The Bombay High Court has declared ‘ISKCON’, to be a registered trademark of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a religious organisation while stating that it has also earned a great reputation in India and abroad and there is no doubt that it is associated with religious activities and not anything else.

Justice BP Colabawalla on Friday heard the matter relating to commercial intellectual property rights (IP) filed by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) against ISKCON Apparel Private Limited. Justice said it undoubtedly has the right to protect the trademark.

According to the petition, ISKCON started in the US in 1966 and within a short time it expanded and gained popularity in the world. The first ISKCON temple was built in 1971 in India. The petition said that presently ISKCON has more than 600 temples worldwide including India

Anupama Soumya