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Bombay High Court judge writes witty order in GoAir-Indigo-Google suit

The recent judgement was passed in an intellectual property suit between GoAir and the defendants Indigo & Google.

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If you are not a party, judicial proceedings in India are usually anything but dull and boring. However, a judge in the Bombay High Court has taken the funny route of delivering brilliantly worded orders to add a little spice to the often dull judicial orders.

Justice G.S. Patel of Bombay High Court has proved himself as one of the wittiest judges in the country with his brilliant puns, witticism and raillery. A recent order passed by the justice in an intellectual property suit between GoAir and the defendants Indigo & Google, Justice Patel wrote a sarcastic order that will tickle your funny bones.

GoAir filed a litigation against Indigo’s use of domain name as The airline raised issue with the prefix used by Indigo over intellectual property issues. The judge said that the Plaintiff (GoAir) “has declared litigation war on the defendant, its rival that owns and operates Indigo Airlines.” Introducing the case, the Justice wrote: “GoAir believes that Indigo should not use the domain name; it has intellectual property issues with Indigo’s chosen prefix Go in its domain name (though apparently not with the trailing go<, a small mercy as it happens, for that might be a demand that Indigo should be rechristened Indi.”

GoAir apparently also pulled Google into court over similar issues. “For reasons that are presently unclear so far, Google India Limited, the 2nd Defendant, is also said to be liable,” the order read. Flagging unthinkable scenarios where people may have to “ogle the Web”, the judge added in his order”The Plaintiff grants that it is not because the word Go is also part of Google’s corporate and domain name (and much else besides) That is all to the good, for the alternative is unthinkable — we might otherwise be forced to ogle the Web.”

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The order further added that Advocate Jamsandekar, appearing for GoAir, insists that due to important legal issues the Notice of Motion has reached a stage of sur-rejoinder and that his “immediate goal is to file a sur-sur-rejoinder and that new material introduced by Indigo in sur-rejoinder is going to show actual confusion.” He added that “Goaded by this the Indigo counsel will “need to respond with even more heft to this already portentous litigation by filing a sur-sur-sur-rejoinder.”

Closing the hearing for further date, the judge added that “Let all these filings and cross-filings be completed in good time.”

First published on: 06-10-2016 at 02:55:11 pm
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