Well-known Trademarks In India

Well-known Trademarks In India

October 13, 2022 By Shyam Parmar

Well-known trademarks are a type of trademark that has become so substantial and synonymous in use with the use of particular goods or services that it sort of defines the brand identity with its name.

The Indian Trademark Act 1999, section 2(zg) defines it as “a mark which has become so to the substantial segment of the public which uses such goods or receives such services that the use of such mark in relation to other goods or services would be likely to be taken as indicating a connection in the course of trade or rendering of services between those goods or services and a person using the mark in relation to the first-mentioned goods or services.”

Some Prominent Well-Known Trademarks in India:

Bisleri

What started as an Italian soda brand soon became a household name for bottled mineral water. Bisleri’s sensational success is a story worth cherishing and an inspiration for many others, that small baby steps will always lead to greater heights. The launch of revolutionary products like Thumbs up, Mazaa & Goldspot and their subsequent selling to the Coca-Cola group is a testimony to the global charm of this brand.

Infosys

Currently the second-largest Indian IT company by revenue terms, Infosys is a name today that speaks volumes about the trust and confidence its patrons and customers enjoy across the globe. It has become the go-to brand for business consulting, IT and outsourcing services and contributes significantly to the service sector industry in India. What started as a vision of Narayan Murthy, Infosys had to be bailed out in its IPO and today, it is one of the benchmarks of IT services, a well-known trademark indeed.

Nirma

A brainchild of chemist Dr. Karsanbhai Patel in the 1960s, NIRMA's launch, literally created a storm in the household detergent category. Priced at roughly one-fourth of the cost of a leading world-class competitor, NIRMA established unbeatable dominance by the 1980s.

A large part of its success is owed to the impeccable advertisements that still come on the lips of many, “Doodh si Safedi, Nimra Se Aaayi…”

Biocon

Biocon has many firsts to its name, from being the first Indian exporter of enzymes to the US and Europe, the launch of the world’s first biosimilar drug to treat breast cancer CANMAb, to being the first Indian company allowed by USFDA to manufacture lovastatin and many more. It embarked on the vision of its Kiran Mazumdar Shaw who received notable names like “the mother of invention” and “India’s biotech queen” from leading world agencies. Today with a presence in over 120+ countries Biocon is a well-known trademark of India.

Mahindra & Mahindra

It started as a steel trading company and later with the partition of India, transformed into manufacturing and selling light commercial vehicles, agricultural tractors and jeep vehicles. Mahindra has made continued progress and achieved several milestones in the quest to solve the bottlenecks of the automobile sector in the MUV and other categories. It's the latest offering Scorpio N dubbed the “big daddy of SUVs” is a testimony to the popularity and fame the brand enjoys today. It is one of India’s most reputed well known trademarks in the automobile industry.

