Trade mark decision

BL Number
O/263/01
Decision date
19 June 2001
Hearing Officer
Dr W J Trott
Mark
LABORATOIRE DE LA MER
Classes
05
Registered Proprietor
Laboratoires Goemar
Applicant for Revocation
La Mer Technology Incorporated
Revocation
Section 46(1)

Result

Section 46(1) - Revocation partially successful.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Genuine Use: Importation of goods bearing a mark into the UK is sufficient to support a claim to genuine use.
  • 2. See also associated decision O/264/01
  • 3. The applicants for revocation appealed to the High Court. In his decision dated 19 December 2001 Mr Justice Jacob allowed the appeal as against the Class 5 registration. As regards the Class 3 application a reference was made to the European Court of Justice as to what constitutes "genuine use". (See [2002] ETMR 34).

Summary

The registered proprietors evidence of use was somewhat inconclusive and the scale of use was modest. However, it was accepted that there had been genuine use in respect of some goods and the Hearing Officer decided that the mark should be allowed to remain on the register for a reduced specification of goods.

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