A client of Stafford based ORJ Solicitors has been featured in the first episode of the new BBC series of Fake Britain.
The programme detailed the case of Whitby Morrison, the UK’s largest manufacturer of ice cream vans, whose flagship product, The Modial, had been unlawfully copied by Leeds based Yorkshire Specialist Vehicles Ltd. (YSVL).
The case, which came to the High Court late in 2014, was successfully handled by ORJ’s Intellectual Property experts, a team led by Managing Partner, Patrick Tedstone.
Mr Tedstone commented, “In 2006, Whitby Morrison developed a new ice cream van called the Mondial (protected by a UK registered design). In March 2011 YSVL commissioned Whitby Morrison to convert a van into a Mondial and subsequently used that to produce at least 30 copies, which they subsequently sold through their business. When this became apparent to Whitby in 2014 they subsequently appointed ORJ to handle their case in light of our considerable Intellectual Property experience.
“We subsequently built a case that was heard in the High Court, the result being that YSVL we found to have clearly infringed our client’s Trade Mark. This became one of the most talked about IP cases in the legal profession and subsequently attracted the attention of the BBC’s Fake Britain production team. I was delighted to have the opportunity to explain the background to the case on camera. Litigation involving trade mark infringement, IP and copyright can be extremely complicated but it’s an area where we have considerable expertise and, as a result, we are often called upon to advise businesses on how to protect their Intellectual Property,” Patrick added.
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