Prince Harry has done plenty of things to raise
eyebrows, but one that made us go 'awwwww' was his
establishment of the Invictus Games.
Harry (we're on a first names basis) started an
international sporting event to raise money for injured servicemen
and women, with the competitors being those same injured servicemen
and women. Pretty impressive, hey.
As part of his plans to promote and fundraise for the games,
Harry is trying to trade mark the 'Invictus' name across
Before we get into the details, we're cheering for Harry.
Harry should win gold on this one, if only because he's a
prince. However, we see one problem for him . . .
Other companies who already hold registered trade marks, such as
Invictus (for outdoor equipment), Invictus (for firearms), Invictus
(for clothing) and Invictus (for lighting and heating) are all
likely to challenge Harry's attempted registration.
Generally, you can only protect your trade mark in relation to
the categories of goods or services for which you have it
registered. There used to be a dodgy hotel, and there still is a
very nice restaurant, in Sydney called "Marque".
We're able to use the name for our law firm because no
one's going to get confused between those businesses and
So, applying the rule to Harry.
Outdoor equipment and a sporting event, unlikely.
Firearms and a sporting event, even more unlikely.
But, a sporting event and clothing . . . not so simple.
Although the Invictus Games themselves won't be confused
with clothing, if Harry tries to label any clothing with the
event's name, then that's a different story. The potential
for confusion is obvious. Invictus the clothing company may get in
the way or demand quite a bit of cash to allow the registrations to
Good luck Harry. If you or Harry have any questions, please
please please call us.
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