Justifying the Trademark Registration Regime

Tracing Origins[1]

Merchants have been using unique insignia on their goods since ancient Greek and Roman times. This was done mainly to inform buyers and other traders of the origin of their goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured by others. This practice was implicitly respected in the merchant community and guilds[2]. But for a long time, they possessed no justiciable right, except under the law of fraud, against any misappropriation of their merchandise marks. Continue reading


Samrudhi Chothani of ILS Pune on earning a PPO at Bharucha & Partners, Mumbai, counsel practice for women, and choosing the right firm to start a litigation career

Samrudhi Chothani is a final year law student of the five-year course at ILS Law College, Pune. She takes a keen interest in the laws of contract and arbitration and loves to binge on episodes of Sherlock, Game of Thrones and Sarabhai v Sarabhai. At present, Samrudhi is an Associate-in-waiting at Bharucha & Partners, Mumbai; and come May 2017, she will become a first generation lawyer. 

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20 Questions with Dakshayani – A Lawyer turned Teacher, Writer, Classical Singer, Public Speaker, Blogger and Volunteer

Interviewed by Deepakar Livingston, Advocate, Bombay High Court
and Ritvik Kulkarni V BSL LLB, ILS Law College, Pune

Dakshayani graduated from ILS Law College in 2014 with a First Class Degree. We are interviewing someone who herself has interviewed the likes of Naushad Forbes (Director Forbes Marshall and Vice-President CII),  Apurv Nagpal ( Ex. MD and CEO HMV), Mahesh Yagnaraman (MD and CEO First Energy) , Padma Vibhushan Pandit.Hariprasad Chaurasia, Padma Bhushan Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Padma Shri Ustad Shahid Parvez.

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ILS Intellectual Property Week 2.0 and National IPR Seminar 2016

We are pleased and honored to announce that ILS Law College is all set to organize the Second Edition of the ILS Intellectual Property Week. The First Edition of IP Week saw great participation among students mainly because last year’s panel consisted of speakers such as Dr. Mohan Dewan (Managing Partner – R. K. Dewan and Co.), Ashutosh Kane (W.S. Kane and Co.), Mr. Dominic D’Souza (Vice- President Zee Legal), CA Ameya Kunte (Taxsutra) and Adv. Anushree Rauta (Senior Associate – Naik, Naik and Company).The IP Week, which will be held between February 1 and 6, 2016, will consist of activities such as:

  1. IP Parliamentary Debate Competition, 1st February 2016
  2. Quiz Competition, 2nd February 2016
  3. Workshop on Patent Drafting (in collaboration with  URDIP, Pune) 3rd February 2016
  4. IP Extempore Moot Court Competition, 4th February 2016
  5. National Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights, 5th-6th February, 2016

This time on, the much coveted event also includes a National IPR Seminar which will be discussing the current issues and developments in the field of intellectual property law and practice in India. What makes this Seminar truly invaluable is the fact that each of the resource persons are among the few most influential persons in the field of intellectual property across the country. They are as follows

  1. Honourable Justice Prabha Sridevan, Retd. Chairperson, Intellectual Property Appellate  Board 
  2. Honourable Justice Gautam S. Patel, Bombay High Court
  3. Mr Praveen Anand, Managing Partner, Anand and Anand
  4. Dr Pradeep Apte, Professor of Economics, Fergusson College, Pune
  5. Dr Shamnaad Basheer, Founder Spicy IP

In fact, Justice Prabha Sridevan, Justice Gautam S. Patel and Dr. Shamnaad Basheer are the only three Indians who have been listed by Manangning Intellectual Property (MIP) as among the most influential persons in the filed of Intellectual Property across the world! You can access the report here.

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Olympus Has Risen: Dr. Mohan Dewan on Drug Patents

Ritvik M. Kulkarni

On the fourth day of the ILS IP Week 2015, the enthusiastic attendees had the rare opportunity to witness the legend, Dr. Mohan Dewan, give an insightful talk on Patents in the Drugs and Pharmaceutical Industry. The fact that Dr. Dewan almost effortlessly conducted two consecutive sessions with reliance on nothing but his mind and voice is itself an indication of the man’s patent brilliance.

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