Kumkum Shoes Asked To Pay Rs10 Lakh for Selling Puma Counterfeit Shoes
IANS 25 October 2023
‘Kumkum Shoes’, a trading business in Uttar Pradesh's Agra has been directed by the Delhi High Court to pay a compensation of Rs10 lakh to ‘PumaSE’ in a case involving usage of its ‘leaping cat’ logo.
The court said the use of ‘Puma’ trademark and logo by the defendant on inferior quality products will lead to erosion of brand equity.
The plaintiff, Puma, a German company, had filed a suit seeking injunction against counterfeit products manufactured and sold under the mark ‘Puma’ by defendant, ‘Kumkum Shoes’, a trading business in Agra.
The Court noted as per the local commissioner’s report, ‘Kumkum Shoes’ made a profit of nearly Rs18 lakh to Rs19 lakh from selling counterfeit ‘Puma’ shoes and the suit was liable to be decreed in favour of ‘Puma’ with damages of Rs10 lakh and costs of Rs2 lakh.
The local commissioner’s report revealed that the defendant was running a full-scale manufacturing operation with respect to counterfeit ‘Puma’ shoes. As the defendant chose to stay away from the proceedings, the court passed the decree of permanent injunction.
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