Swedish Court Rules in Entombed Trademark Case
Entombed has existed in two forms over the last few years, but it appears as though things will soon be cleared up between the two entities as the Swedish Court of First Instance has ruled on the trademark case filed by founding guitarist Alex Hellid, along with Nicke Andersson and Uffe Cederlund. The trio took legal action against original singer LG Petrov over the band's name, as Petrov has been working under the moniker Entombed A.D. in his own version of the group over the last few years.
According to Blabbermouth, the Swedish Court of First Instance ruled in favor of Hellid's side, finding in favor on all points. "Naturally, we are delighted with the decision of the courts," the three musicians said in a statement to Blabbermouth. "It's a great relief that this issue is now finally ruled on and we can return to focusing on giving people more Entombed. We have discussed ideas and plans of what we want to do and look forward to working together on creating the best possible Entombed for the future, both in the recording studio and in a live setting."
Hellid exited the band in 2014, with Petrov deciding to continue under the Entombed A.D. moniker. Hellid appealed the decision of Petrov continue but was unsuccessful. The guitarist then sought to file a trademark under the Entombed name, which further created a divide with Petrov. who filed a letter of protest against the registration. However, this time it was Petrov whose claims were rejected by the Patent and Registration office.
Entombed A.D. continued to record and play, with their sophomore set Dead Dawn arriving last year. Meanwhile, Hellid joined with Cederlund and Andersson in November last year to revisit their 1991 Clandestine album in full at Malmo Live. Their band had also played on the Close-Up Baten cruise. With the new ruling in place, it appears as though the Hellid, Cederlund and Andersson-led five piece will be able to continue under the Entombed name both as a live and recording entity.
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