Royal Mail and the Colour Red

I just got a little note from Royal Mail telling me that I need to come pick up a packet at the post office. It has this choice bit of stupidity on the back:

Royal Mail, the Criciform, and the colour red are registered trademarks of Royal Mail.

Christmas – Sorry you were out, Copyright (C) Royal Mail Group 2008.

What I want to know is who is the idiot lawyer who actually thinks that not only can he trademark red, but that he can copyright “Sorry you were out”?

PS: I am back after a long relaxing vacation in Switzerland. For the record, this is EXACTLY the kind of thing I see daily in England that makes me need long relaxing vacations in Switzerland…

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