Serial No. Trademark Proprietor Determining Authority Report Observation
1 7 O'CLOCK for shaving razors Gillette U.K. Ltd., England Bombay High Court 1998 PTC 288 DB It is recognized that trade mark 70'Clock is well known. As such the use of the mark in respect of tooth brush will lead to passing-off.
2 AIWA Sony Corpn., Japan TMR, Chennai Decision dated 26-09-2007 AIWA is a well-known trade mark in India in respect of electronic goods. Use of this mark without due cause for any other products would be likely to deceive or cause confusion, unfair advantage and be detrimental to the distinctive character and repute of mark.
3 BAJAJ Bajaj Electrical Limited High Court, Bombay AIR 1988 BOM-167 The use of a family name Bajaj by defendants was held to be an act of passing-off. The goodwill and reputation of Plaintiff company was recognized.
4 BATA & BATA FOAM for footwear Bata India Ltd. Allahabad High Court AIR 1985 ALLAHABAD 242 The plaintiff company Enjoy a reputation for its products.
5 BENZ Daimler Benz High Court Delhi 1994 PTC 287 Reputation extends worldwide.
6 BISLERI Acqua Minerals Ltd., High Court of Delhi 2001 PTC 619 BISLERI is well-known in the Indian market and one of the first marks introduced for bottled mineral water. The defendant who was held to have adopted the domain name Bisleri with the intention to trade on the plaintiffs reputation and goodwill, was restrained.
7 CARREFOUR Carrefour Society Anonyme, organized under the laws of France High Court of Madras 2007 (35) PTC 225 The trade mark /name used by the applicant for 47 years throughout the world has to be protected, in order to promote commercial morality and discourage unethical.trade practices. Plea of well-known trade mark is accepted.
8 CARTIER for wide variety of goods including jewellery,watches, perfumes etc. Cartier International, B.V, Netherlands High Court, Delhi. 2003(26) PTC 160(Del) Trade Mark Cartier in respect of various consumer goods have acquired a reputation for quality not only in India, but throughout the world. Plaintiff company has acquired brand image and personality in respect of their products. Permanent injunction granted.
9 CATERPILLAR Caterpillar Inc., USA Madras High Court (DB) 1998IPLR 326 Name Caterpillar in respect of heavy vehicles and the name has earned reputation & goodwill world wide.
10 CHARLIE Revlon Inc. High Court of Delhi 1997 PTC 394 Defendants intention was fraudulent and dishonest to encash upon reputation and goodwill of products of plaintiff. Injunction granted.
11 DR.REDDY In respect of pharmaceutical products. Dr.Reddy Laboratories High Court, Delhi. 2004 (29) PTC 435 Trade Mark PR.REDDY, in spite of not being registered, has acquired considerable trade reputation and goodwill in the community dealing with drugs and pharmaceuticals not only in India, but abroad also.
12 DUNHILL Alfred Dunhill Limited, U.K. High Court of Delhi. 1999 PTC 294 Plaintiff has prima-facie established a distinctive reputation, image and goodwill in the trade mark and trade name DUNHILL. Plaintiff has acquired global reputation.
13 ENFIELD BULLET Enfield India Ltd. IPAB 2006(32) PTC 397 BULLET is a well known trade mark. It cannot be permitted to be copied even in respect of different goods. Appeals against Registrar's decision allowed.
14 EVIAN Mineral Water Society Anonyme Des Eavx Minerals 'D' Evian Delhi High Court 1993 PTC 103 Evian acquired excellent reputation and goodwill world over. Said reputation and goodwill extended to India. Mark acquired high degree of distinctiveness. Para 3 & 4 exparte order.
15 FEDDERS For air conditioners Fedders North America High Court, Delhi 2006(32) PTC 573 Defendants cannot be permitted to cash in on the international reputation of the plaintiffs. Injunction granted.
16 Whirlpool Whirlpool Corporation,USA High Court, Delhi 1996 PTC 476 A product and its trade name transcends the physical boundaries of a geographical region and acquires a trans-border or overseas or extra-territorial reputation not only through import of goods but also by its advertisement. The knowledge or the awareness of the goods of a foreign trader and its trade mark can be available at a place where goods are not being marketed Injunction granted.
17 GLAXO Glaxo India Ltd. High Court, Delhi 2002 (25) PTC 105 GLAXO is an invented word. By original adoption, registration, long and continuous user, plaintiff alone is entitled for the exclusive use of the trade mark GLAXO and no one else.
