Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

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Regulating Brand/ Trade Names for Pharmaceuticals

The branding of a new drug by pharmaceutical companies is a crucial decision for the success of that drug in the market. However, the present regulatory regime in India does not provide any rules or guidelines for selecting a brand/ trade name for a pharmaceutical drug in India. Often, the absence of such guidelines leads to fly-by-night operators or smaller traders attempting to brand their products as closely as possible to the trademark of a reputed drug, even if they do not share characteristics or have the same active ingredient(s). This creates confusion amongst health professionals and pharmacists alike, which further has the potential to endanger the lives of patients and consumers....
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Expert evidence is essential for a patent challenge

The Madras High Court earlier this year rejected a writ petition filed against a patent owned by Kibow Biotech Inc. for a dietary supplement that aids in the carrying out of the kidney function, for reasons, among others, that there was no expert evidence led to support the case. The validity of the patent was challenged primarily under Section 3(e) of the Patents Act, i.e., on grounds that it was “a substance obtained by a mere admixture resulting only in the aggregation of the properties of the components thereof or a process for producing such substance”....
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Govt reconsidering limits on royalty payouts to foreign...

The government of India is reportedly considering a proposal to once again introduce limits on the amount of royalty payable by Indian subsidiaries to their foreign parent firms for the use of trademarks and brand names, or for technical services. These limits were last applied in India nearly a decade ago. ...
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Ex parte interim injunctions require careful considerat...

Intellectual property lawsuits are often about obtaining interim relief in the form of injunctions against parties, sometimes without the court giving them an opportunity to be heard. Usually, the court considers factors of whether a prima facie case has been established, if balance of convenience lies in favour of the complaining party, and whether irreparable loss is likely to be caused if such relief is not granted. ...
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Verification of Registered Office Address

On 21st February, 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) notified the Companies (Incorporation) Amendment Rules, 2019 ("Amendment Rules") directing every company incorporated on or before 31st December, 2017 to file E-form INC – 22 A to verify their registered office. This move of the government along with other newly introduced stringent compliances such as director KYCs, is with the aim to tighten the noose around dummy entities....
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Copyright irrelevant for proving use as trademark

Can an artwork that is under copyright be relied upon for obtaining trademark registration? The Delhi High Court recently disagreed, holding that copyright registration was “extraneous” to trademark registration, overturning a decision of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) in this regard....
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New Twist to the Seed Price Battle

The procedures for the fixation of trait value or seed price of registered plant varieties must only be done as per the plant variety protection law, and based on the agreement between the right holder and the concerned party, according to a new Notice issued by the plant variety regulator. The Notice is unique because this is the first time that an IP regulator has formally issued a legal instrument stating that any price control of protected items must be in accordance with the relevant IP legislation. ...
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Composite suit for design infringement and passing off ...

A Special Bench of five judges of the Delhi High Court has held that had a composite suit in relation to the infringement of a registered design and passing off, where the parties are the same, is maintainable in a court of law. ...
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COMPARATIVE ADVERTISING AND PRODUCT DISPARAGEMENT: HORL...

Comparative advertisement and product disparagement are sensitive subjects to manufacturers of goods and services. Comparative advertising is a strategy used by companies to represent their product as superior in comparison to that of a competitor. When a comparative advertisement makes a comparison that is misleading and/ or derogatory, it crosses over into what is referred to as product disparagement. ...