Couple convicted of illegally using trade marks – costs them £36.5k


So many people think they’ll get away with using copyrighted images on things they make and sell. This couple were fined £5000, ordered to forfeit over £23000 of “earnings”, have to pay £8000 in legal fees as well as complete 75 hours of unpaid community service. Serves them right!

“John Washbrook and Wendy Ann Sisely admitted adding registered trademarks to more than 2,000 items. The couple chose popular children’s logos and designs and added them to T-shirts, aprons, drinks bottles and other giftware sold, but the trademark owners for Hello Kitty, Batman, Fireman Sam, Spongebob Squarepants and Tom & Jerry all confirmed that Washbrook and Sisely were not licensed or authorised to use their designs.

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