High Court rules in favour of registered trade mark user

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Ahmedabad, Sep 24 (UNI) In a landmark judgement, the Gujarat High Court has ruled that a registered trade mark user has the right to restrict others using their trade mark for different products or goods.

While upholding the ruling of the Anand District Court, Justice D N Patel ruled recently that he saw no reason to entertain the appeal as the order passed by the trial court is correct, legal and in consonance with the facts of the case as well as in accordance with the provisions of the Trade Marks Act 1999.

The High Court has ruled that a registered trade mark is infringed by a person who, not being a registered proprietor or a person using by way of permitted use, uses in the course of trade, a mark which is identical with or similar to the registered trade mark and is used in relation to goods or services, which are not similar to those for which the trade mark is registered.

It further ruled that the contention of using a trade mark for a long time, without valid permission, is not acceptable, as passing off is a recurring wrong and therefore can be prevented at any stage and at any time.

The Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union Ltd and Gujarat Coopertive Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) had filed trade mark infringement cases against two local shop owners -- Amul Chasmaghar and its partners and Amul Cut Piece Stores in the District Court, Anand.

The District Court had passed an order on April 25 this year ruling that it was a clear case of infringement and restrained the two shops from using Amul trade mark. Amul Chasmaghar had challenged this interim injunction in the High Court.

The judgement will come as a great relief to leading organisations whose trade marks are regularly infringed by scrupulous elements. The problem of trade mark infringements has assumed alarming proportions all over the country.


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