Unilever Plc v. Brand Associates Limited

Unilever Plc

Case details

Plaintiff: Unilever Plc

Case no.: O/353/06

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Industry: Retail

Decision date: 12 Jul, 2006


The evidence of use, provided by the opponents, established a reputation in one, only, of the member states of the EU (not the UK); This was not sufficient for the purposes of Section 5(3) ruled the Hearing Officer. Even if it did, it could not establish that a reputation for its mark in France could damage its reputation in the UK, if it was unknown there. Having compared the goods and the marks, and on an overall assessment, the Hearing Officer concluded that the opposition should succeed in respect of some of the goods specified in the application.

Comparison of Trademarks