Sunday, June 13, 2010

Trade Marks Act, 1999

- Suit for permanent injunction restraining infringement of trademarks and passing off – HELD "facts and circumstances show that the plaintiffs have the ownership of the aforesaid trademarks and therefore no other person has any right to use marks which are phonetically and visually similar to the plaintiffs marks as also such marks being coined words. The defendants have attempted to counterfeit the products of the plaintiffs and pass off their goods as that of the plaintiffs. The defendants have no right to use the aforementioned trade mark/s of the plaintiffs and that too in respect of same goods. This has not only caused loss of profits to the plaintiffs, but also resulted in inferior products being made available to the public at large who have been deceived by the conduct of the defendants by making the public to believe that the marks the defendants used were the valid and the incontestable marks of the plaintiffs. It cannot be lost sight of the fact that the defendants mark is such that not only would an unwary purchaser be misled and deceived into buying the wrong product but it could in turn lead to disastrous consequences, the products being pharmaceutical products thus endangering human lives.

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