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Delhi HC orders suspension of websites infringing Aaj Tak trademark

The court extended previously granted interim injunction against the defendants.

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Mumbai: The Delhi high court has directed digital media platforms Google and Facebook to suspend the domain names and web platforms of a number of websites for infringing the “Aaj Tak” trademark, according to a report by Bar and Bench.

The order was passed by the single judge bench held by Justice Suresh Kumar Sait in a suit filed by Living Media India Ltd, a parent company of Aaj Tak. The court also extended the previously granted interim injunction passed against the websites in question.

The HC order has restrained four websites from using the "Aaj Tak" trademark and observed that “the extensive and awareness of the plaintiffs’ trademarks and device/composite mark is apparent if one were to take into account the figures concerning turnover and advertisement spend set out in the plaint”, according to the report.

During a previous hearing, senior advocate Darpan Wadhwa, appearing on behalf of Aaj Tak, had sought leave from the court to file for relief seeking similar orders against other rogue websites that emerged. Consequently, the plaintiffs sought impleadment of several additional websites and prayed for suspension of their domain names.

The single judge bench concluded that the proposed defendants were “necessary parties for just adjudication of this case and if they are not impleaded, prima facie it will amount to immense loss of goodwill and reputation on account of the unlawful activities of these proposed defendants.”

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