Four companies banned from "infringing" Patanjali trademark
The Delhi High Court has ruled that four Ayurvedic businesses and a trust must be restrained from using the word “Patanjali” in any of their business operations as the Patanjali brand has trademarked the word.
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw ordered that four firms, Karamveer Ayurveda, Dr Zee Biotech, Diwai Gramodyog Sewa Sansthan, and Dhatri, all cease the manufacture of products similar to those trademarked by Patanjali. The head of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, Ramdev, had previously made a plea to ask for this.
Patanjali had contended that the four businesses were trying to impersonate his own brand. Moreover, Ramdev stated that the four businesses had claimed that they were authorised to sell their products by the Maharishi Patanjali Vedic Foundation. This led Patanjali to make out a prima facie case demanding an ex-parte order to restrain the businesses and the trust from trademark infringement by the use of trademarked content.
The next court hearing is scheduled for May 16 by when the four companies and the trust will have had to reply to the court notice. The defendants have all been barred from continuing to sell products that it ruled infringe on Patanjali’s trademark.
Trademark and intellectual property cases are still few in the Indian fashion and beauty industry but are swiftly on the rise. The court ruling will certainly pave the way for how such cases will be handled in the future.
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