- Trademark applicant in legal fight with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speaks
- In exclusive comments, he tells royal couple to “bring it on” in trademark opposition
- Attorney in the Philippines explains key aspects that the legal case could hinge on
In an exclusive interview, a small business owner in Manilla, Philippines, who is embroiled in a trademark dispute with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has described it as a “duel to the death” – pledging to take the legal fight to higher courts if necessary.
As WTR exclusively reported yesterday, an entity representing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Cobblestone Lane LLC, is pursuing legal action against Victor Martin Soriano, a Filipino small business owner. The trademark opposition was filed in November 2020 and relates to an application for the term ARCHEWELL HARVATERA filed by Soriano in July 2020 for cosmetics and fragrances. The opposition is based on Harry and Meghan’s brand Archewell, which they announced in April 2020 (they subsequently filed trademarks for the term in jurisdictions including the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom). At present, Cobblestone Lane has until 25 March 2021 to lodge its full opposition argument, after requesting “additional time” to notarise relevant documents in the United States.
Soriano is actually involved in more Archewell-related trademark bids in the Philippines. A month after the Sussexes lodged the notice of opposition, he filed for an additional…