Trade Secrets in Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)

In today’s highly competitive working environment, almost every other individual knows what Intellectual Property (IP) is and that the protection of IP assets is a matter of paramount importance. Patents, copyright, and trademarks have been the most widely recognized forms of IP to date; however, there are other forms as well, including geographical indications and industrial designs, […]

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Protection of Intellectual Property (IP) in the Metaverse

With the Metaverse and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) being the common buzzwords as of late, the USPTO (US Patent & Trademark Office) has been experiencing a significant rise in the number of Trademark Applications filed in the virtual sphere to safeguard the products and services. The dramatic rise in e-commerce in the last two decades saw many […]

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Trademarks from a Marketing Perspective

In today’s era, where the drawing-up of physical borders has diluted in terms of fair-trade practices, the relevance and importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) have fairly risen. The form of intangible property comprising of skillsets, know-how, business ideas, and strategies have helped in the development and generation of the transborder reputation of several brands. The role […]

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Can You Seek a Patent on Life Forms?

Claiming Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) over a subject matter as debatable as life forms has created diverse opinions since the day such a claim application was first made. It is very important to assess the same, morally, ethically, and legally, in the light of accepted norms laid by the Patent Laws in different major jurisdictions. A life […]

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Understanding Compulsory Licensing and Access to Essentials

The domain of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), especially after the adoption of the Uruguay Round’s resultant, the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), has led to the adoption of an expanded understanding of IPRs in contemporary fields to strengthen the legal position of the rights holders. Such extension of rights has given […]

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Considering Intellectual Property Rights as a Collateral

In business parlance, assets can be divided into two major classes of tangible and intangible resources. Where tangible resources are constitutive of buildings, machines, and equipment, intangible resources are creations of the mind, which include inventions, literary, artistic, and musical works, labels, designs and symbols, and other goods or services of the like nature. In […]

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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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