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the date of publication 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 the trade mark on
which the opposition is based, namely European Union trade mark No 6 804 421.
In the present case, the contested trade mark was published on 31/07/2014.
The request was filed in due time and is admissible as the earlier trade mark was
registered more than five years prior to the relevant date mentioned above.
On 28/03/2017, the opponent was given two months to file the requested proof of
use. This time limit was extended until 09/08/2017.
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.