The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain was recently left feeling high strung in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court after judge Richard Hacon refused to dance to its tune and grant injunctive relief against the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain applied for an injunction against the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra to prevent the use of its name after the latter announced a tour of the UK due to start in Lincoln on 15 October of this year. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain which has been performing for at least 25 years claimed that its reputation could be unfairly tarnished by it being confused with the German based United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra.
The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra pluckily defending against the injunction argued that any injunction would force them to cancel their forthcoming tour costing them tens of thousands of pounds. The argument struck a chord with Judge Richard Hacon and he refused to grant the injunction. He said that the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain should have acted sooner and that the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra had been performing for some years now.