The Delhi High Court in an interim injunction has restrained Lex Sportel Vision, RC Venkateish and CEO Dilip Sharan from using the DSPORT trademark in any manner.
The interim injunction was granted against Lex Sportel, Venkatiesh and Sharan as in the past weeks they have issued several communications in public causing confusion within the market and industry on the ownership of DSPORT, Discovery Communications India has stated in a Press release.
Vijay Rajput, Senior Vice President – Affiliate Sales and Head of Sports Business, Discovery – South Asia, said, “Discovery has carried out business in this country for the past 25 years with utmost credibility and business ethics. We followed all processes despite multiple false accusations and are delighted that finally truth has prevailed. The interim injunction proves that prima facie case was made out in our favour that we own the brand DSPORT.”
Discovery Networks Asia Pacific and Discovery Communication India had earlier terminated the relationship with Lex Sportel Vision Private Ltd Venkateish on January 23.
Lex Sports is now broadcasting its content on 1Sports.
Discovery Networks Asia Pacific and Discovery Communication India had always maintained DSport as their intellectual property and brand. The DSport logo always carried the tagline ‘A Discovery Channel’.
The interim order at this stage comes as a major relief for Discovery Communications in India as the multinational broadcaster has always maintained DSport to be its exclusive trade mark and intellectual property.
The matter come up for hearing on February 6.