Monday, 23 March 2009

Kenya: Sanitary patent wars episode IV: No hope for Rentokil

In the matter of Rentokil Initial Kenya Ltd v Sanitam Services (E.A.) Ltd, civil case no 702 of 2008 (unreported), the High Court of Kenya has declined to restrain the defendant from threatening, intimidating, harassing, embarrassing and confusing the plaintiff’s clients and customers over sanitary bins provided by the plaintiff.

The plaintiff made the application for temporary injunction after the defendant wrote letters to the plaintiff’s clients warning them to stop using sanitary bins supplied by the plaintiff, which the defendant considered as infringement of its patent AP 773.

More detailed analysis of the case will be posted later.

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