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The Supreme Court has issued notice to German luxury brand Montblanc Simplo GMBH on a petition filed by a Mumbai based firm that has been charged of infringing on the former’s trademark.

Add Corporation Ltd, which sells its pens under the brand ‘ADD,’ has challenged the Delhi High Court or

The Supreme Court has issued notice to German luxury brand Montblanc Simplo GMBH on a petition filed by a Mumbai based firm that has been charged of infringing on the former’s trademark.

Add Corporation Ltd, which sells its pens under the brand ‘ADD,’ has challenged the Delhi High Court order that restrained it from manufacturing and selling pens under the trademark Add Gel Spacewalker and Add Gel Goldtop.

The High Court’s order came after the German major alleged that Add Corp had infringed on its registered trademarks in India ‘Starwalker’, ‘Miesterstruck’ and ‘3 ring device.’

A Bench headed by Justice Markandey Katju sought reply from Montblanc after Add Corp approached the apex court for a stay on the High Court order on the ground that it was a prior user of its trademark Spacewalker and there was a vast difference between the products of the two companies.

Stating that Montblanc cannot claim its ‘three ring device’ as a trademark so as to restrain it from manufacturing and selling its pens under ‘ADD’ brand, Add Corp said its range of pens sold were priced at Rs 200 and Rs 340, whereas the Montblanc’s Starwalker range sold under trademark Meisterstick and cost around Rs 14,250.

Even the mode of payment and packaging, appearance and the customers were different and there was absolutely no likelihood of any confusion between the two products, it said.
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