Putting the first “c” back in McCurry since 2006
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Fast food chain McDonald’s lost a lawsuit in Malaysia on Wednesday after an appeals court overruled a decision that its trademark had been infringed by a local restaurant called McCurry.
“Where the learned judge, with respect, erred is to assume that McDonald’s had a monopoly in the use of the prefix ‘Mc’ on a signage or in the conduct of business,” Judge Gopal Sri Ram said, overturning a 2006 ruling in favor of McDonald’s.
The McDonald’s operation in this Southeast Asian country of 27 million people is run as franchise by prominent businessman Vincent Tan and has 185 outlets.
McCurry, by contrast, serves Indian fast food from one restaurant in Kuala Lumpur as well Malaysian dishes such as fish head curry and is short for “Malaysian Chicken Curry”.
I haven’t had a good fish head stew since I left Louisiana. Har!
UPDATE: McDonald’s won’t leave it alone. Back to appeals court, today.
Bravo! McDonald’s says they’ll leave it alone, finally.