Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
12 June 2003
Hearing Officer
Mr M Knight
Eidos Interactive Ltd
Magnus Fahlen
.Decision on request to amend pleadings in opposition proceedings


Request for amendment of pleadings refused.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Amendment of pleadings.
  • 2. Evidence might be required in Section 5(2) cases, in relation to actual or possible confusion.


This was one of two requests by the opponents in the proceedings designated Opposition No 80513 (see also BL O/158/03). In this instance they sought to add Section 5(2)(b) to the statement of grounds. The Hearing Officer noted that the request had come very late in the day, the opponents appeared reluctant to confirm that they would not be seeking to file evidence in support of the new ground or that they would not also be seeking to add yet a further objection under Section 3(6).

A decision of the ECJ had further clarified the matter of identicality under Section 5(1) and this had given rise to the need to add a Section 5(2) ground. However, the request could have come much sooner, and Section 5(2) could well require evidence in relation to use. The applicants would have no time properly to consider their position.

The Hearing Officer refused the request for the amendment.

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