The Delhi High Court has granted Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) an interim injunction against Quikr and OLX India and restrained them from publishing any ads containing the name Reliance or Jio.
In an order, Justice Mukta Gupta of the Delhi High Court in the plaint concerning Quikr said, "From the facts noted above the plaintiffs have made out a prima facie case in its favour and in case no ad-interim injunction is granted the plaintiffs will suffer an irreparable loss."
This comes after Reliance Industries filed a suit that fake and fraudulent advertisements on Quikr and OLX were luring innocent job seekers into fake and fraudulent assurance for jobs, besides infringing the plaintiffs' registered trademarks and trade names, that is, Jio and Reliance including in its variations.
"The balance of convenience also lies in favour of the plaintiffs. Consequently, till the next date of hearing, defendant, its agents, servants, affiliates are also restrained from putting on their portal any advertisement containing the name/mark Jio and Reliance with its variations and/or any other mark, logo which is deceptively/confusingly similar to the plaintiffs' registered trademarks Jio and Reliance in terms of prayer (a) of para-55 of the application", the order said.
According to the plaintiffs (Reliance Jio) in the present suit, defendant a private limited company owns and operates www.quikr.com, a web portal engaged in publishing classified advertisements. Defendant's web portal enables consumers to publish advertisements for selling and offering goods and services for a consideration. Defendant's web portal also operates as an online recruitment website facilitating consumers to advertise job vacancies.
The court observed that Reliance have filed documents to show that two people were lured by advertisements and enrolled by making a payment of fees and subsequently were offered job letters. Later during investigation, they found that the job letters issued were fake and thus they were constrained to file complaints.
The counsel for the defendant, Quikr argued that the listings on the defendant's portal are automatic and in view of the large number of people listing their advertisements on the defendant's web portal and the system being auto generated, the defendant has no mechanism to ascertain the authenticity of the third parties and as and when any party lodges a complaint the defendant pulls down the said URL. He further stated that in view of the defendant's having informed that these two URLs posted on the defendant's website are fake, the defendant would immediately pull down the two URLs.
In the OLX case, RIL had filed a similar plaint that the defendants, who are web portals, are causing immense harm and irreparable injury to the plaintiffs' goodwill and reputation as on the defendants' web portal fake and fraudulent recruitment advertisements are being published which are accessible under the various words i.e. Jio Jobs, Reliance Trends Jobs, etc. infringing the plaintiffs' trademark and trade name Jio and Reliance.
The counsel of Olx said they have also added filters with the words Jio and Reliance so that in future nobody can misuse the platform of the defendants with these false and fictitious advertisement so as to defraud the job seekers and infringe the plaintiff's trademarks/trade names.
"Considering the averments in the plaint and the application, the plaintiffs have made out a prima facie case in their favour and in case no adinterim injunction is granted they would suffer an irreparable loss. Balance of convenience also lies in favour of the plaintiffs. Consequently, an interim injunction in favour of the plaintiffs and against the defendants in terms of prayer (a) as prayed for in para 57 of the application is granted", the order said.