Zagat reported on Feb. 19, 2013, that Gordon Ramsay has officially agreed to turn over the U.K. trademark for “The Spotted Pig” to Mario Batali and April Bloomfield. A huge controversy erupted last year when Ramsay applied for a trademark knowing full well that Mario Batali owned a restaurant in New York City with that name. Batali owns the rights to “The Spotted Pig” in several other countries.
Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd. was awarded the trademark for “The Spotted Pig” on Feb. 19, 2013. Immediately after receiving the award, Ramsay Holdings turned it over to owners of “The Spotted Pig,” Mario Batali and April Bloomfield. Musicians Jay-Z and Bono are the other two owners of the restaurant.
Up until today, Batali owned the rights to “The Spotted Pig” in the United States, Spain, Italy and Thailand. A separate trademark was needed in the United Kingdom. For reasons unknown, Batali never applied for the trademark in the U.K. Now the trademark has come full circle, with rights going to Batali. This is a business lesson celebrity chef Mario Batali, will never forget.