Walker Morris IP lawyers achieve success in dispute over Wishbone Ash trademark

Intellectual property (IP) lawyers at Walker Morris have achieved success in a recent high-profile music dispute involving 1970s rock band Wishbone Ash.

The Court of Appeal has refused former Wishbone Ash band member Martin Turner the right to appeal an Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) decision.

In October last year, IPEC found Turner’s new band’s name, ‘Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash’, infringed Andy Powell’s trademark for Wishbone Ash.

Wishbone Ash gained widespread popularity in the 1970s with its third album, Argus, which is widely regarded as a classic of its genre. Through the involvement and guidance of Powell, the last member of the original line-up of the band, which has a diehard following across Europe and the US, is still actively performing.

Philip Harris, trademark litigator and former president of ITMA, acted as counsel for Powell. Samantha Lucas led the Walker Morris team of Helen Thomas-Peter, Chris Hoole and Rose Smalley.