The Formula 1 team, Rich Energy Haas, recently competed in the Canadian Grand Prix with a blank square where the logo of its title sponsor, Rich Energy, would normally take pride of place on the front of the car. This followed a court ruling in May that the energy drink company's logo had been copied from the British bicycle company, Whyte Bikes.
Mishcon de Reya Legal Director Peter Nunn commented: “The High Court ruled last month that Rich Energy's stag's head logo had been intentionally copied from a very similar-looking logo used by Whyte Bikes, and so infringed the copyright in Whyte Energy's logo. Although the court will not decide until later this month whether to grant an injunction preventing Rich Energy from using the logo, the drinks brand has clearly decided to lessen its exposure to damages by asking the Haas F1 team to remove the logo from its cars now."
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