'Hitler Chicken' Infringement of KFC’s Trade mark
Written by Sandra Ong on 17 July 2013« Return to Reading Room
A shop in Ubon Ratchathani, a providence North-East of Thailand, has created a chicken shop named “Hitler”, the shop displays a logo merged with the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) logo, replacing Colonel Sander’s head with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s head completed with a fitted bowtie.
According to a Yum! spokesman, the parent company of KFC have told Huffington Post “We find it extremely distasteful and are considering legal action since it is an infringement of our trademark and has nothing to do with us.” The photo was found online by Andrew Spooner, who mentioned that he did not take the photograph himself.
However, KFC has called off its lawyers after learning that the “Hitler” chicken shop in Thailand had either shut down or had never existed in the first place! Despite this, the image generated much interest on the internet. KFC’s trade mark is not the only fast food logo to have been copied. MacDonald’s famous red-headed clown’s features have also been copied being replaced by Hitler’s face completed with a Hitler moustache. Although MacDonald’s have not responded to the infringement, generally such trademark infringements are not taken lightly.
Registering a trade mark provides many benefits, such as having exclusive rights to your mark, allowing you to sell, franchise, producing license, and initiate legal action in the event of an infringement in order to preserve your monopoly and protect your business reputation.
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