Airbnb has threatened legal action against a Scots firm named Hairbnb, which offers holiday homes for dogs. It connects licensed dog sitters, boarders and walkers with people who need their pets looked after.
Allan Ritchie set up the dog boarding business in 2018 and applied for a trademark from the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Airbnb were given two months to object, starting from February 2018. Airbnb didn’t take any action and Mr Ritchie was given a UK trademark in May 2018.
However, Mr Ritchie has now been sent a “cease and desist” letter from Airbnb, which has given him until the end of June 2019 to change the trademark.
An Airbnb spokesman said: “We want to work in partnership with companies to address these matters and hope to collaborate to resolve concerns amicably.”
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