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Toronto businessman loses legal battle with McDonald’s over right to sell ‘MacDimSum’
National Post ^ | July 20, 2013 | Alexandra Bosanac

Posted on 07/20/2013 12:00:19 PM PDT by rickmichaels

A Toronto businessman has been ordered to pay the legal fees incurred by McDonald’s Corp. during his six-year legal battle to win the rights to use the prefix ‘Mac’ to market a potential dim sum business.

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1 posted on 07/20/2013 12:00:19 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels
Should Mickey be suing the makers of mac and cheese?
2 posted on 07/20/2013 12:01:41 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: rickmichaels

Ridiculous. The term “Mac” (or diminutive “Mc”) means “Son” in English. Should the entire McDonald clan now turn around and sue Ray Kroc’s company, whose name he bought from two members of that clan?


3 posted on 07/20/2013 12:02:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Sum Ting Wong with this ruling.


4 posted on 07/20/2013 12:02:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rickmichaels
But in his decision this month, Justice Roger Hughes found Mr. Cheah’s true motivations in seeking to register the name was to seek business opportunities with McDonald’s. The judge referred to a 2008 letter to McDonald’s in which Mr. Cheah suggested “…we can together perhaps explore the possibilities of a global MACDIMSUM partnership.”

How did that work out for you, Mr. Cheah?
5 posted on 07/20/2013 12:03:23 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: rickmichaels

Mac N Cheese?

The idea that McDonalds owns the word Mac is ridiculous. He shouldnt pay them a penny


6 posted on 07/20/2013 12:03:55 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Olog-hai

Helps to read the article. Old complaint, I know, and all too often ignored.


7 posted on 07/20/2013 12:04:00 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Olog-hai

Did you ever get upset when Steve Jobs and Apple bullied the hell out of people over names? A trade mark is only as good as it’s defense. Look at what happened to Xerox.


8 posted on 07/20/2013 12:04:10 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: rickmichaels

Look... me and the McDonald’s people got this little misunderstanding. See, they’re McDonald’s... I’m McDowell’s. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds.


9 posted on 07/20/2013 12:05:44 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: KarlInOhio
I was just about to post that:

McDowell's

10 posted on 07/20/2013 12:12:31 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: 1rudeboy

“How did that work out for you, Mr. Cheah?”

That not my idea. It was my Dim Son.


11 posted on 07/20/2013 12:14:23 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Olog-hai

I thought the elder McDonald had a farm.

E-I-E-I-O


12 posted on 07/20/2013 12:16:14 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Stormdog

13 posted on 07/20/2013 12:20:45 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

that translated well....


14 posted on 07/20/2013 12:22:29 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Mastador1

Sure did. Sad to report that Jobs came to a sticky end; cannot say for sure whether it was retribution from on high for said behavior on his part.


15 posted on 07/20/2013 12:23:05 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: KarlInOhio

16 posted on 07/20/2013 12:23:30 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: 1rudeboy

Perfect, just perfect!


17 posted on 07/20/2013 12:25:20 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: 1rudeboy

Mmmmm, small savory steamed or fried dumplings containing various bacteria pot monsters.


18 posted on 07/20/2013 12:27:34 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: KarlInOhio

I still like that movie LOL


19 posted on 07/20/2013 12:30:22 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: rickmichaels
Here in Russia, they sell something called “MacCoffee,” which is an instant 3-1 coffee (coffee, sugar and powdered milk). The product is from Indonesia. I've often wondered how they got away with the name. I always figured that McDonalds would have sued them.
20 posted on 07/20/2013 12:30:35 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: EEGator

Ha!!!!!


21 posted on 07/20/2013 12:31:41 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

:)

He’ll always be the dad from Good Times to me though.


22 posted on 07/20/2013 12:33:06 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: tumblindice

I saw an episode of Bizarre Foods about an Asian countries FISH SAUCE... stuck in jars outside for months or years... it was gross.

then there was stnky tofu...

100 year old egg (not really that old)

In Korea they love old.... i mean aged... i mean fermented kimchi..... they eat a soup from loaches.... and bugs or something called pupa’s


23 posted on 07/20/2013 12:37:35 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: dfwgator

I laugh every time I think of those names, they are great.


