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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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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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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Cybersquatting of Domain Names

The internet boom had reverberating outcomes of which the expansion of Trademark Law was one. Consumerism and commercial activities over the internet brought with it the challenge of Domain Name disputes because of dilution and infringing acts. Although the issues exist within the realm of trademarks, they still need a thorough reading in the light […]

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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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Trademark Registration in Afghanistan

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in recent years, has increasingly interested not just domestic but also foreign businesses, including companies from the post-soviet nations. A vital thing to consider when planning to do business in Afghanistan is acquiring rights to trademarks. And it is possible only by ensuring successful Trademark Registration in Afghanistan. As trademarks […]

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All About Two Vital Trademark Symbols – TM & ®

Undoubtedly, most of us know that a trademark is a type of Intellectual Property (IP) that comprises a recognizable word, sign, symbol, or expression used to distinguish products of a particular source from those of others. However, this is not all. To get the expected benefits from trademarks, you need to be aware of all […]

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