18 HAYWARDS 5000 For alcoholic Shaw Wallace & Co. Ltd. High Court, Delhi 2003 (27) PTC 63 The defendants used.numeral 5000 in respect o$3e*r to cash in on vide reputation and goodwill butf. ovet the years by the plaintiffs. Interim injunction confirmed.
19 HOLIDAY INN Holiday Inn Inc. High Court, Delhi. 2002(25) PTC 308 (DB) Words HOLIDAY INN have been adopted by appellant to ride on global reputation of the respondent Commercial goodwill and global reputation should W be allowed to be exploited in a clandestine marine -. Appeals dismissed.
20 HONDA Honda Motor Co. Ltd. WIPO Arbritation & Mediation Centre 2004(28) PTC 332 Trade Mark HONDA is famous around the globe.
21 HONDA For motor cycles, motor cars etc. Honda Motors Company Ltd. High Court, Delhi. 2003 (26) PTC1 Plaintiffs business is of international character and reputation .Trade mark Honda has a global reputation.
22 HORLICKS For food products, malted biscuits, toffees.See also similar case Horlicks Limited. High Court, Delhi 2003(26) PTC 241(Del) 2002(25) PTC 504 2003 (26) PTC 241 Suits for injunction filed against various companies by the plaintiffs, injunction orders have beer passed and most of the suits have been decreed in"0VQur of the plaintiffs. (Under Section 11(6) record of the successful enforcement of the rights in that traifi nwks is a relevant consideration) Use of mark by the defendant 'is a flagrant and blatant attempt to imitate plaintiffs r.itfrk.
23 Hamdard Hamdard National Foundation (Hamdard Davakhana) High Court of Delhi 2008 (38) PTC 109 The defendant took a calculated risk in using the HAMDARD word and eye mark; indeed its use of the eye mark points to an attempt to "free ride" on the plaintiffs reputation.
24 INTIMATE Revlon Inc. High Court of Delhi 1997 PTC 394 Defendants intention was fraudulent and dishonest to encash upon reputation and goodwill of products of plaintiff. Injunction granted.
25 Infosys Infosys Technologies Ltd. High Court of Delhi 2007 (34) PTC 178 The owners has established expenditure of 392 crores towards sales promotion marketing expenses and brand building during 2004-05 alone. It has established an enviable reputation and goodwill in the market nationally and international level.
26 Intel Intel Corporation High Court of Delhi 2007 (34) PTC 492 Famous and well-known trademarks especially those that embody a reputation of pre-eminent excellence and quality, as plaintiffs Intel trademark, are required to be given a broad protection.
27 KANGARO Kangaroo Industries District Court of Central Jakarta 2004 (29) PTC 175 Mark declared as well known mark.
28 KIT KAT Societe Des Produits Nestle,S.A.,1800 Vevey,Canton of Vaud,Switzerland. IPAB Judgement in TA/1/2007/TM/DEL/(C.M.(M)) No. 148 of 2002) dt. 11/12/2009 KIT KAT is a Well-known having trans-border reputation.
29 LETTER*T IN A CIRCLE House mark Tata Engineering & Locomotive Co. Ltd. IPAB 2006 (32) PTC 296 Respondents who have established their reputation and goodwill in automobiles and several other goods are entitled to have the trade mark safeguarded. BENZ case applied.
30 Logo *M' in the distinctive style and design of the famous golden arches McDonald's Corporation, U.S.A. High Court of Karnataka. 1999 PTC 9 The Logo 'M' is a well-known and famous logo and courts have recognized the existence of trans-border reputation.
31 MAHINDRA; MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA; M & M Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Supreme Court 2002 (24) PTC 121; CS (OS) 921/2013; Suit No. 2061 of 2012 Mark is in use for five decades. The name has acquired a distinctive secondary meaning in the business or trade circles
32 MARS for chocolates, confectionery etc. Mars Incorporate,USA High Court, Delhi 2003(26) PTC 241(Del) 2002(25) PTC 504 2003 (26) PTC 241 Use of mark by the defendant 'is a flagrant and blatant attempt to imitate plaintiffs r.itfrk.
33 NIRMA See also Sl.No.32 Shantaben 1 Karasanbhai Patel and Others High Court of Delhi 2001 PTC 427 NIRMA is an invented word. It has acquired great reputation. The owners have been spending huge amount on advertisement for their trade mark. Their sales in relation to various goods are mounting every year.
34 NIRMA for washing & cleaning preparations S.K.Patel IPAB 2004(29) PTC 634 The principle laid down by various courts was applied namely where a regd. Trade mark has got reputation & goodwill they cannot be permitted to be used by another person even in respect of different goods.
35 NIVEA Beiersdorf A.G. High Court Delhi 2009 (39)PTC 38 Nivea is a recognized product of high quality and has international reputation and recognization. These are marks where the line between the goods and the name is blurred. The mark starts to represent the source or the person than merely a particular are specific type of goods or services. .
