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Trade Marks Rules, 2017 – What it means for Startups & SME’s

The Controller of Patents, Designs and Trademarks through a public notice dated November 19, 2015 brought to the notice of the public the draft of the Trademarks Amendment Rules, 2015 proposing to amend the Trademark Rules, 2002 and had invited

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What are the steps involved and the costs to register a trademark in India?

The official fee charged by the Indian trademark office is Rs.4000 per mark per class. The professional charges start from Rs.1999 and upwards depending on your service provider. It is as simple as deciding to have pani poori from your

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Trademark Search: The cornerstone for your brand’s success

Trademark Search: In addition, to creating a strong trademark as your brand, it is important to ensure that the trademark you have created as your brand is not used by anyone else across the world. Though trademark law is territorial,

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Freedom 251 phone icons – Ring any Bells?

My day in office began with the conversation on whether my colleague was lucky enough to order the Freedom 251 smart phone, supposedly the India’s first and cheapest smartphone (around USD 4) which was launched yesterday by Noida-based company Ringing

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4 things you need to know while responding to a provisional refusal from the Indian Trademark Office under the Madrid Protocol.

Madrid protocol – India Deadline to respond to objections: The deadline to respond to objections raised by the Indian Trademark Office is 30 days from the date of receipt of the provisional refusal notification by the applicant. Accordingly the date

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5 things every Software Developer should include in his Software Development Agreement/Contract

The legal issues surrounding software development can be sometimes complex and often confusing. It is not unusual for developers to take up development gigs without any formal engagement in writing resulting in bitter experiences. By understanding the importance of agreements

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Proof of Right for Indian Patent Applications

Section 7(2) of the Indian Patents Act states that where the patent application is made by virtue of an assignment of the right to apply for a patent for an invention, the applicant is required to furnish, either at the

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Proposed Amendments to Trademark Law in India – Fee Hike and More.

Image Source Nov 2016 Update: We are hearing reports that the amendment will come into force this month. While nothing has been confirmed as yet, it appears that the amendments will be published in the Gazette shortly. The Controller of

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Announcing A.A.Selvam - IDIA Scholarship

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants — Isaac Newton Men who inspire us are rare and few. Especially those who have managed to leave an impression in our hearts that continues to

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Filing international trademark applications under the Madrid Protocol in India.

The international registration and management of trademarks is facilitated by the Madrid Agreement or the Madrid Protocol or in some cases by both the Protocol and agreement and is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) located in Geneva,

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