HC seeks EaseMyTrip response on MakeMyTrip plea

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked EaseMyTrip (EMT) to file a response to a MakeMyTrip (MMT) plea alleging that EaseMyTrip has bought ad-word from Google for a keyword ‘makemytrip’ on its search engine.

Justice Manmohan sought a response from EaseMyTrip. EMT has been accused of trademark violation.

MMT has accused EaseMyTrip of bidding for “makemytrip” ad-word with Google to come on top of search results.

The court has listed the matter for further hearing on May 8.

“The parties shall file all original documents in support of their respective claims along with their respective pleadings,” the court had said in its March 6 order.

“In case parties are placing reliance on a document which is not in their power and possession, its detail and source shall be mentioned in the list of reliance which shall be also filed with the pleadings,” the court said.

MakeMyTrip in its plea said that in September 2018 the company noticed that EaseMyTrip website was appearing in the sponsored links section of the search engine, when a search was conducted for the mark “makemytrip”.

The company further added that MMT has issued notice to EaseMyTrip but till date no response had been received and EaseMyTrip continued to illegally bid for the MMT mark.

MMT said that EaseMyTrip has been engaged in illegal activities with mala fide intent of diverting business from the MakeMyTrip’s website to EaseMyTrip by riding on the reputation and goodwill associated with MakeMyTrip.