This Newsletter brings to you significant IP updates from the first quarter of this year. The past few months have seen a couple of very important judgments that emphasized the importance of novelty and the impact of prior publications of registered designs.
In addition to the above, the Competition Commission of India (the â€œCCIâ€) considered whether Google, by letting the sale and use of descriptive trademarks as keywords by competitors of the trademark owners amounted to abuse by Google of its dominant position. The CCI held that Google was not guilty of abusing its dominant position. On similar lines, another judgment revisited and explained the limitations of protection to generic trademarks.