Organisations with the word Suzuki as part of the name
could soon receive a legal notice from the Suzuki Motor
Corporation. The Japanese company has filed suits in
the Delhi High Court against ten Indian companies for
using the word `Suzuki' as trade mark or as part of
their name. The ten companies are in varied businesses
like finance, textile, manufacture, spinning and weaving.
Suzuki Motor Corporation is seeking injunction against
the use of the word `Suzuki' by these companies.
to a release issued by Maruti Udyog Limited, the country's
leading car maker, Suzuki Motor Corporation has permitted
only two Indian companies - Maruti Udyog, and Suzuki
Motor Cycle India Private Limited - to use the Suzuki
brand and trade mark.
Japanese company had earlier permitted its joint venture
company with the TVS group to use the word `Suzuki'
on the bikes manufactured and sold.
ten companies against whom the Japanese company has
filed the suits are in no way connected with Suzuki
Motor Corporation. The Japanese company's contention
is that the usage of the word `Suzuki' as the part of
their name or as a trade mark creates an impression
that they are connected to Suzuki Motor Corporation.
on May 25, 2005 Suzuki Motor Corporation had filed a
suit in the Delhi High Court against a proprietorship
firm calling itself `Suzuki Motors' without the permission
of the company. On May 27, 2005 the company successfully
obtained an interim injunction restraining the said
firm from using the word 'Suzuki' as part of its corporate
While the Indian company that was restrained was in
the automobile business, it is doubtful whether the
same logic would apply in restraining
other companies that are not connected to Suzuki Motor
Corporation's current business lines in India viz.,