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Republic TV is Free to Use the Tagline NATION WANTS TO KNOW but Cannot Use the Trademark NEWSHOUR: Delhi HC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 25 Oct 2020 2:43am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Republic TV is Free to Use the Tagline NATION WANTS TO KNOW but Cannot Use the Trademark NEWSHOUR: Delhi HC [READ ORDER]

A suit was filed in Delhi High Court by Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd (Plaintiff), the parent company of the channel Times Now, against Arnab Goswami’s ARG Outlier Media Pvt. Ltd &Ors (Defendant) seeking a decree of permanent injunction in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendants, etc. from using the trademark/title/tagline NEWSHOUR or any other such mark/title/tagline comprising NEWSHOUR as a part thereof amounting to infringement of the plaintiff’s registered mark. Also, the plaint seeks a decree of permanent injunction to restrain the defendants from adopting or using the trademarks/titles/taglines NATION WANTS TO KNOW or any other trademark/title/tagline either by itself or comprising NATION WANTS TO KNOW or any derivatives or combinations thereof. 

The bench of Justice Jayant Nath was hearing the case wherein the learned senior counsel for the plaintiff claimed that ‘Times Now’ is a news channel operated by the plaintiff having several segments of programs. One such program, which was launched in 2006 titled as THE NEWSHOUR registered under classes 16, 35, and 38, is the plaintiff’s registered trademark and has been in continuous use since 2006 having been developed in various forms and derivatives including word and label marks. The mark THE NEWSHOUR has attained a distinct identity to differentiate the program amongst other programs in the industry.”

For the line/tagline/title NATION WANTS TO KNOW the learned counsel said that “It was created for and on behalf of the plaintiff. This tagline was coined and developed by the then editorial and marketing team of the plaintiff… Continue Reading...

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