Trade mark decision

BL Number
Decision date
28 December 2001
Appointed Person
Mr Geoffrey Hobbs QC
07, 09, 38, 42
Sun Micro Systems Inc
Viglen Ltd
Appeal to the Appointed person against the decision of the Registrar’s Hearing Officer in the matter of security for costs in opposition proceedings


Appeal dismissed.

Points Of Interest

  • 1. Security for costs.
  • 2. Estoppel : "the rejection of an interlocutory application is not a bar to its renewal if the rejection was not a determination of issues, but merely an exercise of discretion and the decision whether or not to grant a discretionary procedural remedy".


Having reviewed the Hearing Officer’s decision see O/425/00 and [2001] RPC 461, and after directing the applicants to provide particulars of its business assets in the United Kingdom, the Appointed Person was not willing to depart from that decision regarding security for costs. He did however, see, force in the criticism that Sun Microsystems Inc ought to have provided those particulars at an earlier stage of the application for security for costs. Each side had been ‘rigidly unreceptive to the position adopted by the other’.

The rejection of a similar application in parallel proceedings before the Registrar, however, had not rendered the present request res judicata.

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