Trademark : Injunction granted in favor of CNN ( CABLE NEWS NETWORK INC) against CNN ( CITY NEWS NETWORK) for suspending the domain & removal of all link : Delhi High Court

Trademark : Injunction granted in favor of CNN ( CABLE NEWS NETWORK INC) against CNN ( CITY NEWS NETWORK) for suspending the domain & removal of all link : Delhi High Court

A single bench of Justice JAYANT NATH has directed while considering an application filed by the CABLE NEWS NETWORK INC, has directed the defendants to suspend the domain & remove all link, Injunction granted in favor of CNN ( CABLE NEWS NETWORK INC) against CNN ( CITY NEWS NETWORK) .

The bench of the Delhi High Court held that “An injunction is granted in favour of the plaintiff and against the defendants” 

The petitioner had filed an application under Order 39 Rules 1 and 2 CPC requesting the following relief 

An order of ex parte ad-interim injunction restraining the Defendant Nos. 1 and 2, their directors, partners, employees, officers, servants, agents, subsidiaries, distributors, and all others acting for and on their behalf from using as a trading name, domain name or rendering any services, communicating or making available or publishing or printing or disseminating or distributing, or duplicating, or sharing or displaying, or releasing, or showing, or uploading, or downloading, or exhibiting, or playing, and/or defraying any content, news, information under the mark CNN, or any mark, name, logo, monogram or label including the impugned trademarks CNN, identical with or deceptively similar to Plaintiff’s CNN trademarks including those set out in the plaint, as may cause or be likely to cause confusion or deception amounting to infringement and/ or passing off of the Plaintiff’s registered trademarks;

An order directing Defendant Nos. 1 and 2 to remove all the videos and/or content/ information published and/or uploaded on the Internet;

An order directing the Domain Name Registrar of the Defendant No. 2’s website, Hosting Concepts B.V. d/b/a Registrar.eu, to reveal the correct address of the Defendant No. 2;

An order directing the Registrars of the Defendant Nos.1 and 2 to suspend the domain names <cnnnewsnetwork.com> and <citynewsnetworks.in> , during the pendency of the suit, in view of the rampant infringing activities being undertaken on the websites hosted on the said domain name;

Plaintiff stated that in April, 2021, the plaintiff came across the defendants’ infringing activity while conducting the routine internet search of mark CNN. Preliminary investigation confirmed that the defendants’ infringing activities, wherein they operate news agencies, websites, social media pages and YouTube channels under the CNN mark.


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