Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
27 November 1998
Hearing Officer
Mr G Salthouse
Applicant for Revocation
Nicholas Dynes Gracey
Registered Proprietor
Tritonstyle Limited
Section 46(1)(b)


Section 46(1) - Application partially successful.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. The applicant for revocation had cast doubt on the authenticity of the invoices and exhibits filed by the registered proprietors. The Hearing Officer concluded that these claims had not been substantiated and he ordered the deletion of paragraph 28 of the applicant’s affidavit.
  • 2. Both parties appealed the Hearing Officer's decision to the Appointed Person. In his decision dated 4 May 2000 (SRIS O/169/00) the Appointed Person had the benefit of additional evidence of use before him and in the circumstances found that the registered proprietor should retain his specification in full.
  • Note
  • See also Appointed Person’s decision dated 10 May 1999 (BL O/135/99) in which he refused an application by the Registered Proprietors to refer the proceedings to the High Court and in which he also refused an application by the applicant for disclosure (discovery).


The registered proprietor filed evidence which established some modest use during the relevant period and the Hearing Officer concluded that this was sufficient to support a claim to genuine use during the relevant five years period. He, therefore, allowed the registration to remain on the Register with a reduced specification.

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