Friday, January 24, 2020

Meghan and Harry's bid to trademark Sussex Royal blocked by Australian doctor

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bid to trademark Sussex Royal has hit a road block after a doctor in Australia blocked their application.

The couple, who stepped down as 'senior royals' in dramatic fashion this month, plan to use the name to launch their foundation and other branded goods.

It is not known why Mr Worcester, who is believed to have worked as an NHS doctor from 2011 until 2013, filed the opposition.

A formal 'notice of threatened opposition' was registered this week, according to the government's Intellectual Property Office.

Harry and Meghan may now have to pay further legal fees in their bid to start their brand.

As Mr Worcester opposed their trademark, the period of 'opposition' has been extended from February 20 until at least March 20.

The period of opposition is when anyone against the trademark can make their objections known before it can be used.

Lee Curtis, a chartered trademark attorney and partner at specialist law firm HGF, said : “Filing a notice of threatened opposition is relatively easy and can be done online for free.

“The filing of a formal notice of opposition is much more involved.