Twentieth Century Fox less than gleeful after High Court ruling

In a rare win for the little man, Comic Enterprises Ltd (CEL) has been successful in its claim in the UK High Court that entertainment goliath Twentieth Century Fox’s (TCF’s) use of the word ‘glee’, as the title of a popular TV show, amounted to trademark infringement of the UK registered trademark.

CEL, an SME that runs live entertainment venues for stand-up comedy and music nights, sued TCF for trademark infringement. The court’s decision that TCF’s use of the word glee was infringing provides some interesting guidance on the issues of ‘wrong way round’ confusion and on the test for dilution…

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