Rebekah Vardy and Agatha Christie estate sue Scot over trademark of Wagatha Christie

A Businesswoman who tried to trademark her own version of the Wagatha Christie moniker has been threatened with legal action by the author’s estate and Rebekah Vardy.

Tammie Ford McMillan, from Edinburgh, plans to use her alternative on the back of t-shirts which would be personalised on the front with the owner’s name.

Tammie has already received a warning letter from solicitors representing footballers’ wife Rebekah Vardy who wants to use it on her products.

They are opposing her trademark application to the Government’s regulatory body, the Intellectual Property Office. (IPO)

Now lawyers representing the Agatha Christie estate have also objected.

London firm Bear and Wolf said Agatha Christie Ltd owned all the rights to the name, signature and trademarks and all her “famous works and characters.”

It claims her application was highly similar or near identical to the Agatha Christie mark and has demanded she withdraw it.

But mum-of-two Tammie, 47, hit back: “I feel I have been penalised for doing the right thing by trying to legally trademark my design. It is just a bit of fun and I would also love to get Coleen involved.”

Tammie’s version of Wagatha Christie is spelled backwards, as you might see in a mirror.

Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester striker Jamie, trademarked Wagatha Christie last year after losing her libel action against fellow WAG Coleen Rooney – wife of former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney.

Tammie, who lives on the Royal Mile, is also hoping to get Coleen’s backing and even persuade her to model one of the t-shirts.

A third firm, luxury linen firm, Christy, has also opposed the application.

Bear and Wolf claims Tammie’s trademark application was to make money, while its’ use in the context of the Vardy/Rooney dispute was a “witticism”.

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