Canada to Finally Update Intellectual Property Legislation

Recently, the Canadian government tabled five intellectual property treaties in the House of Commons. These treaties are The Madrid Protocol The Hague Agreement The Singapore Treaty The Nice Agreement & The Patent Law Treaty. The Madrid Protocol enables trade-mark owners to obtain registered trade-mark protection more easily. They can get this facility by filing of…

KIPO proposes Amendments to Trademark Act

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has recently proposed a number of significant changes. The Amended Trademark Act will take effect on July 1 2015. The table below gives a brief detail about those few amended acts. Current Law New law Article 2(1)(vi), the actions that may be considered use of a Trademark under the…

Candy Crush- ed

In continuation with our previous blog King.com, the makers of the wildly popular “match 3” online game Candy Crush Saga, have withdrawn their trademark application on game use of the word “Candy” following a series of protracted controversies in advance of their upcoming initial public offering.

Trademark for “NaMo Tea Party”

An application was submitted to IPO (Indian Patent Office) for Trademark Registration for the name NAMO TEA PARTY on 6th February, 2014. The application (2673369) was file by Shailesh Tewari in respect of Goods/Services Personal & Social Services rendered to meet the needs of individuals in class 45. The “NaMo (Narendra Modi) Tea Party” is…

Nestle vs Cadbury, Kit-kat (ing)

After Nestle blocked Cadbury’s bid to trademark the color purple used for its chocolate wrappers, on October 7 2013, they are at it again, involved in yet another legal dispute over the shape of Nestle’s Kit Kat chocolate bar. On July 8th 2010 Nestle applied to register the 3D Trademark for the shape of the…

Google Earth’s Patent Infringement Case

ART+COM Innovationpool GmbH. (“ACI”), Berlin has filed a case against Google Earth (Google Inc), California; regarding Infringing its U.S. Patent No. RE44,550  (‘550 patent), entitled “Method and Device for Pictorial Representation of Space-Related Data”. The ‘550 patent is a reissue of U.S. Patent No. RE41,428 (‘428 patent), which was filed on December 17th, 1996 with…

Design Patent Grant Trends

The Indian Patent office granted 346 Design patents in February, 2014. The top three consisted of Volvo Truck Corporation with 27, Ma design India Pvt Ltd with 23 Design & Biba Apparels with 12 patents. The table below shows the top ten Companies that received the maximum number of Design protection in the Month of…

Designs Trends

The top ten designs consisted of designs like Textile Fabric, Handle & Bottle etc, and the table below shows the top ten designs that received the maximum number of protection in the month of February, 2014. Sl no Designs No of Applications 1 TEXTILE FABRIC 16 2 BOTTLE 12 3 HANDLE 10 4 CONTAINER FOR…

Patent Grant Trends

The Indian patent office granted 454 Patents for the month of February, 2014. The Top three consisted of Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung R& D Institute India Bangalore Private Limited and Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson (PUBL), with a count of 16, 9 and 8 patents respectively. The table below shows the top ten Companies that received the maximum…