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Court Clears Deputy Minister in Trademark Case

first_imgThe Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice has cleared Mr. Steve Marvin, Deputy Minister for Commerce, from an investigation conducted by the ministry about a “trademark infringement” allegation levied against H.K. Enterprise, a Lebanese owned business by BAF Trading Corporation.The court took the decision after Minister Marvin clarified two letters at the center of the trademark dispute.The two letters are dated April 29, 2014 and January 14, 2015.The April 29 letter came from Forezer Nusapersadea, the agent of PT Forezer, the Indonesian Company that manufactured the Pop Drink and is allegedly addressed to Deputy Minister Marvin.The other letter under the caption “To Whom It May Concern” is allegedly from PT Forezer, also addressed to him.Although the content of the letters were not allowed to be read in court, LIPO relied on the letters to allegedly issue BAF’s ten-year trademark to H.K. Enterprise to import Pop Drink into the country.When Deputy Minister Marvin took the witness stand he said, the letter under the caption “To Whom It May Concern” dated January 14, 2015, believed to have come from PT Forezer, was never addressed to him.But he said it was the letter dated April 29, 2014 from Forezer Nusapersadea that he had in his possession.“I do not fully comprehend the reason behind Forezer Nusapersadea, because I never communicated with said company prior to receiving the letter on April 29, 2014,” he explained.He was requested to testify regarding proceedings at the Ministry of Commerce with respect to the trademark dispute.In his testimony about the ministry’s involvement in the disputed trademark investigation, which he was accused of being a part of, Marvin said he did not take part in the investigation that gave H.K. Enterprise exclusive rights to import Pop Drink into the country.BAF Trading Corporation instituted a petition for declaration of judgment against H.K. Enterprise claiming that the company without any legal basis obtained its trademark, which gives BAF a ten-year exclusive right to be the sole importer of Pop Drink into Liberia.A similar lawsuit was filed against the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), of which Deputy Minister Marvin was cleared.LIPO, which is by law responsible to issue trademarks to businesses in the country, was accused of being behind the trademark obtained by H.K. Enterprise to import the product.The MOC was also accused of issuing an Import Declaration Permit (IDP) that facilitated H.K. Enterprise to bring the Pop Drink into the country, for which Deputy Minister Marvin was also cleared of involvement.However, the court has already upheld the declaration judgment requested by BAF against the two public entities (MOC and LIPO).The action was based on the MOC and LIPO’s refusal to appear before the court to exonerate themselves from the allegation.Besides Minister Marvin, LIPO Acting Director General Robert Mezzeh was expected to appear to testify to documents in their possession relative to the case, but did not appear due to poor health.He has, however, been replaced by one Mr. Prince E. Deta to produce the documents today.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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IPL 4 auction Day 2: Ganguly, Jayasuriya, Lara remain unsold

