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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bid to trademark the Sussex Royal brand has been blocked following a complaint from an Australian doctor.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's hopes of turning the brand into a billion-pound empire have hit a roadblock after a notice of threatened opposition was filed on Tuesday.
Opposition - Benjamin - Worcester - Victoria - Australia
The opposition was submitted by Benjamin Worcester, who lives in Victoria, Australia, but it thought to have worked as an NHS doctor from 2011 to 2014.
It is not known why the Melbourne-based doctor filed the notice, but the move could see Harry and Meghan forced into a contracted legal battle.
Couple - Trademark - June - 'opposition - Period
The couple first filed the trademark in June 2019, leading to a 'opposition period' where anyone can notify the UK Intellectual Property Office of a complaint.
This period of opposition was due to end on February 20, but has now been extended to March 20 following the complaint from Dr Worcester.
Notice - Opposition - Australian - Complaint - Objection
Having first issued a notice of threatened opposition, the Australian could now issue a formal complaint detailing his objection to the use of the trademark.
This would add a significant delay to the Sussexes's hopes to use the brand name, not to mention mounting legal costs.
World - Trade - Review - Dr - Worcester
According to the World Trade Review, Dr Worcester is a self-employer doctor in Melbourne who studied medicine at University College London.
The couple want to use the Sussex Royal brand on dozens of products including T-shirts, hoodies, journals and gloves in a bid to become financially independent.
£34million - Fortune - Life - Business - Ventures
They have an estimated £34million private fortune to fund their new life, but can make even more with various business ventures such as book deals, TV deals, public speaking and fashion and brand partnerships.
Documents published by the Intellectual Property Office disclose that among the items the royals have so far trademarked are instructional and teaching materials; printed educational materials; printed publications; educational books;...
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