Sunday, 5 December 2021

London black cabs lack distinctive character, appeals court affirms

London black cabs

LONDON: Two Court of Appeal judges have ruled that the shape of a traditional London black cab is not distinctive, following a trademark dispute.

Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Floyd upheld a ruling on Wednesday that was made last year by a High Court judge.

The London Taxi Company, which is relocating from Holyhead Road in Coundon to a new £300m plant at Ansty, wanted to claim an exclusive right to the shape.


A Limited Edition TX4 made by the London Taxi Company

In January 2016 Mr Justice Arnold ruled that the shape was not a “valid registered trade mark” after a High Court hearing in London.

He said the shape lacked “distinctive character”.

The two appeal court judges have now dismissed the taxi company’s challenge to Mr Justice Arnold’s ruling, following a Court of Appeal hearing in London in July.

Lord Justice Floyd indicated that taxi company bosses might try to take the case to the Supreme Court.

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