The executives of Ghana’s most popular transport organization V.I.P JEOU has given a twenty one day ultimatum to various transport organizations using the company’s trade mark (Red background with V.I.P written in white color) without authorization to remove them from their vehicles or face the full rigors of the copyright law.
Addressing a news conference in Kumasi, the Director of finance for V.I.P JEOU Prof. Dr. Lukemond Owusu Ansah indicated that some transport organizations and individuals have been using their company’s trade mark without authorization from V.I.P and that because Ghanaians do not know much about the company, they take any vehicle embossed with the trade mark as belonging to the V.I.P JEOU company Limited.
He added that there had been incidents where some of the illegal users of the trade mark mishandled passengers or their vehicles got involved in accidents but the V.I.P JEOU was rather accused, a situation which dents the image of the company.
The twenty one day ultimatum starts from the 8th of June,2015.
Below is the full statement:
Our attention has been drawn to the activities of some transport operators using the V.I.P trade mark as theirs to propagate their business.
V.I.P JEOU Transport Limited, the official patent owner of the V.I.P trademark is therefore cautioning the various transport operators who are using the VIP trademark to transact their businesses to put a stop to it or otherwise face a legal action under the copyright law ACT No.690.
We want to bring to the public notice that, the ”VIP” logo (trademark) is a registered trademark of the VIP JEOU Transport limited which operates in the transport business and hence, transport systems who have NOT acquired the right from us to use this trademark are being cautioned to desist from using the V.I.P trademark.
We are giving an ultimatum of 21 days, from today Monday 8thJune, 2015, to those private transport operators using our trademark.
Legal actions would be taken against individuals and companies who would flout these directives.
We wish to state that, The VIP JEOU Transport limited which has been in the transport business for some years now will continue to serve our customers/client very well and will not allow any individual or group to tarnish our image.
Prof Dr. Lukemond Owusu Ansah
(Director of Finance at VIP JEOU TRANSPORT)
By Samuel Appau Aheng
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