Apparently, he has a registration for “The Glee Club,” dating from 2001, or perhaps 1999, for entertainment services. Â According to the local paper:
The 43-year-old claimed the hugely-successful series was damaging his brand and had contributed to two new branches in Oxford and Nottingham under-performing since they opened last September.
â€œPeople associate us with the show and I canâ€™t be in that position as we couldnâ€™t be more different,â€ he said.
Wikipedia says thatÂ the phrase “glee club” was first adopted for a performing choir in England, at Harrow, in 1787. Â The first American collegiate glee club wasÂ founded at the University of Michigan in 1859. In context, the term “glee” itself is derived from a type of part song. All of which suggests that the term “glee,” for the kinds of choral performances showcased in “Glee,” may be generic.
But what of the pun? Â The name of the show is partly a reference to the music and partly a reference to the emotion. Â If there is consumer confusion here, is it based on the proposition that consumers look at a comedy club called “glee” and think that it is associated with a television program that is “glee”-ful – as in full of fun (or at least celebratory of difference), not just full of song? Â Should that matter?
To the plaintiff: Â Don’t Stop Believin’.