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Sagarika Ghose files application for trademark over “Internet Hindus”

13, May 2010 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. Sagarika Ghose, leading journalist from CNN-IBN news channel, has filed an application for securing copyright and trademark rights over the phrase “Internet Hindus”, which she claims to have invented a few weeks back. Sagarika strongly believes, among many other things, that the concerned phrase is being used rampantly in online conversations by every person with a keyboard, but she is not being credited for the same.

“Yes, I invented the phrase and I want people to know it. I don’t want to limit the use of the phrase but at least I should be acknowledged as the inventor.” Sagarika said, claiming that a study by a social media expert had shown that the term Internet Hindus was being used as frequently in online conversations as ROFLMAO, not necessarily together.

Sagarika Ghose
Sagarika Ghose is seen smiling here, allegedly after using the term “Internet Hindus” on-air

Office of the Registrar of Trade Marks has confirmed the receipt of the application by Ms. Ghose, though they refused to comment on its merits or origins.

“One can get a trademark over a phrase, but it has to be unique and distinctive. Under Section 9(1)(b) of the Trade Mark Act of 1958, shortening a longer descriptive phrase might not enable you for such rights. One can claim that Internet Hindus is a shortened form of Hindus who use Internet for propaganda, and Ms. Ghose could lose the rights.” said a leading trademark lawyer Ram Jhoothmalani.

But as always, Sagarika Ghose has rejected (such) criticisms and has claimed that her uniquely invented phrase can be used to denote all kinds of people who differ with (her) democratic views.

The issue has divided netizens, who feel that if Sagarika was awarded the trademark rights, they would be forced to add the ™ symbol each time they tweet something about Internet or Hindus together, which will spoil their online experience. But a few have supported Sagarika.

“A person must be credited for his or her writing skills. This will help India become superpower.” leading author Chetan Bhagat tweeted.