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McDonald's loses IP battle with Malaysian curry house

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A Malaysian restaurant named McCurry has earned the right to retain the 'Mc' in their trading name following an eight-year lawsuit against multinational fast food chain McDonald's. McCurry serves Indian-style cuisine. Owner AMSP Suppiah expressed surprise that the chain bothered to fight them: "There was nothing in common between us and them." McDonald's lawyers forced them to operate as M Curry for several years as the case played out in court. "We decided to appeal because we felt we were right and the court of appeal agreed with us this week," said Suppiah. Following the win, Suppiah replaced the missing 'c'. Suppiah's wife Kanageswary says victory has come at a cost, however: "For eight years our business has been in limbo because no one wants to invest in a company facing litigation, and so we have not been able to make any improvements to the restaurant. Hopefully, we can move on now." Their lawyer, Sri Dev Nair, expects McDonald's to fight back: "The case has shown that McDonald's want to control the monopoly over the use of the prefix 'Mc' and it has a lot of money to be able to do this, so many small restaurants just give in to them. We expect them to challenge the ruling and we will be prepared to face them in [federal] court."

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