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Teen Mundi Chhap medicine sold by Rhugved Pharmaceuticals (L) and Chaar Mundi Chaap medicine sold by Unijules Group.
Two Nagpur-based pharmaceutical companies have locked horns over a trademark used for selling dengue/malaria medicine. As a result of the tussle, on September 25, Rhugved Pharmaceuticals, situated in Dhantoli, filed a complaint with Shanti Nagar Police against the managing director and directors of 89-year-old Unijules Group situated in Kalmeshwar.
In the complaint, Dr Yashwant Ambatkar from Rhugved has stated that from November 10, 2011, to September 24, 2021, Unijules used a 'Char Mundi' logo similar to the 'Teen Mundi' logo allegedly owned by Rhugved to sell the dengue medicine. Ambatkar further alleged that Unijules gave advertisements in the newspaper stating that 'Teen Mundi Chaap' medicine is now 'Chaar Mundi Chaap' medicine. As a result of the complaint, Shanti Nagar Police have called managing director Faiz Vali and two directors DK Belani and Amit Chhabra for statement.
Speaking to Nation Next, Vali rubbished the allegations levelled against Unijules by Rhugved. Vali said: "We have been selling the medicine 'Febronal' - used for fever, pain and dengue - since 1946. The Teen Mundi trademark was registered by us under the provisions of the Trade Marks Act 1999 on January 6, 2011. The trademark is valid till 2030. When we got to know that Rhugved is selling the same kind of medicine under the name 'Febromal' with a different variation of the Teen Mundi logo, we decided to use the 'Chaar Mundi Logo.' We gave advertisements in newspapers stating that Teen Mundi Chaap medicine will now be sold by us as Chaar Mundi Chaap during 2010-2011. We have also applied for tradmark of Febromal Char Mundi Chaap which is under consideration.
The 'Teen Mundi' trademark registered by Unijules in January 2011.
Vali added: "This is an attempt by Rhugved to stop us from selling the medicine. They have been trying to do that since many years." Vali, who has been called for his statement by Shanti Nagar Police on September 27, has now decided to file a complaint against Rhugved and is also contemplating legal action.