May 11, 2007

It was recently announced that Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) Limited has filed suit against a pub in Northern England alleging infringement of its "Family Feast" trademark. The alleged infringer is the Tan Hill Inn, and according to the Yahoo! News article (link below), the Inn is knows as being England’s highest pub at roughly 1/3 of a mile above sea level. According to the article, the KFC "Family Feast" comprises fried chicken, fries, coleslaw, potatoes and gravy, and a soft drink within a cardboard box, and according to the Times Online article (link below), Tan Hill Inn’s "Family Feast" comprises "paté, turkey, roast beef and the trimmings." Tracy Daly, a manager at the Tan Hill Inn, noted that "[w]e do have chicken and chips with a salad on the menu, but we use local free-range birds — no coating, no secret spices. I could understand if we had set put to rip off what they do, but this is worlds away." KFC has two registered trademarks in the UK for "Family Feast," namely Trade Mark No. 1570878 (registered on August 11, 1995), and Trade Mark No. 2338376 (registered on February 2, 2004).

Yahoo! News Article: LINK
Times Online News Article: LINK
UK Trade Mark No. 1570878: LINK
UK Trade Mark No. 2338376: LINK
Tan Hill Inn Website: LINK
KFC (UK) Website: LINK

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