A beautician called Tiffany in Gloucester has been threatened with legal action by the multi-billion pound jewellery business which goes by the same name.
Tiffany Parmer, owner of Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany, says she is defending for the right to be able to use her own name.
The jewellery chain, which has ‘Tiffany’ and ‘Tiffany and Co’ trademarked, believes the store could ‘cause confusion’.
According to a report by the BBC, Ms Parmar applied to trademark her company name in April but had received a notice of ‘threatened opposition’ by the end of August.
As part of the correspondence sent to Ms Parmar’s legal representative last week, the firm’s lawyers claimed the name was ‘highly similar’ to its client’s and could bring the brand ‘into disrepute.’
The correspondence went on to add that if Ms Parmar had not withdrew her application by Monday it would take ‘any additional steps it considers necessary to protect its rights.’
Ms Parmer told the BBC: “I’m fighting it because otherwise I’m not going to be able to use my own name. They were on the trademark report we initially did but we didn’t foresee it being a problem because I didn’t feel I’d be a threat for them. I just can’t believe that a big multi-billion dollar company is bothered about little old Tiffany in Gloucestershire.”
She added: “They’re just bullying me out of it because they know I don’t have the financial backing to pay for the costs.”
The BBC said it had approached Tiffany for comment but had yet to receive a response.