The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Retail Limited has sued an Ondo state-based petroleum marketer, the Natural Network Petroleum and Gas Company Limited for copying its name, emblem and colour. The NNPC claimed the firm, with telegraphic address, NNPG, tends to confuse consumers who erroneously believe it is it. The NNPC said the action of the spoofing company has resulted in it losing revenue from sales at its Akure depot. To stop the trademark infringement, the NNPC has asked the Federal High Court sitting in Akure to perpetually restrain the Natural Network Petroleum and Gas Company Limited from “selling, advertising and promoting their business using the acronym of NNPG or any similar acronym, mark design and / or trade logo identical or similar to its own”. Also the NNPC wants the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, sued alongside the firm, to expunge NNPG from its records as specified in Section 31(1) and (4) of the Companies and Allied Matters act, 1990. It also asked that the registrar of Trademarks, Patent and Designs be restrained from accepting NNPG or any word or color combination so closely identical or similar to its own for registration. It is also asking for N5 million as exemplary damages and N10 million as general damages. Hearing has been fixed for 10 November.