UKSC to determine whether TV series infringed trademark in UK
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Appellant) v Comic Enterprises Ltd (Respondent)
The respondent operates a number of live entertainment venues in the UK used primarily for stand-up comedy, but also live and recorded music and nightclub and cabaret entertainment. It owns a UK-registered trade mark, which relates to a series of two device marks which included the words “the glee CLUB” and is registered in respect of variety of entertainment services.
In 2009 the appellant broadcast in the UK a successful musical comedy television series called Glee with associated concert tours and merchandise, using the sign “glee” in similar lettering to the Respondent’s mark.
The respondent brought trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings against the appellant.
The High Court found that the appellant’s activities infringed the respondent’s registered trade mark but the claim in passing off failed. The appellant appealed and the respondent cross-appealed. The Court of Appeal dismissed both the appeal and cross-appeal.
The issues in this case are:
The appeal hearing will take place on 2 November