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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Copyright Protection for Choreographic Works

Like all other art forms, choreographic works in dance and their steps have been expressly recognized under the Copyright Laws of different jurisdictions. By such virtue, performers can have their rights protected, even though some of the most popular steps have not been claimed. Take the example of the famous ‘moonwalk dance,’ which is often […]

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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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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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Customs Intervention for IP in the Indian Sub-Continent

Intellectual Propriety (IP) rights holders are under the perpetual threat of counterfeit goods in the market that is growing exponentially with advancing technology and a surge in cross-border trade among countries. Such counterfeit products may not always be produced and distributed for trade and commerce in the domestic market but may also enter illegitimately through the […]

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Determination of Equivalents in a Patent Application

The doctrine stipulates that the scope of a patent is not confined to the literal terms laid in the claims; instead, it embraces all the equivalents to the claims described in the said application. In the absence of such a doctrine, the true essence of the patent and the monopolistic rights would never be realized […]

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Dealing with Counterfeits on E-Commerce Websites

It is estimated that there are about 20 million e-commerce stores selling products on the internet globally today and generating more than one trillion USD in revenue. The world’s largest markets for e-commerce are the United States of America, China, the United Kingdom, etc., with electronics, fashion, books, and tickets being the top categories for […]

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Protecting Recipes through Intellectual Property Rights

With the emergence of a cosmopolitan touch in the food and beverage industry through the introduction of celebrity chefs and mixologists as well as experimental, custom-made, creative dining experiences all over the world, culinary creations, including drinks and food, have become a crucial and valuable business asset. Like any other asset, the question of protecting […]

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The Interplay of Big Data and Intellectual Property Rights

What is Big Data? Big data is a relatively new concept that has created a greater conundrum in the realm of Intellectual Property (IP) laws. Big data refers to the large and diverse sets of information that can grow at an ever-increasing rate. Such collection of massive structured, unstructured, and multi-structured data is due to […]

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The Best Mode of Software Protection – Copyright or Patent?

Historically, Intellectual Property (IP) laws have influenced the success of the software industry by giving software developers a statutory mechanism from which they can earn at least some of their innovation’s market value. Until now, the software industry has been dependent upon distinct IP protection regimes: copyright and Patent Law. The scope of protection offered […]

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