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HC Rules Against Patanjali for Trademark Infringement; Imposes a Fine of Rs. 10 Lacs on the Company

Lawstreet Journal 8 Aug 2020 8:33pm

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The High Court of Mardas has ruled on a plea against Patanjali Ayurved for Trademark Infringement. It stated that Patanjali Ayurved founded cannot use ‘Coronil’ as the name of its product which it claimed was a cure for COVID-19. It ruled in favor of the petitioner, Ardura Engineering Pvt Ltd, a company based in Chennai. It pointed out that the Ayurved pharma giant could have done a “simple check with the Trademarks Registry” to check if ‘Coronil was a registered trademark, which it was.

Patanjali Ayurved was founded by Baba Ramdev, a famous Yoga guru in India with a considerable mass following. The company introduced its product ‘Coronil kit’ a few weeks ago which it claimed was a cure for COVID-19 infection. This was reportedly done without the requisite permissions and therefore on the same day, Union AYUSH ministry asked the company to stop marketing the product until it passed the Indian standards.

A shift in the stance came a few days after when the product was rebranded as an immunity booster when it failed to meet the claims of being a cure for the pandemic causing infection. 

Trademark infringement is defined under Section 29 of the Trademarks Act, 1999. Last month, Ardura filed a plea in the High Court claiming that it had the exclusive rights to this name (Coronil 92-B trademark) until 2027 and Patanjali breached them. The public record stated that this name was registered as Ardura’s trademark in June 1983. Following this information, the court passed interim orders which… Continue Reading...

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