By Aduragbemi Omiyale
A popular sketch maker, Mr. Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, otherwise known as Sabinus, has threatened to take duo UAC Foods Limited and FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc to court if they fail to meet his demands within a stipulated time.
The content creator, who was announced the winner of the Best Online Social Content Creator award at the 2022 AMVCA, said the two organizations had 14 business days to respond to its requests or prepare for legal action.
Sabinus has accused UAC Foods, maker of the Gala sausage, of using his likeness and other intellectual products to advertise their product and he wants N100 million in compensation.
In a pre-trial notice dated Wednesday, May 25, 2022, his legal counsel, Mr. Stanley Alieke, said the firm, via his Instagram handle, @galasausage_roll, on May 23, 2022, posted an image with his drawing likeness anime captioned “the way I calculate everything in my life” to advertise their popular product.
“Your company UAC Food Ltd has used the branding and other intellectual property of Sabinus to advertise your Gala sausage roll without the consent or permission of our customers,” part of the statement reads. notice.
In another notice to Friesland dated Friday, May 27, 2022, the buffoon claimed that the company, which produces Peak Milk, had used its brand phrase “Something hooge” to drive engagements on @peak_milk product’s Instagram verified on May 24, 2020.
According to him, the company did not obtain authorization to use the intellectual property, for which he registered the trademark on November 26, 2021, with the file number: NG/TM/O/2021/48316.
“It will interest you to know that the phrase ‘something hooge’, which was popularized by our client, has been trademarked and legally reserved as his intellectual property by the Federal Department of Trade and Investment.”
“The post generated massive traffic and engagements and brought in a huge number of followers to your page, which only happened because our client’s photo was used for promotion and advertising,” noted advice from his lawyer in Friesland.
According to Mr. Alieke, “The ad…was used to promote Peak National Breakfast Week.”
He said that for the alleged unauthorized use of his client’s intellectual property, the sum of 500 million naira is demanded and an additional 500 million naira as damages for the “emotional, physical, psychological and our client suffered for trademark theft and infringement of his intellectual property”.