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The latest updates on relevant areas of law, curated by our team to be the most useful to clients as well as fellow legal practitioners.


Patents – Use of compound by way of particular dosage, not patentable

04 March 2016

The Indian Patent Office at Kolkata has rejected the patent application of ‘Use of 2-6-(3-amino-piperidin-1-yl)-3-methyl-2,4-dioxo-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrimidin-1-ylmethyl-4-fluoro-benzonitrile’ for treatment of diabetes.

Budget 2016 – Certain key changes in Customs law & procedures

03 March 2016

The Indian Finance Minister presented today (29th of February) the Finance Budget for the year 2016-17.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) clarified

29 January 2016

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has issued clarifications by way of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) relating to the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) obligations of companies under Companies Act, 2013.

Company courts not to interfere with proceedings under SARFAESI Act

29 January 2016

The Supreme Court of India, with respect to the Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interests Act, 2002 (“SARFAESI Act”), has held that powers under the Companies Act cannot be wielded by the Company courts to interfere with proceedings by a secured creditor to realize its secured interests in terms of the provisions of the SARFAESI Act.

Start-ups – Government proposes radical changes in laws

29 January 2016

With a view to stimulate the development of startups in India and to provide them with a competitive platform, the government of India has unveiled a three pronged plan which covers Simplification and Handholding; Funding Support Incentives; and having an Industry – Academia Partnership and Incubation.

Order denying provisional release of seized goods appealable before Tribunal

29 January 2016

Section 110 of the Customs Act empowers a proper officer to seize goods while Section 110A allows an adjudicating authority to provisionally release seized goods pending the order of the adjudicating authority.

Customs duty on electrical energy produced in SEZ and supplied in DTA

29 January 2016

The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition filed by the Revenue Department against the judgement of Gujarat High Court in the case Adani Power Limited v. UOI.

United State District Court of South New York – Rules on parody

28 January 2016

Observing that sometimes it is better to ‘accept the implied compliment in parody’ and to smile or laugh rather than sue, the United State District Court of South New York held in favour of the alleged ‘diluter’ of the c.

Trademarks – Composite marks to be compared as a whole

28 January 2016

Considering the principles laid down by the Apex Court in the case of Cadila Healthcare v. Cadila Pharmaceuticals, the Delhi High Court has held that alleged use of the mark BECTODINE by the defendants subsequent to the documented use of the trademark BETADINE by the petitioner, by about 34 years, was fraught with malafide and dishonesty.

WTO members secure Nairobi Package

11 January 2016

WTO members recently concluded their 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi by securing historic agreements on a series of trade initiatives.

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