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Inventors, scientists, here and there, since months are trying to figure out an effective remedy for the novel coronavirus. According to statistical data, more than 200 research groups, all around the world are functioning day and night to come up with a vaccine that is safe and effective as well as can be produced at large scales. It cannot be questioned, that every moment the mankind is waiting for that one exit against this deadly pandemic. India’s own yoga guru, Baba Ramdev also tried to make his way in this race against time. Pity on him, neither the medicine worked and on top of that, the Court imposed heavy penalties.
The news is older than a month. The expecting public, especially the followers of 54-year old Baba Ramdev, was delighted when the announcement of an ayurvedic corona cure named as “Coronil” flashed. The medicine is an ayurvedic remedy, developed by Patanjali at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar, claimed the Guru. It was further claimed that the medicine showed a hundred percent favorable results when clinically tried on affected humans. Well, it is evident the Court does not agree.
Definitely double-blow to Baba Ramdev, first the failure of “Coronil” and then the apparent violation of trademark rights for adopting such a name. Just after the big announcement hit-up, a Chennai-based industrial firm, Ardura Engineering Private Limited approached the Madras High Court instituting a trademark infringement lawsuit against Patanjali. The company states, their trademark “Coronil” dates back to 1993 and has been in usage since then. Factually, “Coronil-92 B” is an acidic product acclimatized to clean heavy machinery and also added as an ingredient in chemical preparations for industrial use. The mark stands valid and has been renewed until 2027.
The Court in its 104-page order critically questioned upon the audacity of Patanjali to adopt the name “Coronil”. Justice CV Karthikeyan of the Hon’ble Madras High Court stated, “The defendants have invited this litigation on themselves. A simple check with the Trade Marks Registry would have revealed that ‘Coronil’ is a registered trademark. If they had, and had still, with audacity, used the name ‘Coronil’, then they deserve no consideration at all.”
“Patanjali has been chasing further profits by exploiting the fear and panic among the general public by projecting a cure for the coronavirus when actually their ‘Coronil tablet’ is not a cure but rather an immunity booster for cough, cold and fever.” The judge added, “They cannot plead ignorance and innocence and seek indulgence from this court. Either way, indulgence is refused.”
An interim injunction along with an amount of Rs 10 lakh was imposed on Patanjali on Thursday. “The name used by the defendant is the same. The spelling is the same”, observed the Court noticing “obvious” similarity.