20 July 2012
A new battlefront has opened in the long war between The Financial Times and The Times of India over the use of the Financial Times trademarked name. The launch by The Times of India of a new supplement called the Financial Times has prompted the chief executive of The Financial Times, John Ridding, to hit back with a full-page advert in another newspaper. The Times of India has been using the Financial Times name for almost 18 years but, after a legal fight, has been required to carry a disclaimer stating that it was "not in arrangement with The Financial Times, London". That disclaimer is missing from the new supplement. The Financial Times has a content-sharing agreement with the Indian Express, which has led to The Times of India suing the Express in order to stop it from using "FT" or "Financial Times" in its paper. The matter is pending in the Bangalore high court.