UK: Halewood International warns microbrewer to "respect" trademark
The 'Tickety Boo' line has been used in advertising for Crabbie's
Halewood International is calling on UK microbrewer Ticketybrew to “respect” its brands as another trademark battle looms.
The Manchester-based brewer, which began trading in March, is facing the threat of action from the drinks firm after trying to register its name 'Ticketybrew'. Halewood claims that the brewer's name is too similar to its registered trademark 'Tickety Boo' – a tagline it has used in association with its alcoholic ginger beer brand Crabbie's.
Keri Barton, who runs Ticketybrew with her husband Duncan, told just-drinks today (16 August): “A solicitor from Halewood 'phoned us and said we had to stop using the name. I don't really get where the confusion lies and we can't afford to challenge it.”
According to Barton, if the brewer has not taken action by 5 September, it expects to get a cease-and-desist letter from Halewood.
In a statement to just-drinks, Halewood said: “UK trademark law does not support the registration of similar marks for the same products. We were therefore surprised when Ticketybrew recently applied to register their beer label.”
The statement added: “Our trademark attorney took the trouble to telephone Ticketybrew to discuss the issue but they were not willing to enter into a dialogue regarding our pre-existing registered trade mark. We wish Ticketybrew well, but hope they will respect our brands.”
In another trademark case involving a UK microbrewer this week, Red Bull moved to settle its differences with Redwell Brewing. The Norfolk brewer is allowed to continue to using the name for its beer, but has agreed not to produce energy drinks.
*UPDATE: Halewood today (16 August) added this to its original statement: "Halewood International has never told Ticketybrew to stop trading, we have not imposed deadlines, we have never claimed that our TICKETYBOO trademark is being infringed and neither have we threatened court action. It is not in our nature to apply pressure to small businesses which is why we tried to open amicable discussions by telephone rather than in writing."
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