FirstRand has tried in vain to bar United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) largest bank by assets, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), from applying for a trade name under the FAB banner, failing to convince the court that the trademark application infringes that of its subsidiary, FNB.

SA’s most valuable banking group suffered a further blow after the high court in Pretoria rejected its leave to appeal the decision it made last year that found that FAB trademark does infringe that of FNB...

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