Decision on Opposition No B 2 769 308 page: 2 of 3
filing or, where applicable, the date of priority of the contested trade mark, the earlier
trade mark has been put to genuine use in the territories in which it is protected in
connection with the goods or services for which it is registered and which the
opponent cites as justification for its opposition, or that there are proper reasons for
non-use. The earlier mark is subject to the use obligation if, at that date, it has been
registered for at least five years.
The same provision states that, in the absence of such proof, the opposition will be
The applicant requested that the opponent submit proof of use of European Union
trade mark registration No 3 540 846 on which the opposition is based.
The request was filed in due time and is admissible given that the earlier trade mark
was registered more than five years prior to the relevant date mentioned above.
On 16/06/2017 the opponent was given two months to file the requested proof of use.
The opponent did not submit any evidence concerning the use of the earlier trade
mark on which the opposition is based. It did not argue that there were proper
reasons for non-use either.
According to Rule 22(2) EUTMIR (in the version in force at the time of filing the
request for proof of use), if the opposing party does not provide such proof before the
time limit expires, the Office will reject the opposition.
Therefore, the opposition must be rejected pursuant to Article 47(2) EUTMR and
Rule 22(2) EUTMIR (in the version in force at the time of filing the request for proof of
According to Article 109(1) EUTMR, the losing party in opposition proceedings must
bear the fees and costs incurred by the other party.
Since the opponent is the losing party, it must bear the costs incurred by the
applicant in the course of these proceedings.
According to Article 109(7) EUTMR and Article 18(1)(c)(i) EUTMIR (former Rule 94(3)
and Rule 94(7)(d)(ii) EUTMIR, in force before 01/10/2017), the costs to be paid to the
applicant are the costs of representation, which are to be fixed on the basis of the
maximum rate set therein.