Note that it is too early to estimate when TikTok will make a comeback in India as trademark filing is just the beginning and the ministry has not yet registered the ‘TickTock’ brand. The status of the trademark application is displayed on the website as “Marked for Exam”.
We can be sure that TikTok and TickTock are the same as the service description on the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks website is pretty well known.
“Providing software applications through a website; Hosting online web facilities for others to share online content; Hosting platforms on the Internet; Computer programming; Computer software design; electronic data storage; Software as a service (SaaS) services; Cloud computing; Hosting a website for the electronic storage of digital photographs and videos; Hosting of digital content on the Internet; Hosting of multimedia entertainment content; Hosting of multimedia and interactive applications; Hosting websites; Business card design ”is TickTock’s description of goods and services.
In February 2021, Bloomberg News reported that ByteDance was examining the sale of TikTok’s India operations to rival Unicorn Glance. The talks initiated by the Japanese SoftBank Group Corp are private, early and complex, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.
Glance’s parent company, mobile ad technology company InMobi, also owns the short video app Roposo, which grew in popularity after the Indian government banned TikTok last July. According to a January 2021 report by Reuters, ByteDance had trimmed its 2,000+ Indian team and stated in a corporate memo that it is unsure about resuming operations in India.