Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
13 February 2006
Hearing Officer
Mr M Foley
Registered Proprietor
Gallery Cosmetics Ltd
Applicant for Revocation
Naughty Holdings Limited
Section 46


Section 46: - Revocation action successful.

Points Of Interest

  • None


An application for revocation was filed on 26 July 2004 which claimed that there had been no use of the mark in suit in the five year period from 30 August 1997 to 30 August 2002. The registered proprietor admitted that there had been no use of the mark in suit during the relevant period but claimed that the mark had been used and was in use currently.

Evidence of use of the mark in suit was filed by a Director of Liberty Cosmetics Ltd who, it later transpired, owned the share capital of the registered proprietor and its intellectual property. The Hearing Officer accepted that any use which had taken place had been with the consent of the proprietor. The evidence of use filed was not well documented but it showed that the mark had been advertised at the Birmingham International Spring Fair in February 2004 and the sale of goods commenced at about this time. However, the applicant had made contact in October 2002 requesting cancellation or consent to the registration of its mark. Following correspondence the applicant warned in February 2004 that it would seek revocation of the Register on the basis of non-use. As this date was before the proprietor commenced or re-commenced to use its mark it could not therefore utilise the provisions of Section 46(3) to retain the registration. Revocation allowed

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