Tony Kakooza reports from Kampala that "A new battle over trade mark rights is brewing in the Uganda beverage industry between the Coca-Cola and Riham Cola brands. Century Bottling Company (CBC) runs the Coca Cola brand in Uganda while Riham Cola is owned by Harris International Limited (HIL).
Moreso, at a cost of Ushs2000, one drinks more soda with Riham Cola's 640mililiters (ml)--as compared to 500mililitres of Coca Cola at the same price.
For people on the move, Riham Cola is also convi[e]nient as one can buy the soda and take the bottle, dri[n]king it later."
Sunrise reports that HCI have filed their defence and that ".. the matter will proceed to an arbitrator, to see if the two parties can sort out their differences. If they fail to agree, the case file will go before Lady Justice Hellen Obura, who will kick off the hearing by framing issues that the two principals would want court to resolve."
Afro Leo looks forward to further updates. It is interesting that the bottler seems to have taken action, not Coca-Cola and also, that this appears to be more of a passing off case on look-a-like products than one strictly on trade mark infringement. [update - see comments below] HCI were apparently prepared to change their bottle packaging but are now counterclaiming for damages. It is a proper fight, in the market and, potentially, in the court.
Updated (25 June) pics of the problem - they are very close, says Afro Leo