PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) wants the Malaysia Association Tour Agency (Persatuan Agensi Pelancong Malaysia) to cease using the acronym Mata, saying the acronym infringes on its trademark.
MATTA honorary secretary general Nigel Wong said the association had sent a letter of demand through its lawyers to Mata.
"In the letter of demand MATTA cited trademark infringement, misrepresentation and the deliberate passing off of MATTA's name and goodwill by the newly-registered Mata.
"MATTA's solicitors have demanded that Mata cease and desist using the infringing mark and infringing name.
"We have (also) demanded a public apology to be published in leading national newspapers, failing which MATTA will instruct its solicitors without any further delay to commence legal proceedings," said Wong in a statement on Saturday (Jan 4).
Wong said the similar acronym adopted by Mata had led to confusion among many.
"There has been confusion in the marketplace, resulting in complaints being made to Matta, and it has also caused inaccurate reporting in the media," he added.
Wong said he hoped MATTA members and the public took note of the matter so that they would not confuse MATTA, which entered its 45th year of existence in 2020, with the newly-formed Mata.
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