Legal battle won over the word ‘doughnut’

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A SPANISH baker won a six-year legal battle over the use of the word ‘doughnut’.

When Bimbo attempted to register ‘Bimbo Doughnuts’ as a trademark in 2006, Panrico argued that Spaniards could confuse the two brands since doughnut was not a Spanish word.

The European Court of Justice upheld the complaint. Mexican firm Bimbo were ordered to stop using the word, because the ‘phonetic and visual similarity’ could harm Panrico’s business.


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