Trade mark decision

BL Number
O/335/00
Decision date
7 September 2000
Appointed Person
Mr Geoffrey Hobbs QC
Mark
10 ROYAL BERKSHIRE POLO CLUB
Classes
03
Appellants (Applicants for Registration)
The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club Ltd
Respondents (Opponents)
Polo Lauren Company LP
Appeal to the Appointed Person
Section 5(2)

Result

Appeal to Appointed Person sucessful

Points Of Interest

  • The "semantic content" of the marks in issue was "insufficiently similar or analogous to give rise to the mistaken belief that the goods came from the same undertaking or economically-linked undertakings."

Summary

The Appointed Person found that there was no likelihood of confusion, and reversed the <sty decision-link> decision of the Registrar’s Hearing Officer. In particular he noted that the word POLO functioned as an adjective in the applicants’ mark and, most likely, as a noun in that of the opponents.

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