Row over Rajasthan Fashion Week.
Rajasthan Fashion Week faces double trouble – company sues them over name, opening designers back out The three-day Rajasthan Fashion Week is to begin today, but it has gotten into a bit of legal hot water at the last minute. A Jaipur-based company has sued the organizers of the week, claiming that the organizers are using the name Rajasthan Fashion Week ‘illegally’, while they, the company, have applied for a trademark for ‘Rajasthan Fashion Week’ and have been using that name since 2003. The company that is alleging ‘illegal use’ and has filed a case is IPD Image Promotions Pvt Ltd, with Monica Sharma as its director. They filed a case on May 17 in a Jaipur city court, stating that they are the prior applicant and user of the trademark Rajasthan Fashion Week. IPD, a registered firm under the Companies Act, 1956, says it has been organizing fashion events under the name ‘Rajasthan Fashion Week’ since 2003. They filed a case, requesting the court to prevent the ‘other party’, Rahul Dhyaan, the organizer of the Rajasthan Fashion Week beginning today, from using the trademark Rajasthan Fashion Week “in any event”. “I have filed a case in district court against an illegal use of the trademark. We were the first to apply for the trademark. How can the other party use this name and mislead the public?” says Monica. “My client is the prior applicant of the title and user and applied for the title in 2003. She has organized several fashion events under this name. The trademark is still under process,” says Shyam Sundar Sharma, Monica’s advocate. Dhyaan, who announced the first edition of the Rajasthan Fashion Week in a press conference on Wednesday, says, “The trademark Rajasthan Fashion Week, which the other party is claiming to be their sole property, is pending under some other category in The Trade Marks Registry, and they cannot use that name to organize events in the field of fashion, culture, sports, etc. In fact, we have applied for a trademark for RWF in category 41, which authorizes us to hold fashion events.” The court heard both parties on Wednesday, but did not pass any order, and the hearing has been deferred till May 25. Opening designers out Designer duo Rahul-Gunjan, who were to open the Rajasthan Fashion Week, have withdrawn from it citing last-minute backtracking by the organizers. They say that the organizers have refused to provide the money and infrastructure for their show, which they had committed to. The duo were to show their wearable art collection in the opening show, which they say is a “premium couture range where every garment is a piece of art”. “The show alone would have cost us about `4 lakh, and if at this stage we are being denied show production support that was originally promised to us, we are not going ahead,” says Rahul Jain, who’s from Jaipur but is based out of Delhi. “We have been asking them for details of the models, choreographers, PR plan, etc, for quite some time, but to no avail. We would have compromised, but not at the cost of ending up doing a show that would work adversely for all of us.” Says organizer Rahul Dhyaan, “No, it’s not that there’s any dispute or they’ve been replaced by any other designer. Due to some production issues, they won’t be a part of the week. The decision has been taken by mutual consent.”
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