Category IPR Updates

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 […]


According to news reports, out of India’s 1,000 potential Geographical Indications, only one-tenth are recognized. However, in a move that will contribute towards strengthening the small and medium scale industries (SMEs), around 14 Geographical Indication are set to get registration under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Globally, 232 items like […]

Reliance loses 15 year old domain name case

In Reliance Telecom Limited vs. Domains and Sukhraj Randhawa Case No. D2013-1470 Reliance Telecom Limited, an off-shoot of the Reliance Group lost an international arbitration under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy on the name which was registered on September 21, 1997. The Domain Name in dispute redirects users to a website (“Respondent’s Website”) […]

The Dragon Fires Up its IP Barrels

Few months back, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released the ‘Promotion Plan for the Implementation of 2013 National Intellectual Property Strategy’. The Plan provided for a total of 84 measures to be taken in 8 key areas relating to China’s intellectual property (IP) development in 2013.  In a move which will further strengthen the […]

The National Institute of Technology frames IPR policy to protect Research Work.

In a move that will probably be a start of a new trend, The National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal has approved a policy on Intellectual Property Rights in an attempt to increase the number of patents filed from their institute. NITK officials said the need for the policy arose when they realized; “One […]

Developing countries’ call for easing IPR costs of clean technology falls on deaf ears.

At the ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, the news of Typhoon Haiyan claiming more than 10,000 lives became a rather fitting backdrop. The issue of use of clean technology is now a new cause of rift between developed nations and their slightly underprivileged neighbours. In a classic case of the pot calling the […]


In a surprise move which has opened a Pandora’s Box of sorts for the Geographical Indications Registry, Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams, a trust that administers the Venkateswara Temple has been awarded GI registration that bars others from marketing the prassadam prepared by the trust under the same name. The move has been criticized severely as it may […]


In a major boost to those who advocate cheap generic medicines, Lupin has received final approval from the United States Food and Drugs Administration (US FDA) for its Vyfemla tablets (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets USP, 0.4mg/0.035 mg) which are a generic version of Warner Chilcott Company’s Ovcon 35 tablets. Lupin’s Vyfemla is a contraceptive […]


The Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), in a trade mark dispute between two Ludhiana-based manufacturing units – Highways Industries Limited and M/s. Highway Cycle Industries, has condoned a 72 day delay in filling of an appeal, emphasizing that such delay could be excused if the party can prove beyond doubt that there was a ‘bona […]