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Singh and Singh Law Firm is an Indian law firm with years of experience in providing services in the field of Intellectual Property Law, Media and Telecommunications Laws, Arbitration, Competition Law, Law of Taxation, Drugs Regulatory Laws.


With a highly qualified and experienced team of legal professionals, the firm is able to identify the core of a client's issues to provide suitable solutions.


The expertise and experience brought in by the Founding Partners, Maninder Singh and Prathiba M. Singh, coupled with their desire to create a youthful and energetic law firm, has inspired the aggregation of a dynamic team of lawyers and professionals within the firm, who continue to operate and advance the legacy of Singh and Singh.  


The firm started its practice in telecom and broadcasting laws since inception of such disputes in the Telecom and Broadcasting Sectors.


The firm represents eminent entities in the telecom and broadcasting industry such as Bharti, Vodafone, Viacom 18, Indian Broadcasting Federation, Entertainment Network India Limited, Times Internet and Dish TV, Siti Cable.


Partners

Mr Tejveer Singh Bhatia

Bhatia enrolled as an Advocate in the year 2005, and has been involved in the media, entertainment, telecom and broadcasting practice for more than 13 years. Mr Singh Bhatia has been involved in some of the biggest and landmark decisions of the industry during his career. He was promoted as Partner in the year 2011 and represents clients in various forums including High Courts, Supreme Court, TDSAT, National Consumer Commission, domestic and international arbitrations etc. Mr Singh Bhatia  also has expertise in Law of Defamation and Content Regulation and was awarded Rising Stars by Legal Era in 2015.

Mobile: +91 98995 28289

Email: tejveer@singhandsingh.com


Mr Sudeep Chatterjee

Sudeep Chatterjee obtained his law degree from Lucknow University in 2000 and has a masters in software development and software engineering. He handles all infringement matters relating to copyright, trademarks and domain-related issues including filing of UDRP complaints. Mr Chatterjee was a part of the Parliamentary Standing Committees which was constituted to look into the Copyright Amendment Bill, 2010. He is also a member of the INTA Copyright Committee (2018 – 2019) and was recognized him as “Leaders in Trademarks” for the years 2016, 2017.

Mobile: +91 98106 76281

Email: sudeep@singhandsingh.com


Leading Cases

The Firm represented Dish TV in a dispute with ESPN with regards to packaging of channels. ESPN issued notice to discontinue supply of signals to

Dish TV as Dish TV was packaging channels of ESPN, which according to ESPN were akin to

pay-per-view.

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ESPN had also raised a claim of Rs. 100 crores against Dish TV. The Tribunal was pleased to hold that channel packaging is the right of the DTH operator and channel packaging restrictions imposed by EPSN were bad.


It was further held that Dish TV was right in starting a package wherein the consumer/subscriber pre-determines the start date and the stop date of particular channels.


The firm represented Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. in this matter before the Hon’ble High Court

of Delhi.


The suit was filed against 107 Defendants as they were engaging in acts of piracy and copyright infringement by operating websites that were

involved in unauthorised exploitation of sound recordings along with audio visuals/ musical literary works. A permanent injunction was awarded in

favour of the Plaintiff and against the Defendant by the Court.  


The Firm represented Media Pro (a joint venture of Star India and ZEEL) in a dispute before TDSAT. The Tribunal upheld the right of Media Pro to enter into a negotiated contract in the regulatory regime.


However, the Tribunal further held that in case a negotiated contract cannot be arrived between the parties then IMCL has a right to have channels of Media Pro on Reference Interconnect Offer basis, which is a fall back option.


There were large number of connected matters including one filed by Dish TV, which related to applicability of entertainment tax on broadcasting services by DTH operator.


The issue that arose was regarding applicability of Entertainment Tax without there being a provision for the same for DTH Operators.


The Hon’ble Supreme Court ruled that a provision applicable to Cable TV Operator cannot be made applicable to a DTH Operator without having a specific provision for the same.


The Hon’ble Supreme Court in this matter has

held that the Regulations made by TRAI provide non-discriminatory access to the content of all broadcasters.


The Hon’ble Supreme Court further held that a broadcaster cannot ask a distributor of channels to approach his competitor for channels/content of the said broadcaster as this would be per se discriminatory.


Contact

Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP

C-139, Defence Colony

New Delhi-110024, India


Tel: +91 11 - 4987 6099/

+91 11 - 4982 6000


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