Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
26 February 1998
Hearing Officer
Mr M Knight
Applicant for Revocation
Alpha Therapeutic Corporation
Registered Proprietor
Eli Lilley & Co
1. Request to set aside Hearing Officer’s decision.2. Re-open proceedings to deal with alleged procedural irregularities


Request to set aside Hearing Officer’s decision: - Request refused.

Request to re-open proceedings: - Request refused.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Hearing Officer’s decision dated 15 May 1997 (BL O/093/97).


In his decision dated 15 May 1997 the Registrar’s Hearing Officer had allowed partial cancellation of the registered proprietors registration. A request was made for an extension of time to appeal the decision and during this period the registered proprietors changed their trade mark agents.

At the end as a further period allowed to consider the appeal, because of the change of agents, an appeal was lodged to the Appointed Person. At the same time a request was made to set aside the Hearing Officer’s decision because of alleged irregularities and a request that an extension of time be granted so that an appeal could be made to the Appointed Person in respect of the alleged irregularities.

The Hearing Officer noted that at all times the registered proprietors had been represented by professional trade mark agents and there was no challenge by them or the registered proprietors to the handling of the case. Evidence had been filed by the registered proprietors in the proceedings and while a request to file further evidence had been refused because it was not considered relevant, at each stage the Registrar had offered the opportunity to attend a hearing to argue the matter. In the Hearing Officer’s view it was not now possible to re-open matters some months later and he refused the request to do so.

As regards the request to set aside the Hearing Officer’s earlier decision, the Hearing Officer confirmed the Registrar’s position that he has no power to set aside his own decision. It may be possible to amend a clerical error in a decision but not possible to set aside the whole decision.

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