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Coke Studio vs Cook Studio: A food blogger is suing Coca Cola

Popular music franchise Coke Studio may be crossing borders with its songs, but its recent note to a food blogger hasn’t been so melodious – the ‘Cook Studio’ owner has sued The Coca Cola Company for sending him notices asking him to refrain from using the name.

Delhi High Court Judge Pratibha M Singh ordered Nikhil Chawla, owner of ‘Cook Studio’ and The Coca Cola Company, owner of ‘Coke Studio’ brand to appear before the mediation center to resolve the dispute. trademark dispute.

“It seems to this court that an attempt should be made to resolve this dispute amicably through mediation in the first instance. Accordingly, both parties are referred to the Mediation and Conciliation Center of the Delhi High Court on May 31, 2022 at 4 p.m.,” the court said.

Chawla, who owns a business called The Chawla Group and runs the ‘Cook Studio’ platform, which produces cooking-related content, filed a lawsuit seeking a declaration of non-infringement of the Coke trademark. Studio.

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He applied to court under section 142 of the Trade Marks Act 1999, which states that a person may apply to court for a declaration of non-infringement in the event that he receives notice alleging a counterfeit. He had received notices from Coke Studio owners in connection with the name.

An attorney representing The Coca Cola Company argued in court that the suit would not succeed because Chawla’s use of the “Cook Studio” trademark would constitute an infringement of its trademark “Coke Studio”. However, Chawla’s attorney argued that there is a complete disparity in the logos and their color combination. The court was also told that the words “cook” and “studio” were generic.

The court has asked the parties to complete closing arguments in the case and scheduled it for further consideration on September 12. “If the case is resolved, the parties can file a claim,” he said.