In Trademark Case, Commercial Court’s Neutrality Questioned

first_imgA Commercial Court’s decision to lift a temporary ban that the Ministry of Commence (MOC) placed on the importation of Pop Drink into the country has raised several unanswered questions about the Court’s stance on the matter, although the case is pending before the court.The MOC in October 2014, placed a ban on the importation of the product, based on a complaint filed by BAF Trading Corporation alleging that the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) cancelled its 10-year right granted by the LIPO and subsequently issued the exclusive right to H.K. Enterprise, a Lebanese owned business to import Pop Drink into the country. The 10 years covered 2010 to 2020.When the matter was taken to the Commercial Court by BAF Corporation claiming that H.K. Enterprise was still importing the drink on the local market in spite of the ban, the court authorized H.K. Enterprise to continue with the importation of the product, while it hears BAF’s complaint.Article 43 sections 1 and 2 of the 2003 Industrial Property Act say “the use of a registered mark in relation to any goods or services for which it has been registered by any person other than the registered owner shall require the agreement of the latter.”Section two further provides that “the registered owner of a trademark shall, in addition to any other rights, remedies or action available to him, have the right to institute court proceedings against any person who infringes on the mark by using, without his agreement, the mark as aforesaid, or who performs acts which make it likely that infringement will occur.” It also added: “The right shall extend to the use of a sign similar to the registered mark and use in relation to goods and services similar to those for which the mark has been registered, where confusion may arise in the public.”It was based on the violation of the LIPO Act that BAF Corporation’s legal team sought the intervention of the Court to nullify the LIPO’s trademark issued to H.K. Enterprise that gave it the exclusive right to import Pop Drink, a right it (H.K. Enterprise) continued to enjoy. In the ministry’s communication under the signature of Minister Axel M. Addy, and addressed to BIVAC for the enforcement of its mandate, which copy is with the Daily Observer, stated: “We request your compliment and write to inform you that the MOC has placed temporary ban on Pop Drink from importation into the commerce of Liberia effective Friday, October 31, 2014.”The document further reads, “The ministry has received information from the Liberia Industrial Property Office which led to H.K. Enterprise being granted the exclusive right to import the Pop Drink thereby canceling a 10 year right granted to BAF Trading Corporation.”The communication had it, “We understand that BAF Corporation has some issues with their oversea trading partner who supplies the Pop Drink and have instructed the Industrial Property Office to restore the right of BAF Corporation effective January 1, 2015.”Concluding, Minister Addy assured the parties that the market is thoroughly regulated to avoid excess supply of the drink on the market without hampering fair play in the commerce of Liberia, adding, “We use this medium to intervene in the market and provide the protection of consumers and business enterprises.”The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool game bigger than Manchester derby, says Pogba

first_imgThe form guide augurs well for Jose Mourinho’s men, and Pogba says they will be targeting all three points.“The history of fixture is well known. It is a big derby, more so than Manchester City,” Pogba told BBC’s The Premier League Show.“The atmosphere is always very special.“You want three points against any team, but it is more special when it comes against Liverpool.”The last clash between these two giants of English football ended in a goalless draw at Anfield on 17 October.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) SharesManchester United midfielder Paul PogbaMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 13 – Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is relishing Sunday’s highly-anticipated clash with Liverpool, and says it’s a bigger match than the Manchester derby.The Red Devils head into the contest aiming to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 16 games, while the Merseysiders will be looking to return to the winning trail after draws with Sunderland (EPL) and Plymouth (FA Cup) and a 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the first leg of the League Cup semi-finals.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Everton sign Charlton starlet Ademola Lookman in £11million deal

first_img Ademola Lookman in action for Charlton Athletic 1 Everton have completed the signing of Ademola Lookman from Charlton.The fee for the 19-year-old forward has not been disclosed but the deal is understood to be worth £11million – making Lookman the most expensive League One signing of all time.The England youth international, who scored 12 goals in 49 appearances for Charlton, has signed a four-and-a-half year contract with Ronald Koeman’s side.“It feels great to be an Everton player,” he said.“As soon as I heard about Everton’s interest I knew this would be the right place for me.“Everton has a big history and I was also attracted by the manager. When you look at what he did at Southampton, and what he does with young players in terms of developing them, that was a big attraction.“It was great playing in The Championship last season and for the last six months in League One but I feel like I’m ready to make the step up to the Premier League.”Lookman has enjoyed a meteoric rise. He was snapped up by Charlton in 2014 from a local youth side and went on to make his debut in the Championship just a year later.He impressed despite the club’s relegation last season and has been among their better performers this term, playing 25 times and scoring seven goals.Everton boss Koeman said of his new arrival: “Ademola is a big talent and, at 19 years old, he has a big future in the game. I’m really happy that we’ve been able to bring him here to the club.“This is part of the vision we have for the club and it’s important to give to young players the opportunity so that the team continues to evolve and improve.“We believe in the player and in the development of the player which, of course, will take time but he will have a big part to play in the future of the Club.”last_img read more

