You hadnīt?! ...awful.....in German law enviroment i would advise a lawyer for that.... xD the Sony brand - i always wondered how FASA/Fanpro get the permission to use existibg brands, not even for guns.
Well... no, we never got permission to use existing brand names in our drawings... but you can see the same thing in comics back in the 80s and 90s, too. Companies never bothered to sue anyone for that back then, so we were a lot more free.
Whereas by the mid-2000s, I was working on a WWII video game where they changed all the US military hardware... because the legal department was afraid they'd get sued by Colt and Jeep. Ridiculous.