The Crown’s lawyers pushed for a trade mark application filed for ‘The Royal Butler’ in the UK to be blocked.
The application was filed by Grant Harrold who is the former butler of Prince Charles, working with the Prince of Wales from 2005 to 2011.
The reason for the trade mark was to launch Mr Harrold’s new business in which he was to give etiquette training. He claimed he had been granted permission from the Royal Family to file the application however, the Lord Chamberlain, acting on behalf of the Queen, filed an opposition to the application.
The Queen’s legal team argued Mr Harrold was misleading the public into believing he still has a job working for the Royal Household and had their permission to use the name. They confirmed that permission had not been granted.
On hearing the application and the opposition submissions, the UK Intellectual Property Office’s hearing officer Allan James confirmed he believed the application would lead to the public being confused into thinking the applicant was a member of the Royal Family or was still a member of the Royal Household staff.
The Office ruled in the Queen’s favour and ordered that Mr Harrold needed to pay £2500.00 towards the Crown’s costs.
That has royally put pay to Mr Harrold’s plans.
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