Delhi HC disposes off ShareChat's lawsuit after Helo changes design & user interface
A case filed by regional social networking platform ShareChat against ByteDance, the owner of Chinese social media app Helo, was disposed off by the Delhi High Court on Friday, after Helo changed its user interface and stopped placing bids on the ‘ShareChat’ keyword on Google’s advertising platform.
ShareChat accused the Chinese firm last year of copying its design, infringing on its copyright and indulging in unfair competition. It alleged that Helo was a “complete copy” of its product. It said Helo “had not only copied the features, look and feel of the app, but also various icons” which appeared on ShareChat.
During a hearing last October, the Delhi Court ordered ByteDance to desist from placing bids on ‘ShareChat’ as a keyword on Google’s AdWords platform, which, the Indian firm alleged, the Chinese app had used to get a higher ranking by playing on its search words.
Helo protectively changed its user interface, login screen, categories and sub-categories on the platform, and tweaked its name on the Google Play Store. Helo is ByteDance’s second most popular product in India after popular short-video application TikTok.
ShareChat declined comment.
"We welcome the order passed by the High Court of Delhi, which has been delivered without going into the merits of the case or any admission on the part of Helo to any wrongdoing, with the consent of the parties involved.," Helo said in an email.
Helo, created exclusively for India, has about 25 million users in the country, while ShareChat, founded by IIT-Kanpur alum Ankush Sachdeva, Farid Ahsan and Bhanu Pratap Singh, has 45 million active monthly users.