After the intervention of a Delhi court, counterfeit products of Puma — a multinational company that manufactures footwear, apparel and accessories — worth Rs 20 lakh were identified and sealed in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, on November 3. The matter came to fore after counsel for Puma, Shashi P Ojha, approached the court seeking ex-parte injunction and ex-parte appointment of local commissioner on account of “infringement of trademark”.
On October 29, Ojha approached court and said that if the relief is not granted, the company will “suffer irreparable loss and injury” as the defendant was selling goods using the company’s trademark. “Thus causing substantial loss to the business of the plaintiff, Puma…” the lawyer submitted.
After listening to the submission, Additional District Judge Anil Antil said: “The plaintiff has been successful in making out a good prima facie case in its favour for grant of ex-parte injunction and for ex-parte appointment of local commissioner. Accordingly, the defendant is hereby restrained from manufacturing, supplying, selling and offering for sale counterfeit goods, including shoes/slipper other accessories….under trademark Puma logo…or any identical deceptively similar trademark/logo.”
The court then appointed advocate Rajnish Kumar Jha as local commissioner in this case.
As per court records, Jha inspected premises of the defendant near Tusli Niketan, Bhopura police chowki, Ghaziabad, UP. In his report submitted to the court, Jha mentioned that “5,754 packing material labels, 876 shoes” with Puma stickers were found, among other goods.
“All goods bearing mark Puma were seized from the said premises. All the seized defective items were counted by me,” he said in his report.
He further wrote: “After the seizure and sealing proceeding was done…the same was handed over to the defendant and were explained that the same must not be tampered with or disposed of in whatsoever manner, without the order/permission of the court.”
“After the products were listed, the expected market value was calculated to be between Rs 20-25 lakh,” Jha added.