STAFF REPORTER – The Hindu – 3rd March 2014
Holding that Brahmos is a well known and reputed trademark for supersonic missile in the aerospace industry, the Delhi High Court has restrained coaching institute FIIT JEE from using it for its online aptitude test. It said it gives an impression to the engineering students that the institute’s test is affiliated with Brahmos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd under the Ministry of Defence.
Brahmos Aerospace, in which the Government of India is a majority shareholder, had moved the High Court after it started receiving queries from engineering students if they would be given any preference for employment in the company by taking the Brahmos aptitude test conducted by the FIIT JEE.
Passing the interim order, Justice Manmohan Singh said: “There is no valid justification given by the defendants (FIIT JEE) before this Court how this trademark Brahmos hit upon them except false and frivolous submissions. It is adopted and used by the defendants deliberately in order to take the advantage of the mark Brahmos of the plaintiff (Brahmos Aerospace).”
Brahmos Aerospace is a joint venture between India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation and Russia’s Military Industrial Consortium NPO Mashinostroyenia.
The FIIT JEEhad been advertising a course and an aptitude test for engineering students by the name of Brahmos in conjugation with the phrase ‘will give you top 03 career options as per your inherent aptitude’.