Kerala: The abbreviation 'KSRTC' can only be used by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation henceforth. The Central Trade Marks Registry issued its final decision on Wednesday June 2, finally putting an end to a decades-long legal struggle between Kerala and Karnataka's transportation departments.
On their buses, the two southern states' transportation firms commonly incorporate the five-letter abbreviated form. Thousands of people rely on these public transportation networks for their daily commute, and the word 'KSRTC' has become a brand in both states.
However, in 1994, Karnataka issued a notice to Kerala prohibiting the use of the term "KSRTC," claiming that they had secured the trademark. Kerala approached the Trade Marks Registry, saying they were the first to use the brand 'KSRTC' on their buses. The Trade Marks Registry resolved in Kerala's favour after a 27-year legal fight. The state also obtained ownership of the bus service's popular nickname, 'Aanavandi.'
The Travancore State Transport Department (TSTD) was established during the British Raj, and the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation was established in 1965. Only in 1973 did Karnataka adopt the abbreviation KSRTC.
Biju Prabhakar, the KSRTC's MD and Kerala's Transport Secretary, said a notification would be sent to the Karnataka Transport Corporation, requesting them to stop using the name on their buses.
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