Trade mark decision

BL Number
O/065/00
Decision date
23 February 2000
Hearing Officer
Mr G Salthouse
Mark
3D SHAPE
Classes
29
Applicants
KLP Limited
Opponents
MD Foods AMBA
Opposition
Sections 3(1)(a); 3(1)(b); 3(1)(c); 3(2)(c); 3(3)(a); 3(3)(b) and 3(4)

Result

Section 3(1)(a) - Opposition failed

Section 3(1)(b) - Opposition successful

Section 3(1)(c) - Opposition successful

Section 3(2)(c) - Opposition failed

Section 3(3)(a) - Opposition failed

Section 3(3)(b) - Opposition failed

Section 3(4) - Opposition failed

Points Of Interest

  • None

Summary

The opponents offered no evidence as to why the mark could not function as a trade mark; the Hearing Officer could not say now that the applicants would never be able to educate the public to regard the mark as a trade mark denoting only their goods or services. The opposition under Section 3(1)(a) failed accordingly.

In the light of the evidence the Hearing Officer accepted that the shape alluded to a characteristic of the goods and hence, prima facie, was not distinctive. The opposition under Sections 3(1)(b) and 3(1)(c) succeeded therefore.

The shape did not give the goods their substantive value; Section 3(2)(c) opposition failed.

The opposition under Sections 3(3) and 3(4) also failed.

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