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savafan
07-13-2005, 10:55 AM
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15915864-13762,00.html

AN Australian lawyer has fired back with a lawsuit against McDonald's after the fast-food giant blocked him for registering his nickname as a trademark.
Malcolm McBratney vowed not to back down in the battle that erupted earlier this year, when McDonald's took exception to his use of "McBrat" on the uniforms of a local rugby team.

"What it boils down to is that McDonald's seems to be trying to own not only the McDonald name but everything beginning with Mc," said McBratney, who is a specialist in intellectual property rights.

"There are a lot of people with Irish and Scottish heritage who'd dispute that, including me, and I'm prepared to take them on."

McDonald's Australia spokeswoman Kristene Mullen denied the burger giant was trying to monopolise the "Mc" prefix.

"McDonald's is like any company with intellectual property it wants to protect," Mullen told AFP. "We want to protect our investment, our image and our brand."

McBratney sponsored the Brisbane Irish rugby union team, which adopted the McBrat tag on the back of their shorts because they claimed his full name would not fit.

The company objected that McBrat could be confused with McKids. Mullen said that toys with the McKids logo had been on sale in retail outlets since earlier this year.

But McBratney said a trademark could be challenged in Australia if it had not been used for more than three years, and that McKids had been dormant since it was registered in 1987. His suit seeks to de-register McKids.

"I think it smacks of corporate arrogance that even though McDonald's is not using the McKids trademark in Australia, it still thinks it can block the registration of a separate trademark that has nothing to do with its business," McBratney said.

The Brisbane team is boycotting the chain, once a favourite haunt, in a full show of McSupport.

"Our team, with its Irish heritage, has many Mcs in it and they are all outraged," team spokesman Shane Quinn said. He said the company "really have got to be McKidding."

RedsBaron
07-13-2005, 10:59 AM
I hope McBratney kicks McDonald's McButt.

WVRed
07-13-2005, 11:04 AM
I wonder what McDonalds thinks of the word "McJob"?

Unassisted
07-13-2005, 12:03 PM
Too many McLawyers with too little to do. Go get 'em, McBratney! :thumbup:

pedro
07-13-2005, 12:06 PM
McDonalds McSucks.

Yachtzee
07-13-2005, 10:47 PM
McFascists!

Johnny Vander m
07-13-2005, 11:50 PM
Anyone who eats at McDonalds has to be McNuts anyway. Worst fast food on the McEarth. Rather eat at McWendys or McHardys. Best is at McHome on my McGrill.

RFS62
07-13-2005, 11:51 PM
I don't know. Their wormburger is pretty McTasty

Johnny Vander m
07-13-2005, 11:59 PM
RFS62, most of the time the worms are still alive and I just can't just go for that. Any body have Whataburgers where you live? They have them here and in Pensacola, I kind of like them myself. Wish I could get an ole Maderite from Greenville Ohio right about now.

RFS62
07-14-2005, 12:06 AM
RFS62, most of the time the worms are still alive and I just can't just go for that.

Yeah, you gotta draw the line somewhere.



Any body have Whataburgers where you live? They have them here and in Pensacola, I kind of like them myself.

I've seen them in Texas also.

remdog
07-14-2005, 12:11 AM
Anyone who eats at McDonalds has to be McNuts anyway. Worst fast food on the McEarth. Rather eat at McWendys or McHardys. Best is at McHome on my McGrill.

Couldn't agree with you McMore. :)

Rem

Unassisted
07-14-2005, 11:47 AM
Any body have Whataburgers where you live? They have them here and in Pensacola, I kind of like them myself. Wish I could get an ole Maderite from Greenville Ohio right about now.I have a Whataburger in my neighborhood. The burger's a little on the salty side, and it seems like every other one I get has a bone chip in it. There's something about Whataburger's ketchup that I really like, though. The company is based in Corpus Christi.

Maid-Rite is based in Iowa. I tried it once when I lived in Wisconsin. The company's still around and you just might be able to find one. http://www.maid-rite.com/

edit: Looks like there's a new Maid-Rite location in Piqua.

registerthis
07-14-2005, 11:53 AM
Anyone who eats at McDonalds has to be McNuts anyway. Worst fast food on the McEarth. Rather eat at McWendys or McHardys. Best is at McHome on my McGrill.
Hah hah

Agreed! :)

TRF
07-14-2005, 01:03 PM
I have a Whataburger in my neighborhood. The burger's a little on the salty side, and it seems like every other one I get has a bone chip in it. There's something about Whataburger's ketchup that I really like, though. The company is based in Corpus Christi.

Maid-Rite is based in Iowa. I tried it once when I lived in Wisconsin. The company's still around and you just might be able to find one. http://www.maid-rite.com/

edit: Looks like there's a new Maid-Rite location in Piqua.

I love whataburger wednesday. 2 for the price of one. i prefer the triple with cheese.

Yachtzee
07-14-2005, 01:20 PM
Anyone who eats at McDonalds has to be McNuts anyway. Worst fast food on the McEarth. Rather eat at McWendys or McHardys. Best is at McHome on my McGrill.


Burger of the Gods (courtesy of Alton Brown)

1/2 lb. Ground Sirloin
1/2 lb. Ground Chuck
1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt

mix it up in a bowl, make into 4 patties and throw them on the grill. Delicious!

Johnny Vander m
07-14-2005, 09:18 PM
The orignal Maid-rite is in Greenville Ohio, been there for over 60 years and still the same. For those on this board that have been there, and I do know there are some, will know what I am talking about when I say you can get free chewing gum by going through the drive up window.

paintmered
07-14-2005, 11:11 PM
The orignal Maid-rite is in Greenville Ohio, been there for over 60 years and still the same. For those on this board that have been there, and I do know there are some, will know what I am talking about when I say you can get free chewing gum by going through the drive up window.


Aww you beat me to the chewing gum reference!! :angry:

:)

For those who have never seen it, the exterior wall on the drive-though side of the building is covered entirely with chewing gum that has accumulated over the decade.

Johnny Vander m
07-15-2005, 12:02 AM
Paint, how and why did you ever end up in Greenville? To see the Annie Oakley musuem? Lowell Thomas musuem? Arcanum Basketball musuem? BTW, how do you spell musuem? :rolleyes:

GSURedsfan
03-15-2007, 04:53 PM
I'm not from Ohio..... Can somebody explain the chewing gum reference?

paintmered
03-15-2007, 05:01 PM
Paint, how and why did you ever end up in Greenville? To see the Annie Oakley musuem? Lowell Thomas musuem? Arcanum Basketball musuem? BTW, how do you spell musuem? :rolleyes:

I have family that lives in Greenville.

KronoRed
03-15-2007, 05:13 PM
Down with Ronald

westofyou
03-15-2007, 05:20 PM
Back in the 80's in Santa Cruz there was this "natural" fast food joint, all vegen... called McDharmas, they got sued and changed their name.

BuckeyeRed27
03-15-2007, 06:10 PM
McDonald's breakfast is pretty delicious for those who are piling on the McDonald's sucks bandwagon. Just sayin.

Yachtzee
03-15-2007, 10:48 PM
Back in the 80's in Santa Cruz there was this "natural" fast food joint, all vegen... called McDharmas, they got sued and changed their name.

I wonder if these guys managed to survive.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ee/McDowellsFacade.jpg

macro
03-15-2007, 11:10 PM
So, will Eagles QB Donovan McNabb eventually have to become just Donovan Nabb?