Friday, 22 May 2015

Does Indian law extends special protection to well-known trademarks?

Yes, the Indian Trademark Law extends extra-ordinary protection to well-known marks in India. The Trademark Act, 1999 defines well-known trademarks and the Indian Judiciary in plethora of cases has granted protection to well-known marks like granting of exparte-injunction and protecting unregistered marks in India. Reference can be made to the cases of Daimler Benz Akietgesellschaft v Hybo Hindustan, Whirlpool Co & Anr v. N R Dongre, Rolex Sa vs Alex Jewellery Pvt Ltd & Ors.

A list entailing well-known trademarks is also available at the Registry’s website at

For further information on special protection to well-known trademarks in India, please write to us at

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