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Marks & Spencer has found itself in yet another dispute over intellectual property, this time with The Craft Beer Co. Marks & Spencer have been selling a T-shirt featuring the words “Craft Beer Co.” in a font which looks strikingly similar to that used by The Craft Beer Co. This is enough to amount to infringement claim The Craft Beer Co. The company director, Martin Hayes, took matters into his own hands, tweeting Marks & Spencer asking “What’s the idea with these T-shirts!? Can we expect a royalties cheque in the post? Surely one iconic British institution shouldn’t be ripping off another…!!” A representative for Marks & Spencer claimed the T-shirt was produced in good faith and that the product will be removed from sale and an investigation will be issued. Marks & Spencer claim to take intellectual property very seriously. At present, The Craft Beer Co. have chosen not to pursue litigation, publically outing Marks & Spencer on the social media platform, Twitter, appears to have had the desired effect thus far. If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com. in: Case Law, Companies, EU/International, Legal News, News, Passing Off, Trade Marks

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