CCP imposes Rs45m penalty on two food sellers

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) on Friday imposed penalty of Rs 45 million on two snack food (Nimco) sellers for copying the registered trademark and other designs of another company and violating Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010. “Nimco Corner” sent a complaint to the CCP that its registered trademark, firm name, and product packaging, were being fraudulently used by “Mr. Nimko Corner” and “Karachi Nimco.” Nimco Corner claimed to be the sole proprietor of the registered name ‘NIMCO’ since 1947, as well as, distinctive logos and packaging, the CCP said in a statement issued here on Friday. The CCP’s inquiry established that Mr. Nimko Corner and Karachi Nimco had violated Section 10 by imitating the trademark, packaging, color scheme, design and get up of products of Nimco Corner. On the inquiry’s recommendations, show causes notices were issued to two companies. During the hearings, Mr. Nimko Corner failed to appear before the bench despite several reminders. The bench found that Mr. Nimko Corner had committed severer violation by using the identical colour schemes, tag-lines, shapes, patterns, and the firm name of Nimco Corner.