A pensioner who sued Wolverhampton Wanderers after saying he designed a wolf head logo used on players’ shirts is hoping to persuade a judge not throw out his claim.
Bosses at the newly-promoted Premier League club said 70-year-old Peter Davies’ copyright infringement claim is not reasonable and should be dismissed.
Mr Davies, who says he created the design while he was a teenage schoolboy, is arguing that his claim should be analysed at a trial.
A judge, Chief Master Matthew Marsh, is analysing rival arguments at a High Court hearing in London.
Mr Davies says he drew the wolf head logo at school in the early 1960s and entered it in a competition run by a Wolverhampton art gallery.
The badge is one of the most recognisable in world football (Dave Thompson/PA)
He says he composed sketches after a teacher asked him to demonstrate an understanding of Blaise Pascal’s Hexagrammum Mysticum Theorem, which deals with conic sections.
Mr Davies, a former building industry manager, says he recognised the drawing in 1979 when he noticed that Wolves’ new kit bore a wolf head logo.
The judge has heard that he applied to register his wolf head design in 2016.
Lawyers representing Wolves say Mr Davies has “no reasonable cause of action”.
They said he raised the “infringement” issue with the club in 2016 and launched his claim earlier this year.
The club’s legal team leader, barrister Roger Wyand QC, told the judge that the claim had “no real prospect of success”.
Barrister Edward Bragiel, for Mr Davies, said he should be allowed to “assert his claim”.