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Tokenisation of cards in India: Explained

Amidst the rise in cases of financial data leaks in India, the Reserve Bank of India's ("RBI") efforts towards the adoption of a framework of tokenisation of cards in India have been appreciated by the industry. ...
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Narrowing the Field: Selection Patents and Purposive Selection in India

Inventions that fall within, or overlap with, disclosures in the prior art are called “selection inventions”. Generally, selection inventions involve the selection of one or more specific embodiments, such as individual elements, subsets, or sub-ranges, within a larger known set or range disclosed in the prior art. This raises critical questions around how the novelty and inventive step of selection patents should be judged. ...

Design Marking in India: Essential or Avoidable?

Design marking is a method used by proprietors to signal that their article is protected by design rights. It entails “marking” an article in a manner that informs the public at large that the article in question is the subject matter of a registered design. The issue of whether design marking is necessary or not has come up on occasion before Indian courts, who have tackled how such marking acts as an indicator of registration, and explained the rights that follow. ...

A Moment to Remember: Personality rights, Moment marketing and the Olympics

India’s ace badminton player PV Sindhu created history by winning a bronze medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics held recently, joining the ranks of a select few who have one more than individual medal in the history of the games. ...

Designs Database goes Digital: Designs E-Register now available online

The Designs office has now made its register electronically available, thus joining the ranks of the Patents E-register, making the database of registered designs available in entirety. ...

To Litigate or Arbitrate, a “Heroic” Dilemma

As intellectual property disputes grow in number in India, corresponding questions arise regarding the most appropriate adjudicating authority to be approached for redress. Besides regular courts, IP disputes also occasionally make their way into arbitrations. But the circumstances under which IP disputes can be referred to arbitration are not always clear. ...

Who Judges Whom: Turf Wars, Forum Shopping and Anti-suit Injunctions

An anti-suit injunction is an order by the court which restricts a party from filing or continuing with proceedings in another court, including foreign courts, with regard to the subject matter of the suit. When courts are approached by a party seeking an anti-suit injunction, they generally establish a ‘forum conveniens’, i.e., determine the most appropriate forum to decide upon the dispute. ...

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What Can Be Protected In A Design Application

Six months after it became a signatory to the Locarno Agreement (which establishes a classification for industrial designs), on 25 January 2021, India notified the Design (Amendment) Rules, 2021 to formally adopt the “Locarno Classification”. ...
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Online fantasy sports gaming is booming in India and has in a short span become a prominent form of online gaming in the country, despite legal and regulatory challenges. Fantasy sports is predominantly a prediction game where players assemble a dream team of real sportspersons active in a variety of sports such as football, cricket, basketball, kabaddi etc. and thereafter participate in contests, competitions that mimic and convert the performance of the sportsman in real life into fantasy points. ...
A patent application can be filed either alone or jointly, by any person claiming to be the true and first inventor of the invention, or by the assignee of such person, or the legal representative of a deceased person who immediately before their death was entitled to make such an application. ...
On October 8, 2021, in the case of M/s Gimpex Private Limited vs. Manoj Goel , the Supreme Court of India has held that a cheque issued pursuant to a deed of settlement between parties will be presumed to have been issued towards discharge of a debt or liability under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act ("NI Act"), which fastens criminal liability in cheque bounce cases. ...
Reference signs are used to improve the intelligibility of claims. Sometimes also known as “reference numerals”, they help understand claims in light of the specification and drawings on record. If a patent application contains drawings, the claims can be clarified by establishing a connection between the features mentioned in the claims, corresponding to reference signs in the drawings. ...
Patents are granted for inventions that are novel and involve an inventive step. Any information or material that is publicly available or published before the filing of a patent application is known as “prior art” and this forms the basis on which novelty and inventive step is determined. ...
While the pandemic changed our world overnight, it also forced us to slow down, evaluate and begin to work towards the kind of world we want to inhabit. Perhaps therefore, even amid COVID-19 induced economic slowdowns all over the world, the concept of sustainability for all factors of production remains one of the few areas with rising financial interest. ...
The Indian Patent Office is responsible for administering the Indian law of patents, and its roles include patent administration, patent duration, and patent renewal, among other things. There are four patent offices in India, located in different cities, i.e., Chennai (in southern India), Delhi (in northern India), Kolkata (in eastern India), and Mumbai (in western India). In geographical terms, these four offices cover the length and breadth of the entire country. ...
On August 27, 2021, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (“IBBI”), created under the 2016 insolvency law, released a discussion paper (“IBBI Discussion Paper”) on the corporate insolvency resolution process, and sought comments on its recommendations. One of IBBI's concerns that it expressed through the IBBI Discussion Paper is that while other components of the insolvency and bankruptcy ecosystem. ...
Inventions that fall within, or overlap with, disclosures in the prior art are called “selection inventions”. Generally, selection inventions involve the selection of one or more specific embodiments, such as individual elements, subsets, or sub-ranges, within a larger known set or range disclosed in the prior art. This raises critical questions around how the novelty and inventive step of selection patents should be judged. ...
The Union Cabinet on September 15, 2021, approved major structural as well as procedural reforms in the telecom sector with the aim to protect and generate employment opportunities, promote healthy competition, protect interests of the consumers, infuse liquidity, encourage investment and reduce the regulatory burden on Telecom Service Providers ("TSPs"). ...
Prepaid Payment Instruments or simply, PPIs, may sound like a mouthful, but they have become interspersed with our daily life, and indeed transformed the way we undertake everyday transactions. Without realising it, we rely on some form of PPI for paying even at the nearest kirana shop. The usage of such PPIs has been further enhanced during the pandemic as safety and the principle of least-contact became norms to live by. ...
From filing a patent to its eventual grant, there are various stages that a patent application goes through in India. Patent filing is the primary step an inventor must initiate to protect their invention from being misused. Before a patent is granted, the Indian Patent Office (IPO) meticulously examines it, to ensure that the innovation sought to be patented is novel and involves an inventive step based on specific criteria. ...
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