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Snapdeal faces setback in legal fight against the likes of GoDaddy

The e-commerce platform had moved court to keep websites with infringing domain names from popping up.

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“The plaintiff (Snapdeal) has, therefore, necessarily to petition the Court against each domain name that it finds to be infringing. This may be a long and cumbersome exercise. It cannot be helped. There is no shortcut to justice,” the Delhi High Court said while hearing a petition filed by Snapdeal alleging that “various third parties, with whom the plaintiff has no connection or association whatsoever, are registering domain names which include the “SNAPDEAL” word/thread”. “These domain names, it is alleged, are infringing in nature, as the plaintiff is the registered proprietor of the “SNAPDEAL” trade mark. It is also alleged that such third parties are, through the websites operating under the said domain names, carrying out illegal activities, such as providing lucky draws etc. and are also, in certain cases, posing as customer care centres for the plaintiff’s products.” — Delhi High Court order Snapdeal prayed for the court to pass orders against Domain Name Registrars (DNR) such as GoDaddy because they continue to not only register infringing domain names containing the “SNAPDEAL” thread but also continue to offer such domain names. It alleged that DNRs were facilitating infringement of its registered mark under Sections 281 and 292 of the Trade Marks Act, 1999. “The basic case that the plaint seeks to make out is that such rogue websites keep mushrooming, and that it is impracticable for the plaintiff to approach this Court repeatedly on coming to know of such websites. In each case, it is submitted that there are…

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