Toyota trademark infringement case: Delhi HC reserves verdict on Prius Auto’s appeal

An earlier Delhi HC order had held that Prius Auto had infringed some of Toyota’s trademarks such as ‘Prius’, ‘Toyota’ and ‘Innova’


The Delhi high court had found that Prius Auto, by selling car spare parts under the name Prius, a trademark of Toyota, gained customers who were familiar with Toyota’s brand.
The Delhi high court had found that Prius Auto, by selling car spare parts under the name Prius, a trademark of Toyota, gained customers who were familiar with Toyota’s brand.

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday reserved its verdict on an appeal by Prius Auto Industries, a Delhi-based an automotive accessories company, challenging an order that held that the firm had infringed some of Japanese car maker Toyota Motor Corp.’s trademarks.

The appeal was heard by a bench headed by justice Pradeep Nandrajog.

Prius Auto challenged the defence of “well-known” trademarks taken by Toyota and submitted that a trademark being well-known must be seen in its relevant geographical market.

Prius Auto had appealed against a 8 July ruling by justice Manmohan Singh of the Delhi high court which restrained the company from manufacturing, selling, or using in any manner the trademarks “Prius”, “Toyota” and “Innova”.

The court had also directed Prius Auto to pay Rs10 lakh to Toyota as compensation.

Toyota had moved the high court originally against Prius Auto Industries and its two directors—Deepak Mangal and Sandeep Verma. The high court had found that Prius Auto, by selling car spare parts under the name Prius, a trademark of Toyota, gained customers who were familiar with Toyota’s brand name, thereby infringing on its goodwill and reputation.

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