Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
28 February 2007
Appointed Person
Mr Geoffrey Hobbs QC
Registered Proprietor/Appellant
Continental Shelf 128 Limited
Applicants for Revocation/Respondent
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Appeal to the Appointed Person against the decision of


Appeal successful; Hearing Officer’s decision set aside.

Points Of Interest

  • This decision provides a detailed review and analysis of the present state of the law in relation to use by or with the consent of the proprietor. Quality?


At first instance (see BL O/059/06) the Hearing Officer had ruled that the evidence of use supplied by the registered proprietor had not established that that use was ‘by or with the consent of the proprietor’. The application for revocation had succeeded accordingly. The registered proprietor appealed to the Appointed Person.

The Appointed Person found the Hearing Officer wrong in that he did not allow the parties to clarify these doubts by means of written submissions. By raising and ruling on these matters himself he had taken too much of the conduct of the case into his own hands.

The Appointed Person proceeded to a detailed analysis of the present state of the law in relation to the question of control of quality by the registered proprietor over any goods marketed by another party with his consent.

In the result the Appointed Person found that the Registrar had to be satisfied that the use had been with the proprietor’s consent but it was not necessary for him to be satisfied that that use had been effectively controlled.

The Hearing Officer’s decision was set aside and the Registrar was to proceed on the basis of the more limited specification which had been considered by the Hearing Officer.

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