The Federal Court of Canada has permamently restrained 4 persons from infringing the trademarks and copyright of Amul and Amul-The Taste of India days after the cooperative giant moved the court against a “fraud” entity Amul Canada. Simultaneously, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board recognised Amul’s status as a well-known trade mark in the country.
Disclosing the information, an official statement from the Rs 40,000 crore milk cooperative stated that it had learnt in January last year “about a group of fraudsters in Canada having blatantly copied the trade mark AMUL and the logo of Amul – Taste of India, and created a fake profile on LinkedIn platform which amounts to trade mark and copyright infringement.”
Following this, Amul immediately moved the Federal Court of Canada against Amul Canada and its self-styled promoters, Mohit Rana, Akash Ghosh, Chandu Das, and Patel “who created this deceptive profile on LinkedIn. Despite several attempts of service of the suit on the defendants, the defendants never responded. “
Finally, in an ex parte judgment, the court awarded damages worth Canadian $32,733 in favour of Amul. Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation’s MD RS Sodhi said the court victory “was possible only because we were alert and provided the supporting documents substantiating our claims.” He said GCMMF, which markets Amul products and those of other cooperatives, was exporting milk products to USA for 22 years and started exporting Amul Kool, ice cream and dairy snacks to Canada 2 years ago.
Amul is the 8th largest milk processor in the world handling 10.3 million metric tonne milk a year.