Och-Ziff Wins Copyright Battle With London Firm

Oct 20 2010 | 1:09pm ET

A British court has ruled that a similarly-named hedge fund has violated Och-Ziff Capital Management’s copyright.

OCH Capital and founder Thomas Ochocki should have “appreciated that there was at least a risk of confusion,” Judge Richard Arnold in London ruled. “OCH is strongly distinctive for financial services. There is a manifest likelihood of confusion on the part of both types of consumer.”

Arnold said he would assess damages at a later hearing.

Ochocki’s lawyers insisted that the firm never intended to profit from Och-Ziff’s renown, and that the name stems from the fact that co-workers have long call Ochocki “Och.” They also said that the name was intended to be pronounced as its initials, “O-C-H.”

Ochocki said he offered to change the fund’s name to O.C.H. Capital to assuage Och-Ziff, but Och-Ziff noted it never took that step.


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