N.S. BAR­BER SHOP IN HAIRY SPOT

Montreal Gazette - - FP MONTREAL -

A Nova Sco­tia cab­i­net min­is­ter is lend­ing sup­port to a lo­cal bar­ber locked in a dis­pute with a na­tional chain over the name of his shop. The owner of Tommy’s Bar­ber Shop in north-end Dart­mouth says the Tommy Gun’s Orig­i­nal Bar­ber­shop chain sent him a let­ter this month al­leg­ing trade­mark in­fringe­ment. But Ser­vice Nova Sco­tia Min­is­ter Ge­off MacLel­lan says he doesn’t see how the name of a small bar­ber shop con­fuses cus­tomers or de­pre­ci­ates the na­tional chain’s brand. Bar­ber Thong Luong told the CBC his shop has been called Tommy’s Bar­ber Shop since 2003. MacLel­lan says there are no issues as far as the prov­ince is con­cerned — Tommy ’s Bar­ber Shop is regis­tered with Nova Sco­tia’s Registry of Joint Stocks. The min­is­ter says he un­der­stands the “rep­utable” na­tional chain — which has two shops in the Hal­i­fax area — might feel it needs to keep its brand eq­uity strong.

Ge­off MacLel­lan

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