24 posted on 07/20/2013 12:43:56 PM PDT by united1000
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To: Cowboy Bob

The rule of law is somewhat different in Russia, versus Canada.


25 posted on 07/20/2013 12:45:26 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Years ago I used to go to a vegetarian fast food place called “McDharma’s”.

They got sued by McDonald’s and had to change the name to “Dharma’s”.

So McDonalnd’s “owns” the letters “Mc”. And as though the vegetarian place was taking customers away from the cow burgers, that people were mistaking one for the other!

Stupid.


26 posted on 07/20/2013 12:46:40 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

I hope the Irish sue McDonald’s.


27 posted on 07/20/2013 12:48:00 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: 1rudeboy
True. But it is an Indonesian company.

BTW, There used to be a cafe in town named McDuck (with a picture of Scrooge McDuck), but it want out of business... There is a new cafe name Krab Burgers (with pictures of Sponge Bob).

28 posted on 07/20/2013 12:52:46 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: GeronL

I know a guy who stepped in a pot of winter kimchi during a patrol. Pretty potent stuff.


29 posted on 07/20/2013 12:52:46 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Olog-hai

Okay, your consistent! I’m good with that.


30 posted on 07/20/2013 12:53:20 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Cowboy Bob

I’m not trying to pick a fight with you, honest: but do you feel like suing an Indonesian company in Russian court, or vice versa?


31 posted on 07/20/2013 12:54:37 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
BTW, Starbucks had a hell of a time opening up in Russia because someone else registered the name (back in the '90s)! But, Starbucks finally won in court - got their name back.
32 posted on 07/20/2013 12:58:03 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: KarlInOhio

33 posted on 07/20/2013 1:00:44 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: Mastador1

And Polo the magazine, lost out to Ralph Lauren even though the mag had been around for many many years before.


34 posted on 07/20/2013 1:01:14 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

At one time I wanted to start a car rental company called:

“Al and Moe’s”


35 posted on 07/20/2013 1:02:59 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

And back in the early 1990’s when construction was booming, I wanted to buy a fleet of used armored cars and provide mobile check cashing.

I was going to call it:

“Da Money Truck”

some folks thought that was racist.


36 posted on 07/20/2013 1:09:07 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Olog-hai
Ridiculous

It would seem so.

I think "Mac" entered the jargon many years ago. Is there a difference in "Mac" and "Mc" in a name?

I recall a "Frazer" episode in which his brother is chastising him for the "McSessions" he provides over the phone. Were the writers sued I wonder

37 posted on 07/20/2013 1:13:13 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: little jeremiah

He should have called it “ Mack’s Dim Sum”.


38 posted on 07/20/2013 1:18:18 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Olog-hai
I remember a Chinese fast food joint I used to work near.

"MacWong's".

My coworkers and I wondered how they could get away with it, but figured MickeyD's didn't want to play the big bully in front of a jury.

Granted, this was in the US not the Great White North...

Four piece dumplings, bbq pork in pita bread, etc.

39 posted on 07/20/2013 1:19:37 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: MosesKnows

Technically, there’s no difference; the shorter is merely an abbreviation of the longer—an actual Gaelic word, “mac”, which is always written longhand in the Gaelic languages (Scots Gaelic, Manx and Irish).

I can see McDonald’s getting litigious over a current-use actual trademarked name, but the Gaelic word for “son” as an all-encompassing trademark does not sound like the company’s domain.


40 posted on 07/20/2013 1:27:05 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: EEGator

Yep! Just the other day I was
getting all nostalgic on FR when a Freeper posted a pic of Florida.


41 posted on 07/20/2013 3:05:30 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: rickmichaels

As a practicingtrademark attorney, I can assure you that this is a correct ruling.

McDonalds owns the prefix Mc for food and related services.

It’s clear that these guys were making a play on McDonalds’ trademark,intending that customers make the association.

Idiot coffee shop ownershave been doing the same with Starbickd,and losing as they should.


42 posted on 07/21/2013 5:11:30 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Universal Background Check -> Registration -> Confiscation -> Oppression -> Extermination)
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