggests that AEW’s possible direction of the new pro wrestling promotion.
BRAND LICENSING & FRANCHISING UPDATES
GOT Merchandize by Masaba
Masaba Gupta, the leading fashion designer in Bollywood bags the official license to design Game of Thrones (GOT) merchandize that includes apparels, home décor, jewellery inspired by the cast of the show. The collection will be released during the final season of the show scheduled for around the first half of 2019. The designer known for her quirky prints and her outfits can be often spotted on popular Bollywood celebrities such as Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty among others.
Taiwan Beverage in India
Food & Beverage franchise management company, Yellow Tie Hospitality is all set to launch the Taiwan based beverage brand Chachago in India in January 2019. Chachago, known as the ‘House of Milk Tea’ is famous for its milk teas, bubble teas, cheese-based beverages, milkshakes and desserts. The franchising company intends to open 100 outlets by 2021.
GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION UPDATES
Assam’s Rice Wine to be applied for GI
Judima is the traditional rice wine consumed by the Assam’s Dimasa tribe. The rice wine is closely associated with the cultural and social life of the tribe. The Youth Association for Development and Empowerment (YADEM) has submitted its proposal to the Intellectual Property Right Act Cell (IPRC) of Assam Agriculture University (AAU) to take forward the initiative.
Author: BIP Trademark Attorneys
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