Further to our circular letter of August 2001 regarding the opposition filed in Iraq against the registration of KATAKIT in class 30 in the name of a Syrian Company that was resolved in our favour.
The defendant neither appealed the decision, nor complied with it or to the subsequent cease & desist letter sent to him.
As infringing “KATAKIT” products continued to flood the market, and we became aware that two shipments arrived at the Customs Duty in Iraq. Fast action had to be taken on our part to seize their release.
Accordingly, we took the necessary steps and filed a criminal case. While one of the shipments was allowed into the country, the other was refused entry.
We followed up further with the authorities and the importer was placed into custody for two days. He was later released after withdrawing all infringing products from the market.