Sri Lanka spice firm registers trademark over McDonalds objection: report

Dec 12, 2010 (LBO) – Lanka Spice Limited, a Sri Lankan-based spice firm has successfully registered its trademark ‘McCurrie’ over objection of McDonalds, a US-based fast food chain, a media report said. Lanka Spice has been in the market since 1982 The Sunday Times newspaper said.

The report quoted Lanka Spice chairman Nalin Pathikirikorale as saying that the word Mc was coined by the firm because its factory was located at a place called Makumbura.

Bu the Illinoise, USA based McDonalds had objected the use of the trade mark under intellectual property law.

Following an inquiry a ruling has been given by the intellectual property office that the fast food chain, which is engaged in a restaurant business, did not suffer damage from the ‘Mc’ prefix by the spice firm which sells raw spices in jars and sachets, the newspaper said. The Sunday Times newspaper said the Sri Lanka firm will soon introduce a series of curry bases developed by the Singapore Institute of Scientific Research to the island.