Ms Sanaya F Vachha

Sanaya F Vachha

Lawyer biography

Sanaya is an Associate with Vellani & Vellani and has been with the firm since 2002.  She has primarily been involved in matters pertaining to corporate and commercial law and her experience includes being involved in and advising international and local clients in matters related to the setting up of and incorporation of private companies, not for profit organizations and liaison offices, anti-trust, corporate governance, banking and financing including microfinance banking, franchising, foreign exchange regulations, mergers and acquisitions, arbitration, labour laws, property matters, rent laws, cyber and media laws to name a few and has been involved in various due diligence exercises.  Sanaya has also been dealing with intellectual property matters including oppositions and infringements in relation to trademarks and copyrights.  She has also been involved in litigation proceedings and has assisted senior counsel before various tribunals and courts of Pakistan upto the High Court.  Sanaya is a member of the International Trademarks Association (INTA).


Updates

Competition & Antitrust

Competition Commission adopts measures amid COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate filings and hearings
Pakistan | 04 June 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan has been under a nationwide lockdown since 23 March 2020. As such, the Competition Commission recently launched an online M&A application filing system to facilitate local and foreign stakeholders with mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Further, in order to continue its regular functions amid the pandemic, the Competition Commission has resumed hearings by allowing parties to participate through videoconferencing.

Food for thought: Engro Foods investigated for deceptive marketing practices
Pakistan | 06 February 2020

Pursuant to a complaint by Nestlé Pakistan Limited, the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) initiated an inquiry into Engro Foods Limited for misleading consumers and engaging in deceptive marketing practices under the Competition Act 2010. The CCP concluded that Engro Foods had been involved in deceptive marketing practices and, in the interest of the general public and other market players, recommended that proceedings be initiated against it.

Competition Commission initiates Phase II review of Uber's acquisition of Careem
Pakistan | 29 August 2019

The Competition Commission recently decided on a joint pre-merger application by Uber Technologies, Inc and Careem Inc and concluded that – based on its assessment of the relevant market – the proposed merger was likely to substantially weaken competition through the creation or strengthening of a dominant position in the relevant market. Thus, the commission initiated a Phase II review.

Penalty imposed on electric cable manufacturers for non-disclosure of material information
Pakistan | 13 June 2019

The Competition Commission recently initiated proceedings against 18 electric cable manufacturers which had engaged in deceptive marketing practices under the Competition Act by failing to disclose to consumers that there were cash/cash coupons in the packaging of electric wire cable bundles. The commission's enquiry concluded that on account of this omission, purchasers of the product had been unaware of the coupons and this benefit had instead transferred to various electricians.

Competition Commission sets aside show cause notice
Pakistan | 18 April 2019

The Competition Commission recently examined whether Wateen Telecom Limited had resorted to a tie-in arrangement for analogue TV services provided to a housing scheme in Lahore, restricting consumer choice and abusing its dominant position in violation of the Competition Act. The commission found that the original enquiry report had erroneously defined the relevant market. Due to a lack of sufficient data and evidence, the show cause notice issued to Wateen was set aside.

Competition Commission issues show cause notice for abuse of dominant position
Pakistan | 01 November 2018

The Competition Commission recently conducted an inquiry into alleged discriminatory practices that the Defence Officers Housing Authority Islamabad-Rawalpindi (DHA) had undertaken against Nayatel (Private) Limited in respect of the provision of cable internet and telephony services. The inquiry committee found that the DHA held a dominant position in the relevant market and had abused this position by effectively and constrictively refusing to deal with Nayatel.

Competition Commission examines deceptive marketing practices in the hotel sector
Pakistan | 18 October 2018

The Competition Commission recently conducted an enquiry following a complaint filed by Pakistan Services Limited against a number of other hotel operators for fraudulently using the complainant's registered trademark for the branding of their hotels. The commission found that the respondents had resorted to deceptive marketing practices by adopting marks that were identical or deceptively similar to the complainant's registered marks.

Show cause notice issued for deceptive marketing practices
Pakistan | 04 October 2018

Pursuant to a complaint filed by Ferozsons Laboratories Limited, the Competition Commission recently started an enquiry into Neucon Pakistan for deceptive marketing practices under the Competition Act. The respondent's behaviour was judged to have been capable of deceiving consumers, which could in turn damage the complainant's business interests. In the interest of the general public, it was recommended that proceedings be initiated against Neucon for deceptive marketing practices.

