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FAQs On Sangeetha Chain of Restaurants

1) What was the action taken on the hotel chain whose trademark was similar to Sangeetha Veg Hotels?


The case involves Sangeetha Veg Hotels taking legal action against their former franchisee for using a similar name, 'Geetham Veg,' for their hotels and Sangeetha Veg Hotels has got an interim injunction granted in their favour in the case, and the court ruled that their former franchisee cannot use the name 'Geetham Veg' for their hotels


Sangeetha Veg Restaurant is a Chain of Signature vegetarian Indian Restaurants, a group headquartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


The first restaurant was opened in 1985 at Parry’s Corner in Chennai by Mr. Padmanabhan Suresh and later the second outlet was opened by Mr Rajagopal with the support and guidance of Mr Suresh, the restaurant was opened in 1990 in Mylapore. Over the last three decades, the dynamic duo have been instrumental in developing the brand across Namma Chennai and worldwide. They are now being supported by their Next Gen entrepreneurs Ms. Sanjana Suresh and Mr. Anirudh Rajagopal.


Currently, Sangeetha has grown exponentially into more than 30 units in Chennai and around 21 units abroad. The restaurants are both ownership and franchisee model-driven.


In Chennai, Sangeetha is located at Parrys, Egmore, Adyar, Perambur, Mylapore, R.A.Puram, Guindy, Nandambakkam, Alandur, Kovilambakkam, Perungalathur, Oorappakkam, Poonamalle, DLF IT Park, Santhome, Greams Road, Triplicane, Egmore, Koyambedu, Anna Nagar, Anna Nagar West, Nungambakkam, Chennai Airport, Virugambakkam, Mylapore and Aminjikkarai.


Overseas branches are as follows - France, Belgium, Malaysia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hongkong, London, USA and Canada.




2) What was the outcome of the Sangeetha Veg trademark infringement plea?


The court ruled in favour of Sangeetha Veg Hotels and granted an interim injunction in the trademark infringement plea that was filed and the ex franchisee have been asked to stop using Geetham as the usage will lead the consumers to be deceived



3) What is the recent case by Sangeetha Veg restaurant filed in the High court?


A: Certainly! This case involves Sangeetha Veg Hotels taking legal action against their former franchisee for using a similar name, 'Geetham Veg,' on the name on their hotels. Sangeetha Veg Hotels won the case, and the court passed an interim order preventing their former franchisee from using the name 'Geetham Veg' for their hotels.



4) How did Sangeetha Veg Hotels claim their franchise agreement was violated?


A: They alleged that their former franchisee opened hotels including ones with deceptively similar ones , which was not allowed under their franchise agreement.



5) Court's decision regarding Sangeetha Veg trademark infringement?


A: The court ruled that the former franchisee's use of names like 'Sangeetham' and 'Geetham Veg' caused confusion among the public and infringed on Sangeetha Veg's trademark, an interim order was passed restraining them from using Geetham or any similar marks .


6) Is 'Geetham' considered the same as 'Sangeetha Veg'?


A: Usage of 'Geetham' is similar enough to cause confusion, which was a key point taken up in the case and also the outlets were located in several places where the ex franchisees were having restaurants which were run under the name Sangeetha prior to the termination of the Franchise Agreement


7) Where can I find more detailed information about this Sangeetha Veg legal dispute?


A: You can read the full details of the Sangeetha Veg case [here].



8) Can you explain why the court mentioned "suppression and deception" in its decision in the Sangeetha Veg case?


A: The court mentioned "suppression and deception" to highlight that the former franchisee's actions, including using the word "Geetham" in their ads, which were intended to mislead and confuse the public.



9) Sangeetha Veg Restaurants Locations in Chennai?


Currently, Sangeetha has grown exponentially to more than 30 units in Chennai and around 21 units abroad. The restaurants are both ownership and franchisee model driven.


In Chennai, Sangeetha is located at Parrys, Egmore, Adyar, Perambur, Mylapore, R.A.Puram, Guindy, Nandambakkam, Alandur, Kovilambakkam, Perungalathur, Oorappakkam, Poonamalle, DLF IT Park, Santhome, Greams Road, Triplicane, Egmore, Koyambedu, Anna Nagar, Anna Nagar West, Nungambakkam, Chennai Airport, Virugambakkam, Mylapore and Aminjikkarai.



10) Sangeetha Veg Restaurants Overseas Location?


Sangeetha, Overseas branches are as follows - France, Belgium, Malaysia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hongkong, London, USA and Canada.



12) When did Sangeetha Veg Hotels open its first restaurant, and where was it located?


Sangeetha Veg Hotels opened its first restaurant in 1985. This inaugural establishment was situated at Parry's Corner, a prominent location in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Over the years, it has become a cornerstone of Chennai's culinary landscape.



13) Who were the founders of Sangeetha Veg Restaurants, and are they still involved in the business?


Sangeetha Veg Restaurants owe their inception to the visionary founders, Mr. Padmanabhan Suresh and Mr. Rajagopal. These individuals not only initiated the restaurant chain but have remained actively involved, providing invaluable guidance and leadership. Their continued commitment has been instrumental in steering the brand's success over the last three decades.



14) Is 'Geetham' now considered a trademark violation of 'Sangeetha Veg'?


Yes, according to the Court's ruling, 'Geetham' and 'Sangeetha Veg' were deemed similar enough to cause confusion among consumers. As a result, the former franchisee was legally barred from using the name 'Geetham Veg' for their hotels as an interim measure in the suit filed , as it constituted a trademark violation. This decision reinforced the need for businesses to respect and protect the trademarks of others to maintain a fair and competitive business environment.


15) How did Sangeetha Veg establish itself as a well-known chain of vegetarian Indian restaurants?


Sangeetha Veg solidified its reputation through a combination of culinary excellence, customer satisfaction, and strategic expansion. It gradually evolved into a household name in Chennai and successfully extended its presence abroad.



16) How did the court's decision impacted the brand identity of Sangeetha Veg?


The court's decision to protect Sangeetha Veg's trademark reinforced the brand's identity and integrity. It ensured that customers would not be misled by similar-sounding names and emphasised the importance of preserving a distinct brand image.


17) How does Sangeetha Veg's global presence reflect the growing popularity of vegetarian Indian cuisine worldwide?


Sangeetha Veg's international expansion into countries like the USA, Canada, and various others underscores the global appeal of vegetarian Indian cuisine. It showcases the increasing demand for such culinary experiences worldwide.

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