"Legal Rights for Yorkshire Puddings" is the slightly misleading title of a news item spotted by the IPKat's friend Sang Nkhwazi (Mancunium IP), since the rights are actually being sought for those who believe themselves to be the persons exclusively entitled to describe their wares as Yorkshire Puddings. According to the news item,
"A consortium including three industrial manufacturers - Roberts, the Real Yorkshire Pudding Company, and Aunt Bessie's - is backing the bid. They have sent the proposals to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs before they are considered by the European Commission. The companies hope to gain money and legal support from Brussels, such as that gained by Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb last month.A depressing sign of the times is the observation that "China has pushed aggressively into the Yorkshire pudding market in recent years, seeking business from British expatriates".
If the plan becomes law, only puddings baked in Yorkshire or Humberside could be called "Yorkshire puddings", denying the same name to frozen food manufacturers overseas. The market for frozen Yorkshire puddings overseas has grown rapidly, and the Real Yorkshire Pudding Company now exports 80,000 puddings per year".
Today the IPKat team welcomes a new member, Dr Neil J. Wilkof. Some readers may already know Neil either as the author of a leading text on trade mark licensing or as an active and often contributor to the IP Finance weblog on a variety of IP topics. As both a busy practitioner and an active academic, Neil will bring to this blog a depth of scholarship and a range of real-world perspectives. We welcome Neil to our team and feel sure that his thoughts and comments will be a valuable asset.