News: Man who says he designed Wolverhampton Wanderers badge loses copyright fight

News: Man who says he designed Wolverhampton Wanderers badge loses copyright fight

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A man who claimed that he had designed the Wolverhampton Wanderers wolf head logo when he was at school has lost a High Court copyright battle.

Peter Davies, 71, said that he drew the design in the early 60s after a teacher asked him to demonstrate an understanding of Blaise Pascal’s Hexagrammum Mysticum Theorem.

He made a copyright claim and wanted compensation, saying his design had been entered in an art competition advertised in the Wolverhampton Express & Star newspaper.

But bosses at the Premier League football club denied the retired building industry manager’s claim, and a judge ruled against him on Wednesday.

Mr Justice Nugee, who had overseen a High Court trial in London, said Mr Davies would have to pick up his lawyers’ bills, plus lawyers’ bills run up by Wolves.

Lawyers estimated that the total could be around £450,000.

Mr Davies, who comes from Wolverhampton but now lives in Stourport, Worcestershire, said he recognised his drawing in 1979 when he noticed that Wolves’ new kit bore a wolf head logo.

He suggested that the designer of the 1979 motif had links to art competition judges.

Club bosses said the 1979 logo had been designed by graphic designer Ian Jackson and “revamped” by designer Jonathan Russell in 2002.

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They said there was no reason why either designer would have copied Mr Davies’ “alleged design”.

Mr Jackson, who is now in his 80s, told the judge that he would never copy anyone else’s work and said it was “impossible” that he could have seen Mr Davies’ schoolboy drawing.

The judge concluded that Mr Jackson had not copied Mr Davies’ drawing.

He said Mr Davies had faced “insuperable obstacles” in proving his claim.

Lawyers representing Wolves had last year tried to have the case thrown out after arguing there was “no reasonable cause of action”.



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