Re the reaction of Bettys over the sale of Fat Rascals in Whitby.
It seems to me that there is overwhelming evidence to prove that the term Fat Rascal to describe a type of scone has been in use for many years before Betty’s registered it as a trade mark.
It should no more be the property of Betty’s than the term Swiss Roll to describe a type of cake.
All is not lost however, as a mechanism exists to have a registered trademark invalidated as if it never existed.
Full details and forms can be found on the government website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trade-marks-invalidation
There is a fee of £200 to submit an application.
Would anyone be willing to co-ordinate such an application maybe in conjunction with local bakers in the area who, I’m sure, would like to continue selling Fat Rascals under their traditional name without a warning letter?