Assignment of Trademark


It is the assignment of trade mark that creates rights in favour of the assignee and not the registration of assignment as contemplated in Section 45 of the Trade Marks Act, 1999. If the application for getting transferred the registered trademark in the office of the Registrar is pending, that does not debar the party from protecting the violation of the trademark. Registration of assignment is not a condition precedent to an action for infringement by the assignee and an assignee of registered trademark will not be disentitled to an action for infringement on the ground that the assignment was not registered.
  • T.I. Muhammad Zumoon Sahib vs. Fathimunnissa; AIR 1960 Mad 80
  • Modi Threads Limited vs. Som Soot Gola Factory; AIR 1992 Delhi 4
  • Grandlay Electricals (India) Ltd. vs. Vidya Batra; 1998 PTC 18
  • Astrazeneca U.K. Ltd. and Anr. vs. Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; 2006 PTC 733 (Delhi)
  • Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited vs. Cipla Limited; 2009 (39) PTC 347 (Del)

Foreign Cases

  • Thorn Ld. v. East Anglia Portable Builings Ld.; 1960 R.P.C. 260
  • Ihlee v. Henshaw; (1886) 3 R.P.C. 15
  • Blighty Industries Association Ld. v. Scottish Home Industries Association Ltd.; (1927) 44 R.P.C. 269

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