first_imgReputations counted for little as former India captain Sourav Ganguly and several other big names found no takers for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League even as unheralded Australian Daniel Christian was bought for an astounding USD 900,000 (RS 4.14 crore approx) on the second day of the auction here on Sunday.File photo of veteran Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya.Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya also failed to find a buyer today joining a high-profile list of unsold players which included among others West Indies batting great Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Mark Boucher and Graeme Swann.Ganguly’s name, in fact, did not even come up in the second round of bidding, the players for which were handpicked by the franchises, prompting angry fans to stage protests against his former team Kolkata Knight Riders in the Bengal capital.A total of 241 of the 353 players in fray went unsold in the first round of auctions, which spanned over two days. 28 players came up for a re-auctioning on the request of the franchises but again some of them strangely went unsold.New Zealand’s hard-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder (Pune, USD 150,000), spinner Murali Karthik (Pune, USD 400,000) and Mohammad Kaif (Bangalore, USD 130,000) were among the lucky 12 who managed to sneak through into the cash-rich event.At the end of the two-day auction all the franchises still had some money left from the USD nine million cap on a rather dull second day considering that Gautam Gambhir had gone for a record Rs 11.04 crore to IPL Kolkata on the first day.advertisementIn a relatively low-key day, it was Christian who hogged the limelight as he was bought by IPL Hyderabad team 18 times more than his base price of USD 50,000.No one could have even imagined that the 27-year-old from New South Wales will go for such a high price. He has played just three Twenty20 internationals for Australia and is primarily a fast bowler who can hit a long way in the lower order.”We believe Dan Christian is a good buy. He is good fast bowler and a decent batsman. He is also a brilliant fielder,” Deccan Chargers owner Gayathri Reddy said.IPL Delhi were the biggest gainers as they snapped up fringe fast bowlers. Umesh Yadav, who had a base price of USD 50,000, went for a whopping USD 750,000 while pacers Ashok Dinda (USD 375,000) and Ajit Agarkar (USD 210,000) were bought by IPL Delhi.Munaf Patel was bought by Mumbai Indians for USD 700,000 (apprx Rs 3.1 crore).Ranganath Vinay Kumar was bought by Kochi for USD 475,000 while Manpreet Gony was bought by Deccan for USD 290,000.However, paceman VRV Singh was a prominent Indian player who went unsold.IPL Chennai, who have been on a retention mode, also got back Sudeep Tyagi (USD 240,000), Joginder Sharma (USD 150,000) while roping in Suraj Randiv for as cheap as USD 80,000.However, it was Kolkata Knight Riders who poached L Balaji from CSK for USD 500,000. KKR retained Jaidev Unadkat buying him for USD 250,000.There were a few surprises also as unfancied Netherlands cricketer Ryan ten Doeschate was bought for USD 150,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Doeschate was ICC’s Associate Player of the Year.Another surprising pick was India discard Venugopal Rao getting a staggering deal of USD 700,000 (Rs 3.22 crore) from Delhi Daredevils.Sahara Pune Warriors, who remained quiet for the better part of the first session, got a good deal in South African pacer Wayne Parnell (USD 160,000) and West Indian Jerome