For long, India suffered from an Intellectual Property office mired in inefficiency and inordinate delays in prosecution of trademarks with right holders having to wait for close to seven (7) to eight (8) years for a registration. The problems on the post registration recordals and oppositions was in dire straits as well with oppositions taking […]

On March 6, 2017, the Government of India (“GOI”) announced new rules governing trade mark practice. These rules are effective with immediate effect. Set out below is a summary of changes brought about by the new rules. Fee Increase: The filing and processing fees have been increased. Online filings will cost less compared to paper […]

On July 28, 2016 the Trade Marks Registry (“TMR”) has announced that it will no longer issue original Certificates of Registration for applications published on and after November 23, 2015. Rather the TMR will, starting August 1, 2016, issue Certificates of Registration for such applications via email. The notification states that the TMR will send […]

In recent times the Trade Marks Registry has introduced an e-filing portal through which most documents, including trade mark applications, can be filed quite easily. Here are the requirements to file in India and some tips to ensure that your applications sail smoothly through to examination: Mark: If the mark is a logo mark, it […]

Nestle’s recall of the iconic MAGGI noodle brand continues to make news in India! India’s food regulator, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (“FSSAI”), has determined that Nestle’s MAGGIE noodle packaging did not comply with the Food Safety Standards Act, 2006 (“FSSA”) and the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 […]

Start-up’s seem to be springing all over India. Our busy schedules combined with growth and the spread of the internet has added impetus to this growth. We know have start-up’s offering services from the delivery of furniture to the delivery of groceries. Numerous start-up’s make it big in time and the success stories are many […]

India witnessed its first ever food recall last week when Nestle S.A.’s famed MAGGI noodles were recalled from store shelves on the ground that some packets of the noodles have a higher than permissible lead content. MAGGI, a 100-year brand, was introduced in India in 1982.  Soon it became a household name, particularly in today’s […]

The office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDT) has introduced the e-filing of design applications. This is part of the recent activity and measures which have been taken by the office to decrease the usage of paper and to make filing an easier and more efficient. Agents and attorneys can […]

The introduction of the new law governing companies in India, namely, The Companies Act, 2013, has brought about the issue of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the forefront. CSR is basically a management concept by which companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations. As per the law, every company, private limited or […]

The new government has announced the “Make in India” initiative (http://www.makeinindia.com/).  The objective of this initiative is to bring investment to India by encouraging investors to manufacture in India.    How the initiative plays out, only time will tell.  From the standpoint of foreign companies, the question of intellectual property protection in the country will undoubtedly […]