NEWS: High Court hearing put back as Hook’s Joseph is taken ill

The High Court battle over ownership of the Rabbit telepoint logo was dramatically postponed this week by the depressive illness that has tormented Hook Advertising’s Chris Joseph for 16 years.

The High Court battle over ownership of the Rabbit telepoint logo was

dramatically postponed this week by the depressive illness that has

tormented Hook Advertising’s Chris Joseph for 16 years.



As top copyright lawyers assembled before Mrs Justice Arden to open what

may be a landmark case, Joseph was with his psychiatrist at Kingston

General Hospital and too ill to take part in the proceedings, the court

was told.



With a major delay threatening to cause administrative chaos, the judge

ordered the case to be adjourned until Monday, subject to a medical

report this Friday that Joseph was fit to take part. She also ruled that

Joseph should be allowed to give evidence over several short periods to

ease the strain on him.



The hearing is the culmination of a long dispute between Joseph and

Hutchison Personal Communications over the logo and is likely to

establish a precedent on agencies’ rights to their creative ideas

(Campaign, last week).



Throughout the legal wrangle, Joseph, a past president of the Manic

Depressive Fellowship, has battled with depressive illness, a legacy of

the 1977 industrial accident in which he lost his right arm.



The judge also agreed to a request by Mark Platts-Mills QC, for

Hutchison, that the case should be split in two. She will rule on

Hutchison’s application that copyright of the logo should be assigned to

it. There will be a separate hearing on Joseph’s claim for damages over

Hutchison’s alleged unauthorised use of the logo, which he created.



Platts-Mills told the judge that Hook had come to regard the copyright

case as a cause celebre for the ad industry. But he added: ‘Whether this

is Mr Joseph’s hype or that of the ad business I don’t know.’