Opposition No.103388 by Giorgio Armani S.p.A. to UK Trade Mark Application No. 2608445 BENJAMIN ARMANI & device in classes 12 and 20 in the name of Jacob Armani

    October 2013

    The IPO has upheld an opposition based on s.5(2)(b), 5(3) and 6(1)(c) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 (“the Act”) on the basis that the opponent’s ARMANI mark possessed a strong reputation and distinctive character, and that the applicant was trying to ‘ride on its coat-tails’.

    This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, September 2013.

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