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Cadbury and Darrell Lea take another bite into colour debate

Monday, 21 January 2008
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The ongoing feud between Cadbury Schweppes and Darrell Lea continues, showing little promise of a resolution anytime soon.

The latest instalment in the soap opera-like saga has seen Cadbury Schweppes prevented from registering some shades of purple as trademarks. Cadbury was informed by the Trade Marks Office that its application to register a number of shades of purple had been put on hold while a resolution is still being sought as to whether Darrell Lea led customers to believe some of its products were related to Cadbury. A partial retrial has been ordered for March.

John Tolmie, chief executive officer of Darrell Lea, told media that the trial had been arduous, but the company would be sticking to its guns. "I would like to get back to making and selling chocolates," he said. "I’ve had enough of the legal stuff … but we’re going to stay the course."

 

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