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Trade mark decision

BL Number
O/005/04
Decision date
7 January 2004
Hearing officer
Mr M Reynolds
Mark
LORNA MORGAN
Classes
09, 16, 25, 35, 41, 42
Applicant
Oska's Ltd
Opponent
Morgan
Opposition
Sections 5(2)(b) & 5(4)(a)

Result

Section 5(2)(b) - Opposition failed.

Section 5(4)(a) - Opposition failed.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Comparison of the marks MORGAN v LORNA MORGAN.
  • 2. Surnames v full names; "full names are of particular importance as identifiers".

Summary

The opposition was based on registrations of the mark MORGAN in Class 25, and was directed solely at the Class 25 element in the application.

The Hearing Officer dealt first with the Section 5(2)(b) matter. The goods in Class 25 were identical, he found. The opponents’ mark, a common surname, had a low claim to distinctiveness, but use had improved their position.

Having compared the marks, however, he eventually concluded that there was no actual likelihood of confusion. It seemed to him that full names were of particular importance as identifiers.

This effectively decided the matter under Section 5(4)(a) also, as the absence of a likelihood of confusion meant that there would be no misrepresentation.

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