Delhi HC grants injunction to Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali in infringement suit
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Delhi HC grants injunction to Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali in infringement suit

Ashutosh Gambhir

The Delhi High Court on Friday restrained a company and its related entities from using the trademark Patanjali on its products, till further orders.

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. had filed a suit for permanent injunction through Advocates Simranjeet Singh, Rohan Ahuja and Sonali Dhir of Athena Legal, for passing off, infringement of trademark, and unfair competition.

Appearing for Baba Ramdev’s company, Senior Counsel Rajiv Nayyar argued that the defendants have been manufacturing the same products as that of the plaintiff, with the trademark of the plaintiff displayed prominently on them.

It was stated that such use of the word ‘Patanjali’ amounted to infringement of the plaintiff’s trademark, as well as passing off the products as those of the plaintiff.

The Single Judge Bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, while issuing notice to the defendants, restrained them from manufacturing, selling, and advertising any products bearing the mark ‘Patanjali’ either alone or as part of any other assembly of words or sentence.

In another suit by Baba Ramdev’s company against Facebook, Google and YouTube, the Court directed the defendants to block certain videos, which were alleged to be disparaging and defamatory to one of Patanjali’s products.

A video in Tamil had been circulating on the web, disparaging Atta manufactured by the company, showing it to be “having something like rubber”. The company had lodged a complaint on becoming aware of the said video, however, it received no response from Facebook or YouTube.

The Court, while issuing notice to Facebook, Google and YouTube and directing them to take down the impugned video, also directed them to disclose the identity of the registrant of the said URLs, on the next date of hearing.

Read Orders:

Patanjali-Ayurved-Limited-vs-Facebook-Ors-CS-OS-119-of-2018-watermark-1.pdf
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Patanjali-Ayurved-Limited-vs-Maharashi-Patanjali-Vedic-Foundation-CS-Comm-759-of-2018-watermark-1.pdf
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