Competition Commission finds that enquiry into deceptive marketing did not comply with Competition Act
Pakistan | 05 July 2018

The Competition Commission recently found that an enquiry into deceptive marketing practices did not comply with Section 37(2) of the Competition Act, which allows the commission to conduct enquiries only after receiving written complaints from an undertaking or registered association of consumers. As a result, proceedings could not be initiated against the company under investigation.

Competition Commission investigates nine animal feed manufacturers for deceptive marketing
Pakistan | 15 March 2018

The Competition Commission recently initiated proceedings against nine animal and livestock feed manufacturers for engaging in deceptive marketing practices under the Competition Act 2010. The commission imposed a penalty of PRs2.7 million on the respondents and ordered them to cease their unauthorised use of the complainant's registered trademark and copycat packaging and file individual compliance reports.

Six fruit juice manufacturers investigated for deceptive marketing practices
Pakistan | 07 December 2017

The Competition Commission recently initiated an enquiry into six fruit juice manufacturers for misleading consumers and engaging in deceptive marketing practices under the Competition Act. The enquiry committee concluded that the respondents' marketing of their fruit juice brands to consumers using unjustified claims amounted to the distribution of false and misleading information to the general public, which could harm the business interests of other undertakings in the same industry.

Inconspicuous disclaimers and claims lacking reasonable basis: are they deceptive marketing practices?
Pakistan | 28 September 2017

The Competition Commission recently conducted an enquiry and initiated proceedings against Proctor & Gamble Pakistan (Private) Limited following a complaint for deceptive marketing practices filed by Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan Limited. The commission found that the respondent had violated Section 10 of the Competition Act 2010 and imposed a penalty of PRs10 million.

Competition Commission finds that online shopping platform violates Competition Act
Pakistan | 29 June 2017

Following a complaint filed by an individual against Kaymu (an online shopping platform) for deceptive marketing practices, the Competition Commission conducted an enquiry and found that Kaymu had been involved in the dissemination of false and misleading information to consumers. These actions had resulted in Kaymu having a competitive advantage over other undertakings in the same line of business, leading to a prima facie violation of the Competition Act.

OnDemand: Competition and antitrust in the digital age
Pakistan | 04 May 2017

The ever-expanding digital market has recently established a solid footing in Pakistan, which has seen a growth in digital businesses. At present, the competition authorities take no specific steps to prevent online retailers and service providers from free riding on the investment of bricks-and-mortar retailers and service providers. However, the Competition Commission has undertaken to create awareness of anti-competitive behaviour and deceptive marking practices.

Overview of recent Competition Commission activities
Pakistan | 22 December 2016

The Competition Commission recently launched its Competition Advocacy Academia Drive campaign, which aims to promote awareness of competition law among university students and faculty members. The commission has also issued a show cause notice against the Pharma Bureau for alleged collusive activities, launched an enquiry into alleged deceptive marketing practices and issued a policy note regarding competition rules in the telecoms sector.

Commission finds that similar logos not always anti-competitive
Pakistan | 22 September 2016

The Competition Commission recently conducted an enquiry into a complaint of deceptive market practices relating to the use of similar logos by motorcycle companies. It found that none of the accused could be held responsible for the alleged deceptive marketing practices, as their conduct and use of the objectionable logos did not amount to the distribution of false or misleading information within the meaning of Section 10 of the Competition Act 2010.

Pakistan Engineering Council found guilty of restricting competition in insurance market
Pakistan | 07 July 2016

The Competition Commission recently initiated proceedings against the Pakistan Engineering Council following a complaint that it had restricted competition in the insurance market for public civil works. The bidding documents that the council prepared for public sector engineering projects contained provisions restricting insurance cover for public civil works to AA-rated insurers.

Competition Commission imposes highest-ever penalty for deceptive marketing practices
Pakistan | 14 April 2016

The Competition Act 2010 does not cover the concept of parasitic copying or copycat packaging. However, in its recent order against Dawn Foods, the commission broadened the scope of deceptive marketing practices by recognising unfair competition through the practice of parasitic copying and copycat packaging for the first time in Pakistan.

Intellectual Property

Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (Pakistan Customs) established
Pakistan | 10 August 2015

The Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (Pakistan Customs) was recently established. This body will primarily focus on the enforcement of Pakistan's IP laws – in particular, the import or export of counterfeit products. It will also be the Federal Board of Revenue's centralised contact office for national and international organisations working for the promotion of IP rights.

Myth or reality: three-dimensional shapes as trademarks
Pakistan | 22 October 2012

The Trademarks Ordinance recognises words, letters, devices, figurative elements, colours, sounds and combinations thereof as trademarks as long as they can distinguish the goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings. This is a broad definition of what may constitute a trademark and is arguably wide enough to include three-dimensional shape marks, such as package designs.