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Judge to Victoria’s Secret: Don’t Ride on Mr. Pink’s Coattails

The U.K. High Court of Justice has decided that Victoria’s Secret UK’s use of the word “Pink” in a line of lingerie infringes on a menswear retailer’s trademark, “Pink.” The London-based retailer of luxury men’s shirts, Thomas Pink, Ltd, uses a mascot called the “Cheeky Fox,” which identifies with the scarlet hunting coat sometimes called a “pink.”

The judge agreed with Thomas Pink, Ltd’s complaint that VICTORIA’S SECRET PINK brand of college-girl clothing and lingerie led to confusion among consumers. Legal analysts don’t believe that the dispute is over.

More details are available in Steve Killing’s article in The Guardian’s Liberty Voice.

Posted August 6, 2014