Legal & Regulatory

Coke Wins in Landmark Indian Trademark Case


Oct. 22 – The Delhi High Court has asked the Indian conglomerate Bisleri International to halt the sale of their mango-flavored soft drink under the trade name Maaza in India, giving Coca-Cola a victory in a trademark case. The issue has been fought for more than a year now with the Delhi High Court allowing […]

Foreign Investment to India Passes US$100 Billion Mark


Oct. 15 – India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion says that foreign direct investment (FDI) to India from 2000 until July this year has already passed the US$100 billion mark. In total, FDI inflows during that period reached US$100.33 billion. In the first four months of this year alone FDI amounted to US$10.49 billion […]

Cartels to be Reined in Under New Legislation


Sept. 7 – The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has implemented new legislation that will encourage cartel members to expose other members in exchange for lesser penalties. Currently, the penalties for collective price fixing in India includes fines of up to three times the profit or ten percent of turnover. Depending upon the significance of […]

Maha Ratna Proposal to Give Top State-Owned Companies More Autonomy


Sept. 2 – The government is considering awarding top state-owned companies the Maha Ratna status to give it more freedom to negotiate joint ventures, investments and grow capacity. “My ministry will seek cabinet approval for elevating some of the Nav Ratna companies owned by the government to the Maha Ratna status provided their net profit […]

Foreign Investors Have 18 Months Left to Obtain Tax Breaks


By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Aug. 28 – India’s new tax code may create a window of opportunity for foreign investors wanting to enter the Indian market with reduced tax rates. Currently, special economic zones (SEZ) in the country carry tax breaks of up to 15 years in some sectors, in addition to a number of other […]

FDI Law May be Revised to Block Investment in Sensitive Sectors


Aug. 19 – The National Security Council has submitted a secret report suggesting revisions on the current FDI guidelines to allow the government to stop foreign mergers or takeovers of Indian companies that are considered damaging to national interest, reports The Economic Times. Under the proposed National Security Exception Act foreign investment in sensitive sectors […]

India to Unveil New Foreign Trade Policy


Aug. 18 – India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma recently met with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the details of the new five-year foreign trade policy (FTP) to be unveiled on August 27. The new FTP is expected to help exporters struggling with the recession in their traditional markets in the United States […]

India-ASEAN Trade Pact to Benefit Bengal


Aug. 18 – Bengal is expected to benefit the most from India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement signed recently because of its proximity to Thailand and Myanmar. At a recent session on “Foreign Investment-Policy and Promotion,” Joint Secretary of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Mr. Gopal Krishna told Indian Express that since Bengal is the most […]

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