Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
27 March 2000
Appointed Person
Mr Geoffrey Hobbs QC
Madgecourt Limited
Federation des Industries de la Parfumerie
Section 3(3)(b) & Award of Costs


Section 3(3)(b) - Opposition successful

Award of Costs - Award of Costs confirmed

Points Of Interest

  • None.


In his decision dated 30 November 1999 (SRIS O/421/99) the Hearing Officer had decided that the opponents succeeded in their ground of opposition under Section 3(3)(b) in that the mark at issue here would be deceptive if the goods did not originate from Paris. However, he indicated to the applicant that his application could proceed if the specification of goods was limited as follows:

"All the aforementioned goods being produced in Paris or being perfumed with perfume produced in Paris"

Because the opponents succeeded in their opposition the Hearing Officer awarded them costs of £800.

The applicant agreed to amend his application but appealed to the Appointed Person re the award of costs. The applicant argued that a proposal to restrict his application had been turned down by the opponents before the hearing. As they appeared to be content with the restriction imposed by the Hearing Officer they should not have been awarded costs.

The Appointed Person reviewed the papers and the Hearing Officer’s decision. He concluded that the limitation proposed by the applicant prior to the hearing had not nearly been as restricted as that ordered by the Hearing Officer. He did not therefore see any grounds to intervene as regards the award of costs made by the Hearing Officer. He awarded an additional £100 to the opponents in relation to the appeal and his own hearing.

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