To Import POP Drink: MOC Grants Trademark to Liberian-owned Business

first_imgThe long-standing controversy over who is the legitimate holder of the trademark (brand name) to import POP Drink Juice on the Liberian Market has ended. In keeping with the Industrial Property Law of the country, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), has granted BAF Trading Corporation, a Liberian-owned Business, the rights to be the sole importer of the POP beverages.In a letter addressed to BIVAC-Liberia dated October 31, 2014, Commerce Minister Axel Addy temporarily suspended the importation of POP Drink on the Liberian market due to a controversy that existed between a Lebanese business, H.K. Enterprise, Inc., and a Liberian business, BAF Trading Corporation over POP Drinks Trademark Rights.According to Minister Addy’s communication, effective January 1, 2015, BAF Trading Corporation, the original holder of the trademark has been authorized to commence importation of the product into the country.BAFTC applied to the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) for trademark rights to import POP Drink to the market and its request was granted by LIPO, thus giving BAF legal authority in accordance with the Industrial Property Law for a period of 10 years.Three years after giving BAF the legal rights over the trademark, LIPO awarded similar rights to a Lebanese company, H.K. Enterprise located at Red-light for a period of one year.The reported double TM rights sparked a serious controversy, “because the right given to H.K. Enterprise had no legal ground and or basis in keeping with the law controlling.”The controversy prompted a whistleblower to write an official complaint to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) requesting the Commission to investigate the circumstances that led to the manner in which BAF Trading Corporation was allegedly arm twisted and their right to the trademark revoked and unlawfully given to H.K. Enterprise.In the mind of the whistleblower, the process was marred by “corruption” and needed to be flagged.However, the latest intervention by the Minister of Commerce to restore the right of BAF Trading Corporation as the holder of the trademark, has signaled the Ministry’s respect for the rule of law, and by extension, has created a safe and conducive environment for doing business in Liberia especially at a time Liberians are actively venturing into business activities that will eventually enhance their capacity to take hold of and control the economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sister act sparks Redondo to victory

first_imgFrom staff reports The Taylor sisters are making life tough for opposing girls tennis teams this season. Della and Elle Taylor, continuing to roll in nonleague action, each swept their three singles sets as host Redondo defeated Bishop Montgomery, 16-2, on Monday. The doubles team of Patricia Engeberg and Tatiana Stewart also won its three sets to spark undefeated Redondo (6-0). Melanie Scott and Danielle Butler won singles sets for Bishop Montgomery (1-1). Hamilton 7, Westchester 0: Kourtney Johnson came closest to victory, dropping her singles match, 8-6, to Hamilton’s Emily Pompan, but Westchester fell to 4-1, 2-1. In a nonleague match … South Torrance 15, West Torrance 3: South went 9-0 in singles without dropping a single game at West Torrance. Leanne Gutierrez, Kathrina Gregana and Esther Kim all swept at love for South (3-6). Girls golf Peninsula (318) captured the Martin Luther King Invitational title, edging Mission Viejo (327) at the Quail Ranch Golf Course in Moreno Valley. In a format that takes the top four 18-hole scores out of five players per team, Peninsula’s Jenny Coleman and Katia Joo carded 6-over-par 78s. Ayane Itamura shot 79 and Kristin Coleman finished with an 81 for Peninsula, which won the tournament for the third consecutive season. Boys cross country Palos Verdes took first place at the Iolani Invitational in Oahu, Hawaii, on Sunday with 49 points, edging Lakewood (84) and Leilehua (96). Leading the way for Palos Verdes was Trevor Webber with a sixth-place time of 16 minutes, 52.39 seconds. Mike Stillo (16:52) took seventh and Garrett Delgado (16:58.80) took 10th in the three-mile race. Also clocking in with top times were Palos Verdes’ Josh Richland (17:12.82) in 12th place, Peter Cohen (17:16.36) in 14th place and Daniel Varon (17:20.79) in 16th place. Girls cross country Palos Verdes finished fourth with 132 points at the Iolani Invitational in Oahu, Hawaii, Sunday. Leading the way for Palos Verdes was Melanie Solandt, who had a sixth-place time of 19 minutes, 54 seconds. Erica Capellino took 22nd at 20:45 and Erin Simmons finished 31st (21:16). Also finishing high was Chanelle Garcia (21:23.) in 36th place and Michelle Yamashita (21:24) in 37th place for the Sea Kings. Girls volleyball Shannon Miller had seven kills and seven aces, and Marisa Bubica added 21 assists and six aces for San Pedro (3-1, 3-0) in a 25-16, 25-11, 25-8 win at Gardena. Also in the Marine League … Carson def. Washington, 3-0: Kristiano Tuaniga had 13 aces and eight kills as Carson won at home, 25-6, 25-14, 25-7. Kristine Fernando had eight aces and Crystal Lopez added seven aces for Carson (4-0, 2-0). Washington fell to 1-1 in league play. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Redondo hosts North Torrance today in its final tuneup before starting Bay League action Thursday against visiting Peninsula, which captured the league crown last year. “We typically do well against Ocean and Pioneer league teams in the preseason,” Redondo coach Jim Ball said. “Once we get to the Bay League, that’s when it gets really tough for us.” In a Marine League match … Banning 4, Narbonne 3: Nancy Melgoza edged Lily Kurosaki, 8-7 (5), to give host Banning the victory. Kurosaki was behind, 5-4, before making her comeback. It marked the only singles win of the night for Banning (2-0, 1-0), which won all three doubles matches. Sharon Kim, Michelle Gil and Whitney Robinson all won in singles for Narbonne (0-3, 0-1). The doubles teams of Melissa Hernandez-Diana Alvarado, Norma Santamaria-Kathy Ngo and Cristina Alvarado-Jasmin Jimenez were victorious for Banning. In a Western League match … last_img read more


first_imgMichael Murphy is to start against Derry at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey this afternoon.The Glenswilly man has been out for almost three months and it was thought unlikely that he would start.But Jim McGuinness has put out what appears to be his strongest squad possible to stave off the danger of neighbours Derry. Murphy has been named in midfield but it’s unlikely the big man will play there.Eamon McGee is also in but Rory Kavanagh has not been named in the starting line-up.Heavy rain has left conditions difficult at MacCumhaill Park.There has been huge traffic tailbacks as far as Drumkeen for the game as people leave it until the last minute to get to the game. WE will bring you updates form the game as it develops. MICHAEL MURPHY NAMED IN STARTING LINE-UP FOR DONEGAL was last modified: June 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more