The Delhi High Court has restrained three local firms from manufacturing and selling counterfeit cosmetics products bearing 'L'Oreal' trademark.
"In case ad interim orders are not granted at this stage, irretrievable prejudice would be caused to the plaintiff (L'Oreal) as defendants will be passing off their goods as that of L'Oreal, affecting its reputation," a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said in the order.
"It is directed that till the next date of hearing, the defendants shall not manufacture or sell any product under the trademark 'L'Oreal'," the Bench said.
The court also directed the Collector of Customs to notify all ports in the country that no company other than L'Oreal or its authorised representatives be allowed to import products bearing the trademark of the international brand.
In its petition, cosmetics company L'Oreal had contended that a few local firms in the national capital region were manufacturing and even importing counterfeit products. The companies were even claiming that the goods were being manufactured in Paris and London, L'Oreal said.
Contending that L'Oreal has exclusive rights over the trademark, the company said packaging of local manufacturers' products was same as its own, which might lead to customers mistaking counterfeit goods to those of L'Oreal.