NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Khoday Group to use the word ‘scot’ on its premium whisky brand Peter Scot. A bench comprising Justices SB Sinha and LS Panta rejected the contention of the Scotch Whisky Association, an industry body of manufacturers and exporters of Scotch Whisky, that the domestic whisky makers should be restrained from using words ‘Scot’ or ‘Scotch’ on their products. Setting aside the Madras HC verdict which allegedly had the effect of restraining the Khoday Group from using words ‘Scot’ or ‘Scotch’ on its brands, the court said that the association had taken action against quite a few companies which not only used the word Scotch but also used the word Highland, Chief, Terrier, etc. According to the court: “The nature and the kind of customers should be looked at and the class of buyers who will buy such whisky would be aware of what they are buying.”
28 May, 2008, 0131 hrs IST, PTI
- Kamal Kumar Pandey (Adv. Supreme Court of India)
- Lawyer Practising at Supreme Court of India. Court Experience: Criminal, Civil & PIL (related to Property, Tax, Custom & Duties, MVAC, insurance, I.P.R., Copyrights & Trademarks, Partnerships, Labour Disputes, etc.) Socio-Legal: Child Rights, Mid Day Meal Programme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, Women Rights, Against Female Foeticide, P.R.Is, Bonded Labour, Child labour, Child marriage, Domestic violence, Legal Literacy, HIV/AIDS, etc. Worked for Legal Aid/Advise/Awareness/Training/Empowerment/Interventions/Training & Sensitisation.