Get this! Apparently, Sony is not a well-known brand in Kenya. So much so that it cannot claim exclusive industrial property rights to the name Sony.
That is according to High court judge, Justice Francis Tuiyot who made a ruling in a suit pitting Sony Corporation (the global Japanese tech giant) with a local Kenya property developer in real estate Sony Holdings.
The two companies were entangled in a protracted legal battle following claims by Sony Corporation that the act by the property developer to call their company Sony Holding was an infringement of their exclusive rights over the ‘Sony’ tag.
The Judge’s ruling found Sony Corporation without any legal base to claim exclusive rights to use the ‘Sony’ tag. As it was simply not that popular in the Kenyan market.
“The conclusion by the Assistant Registrar, and now upheld by this court, that the appellant had failed to prove that Sony is a well-known trademark in Kenya may be shock to many. Is it not obvious to the assistant registrar and the judge that Sony is a well-known global brand it can be asked?” said Judge Tuiyot.
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