Aye, sometimes the good ones win and the bad guy needs to take a hike into the murky yonder. Like in the Good ‘ol Far West. Or – in this case – logic and common sense prevail.
And that’s a good thing.
For those who are not aware of the case, The US Power Metal band Tanagra found themselves in a pretty severe trademark dispute with the Kudelski Group in Switzerland. Between other things, the company sells audio equipment under the moniker Nagra. Kudelski took exception to the inherent similarity of the band name and filed a dispute. If you’d like to find out more, here’s the article we wrote earlier this year.
The case was decided amicably in favor of Tanagra through a settlement. Here is what the band had to say:
“Most of the agreement is confidential, but it’s largely uninteresting. We resolved the issue on amicable bases. This is a pretty good win for us in that we’ll keep our trademark and Nagra has dropped their opposition. We want to give a huge thank you to our fans who supported us through all of this.”
Of course, the Tanagra case is only one of many1). And I sometimes wish that people would be more down-to-earth when approaching such potentially very thorny issues.
Luckily, pragmatic reasoning seemingly prevailed in this case. And – as I said before – this is a good thing for both, Nagra and Tanagra.