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Trademark - Honest use of competitor’s mark for comparison allowed

21st January 

The Delhi High Court has held that failure to point out competitor’s advantage is not necessarily dishonest and that primary objective of Trademarks Sections 29(8) and 30(1) is to allow comparative advertising as long as the use is honest.

The Court dismissed a suit for permanent injunction against advertisement dep...

No summary adjudication of suit requiring expert evidence, at injunction stage

11th January

Setting aside a High Court Division Bench Order, the Supreme Court has remanded a suit back to the Single Judge in a dispute involving alleged infringement of patented technology by use of seeds/hybrid seeds bearing the patented technology.

The Court in this regard observed that defendants counter claim was never considered by ...

Composite suit of Infringement of design and passing off, permissible

20th December 2018

Five Judges Bench of the Delhi High Court has allowed a composite suit for infringement of registered design and passing-off. It noted that if there is a common question of law and facts, the joinder of causes of action can take place under Order II Rule 3 of the CPC to avoid multiplicity
The Court in the case of 

Counterfeit goods – E-commerce website when not merely an intermediary

12th December 2018

Observing that the website guaranteed that ‘all products are 100% genuine’ and that it was not taking precautions to stop sale of counterfeits, while having a separate category for ‘replicas’, Delhi High Court has held that is not merely an intermediary.

Benefit of Section 79 of the I...

Cause of action under Designs Act distinct from that in a trademark suit

6th December 2018

Delhi High Court has held that in a case where an infringement suit has already been filed under the Designs Act, there is no need to obtain the leave of the court to introduce a separate proceeding in the case of passing-off of trademark. 

Reliance on Order II Rule 2 CPC in this regard was rejected by the court. Plea...

Registrar of Trademarks should classify Indian Goods & Services

15th November 2018

Considering enormity of litigations touching upon trademark infringement, Madras High Court has stated that it is high time that the Registrar of Trademark publishes alphabetical index as per Rule 20(2) of the Trademark Rules with class wise classification of the goods and services including that of the Indian origin.


IPAB can hear copyright matter in absence of Member Copyright

8th October

The Delhi High Court has held that though it may be apposite for the government to appoint Member Technical (Copyright), a vacancy in this regard does not impinges upon jurisdiction of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) constituted under Section 83 of the Trade Marks Act.

Setting aside the Order passed by Registrar...

Territorial jurisdiction of court - Trademark s.134 and Copyright s.62 are not in exclusion to s.20 of CPC

1st October 

Delhi High Court has held that territorial jurisdiction of a Court in a trademark action could be invoked where there is use ‘upon’ or ‘in relation’ to goods. It noted that the phrase ‘in relation to’ includes advertising, promotion, etc.

The court was of the v...

Patent in eco-friendly efficient vehicle – Absence of novelty

21st August

The Calcutta High Court has held that the patent in “a fuel cell system and an efficient eco-friendly vehicle mounted with fuel cell system” did not involve any novel invention or any enhancement/advancement of existing technology.

The High Court in this regard in the case Jasper Motors v. Basantee Batte...

Copyright in image of ‘Lightning McQueen’ protected from commercial misuse

17th August

In a case of character merchandising, Delhi High Court has granted permanent injunction retraining defendants from selling goods bearing image of device/work in “Lightning McQueen”, a character from the Disney movie called “Cars”.

It noted that said device is a copyrighted character and under Copyright Ac...

Trademark – No monopoly over entire class of goods

16th August 

The Supreme Court has held that proprietor of trademark cannot enjoy monopoly over entire class of goods particularly when he is not using said trademark in respect of certain goods falling under same class.

The Apex Court in this regard set aside the High Court and IPAB orders, thus restoring Registrar’s order allow...

Trademark – No infringement if mark not used as trademark


Delhi High Court has denied interim injunction against use of trade name MERCYKIND which was alleged to be infringing the mark MANKIND and also its series of marks with suffix/prefix KIND. The court in this regard noted that plaintiff had taken different stand before the Registrar, in defence to a claim for infringement, where its several marks incorporating wo...

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