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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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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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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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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Is there a Nexus between Unfair Trade Practices and Trademark Law?

Before getting into a comprehensive analysis of how unfair competition is intertwined with trademarks, the question that needs to be asked is, what is unfair trade practice? Unfair trade practices refer to the use of various deceptive, fraudulent, or unethical methods to get business. Unfair trade practices include misrepresentation, false advertising of a good or […]

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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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Tile Files Four Trademark Infringement Lawsuits Corresponding to Unauthorized Sales

Tile Inc., an American consumer electronics company specializing in providing wireless tracking devices and services, has quite recently filed four Trademark Infringement lawsuits against CellnTell Distribution Inc., 888 Digital Inc., S&W Dealz, and Digital Pavilion Electronics. The four lawsuits are filed in the New York Northern District Court, New Jersey District Court, Massachusetts District Court, […]

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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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Nirma Won Trademark Infringement Case Against a Rajasthan-based Salt Company

Gujarat-based Nirma Limited, a name trusted in almost every household across India for its wide range of quality products, like cosmetics, soaps, salt, etc., has won a Trademark Infringement case against a Rajasthan-based salt company. A local Court restrained the Rajasthan-based salt company from promoting and selling its products not just under the brand ‘Neema […]

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