Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
20 August 2003
Hearing Officer
Mrs A Corbett
09, 35, 36, 37, 42
Chesterton International Plc
DKV Deutsche Krankenversicherung AG
Sections 5(1); 5(2)(a) & 5(2)(b)


Section 5(2)(a) - Opposition partially successful.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Identical marks.
  • 2. Comparison of services; 'financial affairs' not the same as 'real estate affairs'.


The opponents were proprietors of the Community Trade Mark registration 'CareManager' in Class 36, in respect of "Insurance; financial affairs"; the opposition was directed at all the goods and services specified in the application.

The Hearing Officer considered that despite the very slight differences in the marks CAREMANAGER and CareManager they were identical; or they were as closely similar as it is possible to be without being identical.

After a careful review of the services in Class 36 the Hearing Officer found them similar. The remaining goods and services she found to be not similar, nor were they in competition with or complementary to those of the opponents. The opposition under Section 5(2)(b) succeeded in respect of Class 36 and failed in respect of the remainder of the application. Subject to an appropriate amendment the application was permitted to proceed.

In view of the fact that the opposition had covered all five classes and succeeded only in respect of one, and in view of the applicants’ efforts to avoid a conflict by an offered amendment, the Hearing Officer decided that each side should bear its own costs.

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