Hotel Cipriani succeeds in latest round of trademark litigation

In December 2008 the High Court gave judgment for the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, owned by Orient-Express Hotels Limited, in its claim for trade mark infringement and passing off in respect of the CIPRIANI mark for restaurant services, against the operators of the CIPRIANI LONDON restaurant. The High Court also granted an injunction to prohibit infringement of the CIPRIANI mark, passing off any restaurant business not connected with the Hotel Cipriani by use of the name “Cipriani” as well as the use of the mark CIPRIANI or any other mark which was confusingly similar to CIPRIANI in relation to restaurant services.

The defendants’ appeal against that judgment was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in February 2010. The defendants included Giuseppe Cipriani (Giuseppe) and a company of which he was a director, Cipriani (Grosvenor) Ltd. That company had subsequently changed its name to Fred 250 Ltd (Fred 250).

Fred 250 dropped the name Cipriani from its two London restaurants, C London and Downtown Mayfair. The logo of the first said “Managed by Giuseppe Cipriani”; the logo of the second said “by G. Cipriani”…

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