Metallica Finally Win Chilean Trademark Battle
Metallica have officially won a trademark battle in Chile that will now allow them to sell their own merchandise in the South American country after losing their last attempt in 2012.
The ruling in favor of Metallica was handed down on Oct. 3, reports Bloomberg Law. The band filed a lawsuit against Horacio Mardones, who had registered a "graphically and phonetically identical trademark [to Metallica's] for clothing and footwear.
The Chilean Supreme Court has now annulled this trademark as Metallica successfully argued their case. Ricardo Montero, the band's lawyer, said, "We were able to show that the Metallica brand is well-known abroad and that Mr. Mardones was using the brand in bad faith."
With Mardones' trademark on Metallica branded items no longer in effect, it means that Metallica can now sell their own merchandise in their country for the first time in over a decade, going back to when the legal battle between the two sides first began.
While Metallica have postponed their tour of Australia and New Zealand as James Hetfield seeks addiction treatment in rehab, they have made no statement regarding their tour dates scheduled for 2020. Among those shows is what will be the group's fifth-ever stop in Chile. For tickets and more tour info, head here.
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