It was a misuse of Trade Mark legislation to seek permanently to prevent the use of a substantial engineering design idea which was underlying the mark for which protection was sought. The judge revocation of the registration of the claimant’s mark on the ground, inter alia, that it was incapable of distinguishing the goods concerned from those of other undertakings and devoid of any distinctive character, and that it consisted exclusively of a shape which was necessary to obtain a technical result.
Mr Justice Jacob
Times 02-Feb-1998,  RPC 283
Trade Marks Act 1994
England and Wales
Appeal from – Philips Electronics Nv v Remington Consumer Products Limited CA 5-May-1999
The court referred to the European Court of Justice the question of whether the arrangement of three heads on a razor was functional, and so was not capable of protection as a trade mark. . .
Mentioned – Commissioners of Customs and Excise v Century Life Plc CA 19-Dec-2000
The Directive required member states to exempt from VAT, services involving the provision of insurance, and for intermediaries. Following the Regulator’s involvement, the principal company had to arrange for the checking of existing policies, and . .
See Also – Koninklijke Philips Electronics Nv v Remington Consumer Products Ltd and Another CA 26-Jan-2006
The court was asked whether a trade mark consisting of the shape of goods (a three headed rotary electric shaver) could be valid. In earlier proceedings a representation had been found incapable of registration representing only the function of the . .
Cited – Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd v Rhone-Poulenc Rorer International Holdings Inc and others CA 31-Jul-2006
The claimants sought to amend their claim which had previously been on the basis of a joint ownership, to one of sole ownership.
Held: The application for the amendment being made more han two years after the grant, the amendment could not be . .
These lists may be incomplete.
Updated: 17 February 2021; Ref: scu.84710