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Westgate owners lose bid to use Sony name for property dealings - 9 months ago, 20 June 01:35

Brian Wasuna @bwa ...

The owners of Westgate Mall have been blocked from registering their Sony Holdings name as a trademark for aspects of business already booked by Japanese electronics giant Sony Corporation in Kenya.

High Court Judge Francis Tuiyott has ruled that Sony Holdings can only register their name as a trademark for four classes – 12, 16, 25 and 4 – which do not clash with the Japanese Sony’s registered trademarks.

The classes Tuiyott allowed Sony Holdings to register for are vehicles, paper and cardboard products, clothing and legal services.

While Justice Tuiyott’s ruling may appear to be a win for both sides, it has dealt a huge blow to Westgate Mall’s owners as they have been barred from registering their Sony Holdings trademark for real estate purposes, which is their core business.

Other than Westgate, Sony Holdings is a co-owner of Rahimtulla Towers in Upper Hill, one of Nairobi’s tallest buildings.

 

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