Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
7 April 2005
Hearing Officer
Mr M Reynolds
09, 18, 24, 25, 26
Registered Proprietor
Hachette Filipacchi Presse
Applicants for Revocation
Saprotex International (Proprietary) Limited
Application for Revocation
Section 46(1)(b)


Costs considered and an award made.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Costs in proceedings before the Registrar; evidence "without prejudice save as to costs".


At the main hearing of these revocation applications (see BL O/379/04, BL O/380/04 and BL O/381/04) the Hearing Officer was asked to reserve his decision on the matter of costs until he had seen “without prejudice save as to costs” evidence and heard submissions relative to it.

This supplementary decision sets out his findings in the matter.

The outcome of the substantive actions involved a measure of success for both sides. In those circumstances the Hearing Officer would normally have awarded costs to neither side. He maintained that general position but made a small award of costs to the applicant to reflect some additional work involved in the scrutiny of the registered proprietor’s evidence.

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