- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 9, 2009

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia | U.S. fast food giant McDonald’s lost an eight-year trademark battle to prevent local restaurant McCurry from using the “Mc” prefix in a precedent-setting judgment by Malaysia’s highest court.

The Federal Court ruled Tuesday that McDonald’s cannot appeal against another court’s verdict that had allowed McCurry to use “Mc” in its name. The owner says McCurry, which serves Indian food, is an abbreviation for Malaysian Chicken Curry.

The ruling by a three-member panel of the Federal Court ends all legal avenues for McDonald’s to protect its name from what it said was a trademark infringement.

“On the basis of unanimous decision, our view is that” McDonald’s plea to carry the case forward has no merit, said Chief Judge Arifin Zakaria. “It is unfortunate that we have to dismiss the application with costs,” he said.

McDonald’s will have to pay $2,900 to McCurry, a popular eatery in Jalan Ipoh on the edge of Kuala Lumpur’s downtown. McDonald’s lawyers declined to comment, except to say the company will abide by the judgment.



McCurry lawyer Sri Devi Nair said the ruling means McDonald’s does not have a monopoly on the prefix “Mc,” and that other restaurants could also use it as long as they distinguish their food from McDonald’s.

The judge said McDonald’s lawyers were unable to point out faults in the Appeal Court judgment, which had said there was no evidence to show that McCurry was passing off McDonald’s business as its own. The Appeals Court also said McDonald’s cannot claim an exclusive right to the “Mc” prefix in the country.

McDonald’s asked the Federal Court for permission to appeal against that decision, but was denied Tuesday.

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