Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
20 August 2007
Hearing Officer
Mr M Reynolds
MEGZ (stylised) & device
16, 28, 41
Nutmeg Football Limited
Asia Pacific Ltd
Section 5(2)(b)


Section 5(2)(b): Opposition failed.

Points Of Interest

  • Comparison of the goods; sports clothing in Class 25 v gymnastic equipment and sporting apparatus in Class 28.


The opposition was based on the opponents’ mark MEGS, registered in Class 25. The Hearing Officer found a “reasonably high degree of similarity” in the marks and turned to a comparison of the goods and services. No written submissions had been made in support of the alleged similarity. The Hearing Officer could find no obvious basis for finding functional or aesthetic complementarity between the Class 16 and 25 goods. They were dissimilar. If there was any similarity between the Class 25 and 28 goods it would be “at a very low level”. In the result the Hearing Officer found no likelihood of confusion.

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