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Kedar Ganesh Dhargalkar

Kedar Ganesh Dhargalkar is a fifth-year Bachelor of Law student at Adv. Balasaheb Apte College of Law, University of Mumbai, India. He has an academic interest in constitutional law and intellectual property law and writes regularly about socio-legal issues and evolutionary changes in IP jurisprudence.

Recent Articles by Kedar Ganesh Dhargalkar

On the Rocks and in the Courts: Aged Disputes in Whiskey Trademark Litigations

In the spirited world of whiskey, legal battles ferment in the form of trademark litigation. In the vast realm of whiskey production, where brands are as carefully crafted as the spirits themselves, clashes over trademarks have become common. The legal complexities swirling within the whiskey industry encapsulate the struggles of renowned manufacturers to protect the unique identities they have painstakingly cultivated for their whiskey brands. From the nuances of trade-dress like labelling and branding, to shape marks for detailed bottle designs, whiskey companies engage in multifaceted litigations to safeguard their trademarks.

The Adidas v. Thom Browne Saga: Stripes May Be ‘Earned’ But They Cannot Be Owned

Engagement in proactive IP litigation by global companies is the bedrock of trademark enforcement, and Adidas is no stranger to this strategy. Since 2008, this athleisure accessories manufacturer has consistently protected its intellectual property by signing over 200 settlement agreements and fighting more than 90 court battles. Most recently, on  January 12, 2023, Adidas’s efforts to sue Thom Browne Inc., a Zegna subsidiary, for trademark infringement of its ‘three-stripes logo’ was foiled. The damages claim of around $7.8 million, or £6.4 million, backfired on the German sportswear giant when it was denied by an eight-person Manhattan jury.