Under Indian law, someone unconnected with the business but with the skills and experience to be a director, can join the board as an “additional director” and bring a fresh perspective to how the company is managed. In this article we examine the steps needed to appoint such a director and how additional directors can help drive company growth.

After more than 16 years of negotiations, the European Free Trade Association, which consists of four countries Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway, has entered into a Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement with India.

One interesting aspect of the new agreement is that it provides enhanced and non-discriminatory protection for intellectual property among the signatory states.

Liquor manufacturer Allied Blenders brought a case against Hermes Distillery Private Limited for allegedly infringing its trademark with the latter’s Peace Maker Prestige Whisky label. Allied Blenders claimed that Hermes’ label bore significant similarities to its own and sought an injunction against the defendant.

An independent director contributes significantly to corporate governance by offering an impartial and objective viewpoint during a company’s decision-making processes. To maintain accountability, transparency, and the protection of stakeholders’ interests, independent directors in India are subject to obligations that are outlined in the Companies Act of 2013. In this feature, Aarna Law examines the duties and liabilities of such independent directors.

Joint property refers to ownership held by two or more individuals simultaneously. The form of ownership commonly includes joint tenancy and tenancy in common. In this article we explore the legal frameworks that allow co-owners to seek division of jointly held property.

In the context of complex and multi-party transactions, the matter of whether non-signatories can be subject to an arbitration agreement has become increasingly contentious. On December 6, 2023, a constitution bench of five judges in the Supreme Court of India evaluated the validity and application of the “Group of Companies Doctrine” in the context of India.

You might wonder why registering your trademark is necessary when it is already well-known, has a wide-reaching reputation and has been in use for a long time.

However, while these are all valid grounds to protect a Well-Known Trademark in India, there are many other benefits of being listed as ‘Well-Known’ in the Trademarks Registry.

The relevance of the right to be forgotten in cyberspace is being extensively addressed by courts in India. This has led to litigants approaching the courts to seek redaction or deletion of their names or personal data from judgments.

Indemnity clauses play a vital role in safeguarding parties in licensing agreements, outlining the allocation of risks. The extent or breadth of an indemnity clause is crucial for assessing and mitigating these risks effectively.

In our continuing series of interviews with female entrepreneurs inspired by World IP Day 2023, we talk to Nidhi Mahesh of We-Storytellers about the value of storytelling, the challenge of being a startup and how to strike the balance between being engaging and legally sound.