Friday 15 November 2019

Court action by Irish Times against London Times settled

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Judge's gavel

Tim Healy

A Commercial Court action by the Irish Times against the London Times has been settled.

The Irish Times claimed Times Newspapers Ltd (TNL) was infringing its trademark through the use of the words "The Times Irish Edition" in a new digital Irish edition of the UK newspaper.   It was also claimed the use of those words ran the risks of creating confusion with the Irish Times.

TNL denied the claims or to breaching trademark.

An application by the Irish Times for an injunction preventing the use of the words pending determination of the full case was refused by the High Court last July.

Separate Commercial Court proceedings regarding alleged trademark infringement were still pending.

On Monday (Oct 12), Johnathan Newman SC, for the Irish Times, told the Commercial Court the matter had settled and the settlement agreement could be handed in to court.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern struck out the case.

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