Our Senior Associate, Deeksha Anand discusses “Trade Mark Protection for Store Layouts in India” Over the years, the scope of unconventional/ non-traditional trade marks has expanded substantially. A new addition to this category of marks is the design/trade dress and layout of store interiors and exteriors (“Store Layouts”). The protection of Store Layouts as a […]

Our Senior Associate, Deeksha Anand discusses “COVID-19 – A Defence to Non-Use Claims in Cancellation Actions?” The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. India has been in lockdown mode since March 25. The pandemic begs the question – can it be used as a viable defence to a cancellation/rectification action based on […]

This post is the second of the two-part series on certification marks in India. The previous post talked about the registration of certification marks in India. This post sheds light on the rights conferred on a proprietor of a certification mark, and the enforceability of such marks in India. A proprietor of a certification mark […]

Over the years, the Delhi High Court has come to be recognized as the most preferred court in India for filing trade mark suits, primarily because of judges who have exposure to, and understand, nuances of the applicable law. Generally viewed as pro-plaintiff, in recent times, this view appears to be changing, in particular because […]

Designs Under the law of designs in India, only the features of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament or composition of lines or colours, applied to an article, in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional or both forms, are eligible for protection. Rights in a design accrue only on registration, which confers on its proprietor the exclusive right to […]

In a not-so-puzzling case of an unauthorized use of a trade mark as a film title, Justice G. S. Patel of the Bombay High Court restrained film maker Mahesh V. Manjrekar and others from releasing/ continuing to work on their forthcoming Marathi film bearing the title ‘Rubik’s Cube’ set to release on April 14, 2017. […]

It is not uncommon to see Defendants in trademark infringement law suits challenge the validity of the trademark registration(s) relied upon by Plaintiffs. For a trademark infringement claim to lie, the Plaintiff must have a trademark registration. Challenging the very validity of such a registration, in effect, threatens the claim of trademark infringement in the […]

Does registration of the individual components of your composite mark, alone, confer effective protection to your composite mark taken as a whole? Likewise, is the mere registration of your composite mark, without separate registrations for its constituent elements sufficient enough to enforce your rights in the constituent elements? Read on to find out the answers […]