IPKat readers will remember the ongoing battle of Inez and Gus Bodur to steer their Community trade mark application for GOLDEN BALLS through to grant in the teeth of vigorous opposition from the owners of the BALLON'D'OR trade mark (see earlier post here; this decision is under appeal). Well, the Battling Bodurs are at war again, this time with an even bigger adversary. Let Inez and Gus tell you the story in their own words:
"We have another UK trade mark based on Gus and his ice cream van called Gussy The Ice Cream Man [above, right] and we published our first book in 2008, Gussy's ABC Book, and all the illustrations were done by our daughter Chloe Bodur. We also published Gussy's 123 Book last year which was also illustrated by Chloe.
Daunts and many other book stores sell them and you can buy them online, but as you know due to our legal dispute [over the GOLDEN BALLS trade mark] we could not take things forward with this or do any promotions or merchandise etc.
We applied for the Community trade mark at OHIM and guess what? Another big fish has decided to oppose this, it is GUCCI (see left for a typical representation of its mark in use), yet again we do not see how our books shaped in an ice cream van for toddlers can be confused with one of the largest fashion companies in the world. They are now owned by a French company, so it is déjà for us.
There is a two month cooling off period as you know and we have no choice, but will do most of this without lawyers as we have had a practice run already.
It should be in the Ham & High [Hampstead and Highgate Express, here] today as they called to see how we were".
Gussy's ABC Book here