Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain loses trademark battle

A British ukulele group has lost its trademark infringement battle against a rival band over its name.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) said its reputation could be tarnished by the German-based United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra (UKUO).

The UOGB had sought a High Court injunction against the rival group of British players ahead of the UKUO's upcoming UK tour, but the judge ruled in favour of the UKUO, saying it was not in competition. Judge Richard Hacon agreed that, as the group had been performing in Germany for some years, the UOGB should have acted sooner.

Both orchestras perform their take on contemporary pop songs.

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