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New Delhi: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) issued 2,172 notices to entities engaged in unauthorized sale of products in the name of “Khadi” till January this year, according to the government. Nearly 500 entities have apologized for unknowingly using the Khadi brand and removed them from their products and websites, Minister of State for MSMEs Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma said in a written response to the Rajya Sabha.

KVIC falls under the Ministry of MSMEs.

“As of January 2022, KVIC had issued 2,172 notices to entities engaged in the unauthorized sale of products on Khadi’s behalf,” it said.

So far, KVIC has filed up to nine lawsuits against different entities for trademark infringement and in most cases won interim injunctions against the infringements, he added.

Cases have been filed in the Delhi High Court against Khadi Essentials, Delhi; Iwearkhadi, Uttar Pradesh; Khadi Design Council of India, Uttar Pradesh; JBMR Enterprises-Khadi Prakritik Paint, Uttar Pradesh; Girdhar Khadi, Haryana; and Khadi by Heritage, Delhi.

The minister also informed that a case has also been filed in the Bombay High Court against Fabindia, Mumbai; India Khadi Fashion, Maharashtra; and Khadi Store, Pehnava, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Furthermore, he said KVIC has taken several steps to verify the manufacture and sale of fake Khadi products.

The steps include the appointment of seven trademark consultants, who actively monitor trademark infringements by third parties and issue legal notices to unauthorized users. Furthermore, this also includes the continued removal of online links regarding the sale of fake Khadi products from e-commerce and social media platforms.

“So far, KVIC (has) already removed 2,487 links from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, WhatsApp, YouTube, etc.,” Verma said, adding that KVIC consistently opposes trademark applications. by third parties with the word “KHADI”. as part of their trademark.