Pioneer buildings may find home in park

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe city has about 14 acres of land on 20th Street East near Avenue S it acquired from Los Angeles County in 2004 at no cost, with the provision that it be used for a park. City officials are interested in creating a historical park where residents see exhibits on the city’s history, such as how the railroad affected the community’s development, and possibly old buildings, such as the community’s first schoolhouse. The property sits adjacent to the 120-year-old Palmdale cemetery, and city officials are considering what level of involvement they want to have in cleaning up that site and whether it should be tied in with the historical park. Ledford believes a joint historical park/cemetery project could help preserve the city’s history for future generations. “I think it’s a rich story that has yet to be discovered,” Ledford said. The Munz and Ritter buildings probably both date to just before the turn of the 20th century. In addition to serving the families, Settle said he has been told the buildings both saw other uses: The Munz home was used as a post office and the Ritter home held church services. PALMDALE – Homes once occupied by two pioneer families and a former railroad building may return to Palmdale for a proposed historical park. City officials have been offered the three buildings by 95-year-old historian Glen Settle, who acquired them decades ago and had them moved to a now-closed tourist attraction at the Tropico gold mine outside Rosamond. Mayor Jim Ledford said he asked city staff to look into the possibility of relocating the buildings as part of an effort to develop a historical park at the site of the city’s first settlement, Palmenthal. The settlement was founded in the 1880s by German and Swiss immigrants from Nebraska and Illinois. “They are really going to need a lot of work,” Ledford said. “We need to analyze what it’ll take to relocate and what will be needed to rehabilitate.” The railroad building has a family connection for Settle. His father used to work out of the building, inspecting tracks for Southern Pacific. “I was born in that building in 1911,” Settle said. The three buildings were relocated to Rosamond to be part of a tourist attraction called the Tropico Gold Camp that opened after the gold mine itself shut down in the 1950s. About a half million visitors went through the attraction before it was shut down in the 1980s, Settle said. Both the Munz and Ritter buildings have been used for TV shows in the past. Since the camp closed, however, the buildings have fallen into disrepair. “Vandals got into them and the weather hasn’t helped,” Settle said. “With these old buildings, the first thing that goes is the roof.” Vandals have broken windows and there is graffiti to be cleaned up, Settle said. (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland: Exclusive commentary of Euro 2020 qualifier

first_img LIVE on talkSPORT There are eight live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and where to hear them, below… Can Scotland send a statement to their opponents with a convincing win in Astana? Find out on talkSPORT 2. 1 Andy Robertson will miss the trip to Kazakhstan center_img Scotland take on Kazakhstan on Thursday afternoon hoping to get their Euro 2020 qualification campaign off to a perfect start.With Belgium strong favourites to top Group I and Russia also in their group, Alex McLeish’s side know they can afford few slip ups. Kazakhstan vs Scotland (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2England vs Czech Republic (Friday) – talkSPORTWalsall vs Barnsley (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 Kazakhstan vs Scotland: Kick-off timeThe game kicks off at 3pm at Astana Arena on Thursday 21 March.Kazakhstan vs Scotland: How to listen Full commentary will be exclusively live on talkSPORT 2, with our coverage getting underway at 3pm.Click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.Kazakhstan vs Scotland: Confirmed line-upsKazakhstan: Nepohodov, Maliy, Yerlanov, Postnikov, Kuat, Pertsukh, Vorogovskiy, Murtazayev, Suyumbayev, Zainutdinov, MerkelSubs: Pokatilov, Akhmetov, Muzhikov, Omirtayev, Zhukov, Turysbek, Seidakhmet, Shomko, Fedin, Beysebekov, ShatskiyScotland: Bain, Palmer, Bates, McKenna, Shinnie, Armstrong, McGregor, McGinn, Forrest, McBurnie, BurkeSubs: McLaughlin, Kelly, O’Donnell, Souttar, Findlay, Fleck, McLean, Russell, McNulty, Morgan, McTominaylast_img read more

