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Sydney zoos reach out of court settlement in branding dispute

Sydney zoos reach out of court settlement in branding dispute
May 11, 2018

Taronga Zoo’s legal challenge with the developer of a new attraction which wants to call itself Sydney Zoo has been settled out of court, with the western Sydney newcomer to keep the name.

An agreement was reached by the two organisations out of court after Taronga Zoo launched legal action against Sydney Zoo Pty Ltd in the Federal Court earlier this year.

The not-for-profit Taronga Zoo alleged misleading or deceptive conduct, arguing the title could cause the public to confuse the new zoo with its own facility on Sydney harbour and to falsely believe it was located in the city's centre.

In a joint statement released yesterday (10th May), the parties said they were "pleased to confirm that they have resolved the legal proceedings over the use of the name ‘Sydney Zoo’".

The statement advised "the parties have been in discussion and have agreed to take reasonable steps to avoid confusion for visitors to the individual facilities.”

Sydney Zoo Chief Executive Jake Burgess told AAP “it's obviously a massive relief for us now that we have clarity regarding our brand.”

Burgess said there would be no further legal action and the new attraction, near Blacktown, would continue to focus on delivering a "fantastic" facility in early 2019.

While the details of the agreement are confidential, Taronga Conservation Society Australia spokeswoman Libby Hodgson said the two parties were able to agree on several measures that would clarify any confusion.

Hodgson advised “our concerns were for visitors particularly for international visitors facing confusion over their intended destination.

"It's a good outcome and we're really pleased with the matter."

Burgess concluded that in practice the settlement meant Sydney Zoo would "put appropriate locality descriptors on our website and marketing materials and avoid using imagery uniquely associated with Taronga Zoo.

"For example, we wouldn't be using a giraffe and the Harbour Bridge.”

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