Bolt, Pre-Litigation Mediation
Estonia-based-Plaintiff submits, Defendants are using an identical mark ‘BOLT’ with an identical color scheme.
Plaintiff: SC has held, when an urgent interim relief is being sought, suit can be filed without resorting to pre-litigation mediation.
Defendants: SC has held, with effect from 20.08.2022, pre-litigation mediation under Section 12A of The Commercial Courts Act, 2015 is mandatory.
“In cases before us, suits do not contemplate ‘urgent interim relief’. As to what should happen in suits which do contemplate ‘urgent interim relief’ or rather meaning of ‘contemplate’ or ‘urgent interim relief’, we need not dwell upon it.“
Hon’ble Justice Pratibha M. Singh, Bolt Technology OÜ v. Ujoy Technology Private Limited, [I.A.13530/2022 in CS(COMM) 582/2022], 29.08.2022: As per experience seen in intellectual property cases, relief of interim injunction is extremely important. Such matters do not merely involve contesting parties before Court, but also involve interest of customers/consumers of products and services in question. Court is of opinion, Plaintiff would be entitled to seek urgent interim relief in present case. However, it is made clear, whether interim relief, as sought, ought to be granted or not is not being gone into. Court is yet to consider interim injunction on merits.
A perusal of correspondence leaves no doubt, hand of mediation lent by Plaintiff was met with a tight slap.
Defendants stated T-O-D-A-Y, they are willing to explore Delhi High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre. List for reporting outcome on 12.09.2022.