Connie Ferguson and her business partner Joseph Nchabeleng have lost a court case against Giant Nivea owners following their men’s shower gel packaging after the Supreme Courts of Appeal ruled in favour of Nivea owners, Beiersdorf Group.
Connie Ferguson is an actress, media personality and businesswoman. Some few years back, she landed in trouble after her company, Koni International brands it was accused of stealing beauty care giant Niveas’s packaging on their collection of men’s body care product Connie. Their product was similar to that of Nivea’s.
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The court said there are similarities in their products.
“Given the similarities between the appellant’s and respondent’s products, the inference is inescapable that the appellant’s logo is an appropriation of the Nivea Men wave-label indicia on the same kind of product, to connect it to a known and established brand,” reads the judgment.
“This is buttressed by the fact that the appellant’s logo on its Connie Men shower gel is strikingly different from its logo used on the Connie Wome brand, which bears a picture of Ms. Constance Ferguson. Further, and unlike the Connie Women brand, there is nothing on the Connie Men range that indicates any association with Ms Constance Ferguson.”