“Otherwise, you call your hardware store Metallica.” The owner of the store Bill Lawson will always remember this suggestion of a 12-year-old. He followed the advice and entered a long battle with metal band Metallica.
This struggle began when he registered a domain name. Then the fight continued when he filed the trademark Metallica in 2008 in Canada. Metallica filed an opposition in 2009 and recently the Canadian Trademarks office rendered a decision. Well recently, the decision has been issued in August 2012 as MarkMatters.com saw, probably the period to file the appeal has now passed and somebody hinted the media.
And Metallica won, the metal store. The office held that there was no likelihood of confusion. So everybody who was expecting to see Lars Ulrich of Metallic behind the counter in the metal store was wrong.
Source: Vancouver Sun
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