Paul Galvin's trademark fashion sense is put to the test
Published 17/10/2012 | 05:00
KERRY GAA star Paul Galvin has spoken for the first time about his fight to trademark his sportswear label.
The 32-year-old is locked in a battle with a Swedish sportswear company over the name 'Galvinise', which he had attempted to trademark with a view to launching his own sportswear label in Ireland.
However, Galvin Green, a Scandinavian golf label, has filed an opposition to Galvin's application for a trademark in Ireland at the Patents Office.
The Swedish manufacturer is the registered proprietor of trademarks for 'Galvin Green' and 'Galvin Green -- we never compromise!', which are both valid in Ireland.
Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Mr Galvin vowed to fight back by launching a counter-argument to keep the name.
"It's a personal thing in that I thought it would be a strong name for a brand which is why I wanted to trademark it.
"I filed a trademark name, then there was an objection, now it's up to me to file a counter submission which means I'm launching a counter-argument.
"It's now in the hands of my solicitor," Galvin added.
The three-time All-Ireland winner was the subject of an RTE documentary called 'Galvanised' in 2010 which followed him over 12 months as he hit the headlines on and off the pitch.
He has also been called 'the Galvinator' by mimic Oliver Callan on his 'Green Tea' RTE sketch show.
Now operating his own company, PG Media, which looks after his earnings as a writer and presenter, he writes a weekly fashion column for the Irish Independent.
Galvin said that plans for a sports brand -- whose range would include jerseys, gloves, underwear and wristbands -- would not happen in the near future.
"Nothing is imminent in terms of the clothing line, I will say that, not in the short term anyway," he added.
Ultimately, it will be a senior official at the Patents Office who will decide whether the trademark should be registered after the applicant, Galvin, and the opponent, Galvin Green, file evidence in support of their cases.
Galvin lodged his application to trademark 'Galvinise' in July through a Limerick solicitor.