Monthly Archives: January 2014

Candy Crush Saga app developer trademarks the word ‘candy’

It seems that the developers of the wildly popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga aren’t too sweet on the idea of anyone else using the word “candy” to sell a product. The app’s makers had submitted the filing for the trademark last year and the Candy Crush Saga developers will now be granted exclusive rights […]

Voltas or Volta?

In the case of Voltas Limited, vs. Mr. Debraj Dey, trading as M/s. Akurom Enterprises, and the Respondent No. 2 Deputy Registrar of Trade Marks, Hon’ble Shri Z.S. Negi, has ruled in favour of Tata group’s air-conditioner maker Voltas in a dispute over the Volta trademark. He instructed the registrar of trademarks to reconsider an […]

Parallel Imports: Good, Bad or Ugly

Parallel Imports are at the epicenter of all controversial IP issues. Despite it being considered that they are well within the four walls of law, the laws of the market are hardly the only ones applicable to them. DEFINITION: According to the World Trade Organisation, a parallel import is a non-counterfeit product imported from another […]

Don’t want to license me your Trademark? I’ll snatch it!

Imagine a situation where A licenses his trademark to a foreign business entity or a franchisee. After few years of mediocre business in country Zia, A decides to stop his operation in that country. After legally wrapping up his business with all his licensees and franchisees in Zia, he happily leaves. Later few years down […]