1. Bajaj Auto Purchases Intellectual Property Rights of American Motorcycle Brand Excelsior-Henderson

A second Trademark has been filed for the name ‘Excelsior-Henderson’ by Bajaj Auto. The trademark was filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office under the category of clothing which could also be used for apparel and gears. This is the second time the Indian two-wheeler company has filed for a trademark for the American brand. There was a trademark filed under motorcycle design class including vehicles, spare parts, and services in the year 2018.

2. Mahindra ScorpioN Name Applied For Trademark In India

The name ‘Mahindra ScorpioN’ has been applied for trademark by Mahindra and Mahindra in India. The company has registered different iterations of the name ‘ScorpioN’ and ‘Mahindra ScorpioN’ to be trademarked, according to the website of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Patent Design and Trademarks. All the names are ‘marked for exam’ which means that the application will soon be examined by the trademark office. According to the website, the names were applied on 22 December 2020.

3. Apple, Prepear enter settlement negotiations over fruit logo trademark

Technological giant Apple and meal planning app Prepear recently agreed to enter into settlement negotiations over the latter’s disputed pear-shaped logo, which was alleged to bear a resemblance to Apple’s famous logo which might lead to similar commercial impression. The trademark application for the minimalistic pear illustration was formally objected by Apple in the month of August, followed by a similar grievance in Canada weeks later. Prepear however accused Apple of engaging in bullying tactics that cost the company many thousand dollars and launched a petition to ‘save the pear’ and to ‘end Apple’s aggressive opposition of businesses with fruit logos”. USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has announced last week that both the parties have entered into settlements talks. The suit will however recommence on Jan 23 if the settlement talks are to fail.

4. The Girl Scouts Accuse the Boy Scouts of Unfair Competition in Trademark Dispute

On 25th of December, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court of Manhattan against the Boys Scouts of America accusing them for trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and deceptive business practices. The filing of the case was the latest development to the ongoing friction between the parties ever since the Boy Scouts announced that they would broadly accept girls to its programs in 2017. The lawsuit by the Girl Scouts stated that the recent development on accepting girls into the organization lead to parents mistakenly signing up girls for programs offered by the latter instead of them. The Boy Scouts have sought to have the lawsuit dismissed stating that it lacked merit and through its statement on Sunday mentioned that it had decided to accept girls into its programs after years of receiving requests from families who wanted the option of character-development and leadership programs run by the organization

5. Lawsuit over ‘warmer’ Sherlock depicted in Enola Holmes dismissed

The estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Netflix have agreed to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the author’s estate, which alleged that the film Enola Holmes infringed a copyright. The lawsuit claimed that Netflix’s film Enola Holmes portrayed the character of Sherlock Holmes as being too emotional, and respectful towards women, which violated Doyle’s copyright. Majority of the author’s writing is in the public domain, however, 10 of his stories remain copyrighted in the US. In the UK, where copyright lasts for 70 years after an author’s death, all Holmes stories are out of copyright. Further, Doyle’s estate also sued Nancy Springer, the author of the original Enola Holmes series of books, along with Netflix, Springer’s publisher, and the film adaptation’s production company. In response to the lawsuit the defendants stated that Doyle’s estate was trying to copyright “generic concepts like warmth, kindness, empathy, or respect”, rather than any specific plot or character elements contained in those stories. 

6. Spotify develops “Plagiarism Risk Detector” to scan songs for copyright infringement

Spotify has applied for a patent for a new “Plagiarism Risk Detector And Interface” that will scan inputted music for plagiarism. The interface is reportedly being developed to help artists avoid lawsuits by revealing similarities in already-published songs. This technology will be scanning each song using a “lead sheet”, which is a form of musical notation common in the music industry. The interface’s plagiarism detection utilizes artificial intelligence “trained on a plurality of pre-existing encoded lead sheets.” The Plagiarism Risk Detector “is a graphical user interface (GUI)”, which is more intuitive and precise while detecting plagiarised music.

7. Yamaha FZ – X Name Registered For Trademark in India

The Yamaha Motor Company has recently registered the name ‘FZ-X’ as a  trademark in India. A recent listing on the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Patent Design and Trademarks website states that the particular name is tagged as ‘Advertised bef acc’, which is reported to mean that the application has been advertised to the public before the acceptance in the Trademark Journal by the registrar. There is no clear indication as to whether the motorcycle which will bear this name will be an altogether new motorcycle or a variant of a preexisting FZ motorcycles like the FZ, FZS, FZ 25 and FZS 25. It has been reported that Yamaha applied for the name on November 5, 2020. 

8. Honda Files Trademark Registration For ‘ST 125’

It was recently reported that the automobile manufacturer, Honda has filed for trademark registration for the Honda ST 125, at the European Patent Office. The filing stated that Honda would use the trademark for vehicles or accessories. The name ST carries a special meaning with it as it is steeped in history. The ST series in the 1960s came as the ST 50, ST 70 and the ST 90 models. However, for the new series, Honda is most likely going to use the 125cc engine which is also present in the Honda MSX 125 Grom as well as the Honda Super Cub 125. It is said that the transmission would either be a four – speed or a five – speed gearbox.

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