Wetherspoons ‘just want to sell their coffee’

Wethersfield in Essex, England, has been the centre of a bitter feud with a local firm that has become synonymous with a coffee shop.

In July, WetherSpoons went on strike, accusing the cafe chain of misusing its trademark.

The company’s owner, Richard Brown, claimed the Wether’s and Sons restaurant group had stolen his company’s trademark and demanded they stop using his name.

He said WetherSmiths, which operates a number of coffee shops and cafe chains across the UK, had threatened legal action, including an injunction, if he didn’t stop using its name.

In February, the company’s lawyer responded to the dispute, saying the coffee chain’s trademark was being misused by Wether Spoons.

“It is our understanding that there has been a long-running dispute between Wether Smiths and Wether spoons regarding the trademark of Wethersmiths,” the firm’s lawyer, Michael Salsbury, said.

“The Wetherson’s Coffee Company has used the Witherspoons mark and is therefore entitled to use the Wulfs name in its products and services.”

Mr Brown was not available for comment on Tuesday, but his firm has responded to several media requests for comment.

Mr Salswood has previously accused Wetheringtons coffee chain of infringing on the trademark, saying he would not take legal action against the firm unless he got a good return on his investment.

“If Wetherscouts Coffee Company, as an owner of Withers Spoons and the Worsleys, wants to sue me, that is their business and I will be prepared to make money,” Mr Salsbrooks said in the statement.

“I will not be bullied into paying a large sum of money if I don’t take legal steps.”