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Legal battle over names of Hindu Gods

on 2001/1/22 8:48:02 ( 1505 reads )


INDRAPRASTH, INDIA, January 21, 2001: Can anyone have exclusive right to use the name of a Hindu God as trade mark? The issue has been brought before the Delhi High Court in a writ by a software company challenging Maruti Udyog Ltd's (MUL) claim over the trade mark "Maruti", another name of God "Hanuman." Maruti Software Pvt Ltd (MSPL) has challenged a recent decision of Switzerland-based international arbitrator World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) quashing the registration of domain name "" by it with US Network Solution Inc on the grounds that "Maruti" is a trade mark of MUL. WIPO had ruled that the domain "marutionline.Com" was identical or similar to the service mark of the automobile company.

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