36 ODONIL & ODOMOS For mosquito repellants Balsara Hygiene Products. High Court, Madras (DB) 2004(29) PTC 226 Plaintiff has built up reputation in the mark, goodwill & huge sales turnover.
37 OMEGA Omega S.A.,Bienne,Switzerland High Court, Madras 2003 27 PTC 327 The Plaintiff company has been using the trade name OMEGA for more than 50 years and has enjoyed reputation for its products.
38 PANADOL & PANADOL EXTRA SmithKline Beecham Pic. High Court of Delhi 2001 PTC 321 Defendants deliberately used Plaintiffs well known mark.
39 PEPSI Pepsi Inc. RTM, Kolkata 2006(32) PTC 225 Pepsi enjoys a huge reputation and goodwill not only in India but also internationally .
40 PHILIPS Philips NV Netherlands Punjab & Haryana High Court AIR 1983 P&H418 Is a household mark and has acquired enviable reputation in India and throughout the world.
41 PIZZA HUT Logo in respect business relating to restaurants Pizza Hut International LLC, USA High Court, Bombay 2003(26) PTC 208(Bom) Plaintiffs enjoy a worldwide reputation, including in India. It is settled law that if the marks/logos enjoy a trans border reputation, they are entitled to be protected against infringement and passing off in India.
42 PLAYBOY for magazine and several other goods Playboy Enterprises Inc., High Court of Delhi 2001 PTC 328 Plaintiff has demonstrated its strength due to the degree of distinctiveness, fame and reputation of the trade mark Playboy. The trade mark acquired world wide circulation and publication in as many as 16 foreign countries.
43 RED BULL Red Bull GmbH WIPO 2003(27) PTC 164 Trade Mark RED BULL is one of the best known trade marks not only in Austria but all over the world. Registration of domain name by the respondents was held to be in bad faith.
44 REVLON Revlon Inc. High Court of Delhi 1997 PTC 394 Defendants intention was fraudulent and dishonest to encash upon reputation and goodwill of products of plaintiff. Injunction granted.
45 TACO BELL for Restaurant business Taco Bell Corporation,USA High Court, Bombay 2000 PTC (20) 554 Plaintiff operated over 6000 restaurant worldwide using name taco bell as logo. Mark registered in more than 70 countries including India in classes 29 & 30. Defendants intention was to trade upon the famous mark of the plaintiffs.'
46 TATA SEE also TATA CASE Tata Chemicals Limited High Court, Delhi WIPO 2003 (27) PTC 422 2004 (29) PTC 522 (Delhi) 2001(21) PTC 129
2009 (40) PTC 54
The trade mark TATA is a household name in respect of various products all over India.TATA is a household word in India and solely and exclusively associated with the House of Tata.TATA is a well known mark.In the decision list of cases where enforcement of rights have succeeded is given.
47 TELCO Tata Engineering and Locomotive Co. Ltd., TMR Chennai 2001 PTC 562 TELCO mark has gained transborder reputation and goodwill. The mark is identified with the owners and their products throughout India as well as various countries in the world.
48 TOSHIBA Toshiba Corporation,Japan. TMR, Ahmedabad 2005 (30) PTC 188 TOSHIBA held as a well known mark and registration cannot be rectified for non-use.
49 USHA For sewing
machines, electric fans etc.
Not given IPAB 2004(29) PTC 647 The respondent had built up long reputation and goodwill in India as well as abroad. The same cannot be permitted to be benefited by the appellant in respect of different goods or by different architecture or design.
50 VICKS VAPO RUB Richardson Vicks Inc. High Court, Delhi 1990 PTC 16 Prima facie the mark as well as bottles distinctive labels and metal containers have become well known and acquired a great reputation (para 32).
51 VOLVO for automobiles Aktiebolaget Volvo High Court (DB) Bombay 1998 PTC (18) 47 Trans-border reputation is recognized by Indian courts and that actual sale in India is not necessary for a Plaintiff to establish its goodwill and reputation in India.
52 KIRLOSKAR Kirloskar Proprietory Limited High Court, Bombay AIR 1996 BOM-149 The mark KIRLOSKAR used by the plaintiff had acquired a secondary meaning and had become a household word.
53 WOOLWORTH In respect of clothing etc F.W.Woolwor th Company IPAB 2004 (29) PTC 477 Trans-border reputation enjoyed by the mark WOOLWORTH is not something to be not taken account of. The world wide reputation of the mark was recognized.
54 Yahoo Yahoo, Inc. High Court of Delhi 1999 PTC 201 The services of the Plaintiff under the Trade Mark/Domain name 'Yahoo' have been widely publicized and written about globally.
