Kwality Wall’s Sweet Win, Inox Partners with NBA, Marcolin Group- Harley Davidson Licensing Agreement Renewal, Uttarakhand Jyan Salt Tea Filed for GI and Other News

Indian Trademark Statistics for June (Second Week), Blake Farms Stuck in Traffic Jam over Trademark, Huawei Files Trademark for its New OS, Inox Partners with NBA and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsels.


“Confusion always prevails over Clarity in trade mark infringement conflicts.” – Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, BananaIP Counsels.


Last week, the Indian Trademark Office has had a mixed week in terms of productivity. The total number of applications examined by trademark office has decreased by fourteen percent (14%). Similarly, the total number of renewals notices issued has decreased by thirty percent (30%). However, there has been an increase of thirteen percent (13%) in the total registrations granted.

Weekly Indian Trademark Statistics

Particulars Last Week This Week Change in %
Total Trademark Applications Examined by Trademark Office 8540 7387 A decrease of 14%
Total Applications Disposed through Show Cause Hearings 3808 3126 A decrease of 18%
Total Applications Published in the Trademark Journal 7443 7871 An increase of 6%
Total Registrations Granted 6156 6959 An increase of 13%
Total Hearing Notices Issued 10737 6881 A decrease of 36%
Total Renewals Notices Issued 2584 1800 A decrease of 30%

Trademark Statistics by Office

Total Number of New Applications Received from June 6th, 2019 to June 12th, 2019

Sr. No Jurisdiction New Applications Examined Published Registered
1 AHMEDABAD 743 509 829 745
2 CHENNAI 824 610 819 1386
3 DELHI 1910 1417 2672 2121
4 KOLKATA 367 190 355 343
5 MUMBAI 1312 840 1736 2009
Total   5156 3566 6411 6604

Yearly Trademark Statistics

Trademark Statistics from January 1st, 2019 to June 12th, 2019

  • Total Number of Trademark Applications Filed – 153181
  • Total Number of Trademark Applications Examined –  67857
  • Total Number of Trademark Applications Published – 118221
  • Total Number of Trademark Applications Registered – 132811


Feast over Choco Feast; Unilever’s Sweet Win

Unilever PLC, a well-known FMCG, filed a suit seeking a permanent injunction against Hyderabad based Masqati Dairy Products for infringing Unilever’s registered trademark FEAST by using the deceptively similar mark CHOCO FEAST for ice-creams. The High Court of Bombay instructed Masqati to pay INR 5 lakh as damages to Unilever. However, Unilever requested the amount be donated to ‘AWARE Foundation’, an organization which takes care of animals found in sick and injured condition on the streets. The Court passed a permanent injunction in favour of Unilever. Interestingly, the Court also ordered the infringing goods seized by the Court Receiver, to be distributed amongst the poor children and the seized wrappers to be destroyed by the Parties.


Huawei Files Trademark for its New OS

Huawei Technologies, the Chinese tech giant, has filed new trademark applications for ‘Hongmeng’, the new operating system developed by it. The applications have been filed in a number of countries, including Canada, Mexico, Spain, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Turkey, Philippines, European Countries and China, under classes 09 and 42, covering electronic devices amongst other products and services. With the filing of the new applications, it looks like Huawei is planning on launching the new OS worldwide.

Blake Farms Stuck in Traffic Jam over Trademark

Traffic Jam and Snug (TJS), a US pub and grub, has filed a trademark infringement suit against Blake Farms Hard Apple Cider, a Michigan US based craft cidery, for the unauthorized use of their mark ‘Traffic Jam’. The mark is being used by Blake Farms to sell their new berry cider. TJS has claimed in the suit that the use of the mark is likely to cause confusion and deceive the customers into believing that the cider is affiliated with them. TJS is seeking damages, legal costs along with an injunction on the sale of the promotional material. It is interesting to note that TJS does not have a registration for the mark ‘Traffic Jam’, and Blake Farms has recently filed an application for the trademark with the USPTO.


Marcolin Group – Harley Davidson Licensing Agreement Renewal

Marcolin Group, one of the leaders in eyewear industry, has renewed its licensing agreement with Harley-Davidson, for the design, manufacture, and distribution of sunglasses and eyewear. The agreement has been extended through 2021 and Marcolin will continue to produce Harley-Davidson branded eyewear for men, women as well as children.

Inox Partners with NBA

India’s second largest multiplex chain, Inox Leisure Limited, has entered into marketing partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), the American professional basketball league, to integrate the NBA into Inox’s centers in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune. Inox now being the exclusive multiplex partner of the NBA will introduce various NBA elements in the cinemas including co-branded inflatable products, popcorn buckets, posters and jersey wall displays. Inox will also host screening parties for select games throughout the NBA season.


Uttarakhand Jyan Salt Tea Filed for GI

Jyan salt tea or namkeen chai is a traditional beverage of the Bhotiya tribal community of  Uttarakhand. Salted tea provides high levels of energy and nutrition for health. The beverage is prepared by using the Taxus Baccata L. bark (a tree species which is in danger and need of conservation), milk, ghee, salt and black pepper powder. The salted tea is also said to provide energy, warmth, and immunity during severe winters due to the use of ghee in the preparation. The GI application was filed by the Hinwal Nidhi Swayat Sahkarita and Neo Integrated Development of Himalaya Society in May, 2019.
Authored and compiled by Shreya Chaddha & Uma T.S
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