Rangers succeeds in intellectual property case

Rangers Football Club has succeeded in a court battle against a street trader who had tried to stop it from trademarking the “RFC” logo.

The club applied for the registration of the letters as an official trademark to sell its merchandise and prevent others from benefiting from its name.

But it faced opposition from Russell Campbell, a Glasgow street vendor who sells unofficial merchandise.

Mr Campbell said the letters “RFC” were not exclusive to the club and had been used by rugby clubs for years.

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), found in favour of Rangers last year and ordered Mr Campbell to pay the Ibrox club £800 in legal costs.

He was, however, granted an appeal hearing by the IPO – where he has now failed.

As a result, Rangers can take legal action against anyone selling goods bearing the logo without its permission.