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Dispute over trademark on cartoon sheep characters comes before courts


Wacky Woolies

Wacky Woolies

Wacky Woolies

A DISPUTE over the trademark on cartoon sheep characters has come before the Commercial Court.

The Shamrock Gift Company (Trading House), of Trinity Court, Fonthill Industrial park, Dublin, has brought proceedings against JLM Gifts, with offices at The Grove, Abbeyfarm, Celbridge, Co Kildare and trading as Ireland Gifts.

Shamrock says it is the proprietor of Irish registered trademarks  which include images of cartoon sheep characters  on a variety of goods including key rings, magnets, cups, purses,  tea towels and shopping bags.

It has been in business since 1988 and says it launched its "Wacky Woollies" range of 11 products ten years ago and its "Wooley Jumpers" line seven years ago, which includes sixteen different products.

Shamrock has claimed JLM Gifts has, without permission, allegedly offered and put on the market products which bear and are branded with images of cartoon sheep.

It contends these cartoon sheep are confusingly similar to those which it has trademark rights to.

It seeks an injunction restraining JLM from allegedly infringing its trademark or from passing off goods with images of cartoon sheep.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern admitted the case to the commercial list and adjourned it to October.

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