Skip to comments.Toronto businessman loses legal battle with McDonald’s over right to sell ‘MacDimSum’
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 McDonalds 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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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?
Sum Ting Wong with this ruling.
But in his decision this month, Justice Roger Hughes found Mr. Cheahs true motivations in seeking to register the name was to seek business opportunities with McDonalds. The judge referred to a 2008 letter to McDonalds 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?
Mac N Cheese?
The idea that McDonalds owns the word Mac is ridiculous. He shouldnt pay them a penny
Helps to read the article. Old complaint, I know, and all too often ignored.
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.
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.
“How did that work out for you, Mr. Cheah?”
That not my idea. It was my Dim Son.
I thought the elder McDonald had a farm.
that translated well....
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.
Perfect, just perfect!
Mmmmm, small savory steamed or fried dumplings containing various bacteria pot monsters.
I still like that movie LOL
He’ll always be the dad from Good Times to me though.
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
I laugh every time I think of those names, they are great.
The rule of law is somewhat different in Russia, versus Canada.
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!
I hope the Irish sue McDonald’s.
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).
I know a guy who stepped in a pot of winter kimchi during a patrol. Pretty potent stuff.
Okay, your consistent! I’m good with that.
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?
And Polo the magazine, lost out to Ralph Lauren even though the mag had been around for many many years before.
At one time I wanted to start a car rental company called:
“Al and Moe’s”
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.
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
He should have called it “ Mack’s Dim Sum”.
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.
Technically, there’s no difference; the shorter is merely an abbreviation of the longeran 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.
Yep! Just the other day I was
getting all nostalgic on FR when a Freeper posted a pic of Florida.
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.