Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
14 January 2002
Hearing Officer
Mr M Reynolds
Registered Proprietor
Naurus (Pvt.) Limited
Applicants for Invalidation
Product Suppliers AG
Application for Declaration of Invalidity
Sections47(1)(d); 47(2)(a) & 47(2)(b)


Section 47(1)(d) (Section 3(6)) - Application for declaration of invalidity failed

Section 47(2)(a) (Section 5(2)(b)) - Application for declaration of invalidity failed

Section 47(2)(b) (Section 5(4)(a)) - Application for declaration of invalidity failed

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Family of marks :consideration under Section 5(2)(b) cannot include unregistered marks.
  • 2. Comparison of the marks LAZAPELL v ACCUPELL, MATCHPELL, POWAPELL.


The applicants were the registered proprietors of three marks in Class 13, ACCUPELL, MATCHPELL and POWAPELL and used other ‘-PELL’ marks; The grounds for invalidation were said to arise under Sections 3(6); 5(2)(b) and 5(4)(a). Under Section 5(2)(b) the Hearing Officer had first to consider the applicants’ claim to a ‘family of marks’. Under this head, he considered only the registered marks, since to consider also the unregistered marks would be an elision of earlier trade marks and earlier (common law) rights; he could see no basis in law for such an approach. As regards the registered marks the Hearing officer could not find from the evidence of their use that there existed a ‘family’ of marks at the material date. He therefore went on to consider the Section 5(2)(b) objection on a mark by mark basis. The goods were identical . Taking each of the marks in turn, however, he concluded that there did not exist a likelihood of confusion and the Section 5(2)(b) objection failed accordingly. Under Section 5(4)(a) the Hearing Officer again noted that the evidence did not enable him to decide which marks had been used, from what dates and to what extent. The claim to goodwill could not be substantiated and this ground failed also. The Section 3(6) also failed on both the legs on which it had been brought.

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