Poll: iPhone Exchange Support; Did Microsoft Make a Mistake?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Tags:#Polls#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img In yesterday’s post Why Apple Will Dominate Next Gen Computing, Alex Iskold wrote that Apple’s announcement of iPhone support for Microsoft Exchange “makes perfect sense” – as a competitive move against Blackberry and to position the iPhone as the default consumer / enterprise phone. However, how smart was this move by Microsoft?Specifically, Apple has licensed Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, which InfoWorld described as “the technology required to synchronize mail, calendar, and other data directly with Microsoft Exchange rather than use third-party gateways or synchronization services.” This will be included in the iPhone 2.0 software planned for release this June.As somebody said yesterday in a meeting that I was in, iPhone with ActiveSync may spell the end for Windows Mobile! Think about it: Exchange is arguably the most important functionality for an enterprise that runs Microsoft software (and many enterprises do). So if the iPhone, one of the fastest growing consumer mobile phones currently and with similar industry-changing potential as the iPod, can sync your data between home and office — what use would you have for a Microsoft Windows mobile phone? It seems that Microsoft is taking a huge risk here, letting the iPhone usurp the need for Windows Mobile phones in the enterprise.What do you think? Participate in the poll below, and outline your reasons for your vote in the ReadWriteWeb comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

How a Facebook “Sentiment Engine” Could Be Huge

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web Rumors of a Facebook “sentiment engine” analyzing aggregate user data, or a new form of the company’s Engagement Ads that offer rapid polling to advertisers, have been flying around the web since the start of this week’s World Economic Forum in Switzerland. The reality behind these rumors seems to be much less exciting (or creepy, depending on your perspective) than many people claimed – but we’d like to entertain some thoughts on just what Facebook could do with such a system.Remember when Google published the most popular searches being performed during the Presidential debates? That represented a sea change in real-time awareness of what people care about. A Facebook “sentiment engine” has that same kind of potential, and we’d love to see some of this data be put to use in service of such innovation.Best Case: A Living History Facebook is a place where 150 million people are conversing in real time, with people that they know, about the world around them. Those conversations are going on primarily in text. While most of the discussions around a Facebook sentiment engine have referenced the collection of data through active engagement in polls, there’s also a whole lot of passive discourse that could be mined in interesting ways.This author would gladly opt-in, especially through the kind of granular privacy controls that Facebook is so good about offering, to allow the company to add what I say on Facebook to a big collection of data for analysis. Our individual identities need not be tied to our words, but the demographic data associated with our confirmed identities is invaluable.Think of the non-commercial, public interest kind of data that could be acquired. When the economic stimulus plan of 2009 was first announced on national television – what was the reaction of people in their mid twenties who lived in the Mid West of the US? Was that collective reaction substantially different from the reaction of self-identified queer people of color living in the North East US? How did the public reaction to the proposed plan change one hour, one day or one week after the announcement? This is all very interesting and potentially valuable data that could be, for the first time in history, available in near real time. Just by listening to what people are talking about in status updates and comments.Privacy concerns are very important, but with enough opt-in required, there could be a system set up that could funnel data straight from Facebook into the US Library of Congress or historical archives.Facebook is one of very few companies we can think of with the access to public sentiment to make something like this happen – plus the imagination and willingness to survive backlash for a good idea.More Likely: Polls and Product Feedback The above scenario is a pretty far-out one, unfortunately. Far more likely is that Facebook will perform political polls and sell access to product feedback survey systems to advertisers. Those paths could be interesting as well, though they fail to solve the problem of public discussion data running unused down the drain.We’d love to see even these approaches used seriously. Polls could be performed quickly, even as part of corporate crisis management processes, if companies have the guts and Facebook can handle the sales requirements. The age of quieting down a controversy are over – why not buy some polls on Facebook to see how real people are actually responding to bad news about your company?Likewise, both active and passive consumer sentiment about products could lead to some very cool features. RWW reader Scott Aikin says he thinks a sentiment engine would work well in powering a consumer goods search engine. I need a pair of headphones, which ones are most liked by my friends, people in my own demographic group or people who are older and wiser? I’ll do the search on Facebook and they can have affiliate revenue when I make a purchase.That sounds like a great idea. There are a number of great ideas that could be actualized by a Facebook “sentiment engine.” Most promising, though least likely, is a system for monitoring public reaction to historic events. We have huge concerns about Facebook’s being a proprietary set of technologies, but we’re fascinated by the company and its potential at the same time. A Facebook sentiment engine would be like a real-time, hyper detailed census – and as such Facebook should make freely available as much of the data it gathers as it can.Will the company do anything like this? Only time will tell, but if 3 years ago we had told you that the Facebook Newsfeed would become the way that 150 million people found out when a friend’s relationship status changed, when a photo of a friend was posted online or when two people you knew were having a conversation – would you have believed it? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

