Recent Relevant Caselaw re Business Name: Bhagwani incorporated a company called “Bombay Frankie Inc.”; registered a domain name with “bombay-frankie” in it; and operated two restaurants under the name “Bombay Frankie”. (“Frankie” is a type of Indian street food snack.)
The Ontario number company, 2788610, then applied to register the trademark “Bombay Frankies” and tried to stop Bhagwani (using an interlocutory injunction) from using “Bombay Frankie” but it was ultimately unsuccessful in those proceedings. Find the exact particulars in 2022 ONSC 6098 (CanLII) | 2788610 Ontario Inc. v. Bhagwani | CanLII.
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