Loses bear case to Lindt

11 Apr, 2014

A court in Cologne rules that Lindt does not violate Haribo’s “gold bear” copyright with their foil-wrapped chocolate bear, or “Lindt Teddy”. Haribo lawyer:

Before the introduction of the Lindt Teddy nearly every German associated gold bears with Haribo. Now one in every 10 associate the term with Lindt. A registered trademark has been watered down here.

Not only do the judges disagree but they assert that the “Lindt Teddy”  is actually closer in likeness to another Lindt product rather than one of Haribo’s.

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