Nigeria: Daily Times Threatens To Sue Premium Times Over Brand Infringement?

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The management of Daily Times of Nigeria Plc (Folio Communications Limited,), have threatened legal action against PREMIUM TIMES over the newspaper’s use of “TIMES” in its brand. Premium Times report.

The Managing Director/Editor in-Chief of PREMIUM TIMES, Dapo Olorunyomi, the solicitors to Folio Communications Limited, Elias Mordi & Co, in a letter, cautioned the newspaper to desist from using the word “TIMES” in its brand name.

The threat came days after Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke, obtained a court order restraining PREMIUM TIMES and 10 other individuals and organisations from reporting on the missing $20 million oil money.

In its notice to PREMIUM TIMES, Folio Communications Ltd claimed that it is improper for the newspaper to use the word “TIMES” as a registered brand.

“Our client is the publisher of the Daily Times, Weekend Times, Sunday Times and Business Times amongst other newspapers and special publications,” Uche Amulu, a representative of Elias Mordi & Co wrote.

The legal firm said his client’s brand dominated the newspaper landscape not only in Nigeria but also across West Africa.

“In Nigeria, the word ‘Times’ when associated with any newspaper publication has come to have a secondary meaning as denoting our client’s publication by the reading public, and that is the extent of the goodwill our client enjoys in the word ‘Times’ as a matter of trade name,” a part of the notice reads.

“Your publication, ‘PREMIUM TIMES’ has a tendency of appropriating our client’s extant goodwill as already explained above and constitute actionable passing off. We, therefore, demand that you forthwith cease and desist from using the ‘TIMES’ in your future publications.”

The legal firm threatened that failure to adhere and comply with the demands of its client may result in a legal action.

Source: Premium Times



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