Julia Child is a name that’s well known in culinary circles. But, culinary prowess aside, her name is also synonymous with business success. Child is so well known that the very use of her name could be considered an infringement on intellectual property rights. The maker of Thermador ovens has filed a lawsuit fighting for its right to use Child’s name. The case was recently transferred to California because of related lawsuits pending in the state.
Purportedly, BSH Home Appliances Corporation (the maker of Thermador ovens) is using Julia Child’s image and name without obtaining legal permission from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. Advertisements released by BSH make reference to Child and her use of Thermador ovens while also presenting the late chef’s image. Some believe this is an infringement on intellectual property rights.