E I Du Pont De Nemours and Company v S T Dupont; Du Pont Trade Mark: CA 10 Oct 2003

The court considered the circumstances under which a Hearing Officer’s decision could be reversed on appeal: ‘Those experienced in cases such as these, such as the Hearing Officer, would have known that the sort of evidence normally adduced on issues of distinctiveness included evidence from editors of trade and other magazines, evidence from buyers of department stores and perhaps survey evidence. Whether such evidence would have been forthcoming in this case the Hearing Officer could not predict until enquiries were made and the cost involved had been accepted by EIDP to have been necessary. That the Hearing Officer would have had in mind when coming to the conclusion he did.’


Lord Justice Aldous Lord Justice Keene Lord Justice May


[2003] EWCA Civ 1368, [2004] FSR 293




England and Wales


Appeal fromE I Du Pont de Nemours and Co v S T Dupont (2) ChD 22-Nov-2002
The parties had appeared before a hearing officer at the Trade Marks registry. The opponent of the registration sought leave to argue an additional point which, though unpleaded, could have been argued without any significant adjournment. The . .

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