Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
1 November 2000
Hearing Officer
Mr G Salthouse
07, 35
Hassan Talal Yousef Assali
Pinmore Investments Limited & Abboudi Rahman
Section 3(3)(b), Section 5(4)(a) and Section 3(6)


Section 3(3)(b) - Opposition failed

Section 5(4)(a) - Opposition succeeded

Section 3(6) - Opposition succeeded

Points Of Interest

  • 1. The applicant appealed to the Appointed Person. The Appointed Person upheld the Hearing Officer’s decision under both Section 3(6) and 5(4)(a). Decision dated 5 June 2001 (BL O/303/01).


Mr Assali and Mr Rahman had co-operated in the design and manufacture of an Oil Recycler and a company had been set up under the name Pinmore (UK) Ltd to promote and market the product. This company traded from 1995 to 1997 when it went into liquidation with the Winding up order dated 7 May 1997. The date of filing of the applicant’s application was 25 March 1997 which is the relevant date of these proceedings. Consequently when he made his application it was not open to Mr Assali to claim proprietorship of the mark at issue since at that time Pinmore (UK) was still in existence. In view of this the Hearing Officer found the opponents to be successful in their opposition under Section 5(4)(a), "passing off" and Section 3(6) "bad faith". The opposition under Section 3(3)(b) failed since there is nothing inherently deceptive in the mark.

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