Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
23 April 2004
Hearing Officer
Mr G Salthouse
Registered Proprietor
Dunlop Tyres Limited
Applicants for Revocation
Trident Tyre Limited
Section 46(1)(b)


Application for revocation Section 46(1)(b) partly successful.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. "There is no need for excessive detail in the description of goods/ services; a reasonable degree of generality can be tolerated".
  • 2. Costs in proceedings before the Registrar.


The registered proprietor showed use of the mark on a tyre used on taxis, vintage/classic cars and on private cars. The applicant therefore sought to have the specification restricted to tyres for taxis but the Hearing Officer declined as it had not been shown that the tyres could only be used on taxis. However the registered proprietor had not shown use on "inner tubes and valves" and these were removed from the specification. This marginal success for the applicant would normally have resulted in an award of costs against them but as the proprietor could and should have provided better evidence the Hearing Officer declined to make an award of costs in their favour.

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