Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
19 December 2003
Hearing Officer
Dr W J Trott
09, 16, 37, 41, 42
Trend Micro Inc
Deutsche Telekom
Section 5(2)(b)


Section 5(2)(b) - Opposition successful.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Single letter marks
  • 2. Comparison of the goods/services.


The opposition was based on marks in the form of a stylised letter ‘t’, registered in Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 16, 35, 36, 38, 39, 41 and 42.

Reviewing the matter the Hearing Officer concluded:- the opponents could not claim an enhanced distinctiveness for their mark on the basis of their reputation; the marks gave an overall impression – of 'very close similarity'; the 'vast majority' of the goods and services specified in the application were either similar to or identical with the opponents' goods and services, none were found to be different; the average consumers could be assumed to be both members of the public and professionals experienced in the trade; the opponents’ mark was 'reasonably distinctiv'’.

From these findings the Hearing Officer concluded that there existed a likelihood of confusion. The opposition succeeded accordingly.

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