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Jules Rimet Cup Ltd v The Football Association Ltd

[2007] EWHC 2376

Case summary last updated at 02/02/2020 19:52 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Jules Rimet Cup Ltd v The Football Association Ltd

C, the FA, was owner of copyright in a lion mascot from 2006 World Cup called ‘World Cup Willie’. D applied to register the name and lion symbol in respect of merchandise. C opposed registration on grounds that C still had goodwill in original mascot. Held:
 
·        D obviously believed that there was residual commercial value in World Cup Willie
Ø  as otherwise they would not have been willing to pay for it.
·        Thus as a consequence there was residual goodwill in World Cup Willie.
Ø  i.e. as it was precisely this goodwill that D was confident of using to make a profit.
Ø  This despite 40 years of non-use.

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