New York: Indian IT giant Infosys may be forced to call it something else in France, as a court there has found its use of this name infringing upon the trademark as well as business and corporate identities of another firm ‘Infosys France.
While noting it may be forced to operate under some other trade name in France, Nasdaq-listed Infosys Technologies said in a regulatory filing here that it has sought a stay on the court decision and is planning to appeak against the ruling.
The company, which is headquartered in Bangalore and is present across a host of countries, said that a civil court in Bobigny, France, ruled on April 15, that its use of the name “Infosys” constituted infringement of the trademark, corporate name and trade name “Infosys France” in that country.
The ruling further said that the Indian company could not use the name “Infosys” in France as a trademark, corporate name, trade name and domain name “with immediate effect.”
According to Infosys Technologies’ regulatory filing, it has two sales and marketing offices in France.
“Infosys France” is a technology and consulting firm based in France and is part of an integrated management consulting services provider “Groupe Infodis.”
“Although we have appealed against the ruling and have sought a stay on the decision of the civil court, failure to obtain a stay on the ruling, or an adverse final ruling, may force us to operate under a different trade name and could adversely affect our operations in France,” Indian firm said.
Infosys further added that the ruling in France, or a similar ruling in any jurisdiction where it operates, “could disrupt our ongoing business, distract our management and employees, and affect our future business.”