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House Mark and Products Identification Mark

Dwelling Mark and Products Identification Mark:

Dwelling Mark and Products Identification Mark described:

Proprietors use quite a few trade marks in respect of their goods (regarded as products mark), in addition to working with a typical mark in all his products and solutions to reveal the origin of the goods from the company (regarded as house mark). Although equally are trade marks and are registerable as these kinds of, every single has its personal distinctive purpose. Although the house mark signifies the image of the company from which the goods emanate, the products mark is the implies by which goods are determined and bought in the sector spot and is the focal point of presentation and advertisement.

In the pharmaceutical organization a difference is manufactured among a house mark and a products mark. The former is applied on all the products and solutions of the company. It is typically a gadget in the sort of an emblem, phrase or equally. For every single products a individual mark regarded as a products mark or a manufacturer identify is applied which is invariably a phrase or a mixture of a phrase and letter or numeral by which the products is determined and requested for. In respect of all products and solutions equally the products mark and house mark will show up aspect by aspect on all the labels, cartons etcetera. Goods are ordered only by the products mark or manufacturer identify. The house mark serves as an emblem of the company projecting the image of” the company usually.

Circumstance guidelines-

1) Parle Products and solutions v. Parle Agro 2009 (39) PTC 405

a) Specifics-

  • Parle Products and solutions (plaintiff) and Parle Agro (defendant), events to the fit are Providers integrated from a mum or dad organization which had been carrying on organization in the identify of “Parle” as a element of their company identify in respect of products and solutions for which every single of these companies attained registered emblems, for the use of the phrase “Parle” singly or in conjunction with other words.
  • Parle Products and solutions offers in biscuits and confectioneries, even though Parle Agro is engaged in the organization of beverages as also confectioneries which are manufactured and marketed by them.
  • Both the events had no grievance on use of the phrase ‘’Parle” by other. Each and every of these companies was noticed to have applied individual names /marks / manufacturers for every single of their individual products and solutions.
  • Parle Agro applied their products identification mark and manufacturer identify “Mintrox” and “Buttercup” in conjunction with the words “Parle” or “Parle Confi” on the labels of the products and solutions. There was no agreement among the events, by which either of the groups was restrained from carrying on organization of the other group for any interval of time or inside any spot on the “exit” of the partners.

b) Arguments

Plaintiff-

  • Parle Products and solutions did not dispute Parle Agro’ suitable of carrying on organization in confectioneries or biscuits. Parle Products’ competition was only with respect to the use of the trademark “Parle” singly or in conjunction with its products identification marks these kinds of as “Buttercup” or “Mintrox”.

Defendant-

  • Parle Agro contended that Parle was a “house mark” and that the exact could be applied by associates of the family of Parle to denote the lineage for any organization – confectionery and biscuits or beverages.
  • They further said that they could carry on the organization of confectioneries and biscuits by virtue of the object clause in its Memorandum of Association. As “The Parle Confi Organization” which belonged to the Parle Group of Providers, they contended that use of the phrase “Parle” for products and solutions manufactured by their confectionery division was genuine and bona fide.
  • They also contended that they had obtained enormous status and goodwill in its products identification mark below the house mark “Parle” and confusion or chance of confusion was claimed to be absent.

c) Court’s observations

  • The Court said that the words “Parle Confi” were basically a reference to the mum or dad organization, but the truth that they held a distinctive company identify manufactured it distinct that it does not refer to Parle Products and solutions or its organization.
  • The Court said that two ideas i.e. the “products identify” or the “manufacturer identify” and the “house identify” were existent : Parle staying the house identify is Parle and the different products names staying manufacturer names for every single of their products and solutions. The Court also noticed that the mark “Parle Confi” was not deceptively comparable to any of the Parle Product’s emblems.

d) Judgment

  • The Court said that the phrase “Parle” did represent a house mark and equally the events have a suitable to use it on their products and solutions along with the products identification mark.

