Tussle over Trademark ‘KSRTC’

  • Published
    7th Jun, 2021

GS-III: Economy

  • Intellectual Property Rights
Context

In a latest development, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRCT) has decided to explore all legal options and challenge the recent order of the Trademarks Registry, India, in favour of Kerala Road Transport Corporation to exclusively use the acronym ‘KSRTC’.

Prelims question:

Which of the following statements are correct regarding ‘Trademarks Registry’?

  1. Trademark Registry is an office under NITI Aayog
  2. The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks heads the Trademarks Registry offices and functions as the Registrar of Trademarks
  3. Trade Marks Registry also functions as an ‘office of origin’ under Madrid Protocol

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

Do you think that the recent controversy surrounding allocation of trademark ‘KSRTC’ by Trademark Registry is an example of competitive federalism? (150 words)

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