22 Feb '16, 11am

Black cabs not unique, high court rules, paving way for ‘green’ taxis https://t.co/4aRElCQxIq

Black cabs not unique, high court rules, paving way for ‘green’ taxis https://t.co/4aRElCQxIq

A high court judge has ruled that one of London’s most famous sights, the black cab, is not that unique after all, concluding that they are “devoid of inherent distinctive character”. Mr Justice Arnold said that the taxis are “merely a variation of the typical shape of a car” and ruled that trademarks exclusively relating to its shape should be deemed invalid. He made the judgment on Wednesday after a legal row between the manufacturer of the traditional London taxi and the group behind a new eco-friendly cab. The ruling paves the way for the “green” taxis to hit London’s roads over the next few years. Arnold said: “In my view the CTM [the design of the black cab] would have been perceived by the average consumer of taxis as merely a variation of the typical shape of a taxi. “I should make it clear that, if one considers the question from the perspective of the average con...

Full article: http://www.taxi-driver.co.uk/?p=3249

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