Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev’s company Patanjali Ayurved has received a major setback for the name of its much-hyped drug patanjali ayurved Coronil. A Chennai-based company had filed a petition in the Madras High Court claiming that Patanjali had used its trademark, whose rights are reserved till 2027. That is, Patanjali will not be able to sell her medicine under the name of Coronil. On this basis, the court has asked Patanjali to pay a fine of Rs.10 lakh by August 21, 2020.
The court has also commented that Patanjali has used the public scare of the corona to his advantage. Also the medicine which bought into the market giving assurance as patanjali medicine for coronavirus “coronil” is just an immunity booster for colds, coughs and fever. Significantly, the Ministry of AYUSH has also allowed Patanjali to sell coronil only in the name of an immunity booster not as patanjali ayurvedic medicine for coronavirus.
Fine Of 10 Lakh On Patanjali Ayurved Coronil
The Madras High Court has imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Swami Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved. The court has asked Patanjali to pay a fine of Rs 10 lakh by August 21, 2020. Along with this, on Thursday, the Madras High Court has also banned the use of the name ‘Coronil’ for Patanjatli Ayurved for its ‘immunity boosting’ product.
The court has given this order on the basis of hearing a case filed by Chennai-based Arudra Engineering against the company for infringement of trademark. The petitioner claims that he has a trademark of ‘Coronil’ since 1993. The company has also claimed that it has the right to use the trademark of ‘Coronil 92-B’ till 2027.
‘Trying To Take Advantage Of Fear And Panic’
The court gave an order against Patanjali Ayurved, saying that ‘the defendants (Patanjali Ayurved) have invited this case for themselves. Obtaining minor information from the Trade Mark Registry reveals that Coronil is a registered trademark. If he knew and still used the name of patanjali ayurved coronil with impunity, then he is not even worth considering. The court further said that ‘Patanjali’ cannot plead to show leniency by pleading to be ignorant and innocent. Not only this, the court has also pulled up the company of yoga guru Baba Ram Dev for trying to take advantage of the ‘fear and panic’ of the public.
Petition Filed Against Patanjali For Using Chennai based Company’s Trademark
Justice CV Karthikeyan had issued this interim order till 30 July, 2020 on the petition of Chennai based company Arudra Engineering Limited. Arudra Engineering Limited claimed that since 1993 it has a ‘coronil’ trademark. According to the news agency PTI, in 1993, ‘coronil-213 SPL’ and ‘coronil92b’ were registered. She has been getting her renewed since then.
‘Immunity Boosters Of Cough, Cold And Fever’
Patanjali has to pay the fine to the Adyar Cancer Institute and Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College by August 21, 2020 as per the directions of the High Court. The judge said, ‘Patanjali is taking advantage of the fear and panic of the general public by claiming a cure for corona virus to earn more, while her coronil tablet is not an cure, but an immunity booster against cough, cold and fever.
Baba Ramdev launched Coronil as a treatment for covid-19 in June 2020, but there was a lot of uproar over his claims without a substantive investigation. Later, the Ministry of AYUSH found a middle ground and allowed it to sell coronil as an immunity booster, not a drug of Covid-19.