Taylor (USD 100,000).There was some stiff bidding between Pune and Kings XI Punjab for Australian Mitchell Marsh. However, the junior-most Marsh will play for Pune under his father Geoff Marsh’s tutelage rather than being a teammate of his elder brother Shaun.Michael Yardy of England, Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills of New Zealand, Ravi Bopara, Monty Panesar and Tim Bresnan of England and Fervez Mahroof of Sri Lanka, Shivnarine Chanderpaul of West Indies, Makhaya Ntini and Lonwabo Tsotsobe of South Africa were among the prominent players who went unsold on Sunday.After the lunch session, maximum players went unsold save South African batsman Francois du Plessis who was taken by IPL Chennai at USD 120,000. Another surprise was Alfonso Thomas who was taken by Sahara Pune Warriors for USD 100,000. IPL Kolkata bought Australian quick James Pattinson.Like Saturday, Indians were the hot picks for the franchises but the bidding war never quite touched the frenzy it did yesterday, when apart from Gambhir three others went for more than USD two million.Gambhir’s mind-boggling deal with KKR beat the previous high set by the English duo of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff (USD 1.55 million) last season.advertisementGambhir, who was captain of the Delhi Daredevils last season, saw his price skyrocket 12 times from his base price of USD 200,000 (Rs 92 lakh) while three other Indian players – Yusuf (USD 2.1 million), Rohit Sharma (USD 2 million) and Robin Uthappa (2.1 million) crossed the two million mark.Yusuf’s younger brother Irfan, who has not played any cricket this season, was taken by IPL Delhi team for a surprisingly high amount of USD 1.9 (Rs 8.74 crore) million.- With PTI inputsIPL season 4 table (DAY 2 AUCTION) Player Bought by Price in Rs Former team  1Fsf du PlessisIPL Chennai$120,000– 2Chris LynnIPL Hyderabad$20,000– 3Nuwan PradeepIPL Bangalore$20,000– 4Rilee RossouwIPL Bangalore$20,000– 5George BaileyIPL Chennai$50,000IPL Chennai 6Alfonso ThomasIPL Pune$100,000– 7James PattinsonIPL Hyderabad $100,000– 8Jerome TaylorIPL Pune $100,000IPL Punjab 9Johan van der WathIPL Bangalore $50,000–10Pankaj SinghIPL Rajasthan $95,000IPL Bangalore11John HastingsIPL Kochi $20,000–12Andrew McDonaldIPL Delhi $80,000IPL Delhi13Mitchell MarshIPL Pune$290,000IPL Hyderabad14Ryan ten DoeschateIPL Kolkata$150,000–15Michael KlingerIPL Kochi$75,000–16Owais ShahIPL Kochi$200,000IPL Delhi17Suraj RandivIPL Chennai$80,000–18Sudeep TyagiIPL Chennai$240,000IPL Chennai19Nuwan KulasekaraIPL Chennai $100,000–20Abhimanyu MithunIPL Bangalore $260,000IPL Bangalore21Wayne ParnellIPL Pune $160,000IPL Delhi22Joginder SharmaIPL Chennai $150,000IPL Chennai23Manpreet GonyIPL Hyderabad $290,000IPL Chennai24Jaidev UnadkatIPL Kolkata $250,000IPL Kolkata25Ben HilfenhausIPL Chennai$100,000 –26Scott StyrisIPL Chennai$200,000 IPL Hyderabad27Venugopal RaoIPL Delhi$700,000IPL Hyderabad28Luke PomersbachIPL Bangalore$50,000IPL Punjab29Steve O’ KeefeIPL Kochi$20,000 –30Roelof Van der MerweIPL Delhi $50,000 IPL Bangalore31Laxmipathy BalajiIPL Kolkata$500,000IPL Chennai32Clint McKayIPL Mumbai$110,000–33Umesh YadavIPL Delhi$750,000IPL Delhi34Shaun TaitIPL Rajasthan$300,000 IPL Rajasthan 35Munaf PatelIPL Mumbai$700,000IPL Rajasthan 36Ashok DindaIPL Delhi$375,000IPL Kolkata37Vinay KumarIPL Kochi$475,000IPL Bangalore38Charl LangeveldtIPL Bangalore$140,000IPL Kolkata39Ajit AgarkarIPL Delhi$210,000IPL Kolkata40Thissara  PereraIPL Kochi$80,000IPL Chennai41Daniel