Conflict on Using Trademark “Burj”: Delhi High Court Ruling

Conflict on using Trademark “Burj”
Siddharth Verma
| Updated: Nov 16, 2021 | Category: Trademark

Delhi High court passed the order in favor of Dubai’s international hotel Jumeirah beach resort LLC (Plaintiff); after observing the Conflict on using Trademark “Burj” the Court restrained Designarch Consultants Private Limited (Defendants) in this case to continue the use of Trademark “Burj” for construction of upcoming projects. Since the Designarch Consultants Private Limited is claiming that they have “Burj” as its flagship hotel. However, Justice Jayant Nath allowed the use of the Trademark “Burj” for an ongoing project which has been under construction for the last ten years in India. The Court has stated in its order that “An injunction order has been passed in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendants, preventing the defendants, among others, from using the trademarks like Burjbangalore, Burjmumbai, Burjdelhi, Burjgurugram, and Burjgurgaon, or any other similar trademark, Till the pendency of current Lawsuit. Court also added that the defendants are allowed to use the mark “Burjnoida” for the ongoing project in Noida.

What is Trademark? 

Trademark is a branch of Intellectual property rights[1]; Trademark helps distinguish the product and services of one enterprise from another. Trademark can be recognized as a phrase, logo, slogans, bands, symbols, etc. The trademark shall be valid for 10 years from the date of its registration. Trademark is the recognition of your good and services; Trademark shall provide Legal protection to your interest and services from infringement and helps you to guard against counterfeiting and fraud. 

Facts and Analysis of the Conflict on Using Trademark “Burj” 

The High Court of Delhi, considering the Conflict on using Trademark “Burj” expressed its views by passing an injunction against Designarch Consultants Private Limited and instigating others also not to use the Trademark “Burj” in future projects as long as the Mark “Burj” is the monopoly of the hotel chain Jumeirah beach resort LLC. Although, According to the Court, Jumeirah beach resort LLC does not have a monopoly on the trademark over the commodities or class of goods it does not operate. It went on to say that the plaintiff’s registration and use of the composite mark “Burj Al Arab” did not grant it a right to the word “Burj” in and of itself. However, the High Court dismissed the contention while considering the precedent M/S South India Beverages Pvt Ltd. Vs. General Mills Marketing Inc. & Anr. division bench held that the principle “ anti dissection” The scrutinization of the constituent elements of a composite mark is not subject to an absolute embargo. The Court did, however, take note of the defendants’ claim to have been in the company for the last ten years in terms of the mark “BURJNOIDA.” 

Case study

  • JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT LLC Vs. DESIGNARCH CONSULTANTS PVT LTD & ANR 

Issues- 

  1. Whether the similarities between the plaintiff’s and defendant’s marks are so   close visually, phonetically, or otherwise
  2. Whether a temporary injunction should be granted.

Judgment- The High Court of Delhi passed the ruling while considering the Conflict on using Trademark “Burj”. So, Court held thatthe plaintiff’s trademark rights were violated and the defendants are not restricted from utilizing the trademark “BURJNOIDA” for the residential project. Although, Defendant is not permitted to create any new projects using the Trademark “Burj.” in future. The defendants are only entitled to use the mark “BURJNOIDA” for the current project. An injunction order is issued in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendants, barring the defendants from using the Trademarks BURJBANGALORE, BURJMUMBAI, BURJDELHI, BURJGURUGRAM, and BURJGURGAON, or any other similar Trademark, though the case is pending in court. 

 Conclusion

We conclude that the High Court of Delhi expressed its views on the Conflict on Using Trademark “Burj” between the plaintiff and defendants. JUMEIRAH BEACH RESORT LLC Vs. DESIGNARCH CONSULTANTS PVT LTD & ANR. The Courtallowed Defendant to use the trademark “Burj” for an ongoing project which has been under construction for the last ten years in India. Also, it stated that defendants and any other company should initiate no further projects using the mark “Burj.”

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Siddharth Verma

Siddharth has completed his graduation in law (BA. LLB) from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. He has a keen interest in doing extensive research and writing on legal subjects, especially on Civil, criminal and corporate Law. He is a creative thinker and has a great interest in exploring legal subjects.

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