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IT unit of Tata wins domain name battle.

TATA Sons Ltd and its subsidiary Tata Infotech Ltd have won a legal battle over domain name www. tatainfotech with the Delhi High Court ( HC) restraining Arno Palmen from using it in any of its activities.

Justice M. L. Mehta while ruling in favour of Tata said, " The defendant No. 1 ( Arno Palmen), its servants, agents and assigns and all others acting on behalf of the defendant are restrained from conducting any business or dealing in any manner, including using domain name www. tatainfotech. in or the word TATA or any name comprising of the same or deceptively/ confusingly similar to it, regarding any goods, services or domain." The HC also asked Key- Systems GmBH, which is an international ICANNaccredited registrar for Internet addresses, to cancel registration of domain name www. tatainfotech. in, granted to Arno Palmen.

The order came on a lawsuit filed by Tata Sons Ltd, the principal investment holding company of Tata Group, which was established in 1917, and its subsidiary Tata Infotech Ltd, seeking to restrain Arno Palmen from using the domain name and trademark term ' TATA'. The oldest and largest corporate conglomerate with a turnover of $ 9 billion, in its plea, said that the name ' TATA' has been derived from the surname of its founder J Nusserwanji Tata and Palmen cannot be allowed to use deceptively similar term or words.

Tata Infotech Ltd, which was also a party to the case, said that it had registered domain name www. tatainfotech. com in January 1998 to advance its business activities.

The IT major said it came to know on February 21, 2005, that Arno Palmen had got domain name www. tatainfotech. in registered in its favour.

The firm further said that it was deceptively similar to the domain name being used by it.

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Date:Mar 30, 2013
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