This story is being covered on the Re~Stirred Forum my research shows that the Registered Trade Mark is dated 07th October 2009.What a shame as the café has been trading with the name for 6 years and only recently changed hands. I hope they see sense and leave the café alone. Everyone is struggling at the moment and the cost of changing the name will effect the lady I am sure. Perhaps a gift to her to use the name would be a nice local gesture. I often sweep and clean the Tolkien family grave when I go to Key Hill without authorization...LOL
I am no intellectual Property lawyer but it seems that on the face of it as the Hungry Hobbit Café has been trading for six years this pre-dates
the registration and therefore can not be enforced, this also explains why action has not be taken against other Hobbit cafés around the world.
SEE Thread "Hobbit Threaten with Legal Action" @ https://www.restirred.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2013