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Elon Musk’s Tesla sues Indian battery maker ‘Tesla Power’ for trademark infringement, reigniting tensions

Elon Musk’s Tesla filed a lawsuit on May 3 against an Indian battery manufacturer for alleged infringement of its trademark by using the name “Tesla Power” to market its products. The suit, heard in the Delhi High Court, seeks damages and permanent compensation. court order to stop use of the Tesla brand, according to Reuters.

During a court session this week, it was revealed that the Indian company Tesla Power India Pvt Ltd, continued to promote its products under the “Tesla Power” brand despite receiving a cease and desist notice in April 2022, as reported in the court website, the report added.

Tesla Power India Pvt Ltd, which makes lead-acid batteries, responded during the hearing that its business does not overlap with the production of electric vehicles and that it did not intend to confuse consumers, according to the report.

The judge gave the Indian company three weeks to submit a written response after it had submitted a series of documents defending its position.

Court documents revealed that the accused company also uses the name “Tesla Power USA” and is recognized for its pioneering role in affordable batteries with a strong presence in India. A Tesla Power representative told Reuters: “We have never claimed to be related to Elon Musk’s Tesla,” according to Tesla Power’s Manoj Pahwa, cited by Reuters.

Tesla informed the court that it became aware of the Indian company’s use of its trademark in 2022 and has since been unable to stop it, prompting the legal action.

This legal battle coincides with Musk’s cancellation of a planned visit to India to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 21, followed shortly after by an unexpected visit to China, which some Indian commentators have interpreted as a snub. , adds the report.

The next hearing in the Tesla India brand case is scheduled for May 22.

(With contributions from Reuters)

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Posted: May 4, 2024, 07:43 am IST