Supreme Court rejects petition against Patanjali's use of 'Coronil' name
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea seeking to restrain Patanjali Ayurved Ltd from using the trademark 'Coronil'. Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali had launched Coronil earlier in June as a "cure" for COVID-19 but is now being sold as an immunity booster. A private firm, Arudra Engineers Private Limited, had claimed ownership of the trademark 'Coronil' since 1993. Here are more details.
An SC bench headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde was hearing a petition on an interim order passed by a Madras High Court division bench. The HC had temporarily stayed a previous order of a single-judge of the court, granting relief to Patanjali. The single judge had restrained Patanjali from using the trademark 'Coronil' and imposed a Rs. 10 lakh fine.
CJI Bobde noted, "In these COVID times if we prevent the use of word Coronil, it will be terrible for the product (of Patanjali)." The SC rejected the plea filed by Arudra, which makes sanitizers and chemicals, and asked the company to pursue the matter before the Madras HC division bench. The bench will hear the matter in September.
The single-judge bench had earlier noted that Patanjali exploited people's fear of COVID-19 by advertising its 'Coronil' products as a cure. The bench had said, "They're still chasing further profits by exploiting fear and panic among the general public by projecting a cure for coronavirus when actually their 'Coronil Tablet' is not a cure but rather an immunity booster for cough, cold and fever."