Frankie goes to Bristows

Bristows is relaxing after scoring a crucial trade mark win for 80’s pop combo Frankie Goes to Hollywood against ex-lead singer Holly Johnson.

Johnson applied for the Frankie Goes to Hollywood trade mark after the band reformed without him and played a gig at the Prince’s Trust concert this month.

Had Johnson’s application been successful, the band could not have continued under the Frankie Goes to Hollywood name.

The UK Intellectual Property Office ruled that Johnson had made the application in bad faith and that the name was not the property of any one member of the band.

Bristows partner Brian Cordery led the team for Frankie Goes to Hollywood. He said: “Band split-ups are always messy in terms of intellectual property. This is because young talent rarely thinks about the legal niceties of success or splitting.”

IP attorneys D Young & Co advised Johnson, with Jeremy Pennant leading the case from the Southampton office.