SpicyIP Tidbit: Estee Lauder loses trademark case against Gufic Biosciences in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected Estee Lauder’s appeal and upheld the judgment of the Delhi High Court allowing to Gufic to continue using the word ‘cliniq’ in its product. The Bench was headed by Justice B Suderhsan Reddy.

Global cosmetics manufacturer Estee Lauder had filed a filed a trademark infringement case against Gujarat based Gufic Biosciences in the Delhi High Court. Estee Lauder alleged that the use of the word ‘Cliniq’ in Gufic’s product ‘Skincliniq Stretch Nil’ was identical to Estee Lauder’s Clinique brand. A Division Bench of the Delhi high Court consisting of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Veena Birbal rejected Estee Lauder’s case and held that ‘Skincliniq Stretch Nil’ is not identical to the Clinique brand or deceptive. The High Court also noted the huge price difference between the two products. Estee Lauder subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court against the judgment of the Delhi Court.

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