Trademark

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All is Fair in Trademark Wars

The #BlackLivesMatter movement has gained traction around the world and has encouraged many corporate entities, including multinational companies (MNCs), to reassess their businesses and marketing policies for signs of discrimination, following the calls against racial inequality after the death of George Floyd in the United States. ...
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Opposition is a Hopeless Task, Acquiescence would be Wo...

Time and again, it has been held by various courts that an unreasonable delay in enforcing a legal right by a person amounts to acquiescence, which can be fatal to a case for the grant of an interim injunction. In a recent trademark case, the High Court of Delhi reiterated that the Plaintiff, being aware of the Defendant’s adoption of a similar mark, did not bother to conduct due diligence about the use of the mark; as a result of which the Plaintiff was bound to suffer the consequences of delay in seeking injunction. ...
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Anti-Suit Injunction and Cross-Border Reputation of Tra...

An anti-suit injunction has always been a matter of interest when it comes to providing parties provisional relief. Anti-suit injunctions are orders passed by courts to restrain parties from commencing or pursuing proceedings in another jurisdiction or forum....
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Social Media Influencer’s Continuing Battle for Freedom...

On February 14, 2020, a Division Bench of the High Court of Bombay lifted an injunction granted to Marico Limited and permitted a social media influencer to post a video reviewing a Marico product, subject to few amendments in the video....
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Delhi High Court reverses decision: e-Commerce platform...

In a landmark judgement in Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd. v. Amway India Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. & Others, FAO(OS) 133/2019, a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court has permitted e-commerce platforms to sell and advertise products of Direct Selling Entities ("DSEs") without their consent....
Social media influencers
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Social media influencers, freedom of speech and tradema...

In today’s hyper-connected world, social media influencing is one of the most impactful and effective ways of marketing and advertising. But while many of us are familiar with the hashtag culture and the drill used by social media influencers – ‘like’, ‘share’, ‘comment’ and ‘subscribe’, we do not necessarily understand who an influencer actually is....
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Dear Startups: Who owns your idea? And why you should b...

All Startups start with an idea. An idea that solves an existing problem in a unique way. If your idea is truly unique, you could potentially be the owner of your intellectual Property (IP). This could be done by filing for a combination of patents, copyrights, and trademarks (IP) with respect to your idea....
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E-commerce platforms banned from selling or advertising...

The Delhi High Court recently restrained multiple e-commerce platforms from selling, offering to sell, advertising, or displaying products in breach of third party agreements. The court's orders, from July 2019, arose out of a set of seven suits filed by direct selling companies against e-commerce platforms, and will have far-reaching consequences for not only e-Commerce companies but also any 'intermediary' that offers a platform, marketplace or forum to users online....
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Protecting IP across Border through Customs

Intellectual Property (IP) not only safeguards just ideas or concepts but protects genuine business assets that are integral to the core services of the business. Obtaining proper IP protection is critical and can make or break a business. The need to protect IP rights across borders has emerged as a significant issue....