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The Trial and Monetisation of Wagatha Christie

Last October we reported on the infamous Wagatha Christie Saga between WAG’s Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy. In the latest news, Vardy has made an application at the UK Intellectual Property Office to trade mark the phrase “WAGATHA CHRISTIE”. Back in July, Vardy sued Rooney for defamation following Rooney’s social media post claiming Vardy was leaking stories about her in the press. The case was coined as “Wagatha Christie” saga by comedian Dan Atkinson after fans likened Rooney’s detective skills to Dame Agatha Christie’s detective novels. The mark has been filed by London Entertainment Inc Ltd reportedly on behalf of Vardy. There are rumours circulating that Vardy is seeking to monetise the phrase in an attempt to recuperate some of the £1.5 million she was ordered to pay Rooney following the conclusion of the matter. The application was filed in August 2022 and has been opposed by Welspun UK Limited, a company based in Cheshire. It is to be seen if co-existence between the parties can be achieved or if the matter will progress though the Intellectual Property Office tribunal. 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, Trade Marks

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