Duo have moved to stop New York company Early Bird
Hall & Oates have taken legal action against a company in Brooklyn who sell granola named Haulin’ Oats.
The duo have moved to stop Brooklyn based company Early Bird, makers of the “wholesome and nourishing small batch granola,” from distributing their product under the name.
As the Guardian reports, the musical duo have brought the case to the Brooklyn federal court, and claim that their trademark has been infringed with a “phonetic play on Daryl Hall and John Oates’ well-known brand name”.
Daryl Hall and John Oates have stated that “the name and mark Haulin’ Oats is an obvious play upon Plaintiff’s well-known Hall & Oates mark, and was selected by defendant in an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artist’s and plaintiff’s well-known marks.”
The case notes confirm that this is not the first time a similarity between the names has been made with many others having attempted over the years “to make a connection between the artists’ names and oats-related products”.