Conran in Power struggle over Zinc trademark
Friday 04 April 1997
Sir Terence Conran, the stylish restaurateur, has launched legal action against Vince Power, who owns the Mean Fiddler chain of concert venues including The Forum in Kentish Town and The Grand in Clapham. At issue is Mr Power's new bar, Zn, which was known as the Zincbar when it opened in Kilburn High Road last December. According to a High Court writ issued last week, Sir Terence (pictured) has been the registered owner of the Zinc trademark, when the name is used in relation to restaurants, cafes and wine bars, since June 1995.
The trademark was registered to protect his latest business venture, a chain of French-style cafes to be called the Zinc Bar and Grill. The first is due to open just off Regent Street in August and will provide seating for 120 people.
He is unhappy that the Mean Fiddler's venture conflicts with his own. Although the Zincbar has changed its name to Zn, the chemical symbol for zinc, in an attempt to avert trouble, the writ still stands pending further legal advice. Joel Kissin, managing director of Conran Restaurants, said: "What does Zn mean? They've said anybody with A-levels or whatever will know what that means - zinc. So they haven't changed it. Supposing you opened a restaurant called Crown, and Terence Conran said he had that registered and you used a picture of a crown, it would still be a representation. What they have done is put a representation of zinc but it's still zinc."
interviewThe producer and activist, Trudie Styler, whose film 'Filth' is up for five film awards, is tapping into the industry's neglected female talent
musicBlack Sabbath have pulled off one of rock music’s great comebacks – against all odds
interviewHer estate has become the nation's glossiest food empire
theatreTheatre's hitmaker Daniel Evans on 'Oliver' and bringing 'The Full Monty' to the stage
food + drinkMichelin-starred Tom Sellers on being this year's hottest property
tvParents (and kids) rejoice! A new wave of fantastic family entertainment is here
booksGeese, gorillas, grandads... and growing up
food + drinkHow one grocery e-tailer is gearing up for the Yuletide rush
food + drink
travelFor broadcaster Mishal Husain, a long-haul Club Med holiday was a chance for her family to explore its sense of 'zen' and 'animation'
food + drinkFestive snacks don't have to be fiddly, says Bill Granger
Hundreds arrested as Canadian police smash worldwide paedophile ring
Nelson Mandela: 11 inspirational quotes to live your life by
Ja Rule forced to deny leaving wife for prison cell mate
The 'terrorist' and the Tories: What did Nelson Mandela really think of Margaret Thatcher?
Crash pilot who threatened Ukip leader Nigel Farage found dead
- 1 Hundreds arrested as Canadian police smash worldwide paedophile ring
- 2 Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provide teasers for the biggest comeback in British television
- 3 David Duke: Former Ku Klux Klan leader expelled from Italy
- 4 Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy
- 5 Japan cracks down on leaks after scandal of Fukushima nuclear power plant
- < Previous
- Next >
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Server Side De...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: C# ASP.NET Developer (...
£60000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Senior C# WPF .NET Dev...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: QA Manual Tester FX Trading Platform/Derivative...