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Consim Vs Google: Madras High Court dismisses appeal against Google India in Trademark case

An appeal by Consim Info Private Limited, the company which runs marriage portals like Bharat Matrimony and Tamil Matrimony against Google India and four other firms was dismissed by the Madras High Court on Friday, reports PTI.

The Chennai based company had sued its rivals SimplyMarry.com and Shaadi.com along with Google in 2009 alleging that the search giant was displaying results form its rival sites when someone searched for terms like “Bharatmatrimony” or “Tamil Matrimony.”

The single judge court which heard the matter ruled earlier that Google should stick to its existing terms of business while asking the company to refrain from using keywords that were Consim trademarks. Consim Info, which demanded a compensation of Rs 10.05 lakh appealed against the ruling in the Madras High Court.

The High Court upheld the single judge court’s order and dismissed the appeal by Consim against Google India and four others yesterday. According to the PTI report, the Division Bench, comprising of Justices P Jyothimani and M Duraiswamy said “The present arrangement based on the undertaking given by respondents, which is in force for nearly three years, should not be disturbed or deviated at this stage. We are not inclined to unsettle the settled arrangement till disposal of the suit,” the judges said.

The bench also referred the case back to the single judge court for settlement by end of 2013.

Last year in October, Yahoo India sold its stake in Consim Info to Bessemer Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund and Canaan Partners for Rs 100Cr (~$20mn), valuing the company at $190 million. Yahoo held 12% stake in Consim Info, which runs other sites like ClickJobs and IndiaProperty as well.

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