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IPR Training with Kochi Customs on 18th January 2018

IPR Training with Kochi Customs on 18th January 2018

The government, through its facilitation and enforcement machinery, has a major role in sensitizing awareness on  IPR  laws and curb the instances of counterfeiting across the borders, which can be accomplished only through an effective public-private partnership. Customs play a pivotal role in the contemporary enforcement of IP Rights, as they are at the forefront of the border protection and are responsible for preventing the influx of counterfeits in the country.

IMG_2574With a view to stimulate the continuous interaction between the industry and the government and to provide an interface for businesses to resolve their issues pertaining to Intellectual Property Rights, United IPR organized training with Kochi Customs on 18th January, 2018, which was attended by approximately 40 field formation officers and presided over by the Learned Assistant Commissioner of Customs (Special Intelligence and Investigation Branch), Mr. Ranabir Bose. The training focused on the relevant theories, notifications, case laws and other legal aspects pertaining to IPR (Imported Goods) Enforcement Rules,  2007  and  product  identification techniques of  various  participating brands including L’Oreal,  Bvlgari,  Apple & Beats,  Nike, Coty, Nivea,  Procter & Gamble, Stihl,   Burberry,   Lacoste,   Gant,   L Brands,   Tom Ford,   LVMH (Tag Heuer, Hublot & Zenith), Monster Energy, Lee, Wrangler, Polo Ralph Lauren, Dita And Vans.

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

Introduction

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.

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.

IMPORTANCE OF DESKTOP INVESTIGATION IN ONLINE IPR ENFORCEMENT

desktop investigation

In an effort to combat global counterfeiting of branded products on online platforms, an effective Online IPR Enforcement is the requirement of time. Online IPR Enforcement can be explained as the process wherein legal action is initiated against online platforms such as stand-alone websites, marketplace websites and social media websites who are indulged in selling and promoting counterfeit goods of well-known brands.

3D PRINTING: IS COPYRIGHT LAW READY?

3D Printer

3D printing concept is the biggest and the most technologically advanced development made in the present century. Today, we cannot say that the 3D printing technology is new to us but its real life applicability is unimaginable with far reaching implication. Technology is best if regulated by law because it may be both a bane and a boon for the society.