Trade mark decision

BL Number
O/103/04
Decision date
14 April 2004
Hearing officer
Mr M Reynolds
Mark
FOG OFF
Classes
01
Registered Proprietor
Home Pride Ltd
Applicant for a declaration of invalidity
Leon Young t/a Technichem
Application for Invalidation
Section 47(2)(b) (citing Section 5(4)(a))

Result

Application for declaration of invalidity Section 27(2)(b) (citing Section 5(4)(a)) granted.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. None

Summary

The registered proprietors did not file a counterstatement; the statutory presumption of validity (Section 72) however prevented removal in the absence of a prima facie case in support of the application.

The applicant filed evidence of use of the mark since 1988. As this evidence had not been challenged the Hearing Officer accepted that the applicant had established goodwill in the sign FOG OFF in relation to the business of supplying chemical preparation in the form of anti-condensation products. The registered proprietors had an identical mark registered in respect of chemicals used in industry, science and photography. The Hearing Officer concluded that a common field of activity existed and, to the extent that the registered proprietors’ specification was wider than the applicant’s current trade, it was in a closely related area for the goods at issue.

Damage could be reasonably inferred and the application succeeded accordingly.

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