Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
15 September 2004
Appointed Person
Mr Geoffrey Hobbs QC
07, 09, 11, 21
Applicant for Invalidity
Fratelli Guzzini SPA
Registered Proprietor
Appeal to the Appointed Person against the findings of the Registrar's Hearing Officer in invalidation proceedings.


Appeal dismissed; no order as to costs

Points Of Interest

  • Comparison of the marks; GUZZINI v GUZZANTI; linguistic affinity but "presentational differences" just sufficient to endorse the Hearing Officer's findings.


At first instance (see BL O/159/04) the Hearing Officer had found little similarity between the marks GUZZINI and GUZZANTI and the application for invalidation citing Section 5(2)(b) had failed accordingly. The applicants appealed to the Appointed Person. The Appointed Person whilst not endorsing the Hearing Officer's approach to his evaluation of the marks, and noting the linguistic affinity these marks possessed, in the result endorsed the Hearing Officer's eventual conclusions, but solely on their "presentational differences" (both marks were stylised and one was accompanied by a device) and in view of the provisions of Section 72.

The appeal was dismissed, with no order for costs.

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