Tesla Sues Indian Battery Maker Over “Tesla Power” Brand

Tesla has taken legal action against an Indian battery manufacturer over alleged trademark infringement.
Tesla has taken legal action against an Indian battery manufacturer over alleged trademark infringement.

Tesla, the renowned carmaker led by Elon Musk, has initiated legal action against an Indian battery manufacturer for alleged trademark infringement. 

The lawsuit in New Delhi seeks damages and a permanent injunction against the Indian company’s use of the brand name “Tesla Power.”

Allegations and Proceedings: 

Tesla contends that the Indian company, Tesla Power India Pvt Ltd, unlawfully promoted its products under the “Tesla Power” brand despite receiving a cease-and-desist notice in April 2022. 

Details from the court proceedings indicate Tesla’s efforts to halt the unauthorized use of its trademark.

In response, Tesla Power India Pvt Ltd argued that its primary focus is manufacturing lead acid batteries and disclaimed any intent to produce electric vehicles. The company was granted three weeks to provide written responses and supporting documents in its defense.

Accusations and Response: 

Incorporated in Delaware, Tesla accused the Indian firm of utilizing trade names like “Tesla Power” and “Tesla Power USA.” Screenshots from a website revealed the existence of Tesla Power USA LLC, purportedly headquartered in Delaware. 

However, Tesla Power’s representative asserted that their presence in India predates Elon Musk’s Tesla and clarified that they never claimed affiliation with the carmaker.

Legal Proceedings and Timeline: 

Tesla informed the court that it became aware of the Indian company’s use of its brand name in 2022 and unsuccessfully attempted to halt it, prompting the lawsuit. 

The case follows Musk’s canceled visit to India in April and subsequent developments in China. The next Tesla India trademark dispute hearing is scheduled for May 22.

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