JJO concludes legal proceedings over design rights

Cases against Mereway and Cassellie have been settled out of court

21 Nov, 19

British kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture manufacturer JJO has concluded legal proceedings against Mereway Bathrooms and Cassellie.



The proceedings were brought before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, for infringement of registered and unregistered design rights in the ‘combi’ basin and toilet furniture, marketed under the ‘ Eco Bathroom’ brand.

Both cases have been settled prior to the court date on agreed terms.

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In agreeing to the settlement Mereway did not admit any liability in relation to any of the allegations in the court proceedings, but the company has agreed to pay costs and damages to JJO.

The proceedings against Cassellie were settled on agreed terms which included the granting of a royalty-bearing licence meaning Cassellie will make a payment to JJO each time it sells one of the combi units.

Managing director Stephen Greenhalgh said: “JJO are a British Manufacturer with a proud heritage of innovation in the production of fine furniture.

“We will rigorously defend our intellectual property rights, where we feel we have been wronged.

“Our recent legal actions should stand as a warning to others who may consider infringing our registered designs’

JJO recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and as part of its celebrations invested £750,000 into a trade outlet.