Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bharti-Walmart flagship brand faces Trademark opposition in India:


The management will fight to protect intellectual property of its Great Value label; applications filed in '08

 Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which recently launched several of its global private labels in India, through joint venture Bharti-Walmart Pvt. Ltd, is facing opposition to efforts to register its flagship brand Great Value (GV) here, according to information from the Indian trademark office's website.

"Wal-Mart has registered Great Value in various countries including India and we aggressively protect it as our intellectual property," a Bharti-Walmart spokesperson said in an email statement.

The spokesperson, however, denied knowledge of any opposition.

"Currently, Wal-Mart is not aware of any opposition to our GV brand but, if necessary, we will take necessary steps to protect our intellectual property," the spokesperson added.

Bharti-Walmart, the US retailer's joint venture with Bharti Enterprsies Ltd, had filed in 2008 about a dozen applications to trademark Great Value's logo: 'GV' in a circle emblazoned with 'Great Quality. Low Prices.' The applications were in various categories—baby food, dental wax, dried fruits, jellies and jam, bleaching preparation, soap, cosmetics, hair lotions and others, according to information from the trademark office. Most of those applications are being opposed, according to the trademark office's website.

Bharti-Walmart has already launched several Great Value products including tea, snacks, ketchup, dish-washing bar, toilet cleaner and glass cleaner; it plans to launch more in coming months, according to the company.

It takes about two years for India's Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks to scan and process any application before they are put in the public domain. Any kind of opposition to a trademark application can be made within four months from the day the trademark office makes any application public, trademark lawyers say. Bharti-Walmart's applications were made public late last year and most of its applications are being opposed.

Mint couldn't ascertain the identity of the individuals or companies opposing the Bharti-Walmart applications. Bharti-Walmart had earlier filed dozens of trademark applications seeking to trademark Indian-sounding names including Sankskar, Sabhyata, Cimran, Sur, Sitrali, Pranay, Srishti, Jovaki, Amokhya but the company faced opposition to most of the applications. It now says it will not contest the opposition.

"The application for registration of Astitva and a few other names was filed in August 2008. However, based on consumer feedback and legal opinion we went ahead with the brand name Astitva as our private label brand for Indian ethnic products. Some of the other names that had been filed for registration (except for Astitva) will lapse as we will not be pursuing them further," the Bharti-Walmart spokesperson added.


Source: livemint.com
Publication date: 1/19/2010

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List of 44 Deemed Universities going to be de-recognised in India


The PN Tondon Committee constituted by the Central Government has submitted its report recommending de-recognition of following 44 deemed Universities due to lack of infrastructure facilities and undesirable Management of the Universities.So The Ministry of HRD has submitted an affidavit before the supreme Court regarding de-recognition of 44 deemed Universities all over the Country.


1 Academy of Maritime Education and Training, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
2 Bharath Institute of Higher Education
3 BLDE University, Bijapur, Karnataka
4 Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Padur, Tamil Nadu
5 Christ College, Bangalore, Karnataka
6 D.Y. Patil Medical College, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
7 Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
8 Graphic Era University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
9 Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Hardwar, Uttarakhand
10 HIHT University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
11 Inst. of Advanced Studies in Education of Gandhi Vidya Mandir,Sardarshahr, Rajasthan
12 Jain University, Bangalore, Karnataka
13 Janardhan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Udaipur, Rajasthan
14 Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
15 Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu
16 Karpagam Academy of Higher Educatioin, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
17 Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Satara, Maharashtra
18 Lingaya's University, Faridabad, Haryana
19 Maharishi Matkandeshwar University, Ambala, Haryana
20 Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad, Haryana
21 Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
22 Mody Institute of Technology and Science, Sikar, Rajasthan
23 National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology, Delhi
24 Nava Nalanda, Nalanda, Bihar
25 Nehru Gram Bharati Vishwavidyalaya, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
26 Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
27 Periyar Maniammai Institute of Science and Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
28 Ponnaiyah Ramajayam Institute of Science and Technology, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
29 Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu
30 Santosh University, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
31 Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
32 Shobit Institute of Engineering and Technology, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
33 Siksha Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
34 Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry
35 Sri Devraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Kolar, Karnataka
36 Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher education, Tumkur, Karnataka
37 St Peter's Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
38 Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat
39 Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra
40 Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr Sagunthala R&
41 Vel's Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced studies (VISTAS), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
42 Vignan's Foundation for Science Technology and Research, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
43 Vinayaka Mission's Research Foundation, Salem, Tamil Nadu
44 Yenepoya University, Mangalore, Karnataka

Source: http://www.indiastudychannel.com  visited on 19/01/10
 


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