55 Polo (label with device of polo player) POLO/LAUREN COMPANY IP (USA) High Court of Delhi Decision dated 19.12.2011 in CS(OS) 1763/2005 Having regard to the evidence placed on record the plaintiff has established that the registered trademark of the plaintiff is a well-known mark as defined in Section 2 (z) (g) of the Trade Marks Act
56 GE Monogram General Electric Company (USA) High Court of Delhi Decision dated 21.12.2011 in CS(OS) 1284/2006 It can hardly be disputed that GENERAL ELECTRIC as well as GE whether written in plain letters or in a stylized form such as monogram are well known marks of the plaintiff within the meaning of Section 2 (z) (g) of the Trade Marks Act
57 KALPATARU Kalpataru Properties Private Limited, Santacruz Mumbai Bombay High Court Suit No 2976 of 2010 decided on 29th July 2011 "The Plaintiffs have thus established that .'Kalpataru' is a well known mark " ."I have held above the plaintiff's mark "KALPATARU" to be a well known mark"
58 Castrol Castrol Limited Delhi High Court Judgement in Suit No. CS(OS) 1369/2006 Decision dated 18/08/2011 High court observed CASTROL is a well known Trade Mark within the meaning of Sec. 2(1) (zg) read with Sec. 11(6) of TM Act 1999.
59 Lupin Lupin Limited Bombay High Court Judgement in Suit (L) No. 3137/2011 Decision dated 05/12/2011 The High Court observed Lupin, a Well Known Trade mark.
60 Canon Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Japan IPAB Order in OA/43/2005 The Appellate Board Concluded that CANON mark is a well known term under Sec. 11(10) of TM Act 1999.
61 Microsoft Microsoft Corp. Delhi High Court Judgement in Suit No. CS(OS) 2163/2010 order dated 03/02/2014 Court has specifically determined that Microsoft is a well-known trademarks and it is known to the most of the people.
62 Nestle Societe des produits Nestle S.A. Delhi High Court Judgement in Suit No. CS(OS) 551/2010 dated 08/03/2013 Court has specifically determined that Nestle is a well-known trademarks
63 BBC British Broadcasting Corporation High Court, Delhi CS (OS) 1171/2007 Hon’ble Court has determined the mark as a well-known in Indian Territory in its observation
64 Dupont E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company High Court, Delhi CS (OS) 2998/2012 Hon’ble Court has determined the mark as a well-known in its observation
65 Candid Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. High Court, Mumbai Suit No. 182/2013 Hon’ble Court has determined the mark as a well-known in its observation
66 AMUL Kaira District Co-Operative Milk Producers Union Lld. IPAB OA/56/2011/TM/KOL The IPAB Emphasised AMUL as a well-Known Trademark.
67 Rajnigandha Dharmpal Satyapal Ltd. High Court, Delhi CS (OS) 381/2012 Hon’ble court observed that Plaintiff has established the mark as a well known trademark.
68 Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton Malletier High Court, Delhi CS (OS) 270/2014 and CS (OS) 90/2006 Hon’ble Court has determined the mark known in Indian Territory in its observation
69 GOOGLE Google Inc. High Court, Delhi CS(OS) 317/2011
; CS(OS) 2907/2011
The Court has observed Google worldwide reputation and provided the relief on this basis only.
70 HAVELLS Havells India Limited High Court of Delhi CS(OS) 3770/2014 The Court accepted Havells a well known TM
71 BLOOMBERG Bloomberg Finance, LP High Court of Delhi CS(OS) No. 2963/2012 Interim Order was passed in favour and same was confined vide order dated 12/02/2014 in which HC Observed Bloomberg as well-known.
72 JOHN DEERE M/s Deere & Co. Ltd. High Court of Delhi, CS (OS) 3760/2014 The Court observed John Deere a well known TM (para 13 of order dated 05/03/2015).
73 RAYMOND M/s Raymond Ltd. IPAB OA/16-17/2010/TM/CH The IPAB observed this mark as Well-known TM.
74 FERRERO ROCHER M/s Ferrero Spa High Court of Delhi CS (OS) 404/2012 The Court observed this mark as Well-known TM.
75 FORD M/s Ford Motors Co. High Court of Delhi CS (OS) 1710/2015 The Court observed this mark as Well-known TM.
76 TOYOTA M/s Toyota Motors Corporation High Court of Delhi CS (OS) No. 62/2007 The Court observed this mark as Well-known TM.
77 TIMBERLAND M/s TBL Licensing LLC, High Court of Delhi CS (OS) No. 2158/2007 The Court observed this mark as Well-known TM.
78 SONY M/s Sony Corporation IPAB OA/49/2007/TM/KOL The High Court and tribunal has observed this mark as Well-known TM.
79 ULTRATECH M/s UltraTech Cement Limited, High Court of Bombay Suit No. of 2288/1986 The Court observed this mark as Well-known TM.
