McDonald’s wins “McCurry” war
Fri Sep 8, 2006 3:07 AM BST
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – U.S. burger chain McDonald’s Corp has won a five-year legal battle against a tiny Malaysian eatery called “McCurry”, persuading a judge that passers-by might confuse it with the fast-food giant.
The 24-hour open-air restaurant serves spicy fish-head curries, tandoori chicken and other Indian delicacies on a street corner in the capital, under a large “McCurry” sign.
“The defendant’s use of the word McCurry and employing signage featuring colours distinctive of the plaintiff’s was indulging in acts that could rise to confusion and deception,” the judge was quoted as saying in local media on Friday.
In Thursday’s ruling, the court ordered the curry house to drop the “Mc” from their signage, but state news agency Bernama said the restaurant planned to appeal the ruling, arguing that “McCurry” was just an abbreviation for “Malaysian Chicken Curry”.
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