DELHI: In a suit filed by Cable News Network (CNN) news channel, the Delhi High Court has granted a permanent injunction against various entities over the use of the identical mark ‘CNN’ while providing similar news services.
The bench headed by Justice Pratibha M Singh awarded Rs. 3 lakhs cost in favor of the CNN news channel, observing that its rights in the mark ‘CNN’ were undisputed and unchallenged and that the same had been declared as a well-known mark.
In this case, defendant no 1 Fayyaz Shaikh started running a news channel by the name ‘CNN News Khabar Update Marathi’. Defendant No.2, Azhar Hussain, was shown as the Editor in Chief of the said channel. It was added that they were also using the network named ‘CNN City News Network, Darwha, Yavatmal, Maharashtra.’
In view of the identical use of the mark ‘CNN’, Plaintiff filed a case under the Trademark Infringement on the internet. As per the CNN news channel, the use of the mark ‘CNN’ constituted infringement of its registered trademarks, passing off, etc. It was also alleged that the said use would constitute misrepresentation, impersonation, dilution, and tarnishment.
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