The Name Kobo Trademarked for Canadian e-reader

It was a kind of a surprise.  We were in Yahoo email when we saw an e-reader with the name Kobo – and the interesting aspect is that it is named Kobo. And that Kobo is trademarked. Is Kobo not the Nigerian lower currency? Does it mean that this product cannot move in Nigeria where we are sure all of us will violate the trademark since we use Kobo every day.


The Kobo eReader is an e-book reader produced by Toronto, Canada, based Kobo Inc. The original version was released in July 2010 and was marketed as a minimalistic alternative to the more expensive e-book readers available at the time. As of March 2010, fifty-eight percent of Kobo Inc is owned by Indigo Books & Music.Like most e-book readers the Kobo uses an electronic ink screen. (wikipedia)

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