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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Court asks Star not to use 'Master Chef' title for programmes

A local court on Saturday retrained Star India from using Master Chef title for its various shows till further order after a Mumbai based company alleged trademark infringement.
Star India Pvt Ltd "is restrained from using publishing exhibiting telecasting television show through its channels otherwise under the trade mark Master Chef India 2 on star plus channel and Master Chef Australia and Master Chef USA on star world television channel.... till further order," Additional District and Session Judge Vimal Kumar said here in his exparte order.
The order came on a suit filed by Mumbai-based Wings Entertainment Ltd which claimed that the company in October 2010 noticed that the star plus channel had started using the trademark Master Chef India for its television show which is same/similar as the aforesaid registered trade mark Master Chef of Wings Entertainment Ltd.
The channel, the company claimed, did not stop infringement of trademark inspite of receipt of a Cease and Desist Legal Notice dated 12th October, 2010.
The company's counsel alleged that Star Plus has again infringed trademark by telecasting Master Chef India-2 from November, 2011.
After hearing the agreements, the judge directed the Star India Pvt Ltd stop using ‘Master Chef’ trade mark till further order and fixed the next date on January 6, 2012.

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