Trademark News & Screw-ups Bombay High Court provides relief in trademark case over use of 'Vogue'

Different countries treat famous trademarks differently. Some do not grant any special treatment to famous trademarks. Some allow owners of famous brands to do away with the requirement to prove that products and services covered by the famous mark are sufficiently related to products and services of an alleged infringer. Some are somewhere in between. Also, the universe of what is recognized as a famous trademark is different in different countries. Some countries only recognize as famous trademarks those trademarks that are entered on a special register. In some countries, whether or not a trademark is famous is determined on a case-by-case basis. And some countries don't recognize them at all. Whatever the case, the Indian court refused to recognize that Vogue owns the word Vogue for retail sale of fashion goods.

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