Trade mark decision

BL Number
O/117/12
Decision date
16 March 2012
Hearing Officer
Mr A James
Mark
SPORT DIRECT
Classes
09

Grounds

  • Section 3(1) Descriptiveness / Distinctiveness - Descriptiveness - other characteristic of goods or services
  • Section 3(1) Descriptiveness / Distinctiveness - Customary in the language etc. - acquired distinctiveness
  • Section 3(6) Bad Faith - Knowledge of opponent's use in the UK
  • Sections 5(1), 5(2) and 5(3) Earlier Trade Marks - Treatment of descriptive / allusive elements
  • Sections 5(1), 5(2) and 5(3) Issues To Do With Goods / Services - Goods v retail services
  • Sections 5(1), 5(2) and 5(3) Average Customer - Different consumer groups
  • Sections 5(1), 5(2) and 5(3) Dilution Cases - Reputation
  • Section 5(4) Earlier Rights - Standard of proof (evidential issues)
  • Section 5(4) Earlier Rights - Trivial v minimal goodwill
  • Other Issues - Survey evidence

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