80 VOGUE M/s Advance Magazine Publishers INC Court of XVIII Addl. City Civil Judge, Bangaluru Suit No. 3079/2003 Suit No. 2860/2011
81 VIRGIN Virgin Enterprises Ltd High Court of Delhi Order No.73/2005 (IPAB) Suit No. 2860/2011
82 SIEMENS Ms. Siemens Aktiengesellschaft High Court of Delhi CS (OS) No. 3785/2014 The Hon’ble Court has determined the subject mark as a well-Known TM
83 LAVASA Lavasa Corporation Ltd. High Court of Mumbai Suit No. 562 of 2013 The Hon’ble court in its order dated 19/07/2013 has observed that subject mark is a well-Known Trademark
84 MOTHER DAIRY Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd. High Court of Delhi CS (OS) 2399/2010 High Court of Delhi, observed “MOTHER DAIRY (Blue Logo)” is a well known TM
85 MONGINIS for cakes, pastries and other bakery products Monginis Foods Private Limited at B-60, Off Link Road, Andheri West, Mumbai 400053. Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known in reference to cakes, pastries and other bakery products.
86 MARUTI For Industrial Oil, Automobile, Business administration and retail outlet, Research & Development. Maruti Suzuki India Limited, At Plot No. 1, Nelson Mandela road, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070 Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known in reference Automobile, Business administration and retail outlet, Research & Development
87 GODREJ Godrej & boyce MFG. Co. Ltd., at Firojshanagar, Vikhroli, Mumbai-400079 Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known trademark in view of its wide presence in the market
88 BIOCON For Pharmaceutical preparation, Business administration & retail outlet and Research & Development. Biocon Limited 20th K.M. Hosur Road, Electronic City, Bangalore-560100 Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known in reference Pharmaceutical preparation, Business administration & retail outlet and Research & Development
89 BrahMos BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited at 16 Cariappa Marg, Kirby Place Delhi Cantt. - 110010 High Court, Delhi (CS (OS) No. 2655/2013 Hon’ble Justice in the matter observed that “I have no hesitation to come to the conclusion that the trademark Brahmos is a well-Known trademark.”
90 TCS For Software development and allied serviced TATA SONS LIMITED, Bombay House, 24 Homi Mody Street, Mumbai-400001 Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known in reference Software development and allied serviced.
91 LuLu
for Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Hospitality, Retail services / Malls, Financial Services and Fashion Stores
LuLu International Shopping Mall Private Limited, 34-1000, NH: 47, Edapally, Kochi, Kerala - 682024 Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known in reference to Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Hospitality, Retail services / Malls, Financial Services and Fashion Stores.
92 INDIA GATE For Food grains and allied Products. KRBL Limited, 5190, Lahory Gate, Delhi. 110006 Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known in reference to Food grains and allied Products.
93 ZEE With reference to Services i.e. Media, Entertainment, Packaging, Infrastructure, Education etc. ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited, B-10, Essel House, Lawrence Industrial Area, New Delhi, 110035. Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known with reference to Services i.e. Media, Entertainment, Packaging, Infrastructure, Education, Processing of Precious Metals, Finance, Technology, Health care and Allied Services.
94 GARNIER Relating to ‘toiletry and cosmetic products. L'OREAL S.A. At 14, Rue Royale Paris 75008 France. Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known with reference to ‘toiletry and cosmetic products’.
95 7 ELEVEN Relating to ‘retail chain, allied products and services 7-ELEVEN, INC. At 3200 Hackberry Road, Irving, Texas 75063, USA Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known with reference to ‘retail chain, allied products and services’.
96 ORAL-B Relating to oral care products Procter & Gamble Business Services, At 1959 Upper Water Street, Suite 800, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2X2, Canada. Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known with reference to oral care products.
97 KESARI In respect of travel and tourism Services Kesari Trust, Kesari Trust,
At B/5, Silver Queen CHS, Soonawala Agiary Marg, Mahim, Mumbai-400 016, Maharashtra, India
Registrar of Trade Marks N/A The Registrar observed that the Mark is well-known with reference to travel and tourism Services.

