- Bizarre logo coincidence? Rich Energy and Whyte Bikes
- Trailrider JimSubscriber
F1’s Haas team’s new sponsor Rich Energy have provided the classic JPS black and gold livery for their 2019 cars and their logo is almost identical to Whyte’s. For a minute I thought, hang on, Whyte have sponsored a F1 team, WTF? But the logo is only slightly different, perhaps even more bizarre. I mean, it’s not like the logo is based on some classic emblematic reference, is it?Posted 6 months agosimondbarnesSubscriber
Page 11. I guess the courts will decide. Due to be heard next month.Posted 6 months agorootes1Member
Being discussed over on auto sport.
Oddly Jon Whyte was a suspension designer with the former Benetton F1 team..Posted 6 months agodovebikerMember
Certainly a copyright infringement but for trademarks, depends on what classifications they are registered in and whether there’s a potential conflict and there’s “passing off” i.e. Whyte would have to show its a detriment to their sales to be able to make a claim. Often these things are resolved with a licensing agreement.Posted 6 months agomickmcdMember
Less strange things have happened than
A company making it look like they have the cash to buy an F1 team then getting all high profile by advertising all over the shop on a high speed advertising board seen by billions and eventually making or having the money to buy am F1 team through by sheer prospecting…
Invariably the fly by the seat of your pants never seem to lose their millions even when bankruptPosted 6 months ago
The CEO is quite a character! Wouldn’t look amiss in the MTB world to be honest. Riding a single speed Jones and hanging out with Taz & Brant.Posted 6 months ago
The numbers don’t stack up though- check out filling for 2018 on Companies House.
I imagine he’s old money and it’s a hobby. That said, he’s only got 3 companies listed on Companies House, 2 of which are linked to Rich Energy and 1 for ‘Wise Guy Boxing’ which doesn’t give you any results online despite being a Computer Consultant
firm. They are a UK brand, claimed to have sold 90 million cans, but I’ve never seen or heard of them. Tin foil hat’s on guys
Judgment is due 1st May 2019.Posted 5 months ago
Apparently ATB have been trying to get Rich Energy/William Storey to attend court for a couple years now (hence IP- 2017). I don’t see how RE could win this over Whyte. Still, RE have continued to produce their product with the logo (40,000 can delivery recently). Good thread here too– some major sleuthing from one poster.otsdrMember
…and the verdict is in (Whyte won, but Rich Energy might appeal):Posted 3 months ago
and the verdict is in (Whyte won, but Rich Energy might appeal):
Amusing judgement. Judge not particularly impressed with the reliability of Mr Energy Drink’s evidence, and some telltale metadata on the ‘old’ documents they were using to suggest an earlier design process…Posted 3 months agojoebristolSubscriber
If I weren’t in a hotel room away with work either nothing on tv I wouldn’t have read that.
Basically sounds like the Rich energy guys have copied the logo but thought they’d get away with tweaking a couple of bits – but have come very unstuck. They also haven’t prepared well enough for the court case and have been embarrassed.Posted 3 months ago
Brilliant stuff. My favourite bit being..
Posted 3 months ago
He had a tendency to make impressive statements, which on further investigation or consideration were not quite what they seemed. For example, when Mr Wyand in cross-examination tried to understand his evidence about the sales figures of Rich Energy drinks, and put to him that he had been quoted in the press in February 2019 as saying that the First Defendant had produced 90 million cans, Mr Storey explained that it had produced 90 million cans, but had not yet filled and sold them.
Love the fact they worked backwards after stealing the logo to make it appear that they somehow ended up there through sketches. It’s within 7% of the Whyte logo, plus some extra antler bits. The tenuous link to Richmond Park and the stags is laughable.
So many lies in there and I’m so glad that they were called out on it.
Third defendant raised an invoice for £50,000 for some PDFs of sketches.
All seem to be Stoweys friends, common theme with his companies. Probably no money actually exchanged. The designs consultancy still has the Rich energy client/portfolio on their website.Posted 3 months ago
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