ChristianIPL Hyderabad$900,000–42Matthew WadeIPL Delhi$100,000–43Mohammad KaifIPL Bangalore$130,000IPL Rajasthan44Jesse RyderIPL Pune$150,000IPL Bangalore45Murali KartikIPL Pune$400,000IPL Kolkata46Dimitri MascarenhasIPL Punjab$100,000IPL RajasthanDAY 1 AUCTION 1PlayerBought byPrice in RsFormer team 2Gautam GambhirIPL Kolkata11.04 crIPL Delhi 3Tillakaratne DilshanIPL Bangalore 2.99 crIPL Delhi 4Zaheer KhanIPL Bangalore 4.14 crIPL Mumbai 5Ross TaylorIPL Rajasthan 4.6 crIPL Bangalore 6Yusuf PathanIPL Kolkata 9.66 crIPL Rajasthan 7Kevin PietersenIPL Kolkata 3.00 crIPL Bangalore 8Mahela JayawardeneIPL Kochi 6.9 crIPL Punjab 9Yuvraj SinghIPL Pune 8.28 crIPL Punjab 10Camroon WhiteIPL Hyderabad 4.99 crIPL Bangalore 11AB de VilliersIPL Bangalore 5 crIPL Delhi 12Kumar SangakkaraIPL Hyderabad 3.22 crIPL Punjab 13Jacques KallisIPL Kolkata 5.06 crIPL Bangalore 14Andrew SymondsIPL Mumbai 3.91 crIPL Hyderabad15Rahul DravidIPL Rajasthan 3.2 crIPL Bangalore 16Rohit SharmaIPL Mumbai 9.2 crIPL Hyderabad 17Adam GilchristIPL Punjab 4.14 crIPL Hyderabad 18Graeme SmithIPL Pune 2.3 crIPL Rajasthan 19Robin UthappaIPL Pune 9.66 crIPL Bangalore 20John BothaIPL Rajasthan 4.37 crIPL Rajasthan 21VVS LaxmanIPL Kochi 1.84 crIPL Hyderabad 22Daniel VettoriIPL Bangalore 2.53 crIPL Delhi 23Brendon McCullumIPL Kochi 2.18 crIPL Kolkata 24S SreesanthIPL Kochi 1.14 crIPL Punjab 25Irfan PathanIPL Delhi 8.74 crIPL Punjab 26R.P. Singh IPL Kochi 2.3 cr IPL Hyderabad 27Michael Hussey IPL Chennai1.95 cr IPL Chennai 28Shaun MarshIPL Punjab 1.85. cr IPL Punjab  29J.P. DuminyIPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai 30Shikhar Dhawan IPL Hyderabad1.38 cr IPL Mumbai  31Saurabh Tiwary IPL Bangalore 7.36 cr IPL Mumbai 32Parthiv PatelIPL Kochi1.3 crIPL Chennaiadvertisement 33 Dinesh KarthikIPL Punjab 4.1 cr IPL Delhi  34 Naman OjhaIPL Delhi1.24 cr IPL Rajasthan  35Wriddhiman Saha IPL Chennai45.3 lakhs IPL Kolkata  36 Brad HaddinIPL Kolkata1.49 cr IPL Kolkata  37 Tim PaineIPL Pune1.24 cr  – 38 Davy JacobsIPL Mumbai87.4 lakhs  – 39 James HopesIPL Delhi1.61 cr  IPL Punjab 40Ravindra JadejaIPL Kochi 4.37 cr  IPL Rajasthan 41Shakib Al HasanIPL Kolkata1.95 cr  – 42Stuart Broad IPL Punjab 1.84 cr  – 43 Abhishek NayarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr  IPL Mumbai 44 Angelo MathewsIPL Pune   4.37 cr   IPL Kolkata 45 Dwayne BravoIPL Chennai92 lakhs  IPL Mumbai 46 James FranklinIPL Mumbai46 lakhs  – 47 Steven SmithIPL Kochi92 lakhs IPL Bangalore 48 Ishant SharmaIPL Hyderabad 2.07 cr  IPL Kolkata 49 Praveen KumarIPL Punjab 3.68 cr  IPL Bangalore 50 Ashish NehraIPL Pune 3.91 cr IPL Mumbai 51 Brett LeeIPL Kolkata 1.85 cr IPL Punjab 52 Morne MorkelIPL Delhi 2.18 cr IPL Rajasthan 53 Dale SteynIPL Hyderabad 5.52 cr IPL Bangalore 54 Ryan HarrisIPL Punjab 1.49 cr  IPL Hyderabad 55 Doug BollingerIPl Chennai 3.22 cr  IPL Chennai 56Muttiah MuralitharanIPL Kochi 5.06 cr  IPL Chennai 57 Piyush ChawlaIPL Punjab 4.14 cr  IPL Punjab 58 R AshwinIPL Chennai 3.91 cr  IPL Chennai 59 Pragyan OjhaIPL Hyderabad 3.2 cr  IPL Hyderabad 60 Amit MishraIPL Hyderabad 1.38 cr  IPL Delhi 61Nathan McCullumIPL Pune 46 lakhs  – 62 Ramesh PowarIPL Kochi 82 lakhs  IPL Punjab 63 Brad HodgeIPL Kochi 1.95 cr  IPL Kolkata 64Callum FergusonIPL Pune 1.38 cr  – 65 Manoj TiwaryIPL Kolkata 2.18 cr IPL Kolkata  66Cheteshwar PujaraIPL Bangalore 3.22 cr IPL Kolkata 67 S. BadrinathIPL Chennai 3.68 cr IPL Chennai 68Paul CollingwoodIPL Rajasthan 1.15 cr IPL Delhilast_img read more

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