Skoda banned from using ‘Monte Carlo’ name in India


I remember, back in my college days, there was a news channel which uploaded a popular actress’ “panty flash” video. But no, she didn’t flash it at all. She was sitting normally, and it was rather the news channel’s camera which went peeping in.

Anyways, back to the story. A Ludhiana-based apparel company Monte Carlo Fashions has alleged the Czech automaker of “trademark infringement”, and as a result, a temporary injunction has been imposed by a district court on Skoda from using the Monte Carlo name on any of its cars in India.

“The plaintiff has a prima facie case on merit and balance of convenience also lies in its favour. The plaintiff would suffer irreparable loss if injunction is not granted,” the court observed.

A total facepalm moment. Aren’t trademarks supposed to be class restricted?

The Rapid Monte Carlo was launched in India in August this year. Skoda has been using the Monte Carlo name in other markets too, and according to the company, its a homage to the brand’s motorsport heritage.

Monte Carlo is an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, and Skoda reportedly pays the monarchy for the rights to use the Monte Carlo name.

Also Read: Toyota loses exclusive rights for Prius trademark in India

Source: Skoda, ETAuto

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