EdTech firm, upGrad, has recently filed a Trademark Infringement lawsuit in the Delhi High Court against its fellow EdTech company called Scaler. According to upGrad, Scaler has violated the Intellectual Property (IP) related to its trademark. The company has now sought damages worth more than rupees three crores.
upGrad has accused Scaler of illegally using its business/brand name, i.e., ‘upGrad,’ on Google Ads to appear on top of the search results on Google, thereby gaining illicit benefits.
As per a recent press statement issued, the Delhi High Court, in this case, has granted an ad-interim injunction in upGrad’s favor. Also, until further notice, the Court has ordered Scaler not to bid on the Registered Trademarks (or any other variants) owned by upGrad using Google Ads or any other keyword program.
The CEO (India) at upGrad, Arjun Mohan, said in a recent statement that the lawsuit filed would ensure the protection of upGrad’s IP and trademarks and would also discourage unauthorized and unlawful usage in the future. He further said that upGrad has undoubtedly made considerable investments in building its brand name, which makes it even more essential for them to safeguard their rights. He also mentioned that the team at upGrad is looking forward to evaluating and filing trademark infringement lawsuits against other EdTech firms involved in similar Google Ads bidding activity.
Quite recently, the Delhi High Court, in a similar Google Ads lawsuit, granted an interim injunction in favor of MakeMyTrip (an Indian online travel company headquartered in Gurugram, Haryana) and against its competitor, HappyEasyGo (an online platform that caters to act as a one-stop solution for travel needs). In the same lawsuit and as part of the recent orders passed, the Court also directed Google to suspend/block the Google Ads account owned by HappyEasyGo.
In another lawsuit filed on similar grounds by DRS Logistics (one of the most trusted names in India in the field of logistics and transport), the Delhi High Court said that Google could never really exonerate itself from the liability of ensuring that a specific keyword doesn’t infringe upon a registered trademark. For more visit: https://www.trademarkmaldives.com
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