The organisers of the Indian Junior Premier League have been barred from using the tournament name or its acronyms in any manner.
The Bombay High Court adjudicating on a Board of Control for Cricket in India’s application to protect its trademark IPL has ordered the organisers of the IPL-style junior league to stop using the domain names/websites www.ijplt20.com, www.junioripl.com, www.ijplth.com, “and/or any other trade mark and / or domain name / website containing the BCCI’s said trade mark IPL or any other trade mark identical with and / or deceptively similar to BCCI’s registered trade-marks IPL / IPL Twenty20 in respect of the same / similar services and / or goods”, Mumbai Mirror has reported.
The BCCI had filed a suit and an application for urgent interim reliefs against the organisers of the junior league in November last year. The BCCI had pleaded that it had sent a “cease and desist” notice to the organisers of the junior league in 2016. The “respondents”, BCCI had stated, had stopped their activities thereafter. However, in August last year, the BCCI had learnt about the organisers efforts to renew the league. The judicial proceedings were initiated against the hosting rights for an IPL-like age group (14 to 18 years) tournament.
Following the notice served by the BCCI in 2016, the tournament organiser had stopped using certain domain names. However, www.ijplt20.com had remained operational. The visitors to the www.ijplt20.com were being redirected to www.ijplth.com. The latter showed content and plans to hold a cricket tournament under the trademark IJPL T20 in Dubai, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium from September 19, 2017 to September 30, 2017.
The BCCI had argued that the tournament is not recognised by it. Thus, the organisers do not have any right to use names/ logos/trademarks like IPL, Indian Premier League, IPLT20 and IPL Twenty 20. The IPL trademarks are created by and registered with the BCCI.
Justice SJ Kathawalla has passed an order, asking the organisers of the junior league to stop using the domain names/websites www.ijplt20.com, www.juniorsipl.com and www.ijplth.com, “and/or any other trademark and/or domain name/website containing the BCCI’s said trademark IPL or any other trademark identical with and/or deceptively similar to BCCI’s registered trade-marks IPL/ IPLT wenty20 in respect of the same/similar services and/or goods”.