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Benefits of Well-known Trademarks:

There are several benefits of getting a well-known trademark status, some of the prime ones being:

  • It gets robust legal protection in India & across the globe.
  • The goodwill and reputation of the brand get protected across goods and services on a Pan-India basis.
  • Any impersonation or deception is dealt with firmly and has strong legal consequences.
  • The brand commands significant popularity and fame in the market.
  • Subsequent attempts to register trademarks for products or services even remotely similar are rejected.

Trademark Rules 2017 vs Trademark Act 1999

Rule 124 of Trademark rules 2017 allows for the registration of well-known trademarks in India by filing a TM - M form with the Registrar. Earlier as per the Trademark Act 1999 the power to recognise a trademark as well-known rested with the honourable courts of India who after going through the due process of proceedings, rectification and opposition granted it.

In short, the Trademark Rules 2017 enhances the ease of filing for well-known trademark status and streamlines the tedious and cumbersome process of going through courts, tribunals and proceedings. It results in a significant saving of time, effort and resources.

Violation of a well-known trademark:

Any violation of the well-known trademark law is liable for stringent punitive action, and non-registration of subsequent deceptive trademarks with almost similar names, logos or symbols. Rule 112 of the Trademark Act 1999 specifically warns against the registration of deceptive trademarks. Apart from these measures like removal of infringing marks, and preventing incorporation of trademarks in the name and logo of any organisation are some of the other protection measures to avoid misuse.

How to get a well-known trademark in India:

As stated earlier, after the enactment of Trademark Rules 2017, any new application must be made to the Registrar with a prescribed fee of Rupees 1,00,000. The Registrar then based on certain criteria and evaluation of submissions like the statement of the case, relevant documents and evidence, decides on the merits of the application and gives his order.

Final thoughts:

Getting a well-known trademark status is no small feat, it gives a significant boost to the credibility, image and goodwill of the company in the market. Any subsequent imitations no matter how lookalike are dealt with strongly and action is taken wherever required. It also serves as motivation to enhance research and development, come up with new products and services that could be the future and protect them via legal means.

However, getting the trademark status is not an easy task, for the best advice, it is essential to hire or take the services of a reputed law firm. Getting these services from a pioneer trademark law firm like ours is sure to provide you with the best advice on how to grow your business and achieve the prized well known trademark status speedily.

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