The invitation was in response to an article published in London’s Metro newspaper, and concerned the football club Tottenham Hotspur’s cockerel logo (right). There was also a discussion on the matter on Talk Radio last night.
According to the report, Tottenham have taken action to stop non-league club Fleet Spurs from using a similar (in fact, derivative) badge.
Fleet have apparently decided not to fight. Tottenham said they dealt with the matter amicably and with common sense.
It’s an everyday story of trade mark troubles, except that it involves football, slightly mismatched opponents and a picture of a cockerel. There must, we thought, be some good puns in this. So we asked our twitter followers to suggest some.
Here’s what they’ve come up with so far:
@UnitaryPatent Cockfight ends with Rebrand'
@ClioDavies1 Sounds like they've got them running chicken! #Trademark
@gwilip trust it was for a poultry sum.
Sadly, no response yet from @twobirdsip
So were we wrong to dismiss IP practitioners’ sense of humour? You be the judge.