>> A new soft drink has hit the shelves in Poland, but one lady isn't happy. Yoko Ono's threatened legal action against the startup. She says the name of the beverage infringed on the trademark of her late husband, something the company denies.>> How John Lemon could be similar to John Lennon?
It sounds similar, but it's completely different. He created music, producers are creating lemonade, and we're selling to coffee shops, we're not selling anywhere else, so for me, similarity is different. At the same time, I knew they weren't registering their trademark and the certification I think was 2014, so they had something approved so that was protected.
>> Ono's lawyers pointed to a Facebook post from John Lemon Island which featured an image of the iconic singer. Other marketing material for the drink included the brands logo next to the words let it be, and a pair of round glasses, both closely associated with Lennon. The company has now agreed to drinks name to On Lemon instead, and as lawyers warned the drink maker it faced costs of up to almost $6,000 a day and $600 for every bottle sold if they infringed the trademark.
John Lennon was registered in 2016. John Lemon lawyers pointed that their EU trademark was registered two years before that in 2014. But when it comes to the Lennon brand all you need is permission from Yoko Ono.