two) Astra Prescription drugs (P) Ltd. vs. Collector of Central Excise, Chandigarh1995(75)ELT214(SC), JT1995(1)SC276, 1995(1)SCALE17, (1995)2SCC84, [1994]Supp6SCR692

a) Specifics

  • The appellant manufactured pharmacopoeial and non-pharmacopoeia medicines. Just one of the objects manufactured by the appellant was twenty% Dextrose injection. It is a trade identify in the Indian pharmacopoeia. It staying 1 of the medicines specified in pharmacopoeia it was wholly exempted from obligation below the Central Excises & Salt Act, 1944.
  • The containers in which this drugs was bought, its cover carries the identify ‘AP – ASTRA’.
  •  An item which fell below tariff item sixty eight and was wholly exempt from obligation was further exempted from operation of Rule 174 below the Central Excises & Salt Act, 1944 and no central excise licence to manufacture it was required to be taken out.
  • The appellant, as a result, did not get hold of any licence and cleared the Dextrose manufactured by it with out paying any obligation due to the fact the date of manufacture in December 1978 until twenty third January 1982 when detect was served on it for displaying induce as to why Dextrose manufactured by it could not be subjected to obligation below tariff item 14E as even however it was pharmacopoeial products, but the label applied on the packing and the container bore a monogram which indicated a link among the drugs and the appellant.

b) Arguments

 Appellant-

  • The explanation appended to Product fourteen E carves out an exception in favour of any pharmacopoeial drugs or medicines which have been talked about in a publication issued by the Central Authorities. The appellants manufacture twenty% Dextrose injections. twenty% Dextrose injections are talked about in Pharmacopoeia and that’s why exempted from the tax levied below fourteen E.
  • The explanation appended to Product 14E involves in its ambit as taxable, all all those medicines which carry a manufacturer identify which is registered below the Trade and Products Act and the company describes that drugs by any symbol, monogram or label so as to create a romance among the manufacture. The cover of drugs has on it the letters ‘AP’ is not a trademark or monogram and that’s why does not tumble inside the ambit of item 14E.

Respondent-

  • The entry is in two elements, 1 the primary and other explanatory. The primary element however carves out an exception in favour of any pharmacopoeial drugs or medicines which have been talked about in a publication issued by the Central Authorities, but it does not exempt all those medicines which even however talked about in pharmacopoeia are determined by a monograph or a symbol, signature or invented words so as to create a romance among the producer and the drugs.
  • The Tribunal observed that letters ‘AP’ do not represent a monograph since the two letters are not interwoven but they staying put aspect by aspect in an creative manner on the top rated it manufactured the drugs manufactured by the appellant as a patent or proprietary drugs attracting central excise obligation below tariff item 14E.

c) Court’s observation

  • To decide if the appellant was liable to pay obligation on Dextrose injection manufactured by it, it will have to be examined if it fell below tariff item 14E.
  • On interpretation of 14E court concluded that, a patent or proprietary drugs to draw in levy below this tariff item have to either be a drugs which was not specified in a Pharmacopoeia or other publication and carried on it or its container identify of the develop by symbol or invented identify etcetera. A drugs of which the producer is the proprietor and it is regarded by its identify would be protected in this clause.
  • Explanation I would draw in levy only if its container or packing carried any unique marks so as to create the relation among the drugs and the company. But the identification of a drugs must not be equated with the develop mark. Identification is obligatory below the Drug Policies. Technically, it is regarded as ‘house mark’.
  • In Narayan’s E book on Trade Marks and Passing-Off, the difference among ‘house mark’ and ‘product mark’ (manufacturer identify) is introduced out thus,

“677A House mark and products mark (or manufacturer identify).

In the pharmaceutical organization a difference is manufactured among a house mark and a products mark. The former is applied on all the products and solutions of the company. It is typically a gadget in the sort of an emblem, phrase or equally. For every single products a individual mark regarded as a products mark or a manufacturer identify is applied which is invariably a phrase or a mixture of a phrase and letter or numeral by which the products is determined and requested for. In respect of all products and solutions equally the products mark and house mark will show up aspect by aspect on all the labels, cartons etcetera. Goods are ordered only by the products mark or manufacturer identify. The house mark serves as an emblem of the company projecting the image of “the company usually.”

  • The ‘AP’ or ‘Astra’ on the container or packing was applied to project the image of company usually. It did not create any romance among the mark and the drugs. For occasion, if the appellant instead of working with Dextrose injections would have described it as Astra injections or Astra Dextrose injections then it could be claimed that a romance among the monograph and the drugs was established. In the situation of appellant it was only a monograph to determine the company.

d) Judgment

  • In the outcome this appeals succeeds and was permitted. The order passed by the Tribunal was set aside and the query of legislation lifted by the appellant was decided by stating that Dextrose injections manufactured by the appellant in the related were not patent and proprietary medicines dutiable below tariff item 14E of the Plan. No order as to costs was passed.

 Footnotes:

[1] Kailasam K.C, Legislation of Trade Marks & Geographical Indications, 2003 ed., (Wadhwa and Organization, 2003), 43

[two] Narayanan.P, Legislation of Trade Marks & Passing off, 6th ed., (Eastern Legislation House, 2004), 370