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 […]

A hashtag is a word or an unspaced phrase prefixed with the hash character (or number sign), #, to form a label. A hashtag allows grouping of similarly tagged messages, and also allows an electronic search to return all messages that contain it. Because of its widespread use, the word, hashtag, was added to the […]

Burger King comes to India.  The US-based fast food chain has finally arrived in India and has aggressive expansion plans!  The chain’s advent was marked by a judgment of the Delhi High Court in which the court ordered a status quo on all legal proceedings against Burger King. The fast food giant is in the […]

Apple faces yet another trademark dispute over its IPHONE mark. By way of background, in 2013, an Indian company, iVoice Enterprises, filed a cancellation action against Apple’s 2002 registration for the mark IPHONE covering computer hardware and software in Class 9 on the ground of similarity with its IFON mark. The cancellation action was filed […]

In 2012 the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks passed an order that prohibited requests for amending use information in trade mark applications. On October 9, 2014, the Delhi High Court quashed this order and held that all such amendment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, even if to prepone the […]