After 7 years of legal battle against Karnataka, Kerala won the trademark ‘KSRTC’

The acronym KSRTC, abbreviated for Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, its emblem and the nickname Aanavandi (elephant cart) now belong to Kerala. The Trademark of Registry has issued an order allowing the name KSRTC, which is commonly used for the vehicles of the Road Transport Corporation of Kerala and Karnataka, now to be used only in Kerala.

Both the states have been using the acronym KSRTC for their public transport services for years. But in 2014, Karnataka had sent a notice to Kerala stating that the acronym belonged to Karnataka and that the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation should not use it.

Following this, Anthony Chacko, then Chairman and Managing Director of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, applied for the Registrar of Trademarks under the Central Government for Kerala. Then there was a legal battle for seven years between two states.

Finally, under the Trademarks Act 1999, the abbreviation, emblem of KSRTC and nickname Aanavandi was issued by Trademarks of Registry to Kerala State Road Transport Corporation.

Kerala Transport minister Antony Raju said, “The history of KSRTC is intertwined with the lives of all Keralites.”

“It is not just a public transport service. The KSRTC has left its mark on our cultural life in Kerala, including cinema and literature. Therefore, it cannot be erased so quickly,” Antony Raju said.

“I am very glad the Trademark Registry could able to figure out the truth. And I congratulate the KSRTC officials who worked for this achievement,” Antony Raju said.

KSRTC Chairman and Managing Director Biju Prabhakar said that the name KSRTC can now be used only for Kerala, so a notice will be sent to the Karnataka RTC soon.

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