Monday 13 August 2012

Increase in Trademarks Infringement Cases

Under the Trademarks Act, 1999, the Registered Proprietor or the authorized user of a trademark can take recourse to civil or criminal action against the infringer in the appropriate fora. The statistics of trademark infringements is not maintained by the Central Government. 

The accession (proposed notification of Trademark rules under the Trademark (Amendment) Act, 2010 would enable the Indian companies to register their trademarks in the member-countries of the Protocol through a single applications as well as allow foreign companies to register their trade marks in India, within a specific timeframe i.e. 18 months. At present, there are 86 contracting parties to the Protocol. Under the Trademarks (Amendments) Act, 2010, the Head Office of the Trade Marks Registry (which is at Mumbai) or such branch of the Trade Marks Registry as the Central Government may by notification in the Official Gazette specify, will deal with the international applications. 
This information was given by the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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