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Govt working to wrest Khadi trademark from German firm

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New Delhi: Government is working in tandem with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to expedite the process of de-registering ‘Khadi’ trademark in the European Union by a German company, Parliament was informed today.

KVIC has also initiated the process to register ‘Khadi’ trademark in India and internationally.

The German company, named Khadi Natureprodukte GbR, has registered ‘Khadi’ as a trademark with the European agency, OHIM (Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market).

Spain-based OHIM is the nodal agency for Trademarks and Design Registration in the European Union.

“Indian Embassies abroad have been in touch with the authorities of European Union for cancellation of the registration of Khadi as a trademark,” Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Minister of State Giriraj Singh informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

The government, KVIC and the Indian Embassies are working in tandem to expedite the process of de-registering the trademark of Khadi, he added.

Singh said the process to register for international trademarks for ‘Khadi’ is being done in two stages — first at national level and second at international level.

He added that KVIC has filed an application to register ‘Khadi’ as a word mark under IPR Authority in Mumbai.

“This mark has been filed for 27 classes under IPR Act covering various products relevant to KVIC comprising of Khadi fabrics and village industries,” Singh said.

Online registration for ‘Khadi’ as a “Word mark” has already been done and application for International IPR under Madrid Protocol has been filed for the US, European Union and Russia and China, he added.

KVIC is a statutory body engaged in promoting and developing khadi and village industries.

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