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The dominancy test and likelihood of confusion

The dominancy test and likelihood of confusion

01 November 2021

The KOLIN mark has been the subject of two landmark decisions in the Philippines, including the recent one promulgated on February 9, 2021, G.R. No. 228165, uploaded on the Supreme Court website on June 15, 2021, docketed as Kolin Electonics Co., Ltd...

Singapore-registered design subsidiary amendments

Singapore-registered design subsidiary amendments

31 October 2021

Published by the Intellectual Property of Singapore (IPOS) on September 10, 2021, amendments have been made on the Registered Designs Rules ("RD Rules") and the Registered Designs (International Registration) Rules ("RD(IR) Rules"), which took effect...

Is Section 3(d) of India’s Patents Act a workable provision? The long-term effect.

Is Section 3(d) of India’s Patents Act a workable provision? The long-term effect.

31 October 2021

On April 1, 2013, the Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark decision in the Novartis Glivec case on the interpretation of Section 3(d) of the Indian Patents Act.

Patenting known substances: The problem with polymorphs

Patenting known substances: The problem with polymorphs

31 October 2021

In nature, every molecule rearranges itself into different crystalline forms or shapes. Unsurprisingly, the ability of a molecule to mimic without losing its basic properties took the interest of such molecules into the helms of industrial and pharma...

India’s recent geographical indications

India’s recent geographical indications

31 October 2021

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines a geographical indication as “a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI...

Comparative advertising: Drawing the fine line between puffery and disparagement

Comparative advertising: Drawing the fine line between puffery and disparagement

28 October 2021

Comparative advertisement refers to a marketing and promotional strategy whereby an entity’s products or services are presented as superior in comparison to a competitor’s by drawing the advantages of one’s products over the competitors’ products eit...

Date of design registration: Understanding versus reality

Date of design registration: Understanding versus reality

28 October 2021

The Honorable High court of Karnataka was dealing with an appeal arising out of order dated March 6, 2020, passed by the city civil court in Bengaluru, in a civil suit bearing No. O.S. 235/2019. In 2019, Greenchef Appliances Limited instituted a suit...

IP awareness initiatives in India

IP awareness initiatives in India

28 October 2021

Indian businesses are slowly transforming from being simple trading enterprises to manufacturers, service providers and creators of intellectual property. Gradually, research and innovation are taking centre stage, especially for startups, to enable...

Drone Rules

Drone Rules

28 October 2021

The Civil Aviation Ministry of India has notified Drone Rules, 2021 on August 26, 2021. It replaced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Rules, 2021 which were notified in March, 2021. These new rules have made it easier to own and operate drones in India....

Updates on Singapore patent practice

Updates on Singapore patent practice

27 October 2021

Following a series of public consultation and discussions, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has confirmed that they will launch a formal procedure for the submission of “third party observations".

Nippon Paint (Singapore) Co. Pte. Ltd., and opposition thereto by Warrior Pte. Ltd.

Nippon Paint (Singapore) Co. Pte. Ltd., and opposition thereto by Warrior Pte. Ltd.

31 August 2021

These opposition proceedings relate to a dispute on the trademarks between an established supplier of adhesive products for industrial purposes (Nippon Paint (Singapore) Co. Pte. Ltd., or the applicant) and a relatively new entrant into the market (k...

Transborder reputation: A vacuum in India’s trademark law

Transborder reputation: A vacuum in India’s trademark law

31 August 2021

The trademark law in India is a comprehensive scheme; coupled with the booming industrial landscape, the consumerism prevalent among India’s populace and the overall inviting demeanor of the government towards foreign businesses, India is easily one...

The ayes and nays of ‘covered’ and ‘disclosed’ in a patent

The ayes and nays of ‘covered’ and ‘disclosed’ in a patent

31 August 2021

AstraZeneca AB filed an application at the Delhi High Court seeking an interim injunction for restraining Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd. from making, selling, distributing, exporting or offering for sale products comprising the compound Ticagrelor under...

Protecting artificial intelligence-driven inventions

Protecting artificial intelligence-driven inventions

16 August 2021

Although artificial intelligence dates back to the 1950s, nowadays it has become more popular in our day-to-day life through its use in transport, banking, social networking, automobiles, healthcare, personal devices, telecommunication, computing, et...

Favipiravir: Patent rejection in Thailand

Favipiravir: Patent rejection in Thailand

31 July 2021

Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) has since rejected a Thai patent application filed under the compulsory license system for a specific formulation Favipiravir in tablet form.

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