Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
2 April 2008
Hearing Officer
Mr G Salthouse
29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34
Registered Proprietor
Societe National Des Chemins De Fer SNCF
Applicants for Revocation
Oriental Express Frozen Foods Limited
Application for Revocation
Sections 46(1)(a) & 46(1)(b)


Application for revocation, Section 46, substantially successful.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Relevant date in respect of a number of registrations later merged into one.
  • 2. Use of mark as registered.
  • 3. Use of mark in respect of items bearing other marks but grouped together and offered for sale under the registered mark.


The evidence filed by the proprietor showed limited, though ‘genuine’ use on some, only, of the items in respect of which the mark was registered. Some items, though bearing the marks of other manufacturers, were offered for sale and sold as ‘hampers’ under the mark in suit. The Hearing Officer considered that this was use of the mark in respect of those items. The specifications were reduced so as to exclude all the items on which use could not be shown.

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