Nigerian Bottling Company on Wednesday vowed to “vigorously” defend the suit filed against it by Rite Foods Limited.
The suit pertains to alleged violation of copyright in the logo of Predator energy drink, a brand of NBC.
Rite Foods is contending that the logo is an infringement on its own brands.
However, NBC in a statement said: “We note recent media coverage relating to the legal case between Rite Foods Limited and Nigerian Bottling Company Limited ‘’NBC’’, regarding the Predator Energy drink. Given that the case is now going through the due legal process, we are limited in what we can say publicly.
However, in the interest of clarity and accuracy, both NBC and Predator Energy would like to make two things 100% clear: firstly, we are well within our rights to continue to sell the Predator products and secondly, neither NBC nor its Managing Director, is in breach of any court order.
Naturally, we will contest the case vigorously and after due consideration of the merits of the case we are confident that the Court will confirm our rights based mainly on the facts that the bottles and logos are not confusingly similar and Predator Energy’s established use of the Predator brand and logo in many other markets around the world.’