Karnataka: KSRTC caught unawares by Kerala notice | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Kerala government’s move to send a notice to Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) over the acronym trademark has taken the latter by surprise.
Both state-run bus corporations in Karnataka and Kerala are identified by the same acronym – KSRTC.
On Wednesday, Kerala transport minister Antony Raju’s office issued a press statement stating that the acronym KSRTC belongs to Kerala RTC. “Transport corporations in Kerala and Karnataka which were commonly used by the name ‘KSRTC’ can be used only by Kerala for now. In 2014, Karnataka issued a notice to Kerala not to use the name ‘KSRTC’. Later, the then Kerala RTC CMD approached the Registrar of Trademarks and they have now issued a favourable order” said Raju. Kerala RTC manager director Biju Prabhakar said they will soon send out a notice to Karnataka.
Karnataka deputy CM and transport minister Laxman Savadi said: “We have not received the order copy yet. We will discuss with our legal team and explore all possibilities once we receive it,” he said.
KSRTC officials said the transport body plans to take all possible steps to retain their rights over the acronym and are mulling to challenge the order.
Both Karnataka and Kerala have been locked in battle over the trademark ownership in the Registrar of Trademarks under the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks.
While Karnataka registered the trademark ‘KSRTC’ in its name in 2013, Kerala stated that it began transport operations under the same name in 1965 and Karnataka began operations only in 1973.
In 1948, the Mysore Government Road Transport Department (MGRTD) was formed and became KSRTC in 1973.
In 2014, Karnataka had issued notices to Kerala over the use of ‘KSRTC’ acronym after availing the patent. Kerala has been running its state transport body as ‘Kerala RTC’ since.

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