WinZO moves Delhi HC against deceptive brand name, obtains interim relief

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Delhi based social gaming platform WinZO on March 10 obtained an interim relief from Delhi High Court restraining the defendant gaming platform from using the trademark “WINZOS” which is deceptively similar to registered trademarks of WinZO.

WinZO submitted to the Court that it has obtained trademark registrations for WinZO, WinZO Games and their variants and found the infringing gaming platform with a deceptive mark WINZOS. The first defendant is Bajaar LLC, incorporated under the laws of USA.

WinZO said that the defendants founded by Surojit Niyogi have adopted the mark “WINZOS!” to ride on the goodwill and reputation of WinZO, which is widely recognised and well-known by internet users for its services.

Agreeing to the submissions of WinZO, the Court has granted an interim relief and restrained the defendants from using WinZO or similar marks or trade indica. The next date of hearing is on 7 August. Google which is listed a defendant no. 6 sought it’s removal on the fact that based on WinZO’s request it has removed the infringing application from Google PlayStore.

WinZO is a frequent litigator before the Delhi High Court sometimes intervening for industry cause. In a latest development, WinZO has intervened in a case involving Dream11 backed NFT company Rario.

Rario has petitioned the court to prevent rival Striker from using cricket themed art images, which the other players in the industry feel could negatively impact the industry.

WinZO which hosts more than 100 games such as ludo, pool, and racing games, yesterday said it will invest about $50 million, or Rs 415 crore, across startups. The Delhi-based gaming startup announced the fourth edition of its Game Developer Fund, with the largest-ever corpus of $50 million. The company in a statement said it ill invest in startups across genres of gaming, content creation, live-ops, and security.

The company counts California-based Griffin Gaming Partners, other gaming funds like Maker’s Fund and Courtside, and India-based VC Kalaari Capital as investors.