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    All Blacks vs All Blacks

    All Blacks vs All Blacks


    A small Cornish rugby club is taking on the mighty New Zealand - over the right to use the name All Blacks.

    Launceston, known as the Cornish All Blacks, has applied to the Patent Office to register the name as a trademark.

    But their famous namesakes are trying to kick the bid into touch, reports The Sun.

    They have written to the club twice asking them to withdraw their application and now threaten legal action.

    Launceston, who play in National League Two, have been known as the Cornish All Blacks since they were formed in 1948.

    It is believed the name came from wartime blackout curtains being used to make their first strip.

    Club president Tony Randel said: "It has got pretty heavy. We punch above our weight for a club from a small town, but we are basically a small Cornish club and we don't have the sort of money to fight a legal campaign."

    The New Zealand All Blacks, rated the world's No 1 team, said contracts with sponsors forced them to take action against anyone exploiting the All Blacks name.

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    no brainer ,

    Cornish All Blacks ..........all THREE words ..................

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    A clear breach of the NZRFU's IP rights if ever there were one!

    Feckin Cornish thieving pasties!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjbkk
    Launceston, who play in National League Two, have been known as the Cornish All Blacks since they were formed in 1948.
    and how long have the all blacks been playing for Noo Ziland?

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    ^The first team to be dubbed the "All Blacks" were 'The Originals' in 1905 (although the NZRFU formed in 1892).

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    ^ it was a rhetorical question.

    but thanks for the history lesson.

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    They're only called the Cornish All Blacks as a tribute to the real All Blacks. Trying to steal the name is a bit daft. Why not call themselves something more recognisably local.

    The Cornish Pasties

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    If there are no certified trademark documentation in place already then nobody would have the right as the name "All Blacks" would be public domain.

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    I remember years ago that there was a small company in Australia trading under the name Microsoft. They had been using the name way longer than Bill Gates.
    They were successfully forced to "cease and desist".

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    Few years ago someone had a shop in the UK and called it "Arrods" Al Fayed spat the dummy and took him to court so he changed it to "Sell Fridges" doubt it's still around now.

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