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Trade Mark Controversy:Court Refuses Coca-Cola Prayers

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By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

A federal high court sitting in Kano, Tuesday dismissed the Interlocutory Application filed by the manufacturers of Coca Cola brand requesting the court to stop Pop Cola brand from carrying out commercial activities in Nigeria.

Coca Cola in an interlocutory application had prayed the court for its order restraining the respondents from further using the systematic ribbon devise presently been displayed on Pop Cola beverage products.

The plaintiff applicant through its counsel, Mark Emordi , SAN further prayed for an order of the court to stop Pop Cola from advertising and displaying of its good that are similar to Coca Cola.

Further in their prayers, Coca Cola prayed that the court should order Pop Cola to stop using the strip on their beverage products , for sales and advert purposes. arguing the act is infringing on the trade mark of Coca Cola.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Mark Emordi , SAN told the court that Coca Cola has invested hugely in building a brand name that enjoys global good will.

He further stated that, if the court should allow Pop Cola to continue to trade its products in the Nigerian market , its trade activities would amount to an irreparable damage to Coca Cola brand.

 

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The plaintiff submitted that Pop Cola has caused confusion among consumers through the use of similar systematic ribbon been used by Coca Cola, adding that the act amounts to an infringement and causing disillusion and needed to be restrained, pending the determination of the substantive matter.

The defendant respondent filed a response through, Offiong Offiong , SAN, dismissing the claims to legal rights been alluded to the matter by the respondents.

Offiong argued that the issues between Coca Cola and Pop Cola is purely a matter of trade dispute, adding that the plaintiff applicant have failed to prove the laid claims of an infringement on it’s legal rights .

 

The court in its ruling stated that, Coca Cola in the application for an interlocutory order of the court has failed to show the ingredients for balance of convenience.

The court presided by Hon Justice Nasir Yunus further in the ruling, stated that the plaintiff applicant could not establish that irreparable damages will occur, if the court failed to restrain Pop Cola from carrying out its trade, noting that the issue before the court for determination does not revolve around perishable goods.

The court refused to grant the application by Coca Cola, stressing that, Coca Cola failed to lay down issues that conform with the conditions that are needed to be fulfilled to obtain such orders that were prayed to the court.

The court said that, it is of the position that the matter should be to exhausted through an accelerated hearing and so ordered .

The matter is adjourned to 25th April, for hearing.

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Coca-cola Donates Bio Medical Equipments Worth Over 720 Thousand Dollars To AKTH

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The Coca Cola company and its partner, Medshare, in collaboration with Federal Government, on Friday donated equipment worth N3 billion to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano under the Safe Birth Initiative (SBI).

The equipment and supplies were formally unveiled and handed over at a special event held at the Hospital in Kano.

At the handover ceremony, the Managing Director of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Alfred Olajide, said the initiative was aimed at improving maternal outcomes and reducing child mortality incidents and to support government initiative in reducing child and maternal mortality.

“The Safe Birth Initiative is a part of the company’s wellbeing Programme, to support the efforts of the government in reducing the alarming numbers of women and newborns who die from birth-related issues,” he explained.

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Olajide restated Coca Cola’s commitment to upholding the health and well-being of women as pillars of the society.

Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Director Public Affairs and Sustainability, said that through the SBI, the company wanted to support the untiring efforts of hard-working doctors, midwives and nurses.

She said the health workers battled against great odds in public hospitals to manage life-threatening complications affecting mothers and the newborn.
”The issue of maternal mortality is very important to us. Globally, Coca-Cola has a commitment to women whom we consider pillars of the society and also pillars of our business in Africa, where they have always played a dominant role in our vast distribution and retail network,” she said.

The equipments

The equipments

She said the equipment donated included anaesthetic machines, baby Incubators, ICU beds, Ultrasound and Auto Clev, among others.

Onyemelukwe added that company, with it’s partner had trained over 20,000 women and youths across the state on series of transformative skills and knowledge programmes.

The company also presented certificates to biomedical engineers trained by the company in collaboration with Medshare International USA.

The biomedical Engineers trained by a senior Biomedical Engineer Ben Armstrong are 46 in number who will man the Biomedical Equipments.

Prof. Auwal Gajida, the Chairman Medical Advisory Council of the hospital, who pledged judicious use of the items, commended the company for the gesture.
He said that the gesture would go a long way in improving maternal outcomes and reducing child mortality incidents.

“I commend and thank the management of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited for these very wonderful initiative aimed at strengthening our capacity to address the issue of maternal and newborn mortality in Nigeria.
“We are here today, receiving loads of medical equipment worth $720,000,” Gajida added.

Alhaji Ado Kurawa, District Head of Tarauni who represented the Emir of Kano, commended the companies for their efforts in reducing child mortality incidents.

He urged other companies and corporate organizations to emulate coca-cola

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Power Outage :In 3 Month 100 Industries Shut Down In Kano

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About one hundred industries have been shut down in Kano due to power outage in the past three month in Kano.

Kano is the industrial hub of Northern Nigeria since and before independence.

In an exclusive interview with President manufacturers association of Nigeria Kano Jigawa jurisdiction Sani Hussein said the closure of about 100 industries in three months was due to lack of power and rising cost of diesel.

On Job loss he told our correspondent that about 2000 personnel have lost their jobs due to the closure.

He said only industries that are producing essential commodities are up to the task and even some of them are operating at half capacity.

He said those that stop operating are always at loss because with the power outage and high cost of diesel even if they produce due to poverty there is no purchasing power among the teeming populace.

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Sani Hussein further urge the government to make gas cheaper and invest in its production so that the industries in the North can survive like their southern counterparts.

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Train Attack :Female Victim Led Lone Protest 

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By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna.

 

A married woman who was among the recently released victims of the Kaduna Abuja train that spent over 70 days in captivity has commenced one -man protest with the aims of calling on government toward dedicating more commitment in releasing the rest of the 50 abducted passengers that are still in captivity at Nigeria Union of Journalists (N U J )Secretariat in Kaduna.

 

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The woman (maimuna)real name withheld says her husband is still in captivity for over 89 days in kaduna forest with the terrorists.

 

She said, She was among the recently released 10 victims of the kaduna Abuja train in the state.

 

According to her, there is need for government to intensify efforts towards dialogue with the terrorists and find ways of releasing the remaining 50 passengers that are still in captivity.

 

Maimuna says there are still children and old women and other people that are still in their Captivity facing persecution, challenges which include ecological conditions, cold, rain, and other dangerous .

 

She then urged government and other stake holders to help release the rest of the abductees.

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