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Sir: As is our usual practice, we consulted our trademark agents about several proposed names for Aurora and our other restaurants in the Great Eastern Hotel ("A tip for Terence Conran: Keep your hands off my restaurant's name", 15 December). Our clear advice is that we are able to use the name Aurora.

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A SIMMERING dispute between Sir Terence Conran over the naming of "Aurora", his new restaurant, and the owners of two other London restaurants with the same name could end up in court.

A tip for Terence Conran: Keep your hands off my restaurant's name

DINERS THRILLED at booking a table at Aurora, Sir Terence Conran's newest eaterie, have found themselves seatless and disappointed. They are the losers in a restaurant war that has seen confused, tuxedoed diners turning up miles from their seats and table bookings cancelled.

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Case Summaries: 22 November 1999

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