Delhi court orders sealing of counterfeit footwear goods

A large number of counterfeit Puma products, worth 20 lakh were seized after the intervention of Delhi court.  The products were identified and sealed in parts of Sahibabad and Ghaziabad. The matter came to light when counsel for Puma, Shashi P Ojha approached the court seeking an ex-parte injunction and ex-parte appointment of a local commissioner on account of “infringement of trademark”.

In October Ojha had approached the court and said that if the relief is not given to the company then it will suffer an irreparable loss and injury as the offender was selling company’s goods using its trademarks.

After hearing the submission, Additional District Judge Anil Antil said that the plaintiff has been successful in making out a good prima facie case in its favour for grant of ex-parte injunction and appointment of the local commissioner. The judge also said that the defendant is prohibited to manufacture, supply and sell counterfeit goods which includes shoes, slippers and other accessories under the Puma logo.

The court also appointed advocate Rajnish Jha as the local commissioner in the case. Rajnish Jha also inspected the premises of the defendant near Tulsi Niketan, Bhopura Police Chowki, Ghaziabad UP. In his report, Jha said that there were fake 5754 packing material labels and 876 shoes with Puma stickers along with other goods.

Jha also said that goods with Puma logo were seized by him. The complete seizure and sealing was done by him and was handed to the defendant mentioning that the confiscated items should not be tampered without the permission of the court. The calculated value of the products seized was around 20 lakhs.

Source: Indian Express