Trade mark decision

BL Number
O/237/98
Decision date
24 November 1998
Hearing Officer
Mr S J Probert
Mark
ASK
Classes
41
Applicant
ASK Training Ltd
Opponent
Attitudes Skills & Knowledge Ltd
Opposition
Sections 3(1), 3(6) & 5(4)(a)

Result

Section 3(1) - Opposition successful

Section 3(6) - Not pursued

Section 5(4)(a) - Not pursued

Points Of Interest

  • None

Summary

The opponents filed evidence to show that the letters ASK are an acronym for attitude, skills and knowledge within the training industry and they are widely used in that field. The applicants filed no response to dispute the opponents’ claims.

Under Section 3(1) the Hearing Officer referred to the Registrar’s practise in dealing with three letter marks which are normally acceptable unless they are objectionable as descriptive, acronymous etc. In this case in view of the usage and meaning of ASK within the training industry the Hearing Officer had no hesitation in reaching the conclusion that this mark should be refused registration.

The grounds under Sections 3(6) and 5(4)(a) were dealt with only briefly since the opponents had filed insufficient evidence and had failed to specify how, in particular, the objection to registration under Section 5(4)(a) was being pursued.

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