Rice dealer loses right to ‘ponni’ name

KUALA LUMPUR: A rice dealer lost its right to use the name ponni for its rice variant because of geographical indication, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind here.

In allowing a civil action by six Indian applicants here yesterday, Justice Azahar Mohamad said Syarikat Faiza Sdn Bhd was not entitled to register the word ponni as a trademark.

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