Ever been on a beach in Bali and got a sweet bargain on a mint pair of Foakley sunglasses or a 100% leather-look vinyl Dolce & Banana handbag? Or anything else that looked familiar but after the 4th fish bowl fruit tingle cocktail has worn off you realise that peculiarly, something just isn’t quite right?
Well that was the exact fear that William Grant & Son’s (owners of Glenfiddich) believed that you may have when they found that spirit company ‘Glenfield’ had filed a trademark application for their blended ‘Scotch Whisky’ label for the UK market. The Indian based spirit company’s logo, like Glenfiddich’s own, is green and gold and features two stag deer upon a shield, with the large Glenfield motif plastered in white. The logo looking largely similar to the logo that has identified Glenfiddich’s bottles for 130 years.i
So, rightly so, William Grant & Sons lodged a trademark dispute and entered into court proceedings against Glenfield stating the design was “visually and phonetically highly similar’ to Glenfiddich’s labelling.”
Unfortunately for them, Mark Bryant from the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) disagreed. He stated, ‘whisky drinking public’ would pay a ‘normal level of care and attention during the purchasing process’, and would be unlikely to confuse Glenfiddich and Glenfield.
Case closed!So readers, beware if a salesman approaches to sell you a bottle of blended malt from a pocket inside his trench coat. You have been fair warned.
- R. TUCKNOTT – Travelling Whisky Reviews