Category: Trademark

Distinctiveness of a Trademark

What is the distinctiveness of a trademark?

A trademark is a symbol, word, or phrase that identifies and distinguishes a company’s products or services from those of other businesses. One of the most important aspects of coining a strong trademark is its distinctiveness. A distinctive trademark can help a business stand out in a crowded marketplace and create a strong brand identity. In this article, we will discuss the importance of distinctiveness in a trademark and how to achieve it. Distinctiveness refers to the ability of a trademark to stand out and be easily recognizable. A distinctive trademark is one that is unique and easily distinguishable from other trademarks in the same industry. It is important to ensure that a trademark is distinctive to prevent confusion among customers and to establish a strong brand identity. There are four levels of distinctiveness for trademarks: Arbitrary or Fanciful Trademarks: Arbitrary or fanciful trademarks are the most distinctive and unique.…

Read More
IP Trends

The Future of Intellectual Property Law in India: Trends and Predictions

An Overview of Key Developments and Changes in India's IP Landscape As India's economy continues to grow and evolve, so too does its intellectual property (IP) landscape. From new laws and regulations to shifting market trends and emerging technologies, the future of IP law in India is constantly evolving. Here, we take a closer look at some of the key trends and predictions shaping the future of IP law in India. The Rise of Digital IP One of the biggest trends in IP law is the rise of digital IP. With the growing use of digital technologies, including the internet, social media, and e-commerce, businesses are increasingly relying on IP to protect their online assets. In India, this has led to a surge in digital IP-related legal cases, including trademark and copyright infringement, domain name disputes, and cybersecurity breaches. Increased Focus on Patent Protection Another trend in IP law is…

Read More
AI and IPR Laws

Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Laws

In recent years, the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have significantly impacted various aspects of human life and revolutionized numerous industries. As AI continues to develop and integrate into our daily lives, the intersection of AI and intellectual property (IP) laws has become an increasingly important topic. This blog post aims to explore this intersection, discuss the challenges it presents, and suggest potential solutions for striking a balance between innovation and protection. The Growing Impact of Artificial Intelligence AI encompasses a wide range of technologies, from machine learning algorithms to natural language processing and computer vision. These technologies enable machines to learn from data, make decisions, and perform tasks that traditionally required human intelligence. AI has been successfully applied in various sectors, including healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and transportation, where it has led to significant improvements in efficiency, cost reduction, and the development of innovative products and services. This rapid…

Read More

Case in Point: Sun Pharma Ltd vs. DWD Pharma Ltd

Case in Point is a new series where we discuss case laws and explain certain basic concepts which may be useful to all practitioners and students alike. The first part of this series focusses on the recent judgment of the Delhi High Court in Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd v. DWD Pharmaceuticals Ltd[1], wherein the Delhi High Court in an Order 39 Rule 4 application preferred by the Defendant, had imposed costs on the Plaintiff for suppression of material facts but at the same time confirmed the ad-interim ex-parte order of injunction granted to the Plaintiff. The judgment is succinctly put, merely 24 pages but provides an opportunity to revisit certain concepts. Brief Facts: The Plaintiff claimed that the defendants mark ‘FOLZEST’ infringed its mark ‘FORZEST’. The Delhi High Court on 19.05.2022 had granted an ad-interim ex-parte order from infringing the Plaintiff’s mark. Thereafter the Defendant preferred an application under Order…

Read More

What are Intellectual Property Rights?

Intellectual Property (IP) encompasses intangible assets such as patents, copyright, trademarks, industrial design, geographical indications, and trade secrets. Intellectual Property Rights are conferred to the intellectual property owners to restrict others from copying their creations. The creations could be inventions, books, music, songs, brand names or trademarks, product designs, confidential information, etc. Depending upon the type of intellectual property, protection may be conferred automatically for a few, and for others, the intellectual property owner must apply for protection in desired countries. Types of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection Types of ProtectionTypes of Intellectual PropertyAutomatic ProtectionCopyright (advisable to register) Trade Secrets (however steps should be taken to keep the information secret)To Be Applied for ProtectionPatents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications. One Product – Multiple Intellectual Property Rights Depending upon the subject matter involved, a product includes multiple intellectual property rights i.e., a product can have underlying intellectual property right protection under…

Read More
1 2

Recent Discussions

Interpretation of Section 3(i) of the Indian Patent Act, 1970 in the Context of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing
October 13, 2023

Introduction The advent of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) has revolutionized prenatal diagnostics, enabling expectant parents to assess the genetic health of the fetus…

Recent Discussions

Branded Medicines vs. Generic Medicines: The Role of Patents
September 8, 2023

In the pharmaceutical industry, the distinction between branded and generic medicines is an essential one. Understanding this distinction is crucial not just for…