Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
30 December 2004
Hearing Officer
Mr M Reynolds
Registered Proprietor
Hachette Filipacchi Presse
Applicants for revocation
Saprotex International (Proprietary) Limited
Application for Revocation
Section 46(1)(b)


Application for revocation largely successful: registration reduced to 'beach towels'.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Use; genuine use; internal use; preparations for use.


This was one of five revocation actions launched on the same day and involving the same parties. The decisions in relation to the others are set out in BL O/380/04 and BL O/381/04.

The registrations in this case covered: "Bedcovers, tablecovers, household linen (other than clothing), bed blankets and beach towels." After a detailed examination of the evidence the Hearing Officer was not satisfied that the proprietor had shown use of the mark in relation to any of the goods, other than beach towels. Nor did the evidence demonstrate that preparations for use were under way by the end of the relevant period. Per 'Premier Brands UK Ltd v Typhon Europe Ltd’ the tribunal had no residual discretion to preserve the registration. Accordingly, the registration was revoked in respect of all the goods for which it was registered, save ‘beach towels'.

Full decision O/379/04 PDF document50Kb