Up to date: October 24, 2020 2:58:58 am
THE DELHI Excessive Court docket on Friday restrained Republic TV from utilizing the trademark ‘NEWS HOUR’, or every other mark deceptively much like it, however declined to move any interim order to cease the usage of the tagline ‘Nation Needs to Know’ by the channel.
The court docket handed the order in a swimsuit filed by the Bennett Coleman & Co. Restricted towards ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd, in search of a decree of everlasting injunction towards Republic TV from utilizing the trademark and the tagline.
Within the swimsuit, the Occasions Community had argued that ‘THE NEWSHOUR’ is its registered trademark and ‘Nation Needs to Know’ was coined by its editorial and advertising groups as key phrases for use throughout the Newshour programme.
In keeping with the swimsuit, the Republic TV administration had filed trademark functions for ‘Nation Needs to Know’, ‘Arnab Goswami Newshour’ and ‘Goswami Newshour Sunday’, and alleged that Goswami was attempting to take undue benefit of his previous providers with Occasions Community and the recognition of the programme underneath the trademark and tagline.
Goswami, in reply, had questioned registration of the trademark granted to Occasions Now for ‘The Newshour’, contending that it lacks distinctiveness, and that the tagline ‘Nation Needs to Know’ has been utilized by him continuously and constantly.
The court docket, in its order, stated marks like ‘Arnab Goswami’s Newshour’, ‘Arnab Goswami’s Newshour 9’ prima facie could be deceptively much like the trademark NEWS HOUR of Occasions Now. The court docket additionally stated that whether or not ‘The Nation Needs to Know’ was used as trademark or merely as a type of speech by Occasions Now’s a side that needs to be appropriately gone into after proof is accomplished between the events.
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