And finally… feefest

The city of Munich has applied to the European Union Intellectual Property Office for exclusive rights to the Oktoberfest name.

The claim would lead to Oktoberfest events across the world facing legal action if they do not have a license from Munich for the event.

Even travel agents using the Oktoberfest name would have to pay up.

Wolfgang Nickl, spokesperson for Munich’s economics department, said: “The aim of the brand registration is to protect the name of the Munich Oktoberfest as a unique, original Munich event.”

Munich’s local government believes the licensing of the event could bring in much-needed additional revenue.

And despite promising that there would be no immediate wave of lawsuits if the application succeeds, legal experts are less sure.

Karsten Prehm, a Kiel trademark lawyer, warned: “The Munich legal practice registering the trademark is a feared opponent in this field.”

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