A Retrospective Analysis of India’s Proposal to Ban Trading in Cryptocurrency

Posted on January 21, 2021 Authored by Melita Tessy* Introduction To many in the Fintech sector, the 2018 circular[1] of the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”), purportedly banning trade in virtual currencies would’ve come off as a rather unpleasant surprise. This is because, the RBI had published in 2015, the “Financial Stability Report” and the […]

AI and the Future of Human-Judges: Theorising the Role of AI in Legal Interpretation

Posted on December 23, 2020 Authored by Aditya Krishna* Introduction With the advent of the 21st century, technology began to develop in leaps and bounds, leading to the eventual creation of a plethora of AI or Artificial-intelligence applications and solutions. It has been forecasted in a study by the Stanford University in 2016 that over […]

Uber and Viacom’s E-Contract Disputes: Judicial Outlook on Click-Wrap and Browse-Wrap Agreements

Posted on December 16, 2020 Authored by Tanya Varshney* It is an established principal of contract law across jurisdictions that, regardless of the form of the contract, certain essentials such as offer, acceptance, capacity to contract, consideration, etc. should be met. Unlike e-mail where parties have several exchanges of written communications, click-wrap agreements such as […]

News Corner: Belgian Data Protection Authority and DNS Belgium To Take Down Websites Violating GDPR

Alleged data protection violation? Your “.be” domain name could be taken down!  The Belgian Data Protection Authority (the “Belgian DPA”) published on 30 November 2020 a Cooperation Agreement with DNS Belgium, the organization managing the “.be” country code top-level domain name. This Agreement allows DNS Belgium to make unavailable “.be” websites that violate the General […]

News Corner: Delhi HC Directs Xiaomi to Maintain INR 1000 Crores in Patent Infringement Suit

Philips has brought an action against Xiaomi before the Delhi High Court in the suit titled Koninklijke Philips N.V. vs Xiaomi Inc. CS(COMM) 502/2020, for infringement of its UMTS enhancement (HSPA, HSPA+) and LTE technologies and patents being IN 275419, IN 271469, and IN 228133 Philips also filed an application seeking an ad-interim injunction against […]

News Corner: Nirvana and Marc Jacobs Fight Over the “Smiley Face”

Marc Jacobs’ design, left, with Nirvana’s original, right. Composite: Mac Jacobs/Getty ImagesImage Source: The Guardian In 2018, the company Nirvana LLC sued the famous designer Marc Jacobs -among others- for the use of the “Smiley Face” symbol, which is attributed to Kurt Cobain. This “Smiley Face” has been registered in the US Copyright Office in favor […]

Tapering Window for Antitrust Claims : Review of FTC v. Qualcomm

Posted on November 25, 2020 Authored by Manika Dayal* Introduction Standard Essential Patents (“SEP’s”) and FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms under licencing agreements in recent times have exponentially risen to prominence, especially in the Information and Computer Technology ( “ICT”) sectors as well as the telecommunications industry. The myriad of issues that have been […]

News Corner: FTC Settles With Zoom Over Privacy and Security Issues

On 9th November, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) of the United States announced a settlement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (“Zoom”), requiring the company to implement a comprehensive information security program to resolve the alleged deceptive and unfair practices undermining the security of its users, that were in violation of Section 5(a) of the Federal […]