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PIE WARS; Football club and bakers battle it out over naming rights to Killie favourite.

Byline: gordon robertson

A LEGAL battle has broken out over the naming rights to the famous Killie Pie.

The steak and gravy favourite, sold on match days at Kimarnock FC, is renowned throughout Scottish football and is regularly voted the best in the SPFL Premiership.

But Rugby Park chiefs have announced they are to sever ties with Brownings Bakers after they learned of the firm's bid to trademark the name.

A spokesman said: "The club has instructed its trademark attorneys, Marks & Clerk, to oppose Brownings' trademark application.

"The club has also taken expert legal advice from Burness Paull LLP and, based upon that, has served notice that all contractual arrangements with Brownings will end on May 31. Both Marks & Clerk and Burness Paull are confident of successfully protecting the club's ownership of its trademark."

They registered "Killie" as a trademark in 1998 and agreed a deal with Brownings in 2003 to allow them to use the name. Killie spend PS20,000 on Brownings products each year.

Brownings boss John Gall told our sister title the Kilmarnock Standard: "It is disappointing. The Killie Pie is only around five per cent of our revenue, although a lot of staff who we employed on a match day could be out of a job.

"Thirty-five staff will no longer be required by Brownings."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 14, 2016
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