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Need to stop sale of counterfeit products on e-commerce platforms: High Court

New Delhi, May 4 (PTI) Expressing concern over the sale of counterfeit and “cheap products that look like real” on e-commerce platforms, the Delhi High Court has asked for a ban on such trade.

Justice Pratibha M Singh made the remarks while hearing a plea on behalf of manufacturers and sellers of women’s hygiene products against selling genuine and counterfeit products on online platforms.

The judge observed that counterfeit products were being promoted and offered for sale on e-commerce platforms.

In view of this, the judge has directed e-commerce platforms like Snapdeal, Meesho and Amazon to remove the objectionable products and also give a complete list of them.

The court, in its order issued on April 25, said, “The court has observed in several cases that e-commerce platforms are being used to sell counterfeit and look like genuine products. The present case is an example of that.”

The court said, “Selling of such counterfeit products has become prevalent on the Internet. There is a need to ban the sale of such products in order to protect the owners of the trademarks as well as the customers who buy these products.

The court has further directed the respondent seller to stop the manufacture, sale, advertisement, distribution of any product having a similar or deceptive like mark to the products of the plaintiff.

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