The two restaurants serve similar Western-style seafood in shallow metal pans. They also both use seafood-related slogans – while one said it had “Something Fishy”, the other used “Nothing Fishy About It”.

But last Tuesday, OB Singapore Operations, which owns the Fish & Co chain of restaurants, sued rival Manhattan Fish Market (MFM) Restaurants for backing out of an agreement that was signed in April to draw the boundaries.

“The law recognises the rights of an owner over his intellectual property and the owner is entitled under the law to prevent another party from using any of his intellectual property without his consent or authorisation,” said Mr Jonathan Kok, a partner at Harry Elias Partnership.

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Posted by: David Oh on 29/9/2005 9:19:32 PM