Louis Vuitton has scored an early victory in the lawsuit it filed against a Ludhiana-based seller of counterfeit goods. According to a preliminary injunction ruling from the Delhi High Court, Guru Kripa, a business based in the Ludhiana district just north of Delhi, must immediately cease all “manufacturing, selling and/or offering for sale directly or indirectly in goods/labels” bearing trademark-protected Louis Vuitton designs, including its Toile Monogram and Damier prints. According to the court, Louis Vuitton, a notoriously vigilant protector of its highly valuable intellectual property rights, “has been able to make out a prima facie case for an interim order,” without which the Paris-based luxury brand would “suffer irreparable loss and injury.”
The court ordered the Guru Kripa defendants to stop selling any goods bearing Louis Vuitton trademarks until the next hearing, which is scheduled for this upcoming October. The ruling comes after Louis Vuitton filed suit against the company earlier this year, alleging that Guru Kripa and its proprietors were selling and distributing counterfeit bags and other accessories bearing its registered trademarks. In addition to a permanent injunction, Louis Vuitton is seeking upwards of Rs 1 crore (roughly $215,000) from the defendants in connection with their sale of the goods at issue.
The preliminary injection award follows a favorable ruling in a trademark infringement case last month in Taiwan, in which Louis Vuitton filed suit against Yi Ze Tian International Co., Ltd., alleging that it was selling bags that bore Louis Vuitton’s EPI trademark in violation of Taiwanese Trademark Law and Fair Trade Law.