Khadi and Village Industries Commission slaps INR 525-crore notice on Fabindia for ‘illegally’ using the trademark ‘charkha’

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As per reports, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has sent a legal notice to Fab India, (ethnic wear chain in India), demanding damages  to the tune of INR 525 crores for “illegally” using its trademark “charkha” and selling apparels with the ‘khadi’ tag.

The KVIC, according to the legal notice, has also threatened to launch legal proceedings against Fab India Overseas Pvt. Ltd if it does not desist from displaying the trademark similar to its own.

The KVIC has asked the company to cease and desist from displaying charkha or using selling products bearing the charkha or khadi mark or any similar mark on goods and use/ sell products bearing the word/ mark khadi or any similar mark related to khadi.

It sought an “unconditional apology” and a written undertaking from Fab India that it will not deal in any khadi or related products bearing khadi trademark.

Fab India has termed the notice as baseless and refuted the claims.

As per reports, the notice also alleges Fab India of not selling genuine khadi garments but instead selling factory made cotton garments as Khadi thereby misleading the consumers.

The KVIC claims to have suffered “irreparable loss, harm and damage to the goodwill”  associated with the khadi trademark and also loss to the artisans due to the infringing activities of Fab India.

 

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