The Importance of Trademark Clearance Searches for Businesses

Any business owner looking to distinguish himself from others in the market would be wise to safeguard the elements that make his business unique. The same can be possible through trademarking any word, symbol, design, or phrase that the company uses to identify itself in the marketplace. However, the owners must conduct diligent research before […]

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Licensing of Trademarks

A trademark is an important business asset that offers protection to a brand. Businesses own valuable trademarks, which, once registered, can be licensed out. The rights that flow from a trademark can be licensed to others to receive royalties for commercialization. Licensing your trademark can be a beneficial business strategy that can not only strengthen […]

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Bombay High Court Rules that Copyright Registration of a Label is not Compulsory

Overview The two parties involved include Sanjay Soya Private Limited (SSPL) and Narayani Trading Company (NTC). Both of them specialize in refined edible oil products. The dispute between the two arose concerning the use of packaging in their respective products. The plaintiff, SSPL, had filed a lawsuit against the defendant NTC in the Bombay High […]

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Can Common Terms Be Trademarked?

A trademark is typically a sign, logo, symbol, word, phrase, design, or combination of them, which identifies the product or service of a particular brand. It recognizes the corporate identity of the brand. To sell the product, using the brand name makes it a trademark. However, one should keep in mind that the Trademark Rights […]

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Limited Edition Products: Can they be Protected under IP Law?

Several times, we see that luxury brands come up with limited edition products, whether it is cars, watches, cosmetics, chocolates, electronics, etc., and enthusiasts do not spare even a moment to get their hands on these products. Limited edition means that the company sells ‘altered’ limited units of an original best-selling product that already exists […]

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The Concept of Family of Trademarks

What is Meant by a Family of Trademarks? Trademarks are distinctive marks, symbols, or labels used to differentiate goods belonging to one entity from that of another to avoid deception concerning the origin of those goods or services. These intangible assets are often used in collaboration with other marks by the formation of a trademark […]

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Domain Name Dispute Settlement

In the internet era, domain names are increasingly becoming a crucial conveyance of brand messages and brand image. Domain names are granted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and the registration is inexpensive and convenient. Rampant domain name squatting and website counterfeits have given rise to domain name disputes now and then. The dispute […]

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Can Trademark Protection be Extended to Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency has been subjected to constant attention in the past few years for its revolutionary nature. The presence of cryptocurrency is constantly growing, and therefore, it needs the law to transform along with it to address its administration and execution. Several courts have had trouble in applying substantive Trademark Law to this field of technology. […]

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Intellectual Property Theft: A Menace

With the advancement of technology and the overreaching effect of cyberspace, cyber crimes have also witnessed a surge. Of these crimes, Intellectual Property (IP) theft is one of the many, which involves stealing copyright, patents, industrial designs, etc., by using the internet and computers as a medium. Copyright and trade secrets like software, secret formula/recipes, […]

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Can QR Codes be Trademarked?

Those in the print industry have been eager to adopt quick response codes over the past few years. The relatively new advent allows the marketers to put the barcodes on several different items and allow smartphone users to scan them and discover more information. A QR (shorthand for ‘Quick Response’) code is a machine-readable matrix […]

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