Bolton baker wins 'battle of the pies' in legal row with London firm

The Bolton News: The Bolton Teardrop pie, top, and the southern Wedge pie, below The Bolton Teardrop pie, top, and the southern Wedge pie, below

A BOLTON baker has defeated a rival firm in a legal row — over the design of a pie.

In a North-South pastry spat, Peter Hunt’s Bakery Ltd, based at the Lyon Road Industrial Estate, Kearsley, was accused of copying a Shire Foods design when making their “teardrop” pie.

Midlands-based Shire Foods, which was represented by London investor Volvere Central Services Ltd at the hearing, complained the pie bore too much similarity to its own Wedge product.

But an independent designs and patents hearing officer has found in favour of the Bolton baker — which insisted that the idea for the emblem stemmed from the emblem of his favourite football club, Leeds United.

The pie is made to look like a wedge from a larger pie, only with side walls, an idea which the other firm claimed was not unique as it had made a similar product already.

D W Baking, which owns Peter Hunt’s Bakery Ltd, had claimed the design was exclusive, and that it was challenging the norm that pies should always be round.

A hearing in South Wales heard from David Wood, managing director of the firm, that the pie reflected his love of Leeds United and Oliver Morris, who was presiding over the case, agreed.

D W Baking will retain its exclusive design right.

Mr Morris ruled that “informed, knowledgeable and particularly observant” pie-eaters would appreciate the novelty of the teardrop product.

He said the products, given that Mr Wood’s has rounder edges than Volvere’s triangular pie, were “not, literally speaking, identical”.

The pie from Mr Wood was more like a “guitar plectrum, or even a bicycle saddle”, he added.


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Mr Wood had argued that, were segments of his pie arranged, they would form a “polygon”, rather than a simple circle which an arrangement of Volvere pies would create. Volvere were also ordered to contribute £1,500 to D W Baking’s costs after the verdict was reached.

D W Baking declined to comment on the case until any potential appeal has been made.

No-one from Shire Foods was available for comment.

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11:39am Thu 5 Dec 13

MissPeg says...

Someone at Shire Foods legal department can't have looked at the two pies...one is teardrop shaped the other is a TRIANGLE. They're completely different. Glad that the local company won the battle because it seems pretty pointless to me. It's not like they were direct copies.
Someone at Shire Foods legal department can't have looked at the two pies...one is teardrop shaped the other is a TRIANGLE. They're completely different. Glad that the local company won the battle because it seems pretty pointless to me. It's not like they were direct copies. MissPeg

12:12pm Thu 5 Dec 13

I, Ludicrous says...

Is that a steak & kidney failure, that yellow one?
Is that a steak & kidney failure, that yellow one? I, Ludicrous

12:25pm Thu 5 Dec 13

cliff4treasurer says...

It's all a bit pie in the sky if you ask me.
It's all a bit pie in the sky if you ask me. cliff4treasurer

2:35pm Thu 5 Dec 13

chris25 says...

in the great scheme of things does the shape of a pie really matter ,
in the great scheme of things does the shape of a pie really matter , chris25

12:29pm Fri 6 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

They all end up the same shape.
They all end up the same shape. boltonnut

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