Legal Issues Seminar-General IP (LIS-GIP) On “Can The NGT Take Suo Motu Cognizance Of Cases?”

A ‘Legal Issues Seminar-General IP’ (LIS-GIP) was conducted by Nayantara Malhotra, Senior Associate, on “Can the NGT take Suo Motu Cognizance of Cases?”. The seminar delved into the proactive role played by the NGT in environment related matters. The seminar specifically looked into the statutory provisions pertaining to the NGT’s jurisdiction and powers, orders passed by the NGT and courts on whether the NGT can take up suo motu cognizance of cases, and discussed the need for clarity on the issue by either the Supreme Court or the Legislature. The session concluded with some interesting questions and discussion among the team, including on whether the NGT is justified in taking up suo motu cognizance of cases.

The presentation can be accessed here.

Practice Work Shop (PWS) on ‘Does Enforcement of Rights Against Online Infringement Override the Territorial Nature of Trademark Law?’

During last week’s Practice Work Shop (PWS) Session, Samreen Iboo Sait, Associate, lead a discussion on whether enforcing trademark rights against online infringement overrides the territorial limitation of trademarks law. The session witnessed an engrossing discussion on the rising trend of online infringement, interpretation of how jurisdiction is availed, the practical difficulties in enforcement of decrees against online infringers, and the implications of territorial limitations of law in a virtual world.

ALG’s Aparna Sreedhar Delivers A Guest Lecture At Annapurna College Of Film And Media, Hyderabad

ALG’s Aparna Sreedhar recently visited Annapurna College of Film and Media, Hyderabad for an interactive guest lecture on “IP & Film Industry”. She covered various aspects of copyright and trademark law related to the film industry. Students of the Final Year of the Masters course in Film Production attended the lecture and discussed questions like ‘what happens if a film title has already been used by a earlier film but the script is different?’; ‘ how does one protect a concept note?’; ‘would one still get royalty if music rights have been assigned?’, etc. She also provided practical insights and Do’s and Don’ts for the budding film makers.

Special Legal Issues Seminar-General IP (SLIS-GIP) On “Are The Terms ‘Party’ And ‘Witness’ Interchangeable In Respect Of Order XIII Rule 1(3)(a) Of The Code Of Civil Procedure, 1908?”

A ‘Special Legal Issues Seminar-General IP’ (SLIS-GIP) was conducted by Janaki Arun, Senior Associate, on “Are the Terms ‘Party’ and ‘Witness’ Interchangeable in respect of Order XIII Rule 1(3)(a) of The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908?”. The seminar revolved around a recent decision of a Division Bench of the Bombay High Court in Mohammed Abdul Wahid v. Smt. Nilofer and Ors., [Writ Petition Nos. 6931 and 7717 of 2019] which elaborately dealt with this question. The seminar also delved into the statutory provisions applicable to parties to a suit and witnesses under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872. The session concluded with some interesting questions and discussion among the team, including why it is necessary to distinguish between a party to a suit appearing as a witness and the witness of a party to a suit.

The presentation can be accessed here.

Practice Work Shop (PWS) On ‘Does Documenting Traditional Knowledge Aid Preservation Or Lead To Dissemination?’

During last week’s Practice Work Shop (PWS) Session, Sanjukta Kaushik, Trainee Associate, lead a discussion on whether documenting traditional knowledge aids its preservation or lead to its dissemination. The session witnessed an engrossing discussion on the growing interest in documenting traditional knowledge, the advantages and disadvantages that it brings to the communities involved, and factors such as language of initial documentation that should be considered in the process.

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