US-based Hilton International Corporation, which runs a chain of hotels across the globe, has moved the Rajasthan High Court challenging a local court's order barring it from carrying out business in India under a brand deceptively similar to the Hilltone Hotel.
The New York-based corporation, which has operations in 80 countries, was restrained by a local court in Rajasthan from using any kind of "misleading logo and mark" that is similar to Sirohi-based Hilltone Hotel.
A statement issued by Hilton said that "the decision has been appealed before Rajasthan High Court's Jodhpur Bench."
"We confirm that a district court in Rajasthan has issued an injunction that restrains Hilton International from using the name Hilltone and an associate logo that is being used by a local party which operates a Hilltone hotel in Mount Abu," the statement said.
Though the Hilton Group said it was involved in trade mark proceedings in India with the local hotel, it declined to comment on the pending litigation.
"We also confirm that Hilton International is involved in a trademark proceeding in India but we do not comment on the details of the pending litigation," it said.
Sirohi Additional District Judge Narinder Singh Dadda had restrained the international hospitality group from using any kind of "misleading logo and mark" that has the potential to cause confusion among the general public, and directed it to refrain from carrying out the hotel and food items business under "such a duplicate trademark".
The order was passed on a petition from Sirohi-based Hotel Hilltone, which was founded in 1973. The petitioner contended that it was registered under the Companies Act, 1956.
Hilton, which had entered into a joint venture with DLF in India, has three hotel properties -- including two in Delhi.
Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels, had bought his first establishment in 1919. He founded the Hilton international chain in 1925.