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India – Pakistan Basmati rice IP dispute: Delhi High Court closes Pakistani lawsuit for non-prosecution

Trading Corporation of Pakistan, Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan and Basmati Growers Association had filed a suit in the High Court in 2008 seeking injunction and direction to the Indian government not to give effect to a notification dated 24 May, 2006 approving Super Basmati as an evolved Basmati Rice under the Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963 and allowing its export.

The plaintiffs said that it already has a ‘Super Basmati’ brand and India’s use of the name will constitute passing off and dilute its trans-border reputation, label, quality, variety and classification of evolved Basmati rice.

They sought to restrain the Indian authorities from permitting exports of evolved Basmati rice or any rice from India under the name/ variety/ classification/ trade name ‘Super Basmati’.

Source: Barandbench

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