Flipkart may be among India s top online destination for multi-brand shopping, but the e-commerce portal also sells a lot of stuff under its own MarQ private label. However, it seems that the e-commerce platform may have to soon discontinue the brand. Also Read - iPhone SE gets cheaper on Flipkart only for today: Get over Rs 11,000 flat discountAlso Read - iPhone 12 for iPhone 11 launch price at Flipkart Big Saving Days sale, iPhone 12 Mini alse sees discount
Acting on a petition filed by a local electronic appliances manufacturer regarding an alleged trademark violation, the Patiala House district court in New Delhi has temporarily barred Flipkart from selling any products marketed under the MarQ brand name. Also Read - Flipkart Big Saving Days sale begins for Plus members: Check top 5 deals on smartphones
The interim injunction has been pronounced and it (Flipkart) has been restrained, SK Bansal, the lawyer for Marc Enterprises was quoted as saying by an Economic Times report. As the similar-sounding name suggests, Marc Enterprises is the brand that Flipkart s MarQ label infringes upon.
Flipkart currently sells a wide range of consumer electronics products and home appliances under its MarQ private label. These include microwave ovens, TVs, washing machines, air conditioners, water purifiers, and refrigerators. It even advertised the brand heavily during the recently-held Big Billion Days promotion.
On the other hand, Marc Enterprises primarily deals in products like geysers, fans, and coolers. As per the Economic Times report, the company alleged that Flipkart was using the MarQ name dishonestly, fraudulently and out of positive greed.
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It seems that, prima facie, there is phonetic similarity between the trademark Marc of the plaintiff and trademark MarQ of the defendant, Chandra Shekhar, additional district judge at Patiala House district courts, was noted as saying in his ruling by the Economic Times report.