Trade mark decision

BL Number
O/189/98
Decision date
29 September 1998
Hearing Officer
Mr S J Probert
Mark
RAPID SPORTSLINE
Classes
41
Applicant
Interactive Media Service Limited
Opponent
Sportsline USA Inc
Rectification
Rectification of an irregularity in procedure (Rule 60). Discretion of the Registrar.

Result

Rectification of an irregularity in procedure - Application refused. Discretion of the Registrar : Registrar had no power to remedy the situation.

Points Of Interest

  • The Hearing Officer decided that Rule 60 of the Trade Mark Rules 1994 did not provide the Registrar with power to remove a mark from the Register; neither did he have any discretion to do so. However, see ANDREAS STIHL AG SRIS O/379/00.

Summary

The opponent filed opposition on the last day of the three month period allowed for opposition. Due to an error the Form TM7 (notice of opposition) indicated an incorrect application number (in fact that of the opponents application) but on the accompanying Statement of Grounds attached to the Form TM7 the correct application number was stated. In the event the error was not spotted by the Registry and the applicants mark proceeded to registration.

In his consideration of the arguments submitted the Hearing Officer referred to the DUCATI and ST KEA cases where the Registrar had considered somewhat similar circumstances. In this case the Hearing Officer followed the path taken in the DUCATI case and decided that he had no power or discretion to remedy the situation since the applicants mark was now on the Register and could not be removed therefrom.

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