Paving the Way for VOLVO’s Journey of Prevention

In an order seen as reinforcing brand owners’ faith in the trademark protection afforded by India’s courts for trademarks, foreign automaker Volvo suspended the defendant from using the VOLVO trademark online.

The High Court of Delhi, in a recent order, granted an interim injunction restraining the defendant from using the plaintiff’s VOLVO trademark as a part of its website, domain name, email address, and trade name, and issued directions to temporarily suspend the impugned domain names.

The order, dated June 29, 2020, was in the matter of Aktiebolaget Volvo & Ors. (plaintiff) v. Mantis Technologies Pvt. Ltd. & Ors. (defendant), CS (COMM) No. 199/2020.

This is not the first time VOLVO trademarks have been granted protection in Indian courts, and the present order goes to reinforce brands owners’ faith in the protection afforded by the courts. India also recognizes VOLVO for automobiles as a well-known trademark, which is specifically safeguarded under the provisions of the Trademark Act, 1999, and the Trademark Rules of 2017.

The plaintiff, a world-renowned automobile manufacturing company, filed an infringement and passing off suit against…

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Contributor to present post is Abhilasha.


“This article was written by Abhilasha for first publication in the INTA Bulletin. It has been reprinted with permission from the International Trademark Association (INTA).”


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