THE creators of the popular Bongo’s Bingo have won a court battle against its former venue over the intellectual rights of the event.
Jonny Bongo - real name Jonathan Lacey - and Joshua Burke, of Shua Ltd, were judged to be the creators and to own the intellectual rights to the brand following a challenge from Liverpool-based Camp and Furnace.
The pair have described the High Court battle in Manchester, which lasted for months, as "horribly tough", but that they were "thrilled" at the outcome.
Bongo’s Bingo had originally been held at Camp and Furnace and has since become hugely popular with other events held across the UK and abroad.
Following an eight day trial, the judge ruled conclusively that Mr Lacey and Mr Burke own the concept, started the concept and are the creative force behind the concept, stating that this was “overwhelmingly clear.”
A statement from Mr Lacey and Mr Burke said: “We are thrilled to have won this case unequivocally, with the judge agreeing that, on the basis of the evidence presented, we are the founders of Bongo’s Bingo and we created it from the very start.
"Camp and Furnace played no part whatsoever in this process and was simply a venue which housed the show we created in Liverpool.
“We want to make it clear that the claims the directors from Camp and Furnace made during the case were all rejected by the judge after he considered the evidence. Every single one of their claims were rejected and we won all counts of the case.
“That we had to go to Manchester High Court to prove what we already knew was a shame and a huge test of our resolve, but in the end it had to be done and in the end we believed by telling the truth we would win and that truth and justice would prevail.
“We want to say a massive thanks to everyone who has supported us through this very difficult and challenging process.”
The pair were represented by Napthens’ commercial litigation team headed up by partner, John Whittingslow and Barristers Paul Chaisty QC and Andrew Grantham.