Linkin Park: TMR 3 Aug 2004

The applicant sought registration of the mark ‘Linkin Park’ under the classifications including posters. The name had been used by a music band, and objection was made, saying it would jeopardise the guarantee of origin associated with the name.
Held: ‘The purchasers, and potential purchasers, of posters etc. purchase particular posters because they represent something to them. In this case the name LINKIN PARK represents the band who produces music to which the purchaser enjoys listening The name LINKIN PARK appearing on posters etc. is the subject matter of the goods which itself is an essential characteristic of such goods.’ The mark applied for consisted exclusively of a sign which may serve in trade to designate the kind and intended purpose of the goods and services and was excluded from registration by Section 3(1)(c) of the Act.


Mr Pike




Trade Marks Act 1994 3(1)(c)


England and Wales


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