Hugo Boss AG v. Nicholas Pecorelli

Hugo Boss AG

Case details

Plaintiff: Hugo Boss AG

Case no.: O/070/02

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Industry: Fashion

Decision date: 13 Feb, 2002


Under Section 5(2)(b) the Hearing Officer noted that identical and similar goods were at issue. He also determined that the opponents best case rested on a registration for the mark HUGO and went on to compare this mark with the mark applied for. The Hearing Officer considered that the mark applied for would be seen as the word HUG in stylised form and that it was therefore different conceptually from the opponents mark HUGO which is well known as a forename. He also considered that the respective marks were aurally and visually different and concluded that there was no likelihood of confusion between the two marks. The opposition thus failed.

Comparison of Trademarks