Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
1 August 2000
Appointed Person
Mr S Thorley QC
Zeta Espacial SA
Societe des Produits Nestle SA
Appeal to the Appointed Person in Opposition Proceedings


Appeal Successful.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Admission of further evidence on appeal.
  • 2. Costs against the Registrar : Appointed Person does not have power to award costs in respect of collateral errors in making entries in the Register.


Prior to the hearing the parties had come to an agreement whereby (inter alia) the opponents would not resist the appeal if the applicants excluded chocolate and ice cream from the specification. Accordingly, the opponents took no further part in the proceedings.

The applicants sought to introduce further evidence for the appeal, which the other side did not oppose. The Hearing Officer’s decisions (see BL O/123/99) had been based on evidence that the applicants intended to use the mark only on lollipops. The applicants now sought to clarify that point. The Appointed Person agreed to the admissions of the new evidence.

This new evidence persuaded the Appointed Person to allow the appeal in respect of the revised specifications.

A separate matter concerned an application by the applicants for costs against the Registrar, arising from the expense to which they had been put in getting an incidental error by the Registrar corrected. The Appointed Person ruled that he had power to award costs only against parties to the proceedings before him. The Registrar had at no stage been a party to those proceedings.

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