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How Paul Hollywood took on California over his surname

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 23/04/2016

Star: Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood
Star: Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has revealed his legal trials at trying to patent his surname.

The star said he faced a backlash from "a huge amount of people in California" over calling himself Hollywood.

"The lawyer in London sent out this letter saying what I wanted to do and a huge amount of people from California said that I couldn't call myself Hollywood," he explained.

"My lawyer sent back letters saying 'Paul's family name goes back 600 years and if you can prove Hollywood has been around before that he will back down, otherwise he will sue you for using his name on a sign'. They dropped everything!"

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