Much Ado About Nothing: Court resolves issue over a fictional acronym

“Any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental”, a statement often seen as a disclaimer before the beginning of feature films. Across languages, the words may vary, but the essence remains the same. This necessarily serves the purpose of avoiding legal disputes from an entity that may assume that the fictitious representation violates its rights. The disclaimer can be held invalid if the entity is successful in proving its claim. For this to become true, there must be a strong case.

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Manisha Singh and Simran Bhullar discuss the case of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd vs. Eros International Media Ltd & Anr. in which a trademark infringement dispute arose over a fictional term used in a movie.