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The order was in favour of a decision of Trade Mark Registry in dismissing opposition of Philips Electronics 

Gireesh Babu  |  Chennai August 22, 2015 Last Updated at 21:46 IST 

Electronics goods manufacturer PhilipsElectronics NV has lost a trademark case against Delhi-based company KayKay Home Appliances Private Ltd, as the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) has upheld an order of the patentoffice allowing trademark ‘Phillips’ for the latter’s hurricane lantern…


LUBNA KABLY, TNN | Aug 22, 2015, 05.15AM IST 

MUMBAI: India Inc is increasingly conscious of the need to protect its trademark globally. Yet, surprisingly the takers for the Madrid Protocol (Protocol) under which a trademark can be simultaneously registered in 90 odd countries through a single application are few and far between. …


Camson Bio Technologies has filed for patent for its discovery of Natural Fertilizer, a product derived from microbial extracts. The company has developed capabilities to manufacture this microbial extract in large commercial quantities for meeting the increasing global demand for environment-friendly fertilisers. The fertiliser is made of microbes available in soil, water and air. Analysts will closely watch the development on this front…


BENJAMIN ZHANG  AUG 16, 2015, 08.30 PM

Early this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent application from Boeing's Nathan Hiller for a "rapid deployment air and water vehicle…


By Menchie Mendoza, Tech Times | August 17, 9:51 AM 

Google has filed a patent listing at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new application that will allow the search firm to look for content within the user's apps and files installed on his PC, mobile devices and in the cloud…


Raghunath Manohar, deputy engineer in the advanced material testing laboratory of Mechanical Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal University received a U.S. patent for his invention, Marking Gauge…


James Cook, Aug 13, 2015, 02.38 PM


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Curt Woodward

Akamai Technologies Inc. won another round in its long-running patent infringement case against a competitor on Thursday, ruling from the federal Appeals Court holds that Limelight Networks, based in Tempe, Ariz., was responsible for infringing a key Akamai patent covering the way content is distributed across the Internet.






It all began as the small Anand Milk Union Ltd (AMUL) in 1946. With the great visionary, the late Dr Varghese Kurien, it later turned into a dairy products’ brand owned by the Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd. With further expansion, eventually, the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) began marketing the Amul brand of dairy products.

In 2014-15, the Amul turnover was nearly Rs. 21,700 crore. It currently procures and processes 148.5 crore litres of milk from 18,536 village milk cooperative societies. The Amul products are exported to over 50 countries. It owns 60 dairies across India, with more in the offing.

With its pan-India popularity, therefore, many non-dairy products—ranging from hosiery to tractors—copied the “Amul” name to cash in on its brand-recall value.

No longer would “The Taste of India” sour, however.

With the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) recently ruling in its favour, no one else would be allowed to cash in on the Amul popularity for any products whatsoever.

“Products like Amul tractors (manufactured by a Rajkot-based firm) or Amul hosiery (made by a Mumbai-based company) will not be able to copy the logos and fonts of Amul,” Rs. Sodhi, Managing Director, GCMMF, told BusinessLine.

Last week, the Controller-General of Patents Design & Trademarks, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in a notification, approved and categorised Amul as a “well-known brand” in a list of 68 brands. “The IPAB has emphasised Amul as a well-known trademark," DIPP said.

Sodhi said this virtually accords Amul, the top Indian trademark in dairy products, the status of a global patent. “Many were trying to get their products registered with the Amul name. Every time we had to move the courts to protect our original Amul brand. “

He said, as a global brand, the Amul name, its fonts and other brand-related specifics have become intellectual property of GCMMF and no one would be able to copy it. “No one in the world will be able to launch any product with Amul name without our consent.”

In India, nearly 70 brands come in this category of “well-known brands”—most of these are from overseas, ranging from 7’O Clock shaving razors manufactured by Gillette UK Ltd to Pepsi to BBC; India’s own “well-known brands” in the list include Nirma, Rajnigandha, Bisleri etc. Amul has been added, recently, at number 66 in this list.

“With less litigation now, there will be no dilution of our brand image. Millions of loyal customers will also benefit as no one will be able to dupe them. No one would now be able to use the Amul name either for any other products.”


BMW on Tuesday said it was looking into whether Google infringed any trademark rights after the Silicon Valley-based group set up a new company called Alphabet, which is also the name of a BMW subsidiary.

"We are examining whether there are any implications over trademarks," a BMW spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The spokeswoman said there were currently no plans to take legal steps against Google. BMW's Alphabet, which provides services to companies with vehicle fleets, operates in 18 countries and supplies 530,000 vehicles to corporate customers. Google was not immediately available for comment.

A legal dispute is unlikely since Google made clear in its announcement on Monday that in creating a parent company called Alphabet Inc, it was not intending to build products and brands under that name. Google has picked a name that is also a fairly common brand among American businesses. There are currently 103 trademark registrations in the United States that include the word "alphabet" or some close variation, according to a database search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

To prove a trademark infringement, a trademark owner would have to show that the new Alphabet created a "likelihood of confusion" among consumers between the two brands. This could occur if both brands offered similar goods and services.