Glen­coe trade­mark warn­ing ‘too harsh’

The Oban Times - - News -

THE NA­TIONAL Trust for Scot­land (NTS) has ad­mit­ted it may have been ‘too harsh’ with an Aboyne-based out­door cloth­ing com­pany af­ter be­com­ing em­broiled in a row over the use of the name ‘Glen­coe’.

Own­ers of Hill­trek Out­door Cloth­ing, who have been man­u­fac­tur­ing and sell­ing their ‘Glen­coe’ jacket for al­most 30 years, re­ceived a let­ter last week from the con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion stat­ing it was in breach of trade­mark.

The let­ter from NTS’s lawyers warned Hill­trek it should ‘im­me­di­ately stop sell­ing any goods which in­clude the name Glen­coe’ and must ‘re­frain from us­ing Glen­coe in any fu­ture prod­ucts or pack­ag­ing’.

A pic­ture of the let­ter was posted on Hill­trek’s Face­book page, with owner Dave Shand call­ing on NTS to ‘play fair’, say­ing: ‘Is this how small Scot­tish busi­nesses should be treated? We have been mak­ing the Glen­coe jacket for 30 years and how long has Glen­coe ex­isted with­out a trade­mark?’

NTS has since con­ceded the tone of the let­ter may have been mis­judged. Mark Bishop, a di­rec­tor at NTS, said: ‘I have now spo­ken with Hill­trek. Although it was a stan­dard le­gal doc­u­ment with stan­dard word­ing, it was in the cir­cum­stances of this par­tic­u­lar com­pany too harsh in tone.’

NTS con­tro­ver­sially ap­plied to trade­mark ‘Glen­coe’ in 2015, along with other fa­mous place-names. Mr Bishop con­tin­ued: ‘We have had to take de­fen­sive mea­sures and be­gin reg­is­ter­ing trade­marks for some of the prop­er­ties we own.’

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