In a Battle For Chocolate Bunny Rights a Swiss Court Chooses a Chocolatier
In a battle for the rights of chocolate bunnies, a Swiss court has ruled in favor of the Lindt Company. The decision makes the bunnies illegal to sell in Lidl stores. According to the ruling, Lidl must destroy any chocolate bunnies that it has in its stock. The Lidl chain has denied this, saying that it would not destroy the bunnies.
Lidl’s’version’ of the famous chocolate bunny is a hit with shoppers
The Swiss court ruled that Lidl must stop selling its chocolate bunnies in Switzerland, or risk losing its copyright, and ordered it to destroy its remaining stocks. The decision was a victory for Lindt, a Swiss chocolate company that has been making bunnies since 1879. The court ruled that the bunnies were similar enough to confuse shoppers and the bunnies should be banned from Lidl stores.
The controversy began when a reporter from the LancsLive newspaper compared the festive bunnies of Lindt and Lidl. She noted that the bunnies had the same appearance and were wrapped in the same foil. Lindt’s legal team noticed this and argued that Lidl’s bunnies were infringements of their trademarks. The commercial court in Switzerland ruled in favor of Lidl last year, but a federal court in Lausanne has decided to reverse that decision.
It evokes associations with the shape of Lindt’s rabbit
In a battle for the chocolate bunny’s copyright, a Swiss court has sided with a premium chocolatier, Lindt & Sprungli. The Swiss court found that a German discounter, Lidl, violated the Swiss trademark law by selling counterfeit chocolate bunnies. As a result, Lidl was ordered to cease selling the bunnies and destroy the remaining stock.
The chocolate bunny is a global trademark and is popular in Switzerland, but Lidl is trying to prevent it from entering that country. The Swiss court found that Lidl’s bunnies were confusing because they evoke obvious associations with Lindt’s bunnies. The judge also noted that the bunnies could be melted down and reused.
It is a recognizable chocolate bunny
In a recent case, a Swiss court ruled that premium chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli is entitled to protect its chocolate bunnies from imitations. The federal court in Lausanne, Switzerland, ruled that a Lidl competitor was selling bunnies with similar features, causing confusion among consumers. As a result, the retail chain was ordered to destroy all counterfeit bunnies and discontinue selling them in Switzerland. Unlike counterfeit bunnies, the genuine Lindt bunny is made from premium chocolate and comes in various sizes.
The chocolate bunnies created by Lindt have become synonymous with Easter. As such, it is not surprising that Swiss courts would rule in favour of the chocolate maker. The court found that the chocolate bunnies from Lidl violated a trademark agreement with the renowned Swiss chocolate makers. Fortunately, the Swiss court allowed Lindt to appeal the case.
It is a hit with shoppers at Christmas and Easter
Chocolate bunnies are a hit with shoppers at Christmas and Easter, and some supermarkets have already started selling them. One supermarket was spotted selling Easter eggs as early as December 12. Users on social media expressed confusion as to why shoppers would want to buy chocolate at this time of year. Some guessed that shoppers bought their Easter eggs in the sales earlier in the year.
The Easter Bunny is a hollow chocolate bunny with a white chocolate inner layer. Its thin bodice makes it a great partner for Kinder eggs. It’s the perfect treat to share with friends and family during the holiday.