INTERNATIONAL - Two seasons in, UK budget airline magnate Stelios Haji-Ioannou is suing Netflix over the title of its Chicago-based show “Easy”, arguing it infringes on more than a thousand trademarks he has registered using the word in Europe.
Under the lawsuit filed in a UK court, the founder of budget flights pioneer easyJet seeks to ban the streaming giant from showing or promoting the show under its current name.
Stelios, aged 51, the son of a shipping magnate, also owns the easyHotel, easyBus, easyCar, easyProperty, easyOffice, easyFoodstore, easyCoffee, easyMoney and easyGym brands through his company easyGroup based in Monaco and London.
The claim seeks an injunction to prevent Netflix from using the name “Easy” in the European Union.
“We own the European trademark in the word ‘easy’ and another one thousand trademarks with easy as a prefix,” the billionaire said in a statement. “We can’t allow people to use it now as a brand name, especially when they are doing it mostly with our colors and font.”