New Delhi: In a big jolt to Flipkart, a Delhi district court asked the e-commerce company to stop selling products under its private label MarQ. The court was hearing a plea regarding alleged trademark violation, filed by a local appliances maker.
The Delhi-based appliances maker ‘Marc Enterprises’ had alleged that Flipkart was selling similar goods under the brandname MarQ, which is similar to Marc Enterprises. In its petition, the company (Marc enterprises) had claimed that Flipkart was using the MarQ name ‘dishonestly, fraudulently and out of positive greed’.
“The interim injunction has been pronounced and it (Flipkart) has been restrained,” a leading portal quoted SK Bansal, the lawyer for Marc Enterprises as saying. On being asked about the court’s directive, a Flipkart spokesperson reportedly denied receiving copy of any such order. “We will take appropriate steps as and when a copy of the order is served upon us,” he told Economic Times.
Earlier in January, the district court had restrained the e-commerce company from use the MarQ label till February 5. Flipkart had launched the MarQ brand in October last year and currently sells microwave ovens, TVs and washing machines under the brand. It has advertised the brand heavily during the recently-held ‘Big Billion Days’ promotion.