Conor McGregor loses three years of legal battle with a clothing company founded by the businessman 100 years ago
Conor McGregor loses three years of legal battle with clothing company McGregor, founded 100 years ago by the Scottish businessman
- The former UFC champion, 31, cannot use his own name for his clothing brand
- McGregor New York won a legal battle that kept the Irishman from using the name
- The American company was founded in 1921 by David Doniger of Scottish descent
- The hunter was praised on Monday for donating € 1 million to Irish hospitals
Conor McGregor has lost a three-year legal battle with a clothing company founded nearly 100 years ago by a Scottish businessman.
The former featherweight and light feathery UFC champion lost the battle to use the McGregor name for sportswear that would be sold across Europe.
It was opposed by the McGregor New York fashion label, founded 99 years ago by David Doniger and now owned by a Dutch company.
Doniger was a member of Clan Gregor and started producing clothes in 1921 using his official tartan in The Big Apple.
31-year-old Conor McGregor lost a legal battle for the trademark McGregor after American fashion label McGregor New York took him to court
Conor McGregor filed for registration in 2017, and the following year, McGregor New York won a preliminary injunction.
It banned the sale of the Irishman’s lucrative hoodies, shorts and sweaters, which bore his signature in large print.
The fashion brand has now succeeded in stopping the 31-year-old from registering the trademark for the sale of clothing, shoes and headwear.
The company’s legal team said the public may be confused that some products made for the Dublin-born star are part of the McGregor New York label.
In their verdict, the European Union Intellectual Property Office said, “The goods are identical.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office finds ‘the contested mark should be rejected’ for Conor McGregor’s sportswear brand
“They are aimed at the general public, the attention of which is considered average when purchased.
The signs are visually, auditory, and conceptually similar to an average grade because of their identical and unusual surname McGregor.
Even if they have a different beginning, this can’t outweigh the similarities caused by the common surname McGregor, which is independent in both characters.
“There is a likelihood of confusion for the public. It follows that the contested mark must be rejected for all the contested goods. ‘
The UFC fighter’s legal team argued that the trademarks should not be confused by the public because he included his first name.
Conor McGregor has been praised by a hospital after his donation provided personal protective equipment for the workers
In February 2013, high marks from the UFC announced that they had signed McGregor as part of a multi-fight contract.
Born in the Crumlin area of Dublin, McGregor only became the second fighter from Ireland to fight for the company after Tom Egan.
He switched to boxing in 2017 and lost to Floyd Mayweather in a multi-million dollar fight in Las Vegas.
McGregor was thanked on Monday by an Irish hospital for donating personal protective equipment to protect them from the coronavirus.
Michael Sheridan, CEO of Mercy Hospital in Cork, showed the equipment McGregor provided and thanked him for his help
McGregor has donated € 1 million to heart monitors, oxygen equipment and 50,000 hospital masks across the country.
Michael Sheridan, CEO of Mercy Hospital in Cork, wrote on Twitter: ‘Many thanks to @NotoriousMMA for donating thousands of # COVID19 PPE to @MercyCork #FrontLineHeroes.
“Some very happy carriers picked it up this morning from our @ MercyfoundCork offices.”
A History of McGregor New York
David Doniger had roots that can be traced back to the first Kings of Scotland and initially sold caps with the McGregor tartan with his brothers before starting his own fashion label.
He and his brothers, Jacob and Henry, started the Doniger Bros. Cap Factory on 663 Broadway in 1912, which closed in 1922.
Doniger Bros. was in operation from 1894 to 1942 and originated in 1889, when Jacob was a hat and hat manufacturer in Bleecker Street.
David Doniger only started McGregor in 1922 after traveling to Europe and noticing the popularity of flat tartan caps in his ancestral Scotland
David Doniger started importing caps decorated with his family’s Clan Gregor tartan from Scotland to New York in 1922
He started importing the hats, which were an instant success, and the company grew to produce sportswear and ‘drizzler’ raincoats, popularized by James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.
McGregor New York attorneys said, “Today, the McGregor brand still stands for quality, a refined collegial lifestyle and that unique ability America has to combine European tradition with sporty leisure.
It’s a long way from those first tartan caps to today’s collections, but McGregor is confident that Doniger will still recognize McGregor’s collection as his own and be proud that his clan still influences the wardrobes of thousands of discerning men, women and juniors around the world.
“The general impression created by the mark at issue may lead the public to believe that the goods in question originate, at least, from economically related companies, in which case the likelihood of confusion must be considered established.”