In a battle between 20th Century Fox and a small chain of comedy clubs, I'm sure most of us would predict a loss for the underdog. This most recent development, however, in the on going Glee v Glee Club battle should reignite faith in the law courts when it comes to supporting the little guy.
It is a great reminder to us all that the law is there to help us and is not just a tool that can be wielded by the rich and influential - if you have a valuable asset, be it a name, an image, or something more tangible, then you have the right to protect that asset from misuse by others.
Comic Enterprises Ltd is a small company operating a number of comedy clubs in the UK under the name The Glee Club. Its name has been registered as a trademark since 2001. In 2009, 20th Century Fox starting airing its television show Glee, centring on a fictional school singing club. Comic Enterprises found that the television show was causing damage to its comedy clubs since customers were associating them with the television show, which discouraged them from attending the clubs. So Comic Enterprises commenced trade mark infringement proceedings against 20th Century Fox, and the high court found in their favour, deciding that infringement had indeed taken place. 20th Century Fox then went to the court of appeal, which has now upheld the earlier decision of the high court.