Gordon Ramsay forced to fight Russian ‘typosquatter’ in court over bogus website.
For years, Gordon Ramsay has forged a reputation for being a chef with a penchant for an expletive-laden row on one of his many television shows.
But earlier this year he was forced to let his lawyers do the talking after a Russian man tried to cash in on his Michelin starred culinary fame.
In 2019, Kushnarenko Oleksii set up “gordonrumsay.com”, having changed just one letter of the star’s real website gordonramsay.com.
As well as pictures of a suitably stern looking Mr Ramsay, it featured his recipes and links to his restaurants, including London-based Petrus, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea and the Savoy Grill on the Strand.
It also had links to websites and recipes by Jamie Oliver, another British chef and television personality.
In January, Mr Ramsay’s lawyers filed an official complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organisation insisting the Russian national was “typosquatting” the chef’s real site and in breach of trademarks already registered in Britain, America and the European Union.
WIPO case No. D2021-0145
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