Plain Packaging in the Tobacco Industry and its Impact on Trademarks

Plain packaging refers to the laws or regulations requiring that cigarettes are to be sold in standardized packs without any stylized trademarks, logos, or colors. Instead of branding information, the cigarette packs are dominated by graphic health warnings and other legally required information and tax-paid stamps with only minor space reserved for the brand name […]

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Tech-Transfer of IPRs in the Domain of Climate Change

Technological exploration has cost heavily on civilization, and to its rescue, green-technology used in tandem with international cooperation is the only answer. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an example of collaborative initiatives to curb climate change. There are environmental-friendly technical solutions available in some countries, majorly the first-world countries, but […]

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Copyright and Music Licensing

Have you ever wondered whether the music that a cafe plays for its customers requires a license? The answer is yes. Such actions require a Music License. A music license is a right granted by the copyright holder or his/her agent for the broadcast, recreation, or performance of a copyrighted work. A music license ensures that […]

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Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights – A Brief Outline

Just like other laws require a mechanism of careful administration to reach their full potential in socio-economic terms; Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) also require a fair deal of enforcement measures to be taken into consideration to ensure equitable implementation. Such measures help curb undermining the efforts of authors and proprietors and ensure even-handed distribution of […]

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Consumer Protection in the Light of Intellectual Property Ecosystem

Intellectual Property (IP) laws have wider ramifications than just the traditional notion of safeguarding the commercial interest of the proprietor of such rights as they intend to strike a balance between private and public interests. The pursuit of research and development, innovation, trade-related strategies revolve around the ambit of IP, which, in turn, shapes the end […]

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The Role of Trademark in Cultural Appropriation

We have seen countless instances where massive public uproar emerged when brands have come up with merchandise that ‘borrowed’ elements from different cultures. WIPO defines ‘traditional cultural expressions’ as including “music, dance, art, designs, names, signs and symbols, performances, ceremonies, architectural forms, handicrafts, narratives, and many other artistic or cultural expressions.” The role of a […]

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Aligning Outer Space and IPRs – A Pressing Priority

“The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.” – John F. Kennedy The explorative and exploitative […]

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Celebrity Rights under Intellectual Property

Have you ever wondered whether a celebrity has rights over his or her name, personality, the image in society, photographs, and publicity? The answer is a definite yes. The term celebrity comes from the Latin word ‘celebritatem,’ which means the condition of being famous. Today, actors, authors, artists, politicians, models, athletes, musicians, singers, television personalities, […]

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Colour Trademarks in the Pharmaceutical Industry

A trademark aids the customers in identifying the goods and services of one undertaking from those of others. In the present fast-paced society, conventional marks are not the only type of marks available that are worthy of obtaining trademark protection. Colours and colour combinations play a significant role in differentiating the goods in the market. […]

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Local IT Company Sues Microsoft Alleging Trademark Infringement

Azure Knowledge Corporation, an Ahmedabad-based Information Technology (IT) company, has quite recently filed a lawsuit in the city civil court against the tech giant Microsoft Corporation and its Indian arm, Microsoft India, alleging Trademark Infringement. DV Shah, the judge for the lawsuit filed, had issued notices to the defendants on 10th February 2020 itself, and […]

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