Brothel wins trademark protection in Germany

16th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

A lower court had rejected a pimp's claim that he legally owned the name.

Koblenz, Germany -- A brothel in Germany has won trademark protection, with judges ruling that a madam could not copy the name Club Pearls from an existing house of ill repute, according to the law journal, OLG Report.

A lower court had rejected a pimp's claim that he legally owned the name.

Brothels operate in a legal twilight in Germany: they are legal, but cannot register as business corporations.

Appeal judges in Koblenz, western Germany, said a second brothel using the name would in effect confuse customers about whether or not it was under the same ownership.

They granted an injunction sought by the owner of the original Club Pearls, which is located in Rhineland Palatinate state.

DPA

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