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Homebuyers Cannot Invoke Insolvency Proceedings to Execute RERA Decrees: NCLAT

In a recent order issued by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal ("NCLAT") in the case of Sushil Ansal Vs. Ashok Tripathi , the NCLAT has held that a decree-holder cannot be treated as a financial creditor for the purpose of triggering insolvency proceedings against a company. ...

Franchising in India – Why Aren’t We Loving It?

McDonalds, Subway, Pizza Hut, KFC, Domino's Pizza, and The Hard Rock Café - iconic brands, household names but above all, franchise behemoths. These franchises have made inroads to the farthest corners of the planet, from the barbed wire surrounding the single McDonalds in Cuba, Guantanamo Bay to Dominos’ Almond Citrus Seafood pizza in Vietnam. ...

All is Fair in Trademark Wars: the Glow & Handsome saga continues

The battle for the ownership of the trademark “Glow & Handsome” between two fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) giants continues. On 17 August 2020, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) obtained an order from the Bombay High Court to temporarily restrain Emami Ltd. from using the mark “Glow & Handsome”. The Court ordered that at this early prima facie stage, it appears that HUL is ...

The Twitter Effect

Criminal contempt has been recognized as the action of publishing any matter including by words, spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations, or otherwise, or any other act which (i) scandalises or tends to or lowers or tends to, the authority of any court; (ii) prejudices or interferes with due course of judicial proceedings; or (iii) interferes or obstructs the administration of justice in any other manner1. Criminal contempt is considered to create distrust in the popular mind and impair the confidence of the people in the courts, hence, the law has been put in place to protect the legitimacy and authority of the court. ...

Medical Devices: Basis of Patenting and Entering in the Indian Market

The Indian medical device market is among the top 20 in the world and is expected to reach INR 794.29 billion by the end of 2023. Whilst highly lucrative, this market also presents a highly competitive environment. To stay ahead in the game, therefore, protecting one’s invention and ensuring its timely introduction in the market are key factors. ...

IAM Strategy 300 – 2020

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Decriminalization of Minor Economic Offences: A Step towards ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and...

In the light of disruptions caused by outbreak of Covid-19, the Government of India has announced a slew of measures in the past few months. One such significant measure is the Ministry of Finance’s proposal to decriminalize thirty-nine minor economic offences including decriminalization of offence of dishonour of cheques under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (“NI Act”). ...

Coronil Trademark by Patanjali Ayurved: Ignorance or Indulgence

Arudra Engineers Private Limited vs Pathanjali Ayurved Limited- O.A. No. 258/2020 Order dt. August 08, 2020 by Madras High Court The pandemic has had a curious effect on businesses the world over. Total shutdowns of uncertain duration have had a debilitating impact on the economy, but equally, opportunists have tried to take advantage of the situation in any way possible. ...

Heavy ‘duty’ implications of the latest amendments to the Indian Stamp Act

In recent years, the Government has facilitated ease of doing business in India, and amongst the flurry of measures aimed at projecting a globally 'open for business' image have been the amendments introduced to the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 ("Act"), through the Finance Act, 2019 ("Finance Act"). ...

Enablement Requirement (Sufficiency of Disclosure) for Patents

Besides the patentability requirements of novelty, inventive step, and being capable of industrial applicability, a patent application must also meet the enablement requirement in order to be granted. A patent application is said to be enabled if the application provides sufficient details that enable a person of ordinary skill in the related field to practice the invention. ...