WORLD'S FIRST TRADEMARK AS AN ADDRESS - 6 BALLYGUNGE PLACE
An interesting turn in the history of Intellectual Property Right in India was witnessed, when the IP Law firm headed by Biswajit Sarkar won the Landmark case of '6 Ballygunge Place' in favor of the owners of the restaurant, the Savourites. '6 Ballygunge Place' is the service mark adopted by the Savourites (now Hospitality Pvt. Ltd) for the business of restaurant. However, the name ' 6 Ballygunge Place' was denied registration by the Trade Marks Registry , India. The Law Firm led by Biswajit Sarkar not only argued for the right of the restaurateurs over their original idea but also re-established the need to nuance our understanding of intellectual property right.
This judgment is unprecedented in India and elsewhere. The transformation of a postal address to a protected brand name is one of a kind. It speaks for the evolution and sophistication while ideating IP norms in India. Restaurateurs can now enjoy exclusive right over their brand name speaks a lot for the distance Intellectual Property Law has traversed with Biswajit Sarkar & Co, Patent Attorneys leading the way as a catalyst in such issues..