Bettys Café Tea Rooms, based in Harrogate, Yorkshire, has lodged a complaint with the Patent’s Office, after a local company starting selling a cheesey nibble using the name ’Betty’.
’Fat Betty Organic Cheesey Nibbles’ have been sold for the last two years by Jonathan Kidd, owner of Cheese & Co, under his Taste of Yorkshire label.
However Bettys, which operates six tearooms in the county, is said to have became worried about possible confusion over the product’s name. "We have a responsibility to protect the Bettys name for the future of our business and if we allow one business to use our name, we have to let others use it," said a spokesperson for Bettys.
Kidd told British Baker that his company had trademarked the name Fat Betty - unopposed - in October 2006, but in February 2007, Bettys made an initial complaint. "They have lodged an action to get our trademark invalidated, on the grounds that there will be confusion in the marketplace. We’ve submitted evidence to the Patent’s Office to say we don’t believe there’s a single element of confusion," said Kidd.
Cheese & Co’s Fat Betty nibbles are named after a landmark stone of the North York Moors called Fat Betty.
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