The Unwired Case: UK Courts to Determine Global FRAND Licensing Terms

Posted on October 22, 2020 Co-authored by Shobana Iyer* and Tanya Garg* Introduction On 26 August 2020, the UK Supreme Court (“Supreme Court”) delivered the much-awaited landmark decision in Unwired Planet International Ltd v Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd; Huawei Technologies Co Ltd v Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL; ZTE Corporation v Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL[1] […]

The Messiah or the Mirage: Analysing Shenzen Tencent Vs Shanghai Yinxun’s Contribution to the Discourse on AI and Authorship

Posted on October 21, 2020 Authored by Aditya Krishna* Introduction “AI” or Artificial intelligence has been developing in leaps and bounds over the past decades. With many applications emerging, and a multitude more on the horizon, it is inevitable that the legal field is bound to undergo drastic changes to cater for the changing technology […]

News Corner: US Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Decade-Long Google & Oracle Copyright Dispute

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Google v. Oracle as the decade-long dispute between tech giants finally reached the Apex Court after multiple trials and delay. At the heart of this copyright litigation which was initiated in 2010, is the copyrightability of application programming interfaces (APIs), which are intermediary software […]

News Corner: Banksy Loses Trademark Over His “Flower Thrower” Image

Recently, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”) invalidated the trademark registration for Banksy’s popular artwork of the “Flower Thrower” image. The dispute between the world-famous anonymous street artist known as Banksy (or rather the proprietor of the trademark – Pest Control Office Limited – as Banksy continues to remain anonymous) and Full Color Black – […]

CCI’s Investigation of the Indian Smartphone Industry – Licensing of Standard Essential Patents

Posted on September 19, 2020 Authored by Tanya Varshney* Acknowledgement: Thanks to Prof. (Dr.) Manveen Singh* for sharing his inputs and reviewing this article. In simple terms, Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”) are the patents that have been declared as “essential” to implement the industry or technology standards and ensure uniformity and compatibility in the technology […]

News Corner: Chanel Secures Registration of Camellia Drawing

Recently, Chanel secured registration for its five-petaled Camellia flower design. The design which gained iconic status after being associated with the brand for years, takes up about 40 minutes to make by hand. The flower has become one of the most instantly recognized emblems of Chanel’s accessories, clothing and jewelry. The flower has become synonymous with […]

New Outlook on Generic Marks: Analysing Justice Breyer’s Dissent in USPTO v. Booking.com

Posted on August 23, 2020 Authored by Joseph Moses Parambi. On June 30th, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) laid down a landmark ruling granting Booking.com BV (Booking.com) trademark registration in United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com BV[i]. The majority 8-1 decision lays down an unusual precedent that provides registration […]

News Corner: WIPO-CISAC’s Partnership – Paving Way for International Recognition and Information Exchange

On 30 July 2020, World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) in a press release announced an advancement in its partnership with the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (“CISAC”). This new partnership echoes an agreement signed earlier this year on metadata between WIPO and SUISA, the Swiss authors’ Collective Management Organizations (“CMOs”) and a […]