A lawyer in India has filed an opposition to a trademark registration request in Ecuador for the name and label of Arroz Ghandi in International Class 30. Arroz Ghandi translates to “Gandhi Rice”—using the name of India’s late political and philosophical leader, Mohandas Gandhi. Here’s a copy of the record from Corsearch® Advantage™:
According to Law et al. news, the trademark was registered for rice that may or may not come from India, but is “aged or old rice, also medium and long grain.”
The Indian attorney, Lali Bhasin, said he is attempting to prevent the commercial exploitation of the Gandhi name. He also pointed out in the opposition that Indian law protects “Gandhi” as a national emblem under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act of India, wherein no one may use the name or pictorial representation of Mahatma Gandhi or Gandhi in a trademark or design without authorization of the Government of India. The matter will come up for consideration in October.
An earlier case citing the same Emblems and Names Act mentioned above unsuccessfully tried to stop Mont Blanc from manufacturing and marketing limited edition pens using Gandhi’s name and likeness. As of this writing, two versions of the pen appear on the company’s website.