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Infosys to contest trademark ruling

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Mr N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman, Infosys

Bangalore , Sept. 16

SOFTWARE major Infosys Technologies Ltd said on Thursday it would soon file a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court to contest the ruling of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), Chennai, which held that the company cannot hold a monopoly on trademark "Infosys."

"We will fight it out. There is no problem," Infosys Chairman and Chief Mentor, Mr N.R. Narayana Murthy, told reporters here on the sidelines of a banking conference. However, Mr Murthy did not elaborate on the issue citing that the firm was in the silent period ahead of its second quarter results on October 12.

Mr Murthy was reacting to the recent direction issued by the Chennai bench of IPAB to the Registrar of Trade Marks, Chennai, to remove the registration of trademark "Infosys" following an application moved by the Kolkota-based Jupiter Infosys.

,Jupiter Infosys Ltd sells computers, computer parts, accessories and other items of hardware.

"The Chennai Bench of the Appellate Board of Trademarks has chosen to disallow the registration of Infosys as a trademark in certain classes on certain technical grounds. Infosys is now considering appropriate legal action to remedy this adverse order and would be filing a SLP before the Supreme Court soon," Infosys said in a statement.

The Infosys trademark is a registered trademark in India for several years as well as in over 25 countries around the world including the United States and Europe, it said.

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