Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
12 June 2002
Appointed Person
Mr Geoffrey Hobbs QC
Registered Proprietor
Tabak Marketing Ltd
Applicants for Revocation/Invalidity
VFM Children’s Entertainment Ltd
Appeal to the Appointed Person in respect of a preliminary hearing in Revocation and Invalidation Proceedings..


Costs awarded to respondent.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Costs : Abandonment of appeal indistinguishable from dismissal by consent.


At a preliminary hearing in these proceedings the Registrar’s Hearing Officer had refused the applicants an extension of time in which to file evidence in reply (see BL O/243/01). The applicants appealed to the Appointed Person. In the meantime they had succeeded in their invalidation/revocation action (see BL O/173/02). They withdrew their appeal; the registered proprietor therefore applied for costs in respect of the abandoned appeal.

The Appointed Person ruled that the abandonment of an appeal is "indistinguishable from a dismissal of the appeal by consent", and an award of costs to the respondent was therefore appropriate. After consideration of submissions from both sides the Appointed Person made an award of costs to the registered proprietor, within the Registrar’s published scale.

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