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Conducted a five-day training course on enforcement of IPR laws from July 29th to August 2nd, 2019

Central Detective Training Institute at Ghaziabad, with a mandate to provide training to
in-service police personnel from the ranks of Sub-Inspector to Deputy Superintendent of
Police to hone their investigative skills by imparting the latest knowledge of scientific
techniques and best practices in the investigation, conducted a five-day training course on
enforcement of IPR laws from July 29 to August 2, 2019. Two out of the five days were
dedicatedly allotted to United IPR with the objective of training the officers on Patent,
Copyright and Trademark laws, along-with the investigative skills required to identify
and distinguish between genuine and counterfeit products.
The training was attended by 22 Police Officers from various districts in the state of Uttar
Pradesh and Delhi. The emphasis was at sharing specific inputs and intelligence on
the identification of products and of suspicious goods. The participating right-holders included Hugo Boss, Huda Beauty, Monster Energy,
Limited Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and La Senza), L’Oreal, Procter &
Gamble, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, and Crocs.
Among the several courses run by the institution, the course on IPR laws has gained a great
deal of attention, as in many cases of IPR enforcement the officers were not familiar with
the penal provisions and technical distinctions enabling them to successfully prosecute,
convict and penalize the accused. The syllabus of the course was designed to provide
maximum exposure to the participating officers and was upgraded to make it more
relevant and topical. We are confident that with these regular efforts on capacity building of Indian
enforcement agencies, the attitude and environment will be more conducive to IPR

Lecture on benefits of the grant of patent to the patentee at Central Detective Training Institute (CDTI), Ghaziabad by Mr. Avi Bhandari, July 30th, 2019

Mr. Avi Bhandari, Advocate and Associate at #UnitedIPR was invited to deliver a lecture at Central Detective Training Institute (CDTI), Ghaziabad on 30th July, 2019 to sensitize the police officials about the benefits of the grant of patent to the patentee and how the society as a whole benefit from the grant. He also shared his insights on the limitations of the grant of a Patent. The workshop was attended by police officials from various districts across the country.

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IPR Training with Tamil Nadu Police on 25th and 26th October 2018

  1. Venue:Tamil Nadu Police Academy, Vandalur, Chennai.
  2. The training was inaugurated and presided by: S. Santhi, Superintendent of Police, Tamil Nadu Police Academy and by Thiru. N. Baskaran, Inspector General, Tamil Nadu Police Academy.
  3. Number of Officers as Attendees:45 Police Officers of the ranks of Deputy Superintendents of Police, Inspectors as well as Sub- Inspectors from across various jurisdictions in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  4. Course Curriculum: Day 1 of the training entailed academic topics as mentioned below:
  • Provisions of relevant statutory provisions namely Trademarks Act 1999, Copyright Act 1957, Information Technology Act 2000, Indian Penal Code 1860, The Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 and Evidence Act 1872.

IPR Training with Pune Police Officers on 11th Nov’ 2017


In a faster growing Indian economy, there is a need for adequate enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The Government of India through its Home Affairs Ministry (Police-I Division, Police Training Section) issued a Notification vide F.No.23011/14/2017-PT dated 10th October 2017 introducing regular courses on enforcement of IPR for Police Officials. The underlying objective of issuing this notification was to address concerns regarding the link between the violation of IPRs and other organized crimes like terror funding, etc. which have caused a serious threat to public safety and security of the country.

Legal Requirements to keep a registered patent alive in India

A patent grant gives a patentee the exclusive right to make or use the patented article or the patented process. A patentee can prevent all others from making or using the patented article/process until the patent expires i.e. for 20 years from the date of filing in India. The patentee also has the right to assign the patent, grant licenses under, or otherwise deal with it for any consideration.

Implications of the AstraZeneca V Apotex decision rejecting “Promising Utility” doctrine in Patent Jurisprudence

Over the past years, the “Promise Doctrine” as applied in Canada has attracted attention worldwide, mainly due to the criticism it has received accusing it of hardening the task of inventors to obtain patent registrations for their inventions in Canada.

The promise doctrine is applied as an essential precondition requirement required to be fulfilled along with other standard requirements for patentability in order to obtain a patent registration in Canada.

NOKIA & XIAOMI: Sign Landmark Patent Licensing Agreement

Nokia Xiomi Agreement

The first week of July 2017 comes up with a paradigm in patent licensing when two global cellular technology leaders, Telecoms network equipment maker Nokia and Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced business collaboration and a multi-year patent agreement, including a cross-license to each company’s cellular standard-essential patents.

Taj Mahal Palace – A benchmark in Image Trademark in India

Taj Mahal Hotel Trademarked

Recently the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai has acquired an ‘Image Trademark’ under the Trade Mark Act 1999 for its architectural design. This is the first ever building in the country which got an intellectual property rights protection under the Image trademark. The move was motivated to protect the distinctiveness of the building’s legendary image & structure.

Companies can now “Apply” to register their Brand as “Well-known Trademark”

The new Trademark Rules have come into force on 6th March 2017¬ owing to the exponentially increasing number of trademark applications in the country. One of the most notable, as well as exceptionally priced amendments, is enumerated under Rule 124 of these new rules that have completely transmuted the procedure for the registration of a Well-Known Trademark.