Matrimony.com Obtains Interim Injunction in Domains Case

Matrimony.com Limited has been granted an interim injunction from the Madras High Court against competitor Kalyan Matrimony. The case concerns an infringement of Matrimony.com’s trademarks.

Kaylan Matrimony is alleged to have infringed multiple trademarks, including Tamil Matrimony, Telugu Matrimony and Kerala Matrimony. The dispute arose around SEO and Google AdWords practices.

Domains being used by other third parties were also impacted by the ruling. These included Bharatmatrimony.org, reddytelugumatrimony.com, telugumatrimony.org, vanjaritelugumatrimony.com and lltelugumatrimony.com. Further, the mobile app Bharatcommunitymatrimony was implicated.

S. Ravichandran, GM (Legal & Regulatory) at Matrimony.com, said: “We are pursuing legal action against those who deceptively use names similar to our trademarks and attempt to ride the goodwill and the reputation of our long-standing brands, on which we have invested heavily over the past two decades.”

A spokesperson for Kalyan Matrimony commented: “We are in receipt of the pleadings filed by Matrimony.com before the Madras High Court claiming relief against Kalyan Matrimony.com. At the onset, the contention of infringement is vehemently denied.

“Matrimony.com had earlier sent a legal notice alleging infringement which was replied to in detail, setting forth the correct facts. It appears that in spite thereof Matrimony.com have chosen to file the present proceedings and take an interim injunction. The same shall be defended by Kalyan Matrimony in accordance with law.”

At the time of writing, publicly listed Matrimony.com is trading at INR 632.00. Its share price has increased over 60% since mid February.

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Scott Harvey

Scott is the Editor of Global Dating Insights. Raised in Dorset, he holds a BA from The University of Nottingham and an MSc from Lund University School of Economics and Management. Previously he has written about politics, economics and technology for various online publications.

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