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In win for government, WIPO rules against websites with unauthorised use of “Khadi” in name

This is not the first time that the statutory body has sought action against website owners and private firms for using the trademarked name. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has ruled against multiple websites that use the name "Khadi," in a win that makes it easier for the government to pursue websites globally that purport to sell Khadi products. While Khadi is a traditional Indian fabric, the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) owns the trademark for the name "Khadi" and only people who are authorised by the KVIC can sell goods under that label. The WIPO arbitrates domain disputes for .com websites; in India, this is done by the National Internet Exchange of India for .in websites. The WIPO has so far heard at least five cases involving the KVIC and has always ruled in the commission's favor. KVIC was represented by Fidus Law Chambers in all these disputes, and they were all arbitrated by Indian panelists. These cases include: Khadi & Village Industries Commission v. Himanshu Kumar Goel, Medisu Health Solutions, October 15, 2020 Khadi & Village Industries Commission v. Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 1245389705 / Raghav Somani, Headphone Zone Private Limited, October 16, 2020 Khadi & Village Industries Commission v. Rajesh Kubadiya, Khadi Herbal Shop, January 19, 2021 Khadi & Village Industries Commission v. Uttam Rao, Global Media Corp, February 5, 2021 Khadi & Village Industries Commission v. Om Soft Solution, June 24, 2021 In all these cases, the WIPO accepted India's contention that the registrants…

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