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High Court holds that 20th Century Fox’s Glee infringes Comic Enterprises’ trademark for a logo including the words ‘the Glee Club’

Comic Enterprises established its first live entertainment venue in Birmingham in 1994 and now operates venues in Cardiff, Oxford and Nottingham. The venues are primarily used for stand-up comedy and live music.

In 1999, it registered UK trademark 2200698 in relation to a number of services, including entertainment services, comedy services, the provision of live and recorded music and the production and presentation of live shows. The trademark is a series of two marks.

The two marks are identical except that the first in the series is stated to be claimed in the colours red, black and white whereas the second is represented in black and white with no claim to colour. Fox’s television series Glee follows a US high-school singing club at the fictional William McKinley High School in the town of Lima, Ohio. Examples of its use of the sign ‘Glee’ are as follows…

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