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Trademark Infringement Suit Filed by Decathlon Against NCR-Based Pentathlon Sports

Lawstreet Journal 30 Mar 2021 9:40pm

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Decathlon Sports India has gone on to file a trademark infringement suit against Pentathlon Sports, which is NCR based. It claimed that its legal action is aimed at Pentathlon Sports for “illegal and mala fide acts of inter alia of infringement of the registered trademark of the Plaintiff No I (Decathlon), selling substandard products in the market and passing them off as goods/ products of the Plaintiffs (Decathlon).”

It was further alleged by Decathlon that Pentathlon has copied their trademarked tagline as well, Sports for All/ All for Sports. Decathlon is a France based company that has over 70 stores in India. It substantiated its claim with the following five points: 

  • Same colour scheme and font has been used by Pentathlon for its trademark as Decathlon. 
  • Pentathlon italicises the same letter in its name just as Decathlon. 
  • Tagline of Pentathlon, ‘‘Sports for Everyone and Everyone for Sports’ is the same as Decathlon’s ‘Sports For All / All For Sports.’
  • The uncanny resemblance between the concept of Pentathlon as a name can be called identical as of Decathlon. 
  • Decathlon Sports India has also claimed how Pentathlon Sports having three retail stores in the NCR region has caused them “irreparable loss.”

All of the above stated claims have been disregarded by Vijay Kumar Rana, the Founder of Pentathlon Sports India. He said that their colour scheme and font isn’t same as Decathlon’s. 

On the point of italicisation of the letter ‘A’ in both Pentathlon and Decathlon trademarks, he countered by saying Decathlon has both ‘C’ and ‘A’ as cursive and is combined,… Continue Reading...

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