YouTube Launches Twitter-Like Channel Bulletins

first_imgYouTube has launched a new feature that allows channel owners to send text messages and links to videos to the front page of their subscribers’ YouTube accounts. It’s a cool, if logical, feature to offer and one that could make visiting YouTube a lot more fun.Called Channel Bulletins, the feature is pretty simple. But am I looking forward to seeing little updates sent out between videos from the people I’m subscribed to? Yes, I am. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Google#news#social networks#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… It would be nice if YouTube allowed channel owners to pipe in RSS feeds, maybe Twitter messages. The personal touch should be nice too, though.If you aren’t subscribed to any channels on YouTube, you’re missing out on one of the best ways to experience the site. I’m subscribed to Steve Gillmor, Breaking the News, Social Data Revolution and Brown Man Thinking Hard, among others. (Would love to get your suggestions for video channels to subscribe to, RWW readers.)Blippy co-founder Phil Kaplan brought this feature to our attention and framed it as YouTube’s version of Twitter. It may play out that way for hard-core YouTube users, but I hope more casual publishers will regularly send out bulletins as well. I wouldn’t mind getting them as emails, even.It would be nice for subscribers to be able to reply easily to Channel Bulletins, too. There are lots of ways this could go, but getting it started, offering messaging other than videos and comments, is a good move.Channels have long been a part of YouTube, Paris Hilton got the first branded one in 2006, and it’s pretty far-out to think that text message communication between channel owners and subscribers has taken this long to arrive. Perhaps when you’re coming from a video-centric perspective, these things don’t always come to mind. There are many other social features that could be added to make YouTube a more compelling site. Could I please be shown the YouTube channels and favorites of my friends on Twitter, Facebook and Google Accounts, for example? That would be great. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification marshall kirkpatrick The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Study for Your MBA Via a Facebook App

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Tags:#E-Learning#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts When Bill Gates said recently that in the next five years the best education will be found online, I’m not sure he was thinking about Facebook as the educational platform of the future. But the London School of Business and Finance is, and today the school announces a new course that will make its MBA course materials available online for free, delivered via a Facebook app.Of course, if you want to actually get your MBA, you’ll have to fulfill the pre-requisites for the program (you need the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree) and you’ll have to pay for the credits and examinations, offered through the University of Wales. The LSBF MBA will cost you £11,500 for British students and £14,500 for overseas students.But if you’re interested in the faculty lectures and the discussion groups, whether or not you decide to pursue the degree program, then you’re welcome to participate for free in what the school calls a “revolutionary ‘try before you buy’ approach.” Touting the school’s growth over the last seven years, LSBF founder, Aaron Etingen says, “The online world makes it hard to predict but what we do know is that this is going to change education forever!”While Facebook does seem to be a place where college students go to talk with each other about their university experiences (educational and otherwise), I’m not at all convinced that Facebook will be an adequate platform to deliver a graduate school education. But certainly the number of users on the social networking site make it a good place for LSBF to advertise for their program.last_img read more

I’m aiming for more Grand Slam success: Maria Sharapova

first_imgMaria Sharapova will not settle for lower-tier titles after making her comeback last year and the former world number one is determined to add to her five grand slam crowns.The 31-year-old Russian returned from a 15-month doping ban at the Stuttgart Grand Prix last April and Sharapova has since won one title, the Tianjin Open, after inconsistent performances and injury problems.She is back in Stuttgart this year and plays Caroline Garcia in the first round later on Tuesday.”When you’ve experienced grand slam victories, it’s absolutely natural to have that goal in your mind,” Sharapova told CNN.”It would be silly for me to say my goal for this year is to win a lower-tier tournament because I strive to be on the big stage and to win on the big stage.”I’ve experienced it, and I know what it’s like and I want that feeling again. I continue to work for that.”Sharapova, who won her last grand slam title at the 2014 French Open, has no plans to retire.”I haven’t set a time table for myself, but I’ve always said that I would do it on my own terms… ” she said.”I’d love to play in another Olympics, but I don’t know if that will happen and at this point in 2018, I don’t really want to know. I want to keep going and I want to keep working and see where that takes me.”advertisementlast_img read more