The makers of Ghost Vodka recently revealed that the band Ghost threatened to take legal action against them due to their name. The group previously released their own gin, but their attorney has since said that the “case is not about ‘gin vs. vodka,’ it’s about trademark rights.”
Ann-Charlotte Söderlund Björk, legal counsel and trademark specialist for GOZZO Advokater, issued the following statement to Loudwire:
“Svensk Drama Pop (SDP) holds an exclusive trademark registration throughout the European Union for the figurative sign ‘Ghost.’ Those rights are licensed to Global Merchandising Services Ltd, in whose interest these proceedings are brought. This case has been on-going for months now, and numerous attempts have been made throughout that period of time to reach an amicable settlement.
This case is not about ‘gin vs. vodka,’ it’s about trademark rights that grant ownership for any and all alcoholic beverages – gin, whiskey, wine, beer, ale, vodka, etc. For any other EU-based entity to use the word ‘Ghost’ as part of its alcoholic beverage brand name would be in violation of SDP’s exclusive rights. SDP is entitled to defend these rights as any other business would when their trademark rights have been infringed. That is standard procedure.”