- Filipino brand owner Victor Martin Soriano secures second Archewell trademark
- Tells WTR he recently launched Archewell range of cosmetic items on Lazada
- Reveals plans to launch in the US, claims royal couple cannot sell cosmetics there
A small business owner in Manila, Philippines, who last year became embroiled in a trademark dispute with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has told WTR he plans to launch his Archewell Cosmetics brand in the US – and claims the royal couple cannot sell similar goods in countries including Canada and the US.
As WTR exclusively reported earlier this year, an entity representing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Cobblestone Lane LLC, pursued legal action against Victor Martin Soriano, a Filipino small business owner, over a trademark application for the term ARCHEWELL HARVATERA. The notice of opposition was filed in November 2020 and related to an application filed by Soriano in July 2020 for cosmetics and fragrances. The opposition was based on Harry and Meghan’s brand Archewell, which they announced in April 2020 (and subsequently filed trademarks for the term in jurisdictions including the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom). Cobblestone Lane LLC’s extension to file an opposition expired on 28 December 2020, and the application therefore reached registration a few months later.
Soriano, who owns a small business called Cyclone Trading, has subsequently filed more Archewell-related trademark applications in the…