The Japanese automobile giant Toyota filed a case back in 2009, on a proprietary firm and a company named Prius Auto Industries and Prius Auto Accessories Pte. Ltd., respectively, for using their trademark "PRIUS", which is the first hybrid car in the world. In addition to this, the accused company was also selling indigenously manufactured spare parts under the trademarks Toyota, Innova and Qualis, along with Toyota's official logo.
After seven years of legal battle, the Delhi High Court has delivered its judgment in favour of the Japanese car manufacturer. One of the most heated trademark trials in the country has concluded with the Delhi High Court acknowledging Toyota's claim to be monetarily compensated for the dishonest misuse of Toyota's trademarks. The Defendants will have to pay a sum of Rs. 10 lakh to Toyota as compensation.