Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan is a full-service law firm based in India. The firm has offices in 14 cities and has over 400 professionals specializing in areas such as corporate & commercial laws, dispute resolution, taxation and intellectual property.

Over the last three decades, we have worked with a variety of clients – start-ups, small & medium enterprises, large Indian corporates and multinational companies.

Our professionals have experience of working in both traditional sectors such as commodities, automobile, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals and modern sectors such as e-commerce, big data, renewables.



7 OCTOBER 2021

Passing off in ‘get up’ or packaging – Karnataka High Court lays down guidelines

The Karnataka High Court recently summarised the principles which must guide the Courts in an inquiry into an action for passing off in respect of ‘get up’ of the product or service.



Fees payable by educational institutions reduced – Patents Rules, 2003 amended

The Government of India has notified the Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2021 on 21 September 2021. Amending the Patent Rules, 2003 with effect from 21 September 2021, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has extended the benefit of reduction in official fees to educational institutions also.



Champagne as a service – Protection to product PDO also available where the disputed sign designates a service

The Court of Justice of the European Union has held that Article 103(2)(b) of the EU Regulation No. 1308/2013 does not require that the product protected by a Protected Designation of Origin (‘PDO’) and the product or service covered by the disputed sign be identical or similar.

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