Conor McGregor, the famous UFC fighter, recently lost a trade mark legal battle with a clothing company named McGregor.
The famous UFC fighter applied to register his surname for his clothing line in 2017. However, 100-year old clothing company, McGregor, opposed the application. The company successfully obtained an interim injunction three years ago to stop Conor McGregor from offering for sale sweaters, shorts and hoodies with his surname on it. The company alleged that consumers could become confused into believing that both companies were economically linked, amongst other things, given that the proposed trade mark would be used on items of clothing, the core business of both companies. Conor McGregor, on the other hand, argued no confusion would arise. The European Union Intellectual Property Office dismissed Conor’s McGregor’s arguments and the trade mark was rejected for all contested goods.
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