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US TV Show Glee faces name change after losing court battle with Midlands Comedy Club

The TV show 'Glee' faces a name change in the UK after the High Court ruling Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

The Hit US TV show Glee faces having to change its name when shown in the UK after a High Court ruling found the show breached a trademark owned by British Comedy Club chain the Glee Club, which has venues in Birmingham & Nottingham.

Twentieth Century Fox has been ordered by the High Court to 'cease naming' the series 'Glee'.

But the order will have to get the backing of the Court of Appeal before it can be enforced.

The entrance to the Glee Club in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

Mark Tughan runs comedy and music venues in Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford and Cardiff called “The Glee Club”, trading under the company name Comic Enterprises.

He registered the name “The Glee Club as a UK trademark in 1999, some 10 years before the TV show arrived.

Glee Club owner Mark Tughan at the venue in Birmingham. US TV show Glee has been ruled to have 'Diluted and Tarnished' the reputation of the chain of UK comedy clubs. Credit: PA

It was argued in court that potential customers stayed away from the Glee Club venues, mistakenly assuming them to be associated with the series, which is broadcast in this country on Sky.

Deputy High Court judge Roger Wyand ruled in favour of Comic Enterprises in the trademark dispute in February.

Twentieth Century Fox said it would appeal against his ruling.

Lawyers argued that in the wake of those conclusions an order requiring a series name change was unnecessary, unfair and disproportionate.

They said changing the named would be costly and complex.

And they said all Comic Enterprises wanted was money.

But Judge Wyand said he had concluded that an order forcing Twentieth Century Fox to change the name should be granted.